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    THOMAS N HUNT   Crawfordsville, Indiana

    THOMAS N. HUNT of Crawfordsville, IN died July 14, 2019 at the age of 75. A third generation funeral director, he joined his father, Robert F. Hunt at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, where he served until his retirement in 2016. A 1967 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, he served on the Oak Hill Cemetery board.

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    PAUL EDWARD SCHRAMKA   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    PAUL EDWARD SCHRAMKA of Milwaukee, WI died July 8, 2019 at the age of 91. He was a 3rd generation licensed funeral director at the Schramka Funeral Home. A 1950 graduate of the University of San Francisco, he was once a member of the Chicago Cubs during a brief career that would lead to associations with some of the most famous figures in baseball.

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    ROBERT ALLEN MYERS   Westminster, Maryland

    ROBERT ALLEN MYERS of Westminster, MD died June 30, 2019 at the age of 68. A licensed Maryland and Pennsylvania mortician, he began working with his uncle, John E. Myers, Jr at the Myers Funeral Home and later served as a partner at the then Myers-Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster. He worked for both Wetzel Funeral Home in Hanover, PA and Peters Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA before re-establishing the Myers Funeral Home in 1984. He continued...

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    James L Anderson   Clyde, Ohio

    JAMES L. ANDERSON of Clyde, OH died June 27, 2019 at the age of 73. He was a licensed funeral director at Auxter Funeral Homes since 1975. He retired from the Sandusky County EMS in 2009, where he had been for 33 years. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association, Firelands Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Funeral Directors, where he just received his 50-year award.

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    WOODFORD R. "WOODY" PORTER, JR   Louisville, Kentucky

    WOODFORD R. "WOODY" PORTER JR of Louisville, KY died June 24, 2019 at the age of 72. A fourth generation funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated A. D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home since 2007.

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    RUDY NELSON LEA, SR   Raleigh, North Carolina

    RUDY NELSON LEA SR of Raleigh, NC died June 23, 2019 at the age of 73. A licensed North Carolina and South Carolina mortician, he served Lightner Funeral Home for 10 years before establishing Lea Funeral Home and Cremation Services in 1980, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. Through his funeral home, Lea mentored several students interested in pursuing a career in funeral service. Lea's patent pending software program that he...

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    JAMES "JIM" VAN GROESBECK   Sand Springs, Oklahoma

    JAMES "JIM" VAN GROESBECK of Sand Springs, OK died June 22, 2019 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, his career in the funeral industry began in 1968 in funeral home ambulance service work. He served as regional president for Service Corporation International and was responsible for several hundred funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories in fourteen states and Canada before becoming the owner and operator of Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral...

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    JOHN WILLIAM COKER III   Sanger, Texas

    JOHN WILLIAM COKER III of Sanger, TX died June 21, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director for over 60 years, he previously worked for Harmon Funeral Home in Floydada and the Schmitz, Floyd, Hamlet Funeral Home in Delores before purchasing the funeral home in 1961, renaming it Coker Funeral Home. A 1957 graduate of the Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science, he was past president of the North Texas Funeral Directors Association, was...

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    KEVIN PORTER   Tipton, Indiana

    KEVIN PORTER of Tipton, IN died June 20, 2019 at the age of 62. A second generation funeral director for over 30 years, he was part owner and operator of Porter Funeral Home. He graduated from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service.

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    ALAN N. KUTZ   Collegeville, Pennsylvania

    ALAN N. KUTZ of Collegeville, PA died June 14, 2019 at the age of 78. He served as a funeral director under the former ownership of Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home in Norristown and then the R. L. Williams, Jr Funeral Home, Inc in Skippack, retiring in 2006. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in 1962.

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    PAUL SHIELDS   Pekin, Illinois

    PAUL SHIELDS of Pekin, IL died June 14, 2019 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked for the Endsley and Son Funeral Home, T. W Parks Colonial Chapel and Shields Funeral Home & Cremation Service before retiring in 2013. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science.

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    LEEROY AL HALLEY   Palmdale, California

    LEEROY AL HALLEY of Palmdale, CA died June 11, 2019 at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, he worked for several mortuaries in southern California and was the former owner and operator of Halley-Olsen-Murphys Funerals and Cremations. He graduated from mortuary school in 1963.

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    DAVID DALE "CARMACKIE" CARMICHAEL   Fort Wayne, Indiana

    DAVID DALE "CARMACKIE"CARMICHAEL of Fort Wayne, IN died June 11, 2019 at the age of 53. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Carmichael-Gholar Funeral Home in Muncie and the Carmichael Funeral Services, Inc in Fort Wayne, which he opened in 1997. He earned his mortuary science degree from Mid-America Funeral College in 1987 and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

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    THOMAS DWIGHT NEWCOMER   Orfordville, Wisconsin

    THOMAS DWIGHT NEWCOMER of Orfordville, WI died June 8, 2019 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated Newcomer-Silverthorn Chapel on the Hill for the past 62 years.

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    SADIE MELISSA OWENS MCHARGUE   Shepherdsville, Kentucky

    SADIE MELISSA OWENS MCHARGUE of Shepherdsville, KY and Dunedin, FL died June 7, 2019 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her late husband, Billy McHargue as manager of the old McDaniel Funeral Home in Louisville, KY.

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    CRAIG A REUKAUF   New Smyrna Beach, Florida

    CRAIG A. REUKAUF of New Smyrna Beach, FL died July 5, 2019 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director since 1966, he was the owner and operator of Brewer Funeral Home in Lake Luzerne until 1999, when he sold the business. A graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse, he was a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the Adirondack Funeral Directors Association.

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    EARL "SONNY" AMMONS   Grenada, Mississippi

    EARL "SONNY" AMMONS of Grenada, MS died May 31, 2019 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director at Robinson and Son Funeral Home. His career in the funeral industry spanned more than 40 years.

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    MARJORIE DAME "MARGE" GNEWIKOW   Sauk City, Wisconsin

    MARJORIE DAME "MARGE" GNEWIKOW of Sauk City, WI died May 31, 2019at the age of 92. She and her husband, Ortwin E. Gnewikow, purchased Mazomanie Funeral Home in 1952. Funeral homes in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac were later purchased and in 1980 a new facility was built in Mazomanie. Marge later sold the business to her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Gary Hooverson, which is now owned and operated by their son, Curt Hooverson.

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    ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" BETTHAUSER   Radisson, Wisconsin

    ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" BETTHAUSER of Radisson, WI died May 30, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Mastercraft Casket Company in Ladysmith, WI and graduated from mortuary school in 1961.

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    RICHARD "RICH" BRENNY   Little Falls, Minnesota

    RICHARD "RICH" BRENNY of Little Falls, MN died May 28, 2019 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, he and his two brothers, Joe and Chuck, purchased the Brenny Funeral Home from their parents, Clemens and Mary Brenny, in 1977. In 1995, the brothers began operating their businesses independently. Brenny served the Little Falls, Pierz and Morrison county area until retiring in 2006. He received a mortuary science degree from the University...

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