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    DAVID ALLEN BECK   columbus, Ohio

    DAVID ALLEN BECK of Columbus, OH died May 29, 2020 at the age of 81. He began his career in the funeral industry at The Clark Grave Vault Company, having served as production foreman, sales manager and president in 1988. Beck served thirty years on the board of the International Memorialization Supply Association, was president and a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America, which presented him with the 2009 Lifetime...

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    RICHARD EMIL DANIELS   Burlington, Wisconsin

    RICHARD EMIL DANIELS of Burlington, WI died May 29, 2020 at the age of 92. A Wisconsin funeral director and embalmer, he worked with John Schuette at the Schuette Funeral Home in 1948 before becoming a partner in the Schuette, Werth and Daniels Funeral Home in 1954. In 1975, Daniels and his wife, Doris purchased the business and in 1991 a new funeral home was built at its current location on Browns Lake Drive. In 1996, the McCarthy Koenig...

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    GEORGE FRED KOURMADAS   Williamsburg, Virginia

    GEORGE FRED KOURMADAS of Williamsburg, VA died May 24, 2020 at the age of 90. He owned and operated two funeral homes in the Detroit, MI area, retiring after serving 65 years as a licensed funeral director. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.

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    ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM WILCOX   Nezperce, Idaho

    ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM WILCOX of Nezperce, ID died May 24, 2020 at the age of 44. A funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of the Ternary Funeral Home in Kamiah, which he purchased in 2006. Wilcox previously worked at Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale, AZ. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

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    BRENT M HARTLEY   Toledo, Ohio

    BRENT M. HARTLEY of Toledo, OH died May 20, 2020 at the age of 55. He began his career as an associate funeral director and embalmer at the Hartley Funeral Home Inc, which was founded by his parents, Richard and Joann Hartley in 1966. Brent became co-owner of the funeral home after the passing of his father in 1998. He continued to operate it alongside his mother until they retired in 2015. A 1988 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary...

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    WILLIAM J. "BILL" SCHINDERLE   Algoma, Wisconsin

    WILLIAM J. "BILL" SCHINDERLE of Algoma, WI died May 19, 2020 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director for 62 years, he purchased the Schumacher Furniture Store and Funeral Home in Stockbridge in 1953 and the Haucke Funeral Home in Algoma in 1967. A new funeral home was built in 1971, which is where the Schinderle Funeral Home currently resides. He continued to own and operate it until his daughter, Laurie took over in 1992. Bill remained...

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    ANDREA Y. ROCHE   Summerfield, Florida

    ANDREA Y. ROCHE of Summerfield, FL died May 15, 2020 at the age of 66. A 2013 retired funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, Bob Roche at their Tamaqua, PA funeral home. After moving to Florida, she worked at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Ocala, FL; Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa Springs and Turner Funeral Homes in Spring Hill. Andrea received her degree in mortuary science from the Northampton Area Community College.

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    MIKE STEPHENS   Cincinnati, Ohio

    MIKE STEPHENS of Cincinnati, OH died May 15, 2020 at the age of 66. In 1984, Stephens joined The Forethought Group, serving various sales management roles for seven years. In the early 1900s, he joined a start-up funeral home acquisition company. In 2007 he became a regional vice president of National Guardian Life Insurance Company. He retired in 2019 after serving 35 years in the funeral industry.

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    JOHN W CHAPMAN III   Hurricane, West Virginia

    JOHN W. CHAPMAN III of Hurricane, WV died May 14, 2020 at the age of 72. A second generation funeral director, he began helping his father, John W. Chapman Jr., at the Chapman Funeral Home in Winfield before they purchased a second location in Teays Valley. For many years, John and his wife, Debra Leslie Chapman owned and operated the Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home in St. Albans. Following the death of his father in 1985, John and Debra expanded...

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    KENNETH MARVIN PURCELL   Vass, North Carolina

    KENNETH MARVIN PURCELL of Vass, NC died May 9, 2020 at the age of 55. A graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he became a licensed mortician and funeral director in 1986, and was a certified licensed insurance agent for 25 years. He established Purcell Funeral Home in Southern Pines NC in 1995. His second funeral home was established in Raeford, and in 2006 he opened his third funeral home in Scotland County.

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    ALBERT RHODEN   Canton, Ohio

    ALBERT RHODEN of Canton, OH died May 9, 2020 at the age of 71. He was owner and president of Rhoden Memorial Homes in Akron and Canton. A 1981 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he became a partner in the Turner-Rhoden Funeral Home in 1982, and sole owner in 2000. He was a member of the National and Ohio Funeral Directors Associations, Buckeye State Funeral Directors, Phi Sigma Eta Fraternity and The Funeral Directors and...

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    JEREMIAH C. GAFFNEY   Inwood, New York

    DR. JEREMIAH C. GAFFNEY, III of Inwood, NY died May 6, 2020 at the age of 65. He was the second-generation owner of Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home Inc. in Inwood. In addition to his funeral education, he held a degree in Biochemistry and a doctor-ate in Economics.

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    RICHARD "DICK" LEE KAATZ   Elk Township, Michigan

    RICHARD "DICK" LEE KAATZ of Elk Township, MI died May 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Owner of Kaatz Funeral Directors, he graduated from Wayne State University with a Mortuary Science Degree in 1960. He purchased the former Peters Funeral Home in Yale, MI in 1960, where he began working in 1953. He purchased the former Gillian Funeral Home in the early 1970s, the Barnard Funeral Home in Capac, MI in 1986, and the Rister Funeral Home in Avoca, MI in...

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    BOBBY M. PROFFITT   Brownsville, Kentucky

    BOBBY M. PROFFITT of Brownsville, KY died May 2, 2020 at the age of 89. He started working with Patton Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in August of 1972. A funeral director for over sixty years, he was the manager of Patton Funeral Home's Park City Chapel.

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    MARY LOU COTTON   Kensington, Ohio

    MARY LOU COTTON of Kensington, OH died May 1, 2020 at the age of 84. She was a funeral director, EMT, and president of Maple Cotton Funeral Home & Ambulance Service, Inc., Kensington. She received her first EMT certification in 1973, and her funeral director's license in April 1994. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association District 15 & 16.

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    JOHN PAUL GEE   Kokomo, Indiana

    JOHN PAUL GEE of Kokomo, IN died April 29, 2020 at the age of 51. He earned a degree in Mortuary Science at Vincennes University in 1989, and his Indiana Funeral Director's License in 1990. Since 2001, he had served families as a funeral director at Ellers Mortuary, Kokomo. He was also a board member of Crown Point Cemetery and past member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

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    KEVIN STOUT   Whitestone, New York

    KEVIN STOUT of Whitestone, Queens, NY died April 28, 2020 at the age of 57. He joined the family's funeral home business, taking after his father, before going to work for Thomas F. Boland Funeral Parlor in College Point.

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    CYNTHIA GILMORE DOUTHIT   Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    CYNTHIA GILMORE DOUTHIT of Winston-Salem, NC died April 25, 2020 at the age of 75. A 1966 graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN, she joined her parents at the Gilmore Funeral Home in Winston-Salem. She was the first licensed female funeral director and embalmer in Forsyth County, and one of the first women to drive hearses and ambulances on emergency calls. She was a member of the Twin City Funeral Directors,...

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    EDWARD F. "TED" CARNEY   New Bedford, Massachusetts

    EDWARD F. "TED" CARNEY of New Bedford, MA died April 24, 2020 at the age of 70. He answered the call of the family business and became partners with his father at Austin-Carney Funeral Home. He studied mortuary science and funeral service at Boston's New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming, graduating in 1970, and becoming the then-youngest licensed funeral director and embalmer in Massachusetts. He dedicated his career to his family's...

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    PAUL E BOHN   Ambridge, Pennsylvania

    PAUL E. BOHN of Ambridge, PA died April 17, 2020 at the age of 78. In 1973 he purchased the William Towcimak Funeral Home. He was the sole proprietor of the Paul E. Bohn Funeral Home for 32 years. Bohn turned over his business to his long time associate Bob Matich, whom he mentored for 34 years. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was past treasurer of the Beaver County Funeral Directors Association.

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