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    DOROTHY E. DAY   Toledo, Ohio

    DOROTHY E. DAY of Toledo, OH died March 28, 2020 at the age of 93. She and her husband, the late James Day, founded The House of Day Funeral Service in Toledo in 1964. A Licensed Funeral Director since 1969, she oversaw the construction of a new facility in 1990. Her legacy continues through her family of funeral directors: her children, Cassandra Moore and Michael Day, Sr., grandson, Michael Day, II, and daughter‐in‐law, Alison Day. She was...

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    O'NEIL D. SWANSON   Detroit, Michigan

    O'NEIL D. SWANSON of Detroit, MI died March 27, 2020 at the age of 86. He attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating cum laude in 1956, and subsequently passing the National Conference of Funeral Services Examiners Board. Two years later, Swanson founded Swanson Funeral Homes, Inc. in Detroit. He was a former trustee of the National Foundation of Funeral Service, past treasurer of Michigan Selected Funeral Directors Association...

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    JOHN HARRIS HUDSON   Troy, Alabama

    JOHN HARRIS HUDSON of Troy, AL died March 26, 2020 at the age of 53. With a funeral service career spanning over 30 years, he most recently was manager of the Green Hills Funeral Home in Troy. He received his degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Junior College.

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    EARLE F. COOK , JR.   Attleboro, Massachusetts

    EARLE F. COOK JR. of Attleboro, MA died March 24, 2020 at the age of 92. He was the proud owner of the Cook Funeral Home in Attleboro for more than thirty years, until his retirement. A graduate of New England Institute in Boston, he also founded the Widow to Widow program in Attleboro.

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    CHARLES H. FARWELL. , Jr   Nashua, New Hampshire

    CHARLES H. FARWELL, JR. of Nashua, NH died March 19, 2020 at the age of 93. A second-generation funeral director, he joined his father at Farwell Funeral Service in 1949 and served as the executive director of the funeral home for over 50 years. A 1950 graduate of New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Sciences, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston, he held membership the National Funeral Directors Association and the New Hampshire...

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    ROGER D. "ROCK" MCCOLAUGH   Xenia, Ohio

    ROGER D. "ROCK" MCCOLAUGH of Xenia, OH died March 16, 2020 at the age of 70. He joined his father, Robert S. McColaugh, in the family business, McColaugh Funeral Home, which was established in 1960. After his father's passing, he assumed ownership and continued to operate it as president. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1970.

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    EDDIE FOSTER ROBERTS   Bay City, Texas

    EDDIE FOSTER ROBERTS of Bay City, TX died March 15, 2020 at the age of 97. He was a funeral director and mortician at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. It was reported that Mr. Roberts was the first Texan to succumb to Covid-19.

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    STEPHEN G TIRPAK   Cleveland, Ohio

    STEPHEN G. TIRPAK of Cleveland, OH died March 12, 2020 at the age of 82. He began working at Chambers Funeral Home in 1964, receiving his funeral directors licenses in 1966. He graduated with a degree in mortuary science from the University of Dayton and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association.

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    THOMAS H. MCCARTHY   Buffalo, New York

    THOMAS H. MCCARTHY of Buffalo, NY died March 10, 2020 at the age of 85. He founded the Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home in South Buffalo in 1957 and in 1994 a second location was added in West Seneca. A 1956 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he served as president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, chairman of the New York State Funeral Directors Association's advisory board and was a member of the National...

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    RICHARD A. "DICK" WHETSTONE   Vandalia, Ohio

    RICHARD A. "DICK" WHETSTONE of Vandalia, OH died March 10, 2020 at the age of 78. He worked alongside his wife, Barbara in owning and operating the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home for over fifty years.

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    RICHARD G. "DICK" BUMA   Milford, Massachusetts

    RICHARD G. "DICK" BUMA of Milford, MA died March 7, 2020 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director since 1973, he purchased Sargeant Funeral Home in 1974. Today Buma Funeral Homes has locations in Milford, Uxbridge and Whitinsville. He graduated from the New England Institute in Boston.

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    FRANK M SCHMIDT   Reading, Ohio

    FRANK M. SCHMIDT of Reading, OH died March 6, 2020 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.

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    CATHERINE LENA "KAY" SAGARINO   New Britain, Connecticut

    CATHERINE LENA "KAY" SAGARINO of New Britain, CT and Hallandale, FL died February 27, 2020 at the age of 97. In 1950, she and her late husband, Donald D. Sagarino established the Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home in New Britain. She continued to own and operate it as a licensed funeral director until retiring to Florida, where she consulted for a local funeral home.

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    WILLIAM B. "BILL" SEARCY   Enterprise, Alabama

    WILLIAM B. "BILL" SEARCY of Enterprise, AL died February 27, 2020 at the age of 68. He was a licensed third generation funeral director, embalmer and cremationist at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory for over 40 years. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science.

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    GLENN A STRUNK   Vero Beach, Florida

    GLENN A. STRUNK of Vero Beach, FL died February 26, 2020 at the age of 79. He was the owner and operator of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory. He earned his Associate of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the Miami-Dade Community College in 1966.

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    J.S. HENDERSON   Norphlet, Arkansas

    J.S. HENDERSON of Norphlet, AR died February 24, 2020 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his uncle, A.C. Henderson, founder of Henderson's Mortuary in Magnolia.

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    JOHN MARX BUSCH   Avon Lake, Ohio

    JOHN MARX BUSCH of Avon Lake, OH died February 23, 2020 at the age of 87. A third generation funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Busch Funeral Homes. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and was the second generation to serve as secretary/treasurer of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes (NMS).

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    HARVEY ALLEN "H.A." ROBERSON   Bethany, Missouri

    HARVEY ALLEN "H.A." ROBERSON of Bethany, MO died February 23, 2020 at the age of 87. A licensed third generation funeral director and embalmer for over 61 years, he served his apprenticeship with his father, Orris Lee Roberson at the Roberson Funeral Home in Jamesport. He worked alongside his wife, Suzanne for 40 years, growing a fourth generation family business. In 1959, they purchased the Gromer Funeral Home in Pattonsburg and continued to...

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    JOHN DAVID REED , SR   Webster Springs, West Virginia

    JOHN DAVID REED SR of Webster Springs, WV died February 20, 2020 at the age of 70. A funeral director and embalmer, he was the former owner of Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs and Adams-Reed Funeral Home in Cowen. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he served as a past member of the board of trustees. Reed was past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and also the National...

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    MICHAEL WAYNE RANDOLPH   Washington Court House, Ohio

    MICHAEL WAYNE RANDOLPH of Washington Court House, OH died February 19, 2020 at the age of 39. He was a funeral director and embalmer at the McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia for eleven years. Most recently, he worked at the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

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