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    JOHN "JACK" KELLY   Lee, Massachusetts

    JOHN "JACK" KELLY of Lee, MA died February 27, 2021 at the age of 83. A 1960 graduate of the New England Institute of Mortuary Science, he joined his family's business as a third-generation funeral director, owning and operating Kelly Funeral Home until his death.

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    ROBERT E. "BOB" BROWN   Essex Junction, Vermont

    ROBERT E. "BOB" BROWN of Essex Junction, VT died February 24, 2021 at the age of 63. He was employed as a funeral director and embalmer from 1975 until 2011, serving families throughout the Vermont Catholic Diocese. In 1979 he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with associates' degrees in both applied science and mortuary science. Brown was a member of the Vermont Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, where he served on their...

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    KEITH E STOFFELS   Lady Lake, Florida

    KEITH E. STOFFELS of Lady Lake, FL formerly of Pontiac, MI died February 24, 2021 at the age of 93. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he worked at Harris Funeral Home in Pontiac for 25 years; Page-Theus Funeral Home in Leesburg; Banks, Page-Theus Funeral Home in Wildwood and Hamlin; Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis; and Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Directors in Tavares.

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    MARK STEPHEN STRICKLAND   Elkview, West Virginia

    MARK STEPHEN STRICKLAND of Elkview, WV died February 24, 2021 at the age of 72. He began his career in funeral service working part-time at the Hafer Funeral Home under the guidance of the late Ed and Henry Hafer. He founded and owned Strickland Funeral Home in Clendenin during the seven-ties and eighties. Strickland retired from Aurora Casket Company as a sales representative. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a...

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    DEAN E TRENT   Kingsport, Tennessee

    DEAN E. TRENT of Kingsport, TN died February 22, 2021 at the age of 85. He began his career as a funeral director at Gate City Funeral Home in 1959. He worked alongside his wife, Martha, his three daughters Judy, Deana and Jodi, as well as his nephew, Brent Warner at the Carter-Trent Funeral Homes in Kingsport, Church Hill and Scotts County, which he owned and operated since 1991. He was a founding member of the Independent Funeral Directors...

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    THOMAS J RUECKL   Luxemburg, Wisconsin

    THOMAS J. RUECKL of Luxemburg, WI died February 20, 2021 at the age of 80. In 1972 he became an owner of McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg and served the community as a funeral director for fifty years. Rueckl retired in 2005. A 1963 graduate of the Wisconsin institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

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    JOE BEN TUCKER   Central City, Kentucky

    JOE BEN TUCKER of Central City, KY died February 20, 2021 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director for 62 years, he was the owner and operator of Tucker Funeral Home since 1958. Tucker was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association policy board, president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky from 1982–1983, and was a multi-year president and chairman of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Burial Association, having...

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    RICHARD "RICK" ALVIN RESCH   Gonzales, Texas

    RICHARD "RICK" ALVIN RESCH of Gonzales, TX died February 15, 2021at the age of 60. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked with Parkside Chapel Funeral Home in Hereford from 2006 to 2010, then he expanded his career to Levelland, where he began working for SCI at George Price Funeral Home until 2012. Resch later became the location manager and funeral director in charge for Buffington Funeral Homes in Gonzales and Shriner. In 2007 he...

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    GERALD W. "JERRY" VICKERY , JR   Troy, Pennsylvania

    GERALD W. "JERRY" VICKERY JR of Troy, PA died February 5, 2021 at the age of 82. He was the owner and operator of Vickery Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Gerald W. Vickery Sr in 1946. A 1962 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Di-rectors Association and was the former president of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association. He...

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    TIMOTHY E PERINE   Shinnston, West Virginia

    TIMOTHY E. PERINE of Shinnston, WV died February 5, 2021 at the age of 58. A funeral director for over 35 years, he founded Perine Funeral Home in 2005. Perine graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1985.

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    PAUL E BEKAVAC   Gibsonia, Florida

    PAUL E. BEKAVAC of Gibsonia and Key West, FL formerly of Clairton, PA died February 4, 2021 at the age of 74. A retired funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home in Elizabeth, PA. Bekavacs graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

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    MICHAEL KEITH FLEMING   Sibley, Iowa

    MICHAEL KEITH FLEMING of Sibley, IA died February 1, 2021 at the age of 67. He was CEO of the Keith M. Merrick Company for over 40 years, which was established by his grandparents in 1933. Fleming received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America, where he served on the executive board be-fore being elected president.

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    DONALD EUGENE "DON" FISHER   Mansfield, Ohio

    DONALD EUGENE "DON" FISHER of Mans-field, OH died January 29, 2021 at the age of 92. A funeral director and embalmer, he worked at the J. H. Finefrock and Sons Funeral Home, retiring in 1990 after thirty-five years of service. A graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a fifty-year member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association.

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    SONDRA SUE BLANTON GORE   Blacksburg, South Carolina

    SONDRA SUE BLANTON GORE of Blacksburg, SC died January 28, 2021 at the age of 72. A funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, Corbett Cline Gore, Jr at the Corson Removal Service in Charlotte before establishing White Columns Funeral Service in 1996. Gore graduated from Limestone College in 1999.

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    THOMAS B. DEVLIN   Ross Township, Pennsylvania

    THOMAS B. DEVLIN of Ross Township, PA died January 25, 2021 at the age of 95. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he was a licensed funeral di-rector at Devlin Funeral Home for over 70 years.

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    MICHAEL THOMAS AHEARN   Northampton, Massachusetts

    MICHAEL THOMAS AHEARN of Northampton, MA died January 24, 2021 at the age of 55. A funeral director, he worked at the former John F. O'Connell Funeral Home in Northampton, AA Mariani Funeral Home in Providence, RI and the Tripp Funeral Home in Pawtucket, RI before founding the Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton in 2000. A 1986 graduate of the New England Institute of Mortuary Science, he served on the board of directors for the Western...

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    GEORGE R. "BUD" BROWN II   Hamilton, Ohio

    GEORGE R. "BUD" BROWN II of Hamilton, OH died January 24, 2021 at the age of 82. For over fifty years, he worked alongside his wife, Marie, in owning and operating the Brown Dawson Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    HOWARD M BONIFACE, JR   Rensselaer, New York

    HOWARD M. BONIFACE JR of Rensselaer, NY January 23, 2021 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director at the Wm. J Rockefeller Funeral Home in Rensselaer for twenty years before retiring. Boniface graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1955 with an associate's degree in mortuary science and was a member of the Capital District Funeral Directors Association.

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    CHARLES "CHUCK" G. MAYER   Chelsea, Wisconsin

    CHARLES "CHUCK" G. MAYER of Chelsea, WI died January 23, 2021 at the age of 94. A longtime member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, he worked for Schmidt and Barlet Funeral Home in Milwaukee. Mayer worked for Taylor Funeral Home in Rib Lake, eventually purchasing it. He continued to own and operate it from 1961 until 1977, when he sold the business. He built and operated the funeral home in Prentice.

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    GLADYS EDWARDS WALLACE   Broadview, Illinois

    GLADYS EDWARDS WALLACE of Broadview, IL died January 22, 2021 at the age of 84. She co-founded the Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in 1988 and was member of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Illinois Select Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, where she formerly served as president of the National Ladies Auxiliary. She and her late husband, Vernon L. Wallace invited students from the...

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