We express our sincere condolences to families within our association
who have lost a loved one.

Alert Us to a Death

Please use this Obituary Form to alert Headquarters of the death of an individual within the association so that we may inform all members. The completed form may be faxed to 847-236-9968 or emailed to

Kenneth Witteveen

Kenneth A. Witteveen - Apr. 29, 2021

Kenneth A. Witteveen, retired funeral director with Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Kalamazoo, MI, died April 29. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Klemens, funeral director with Hill Brown and Reigle Funeral Homes; son, Jeremy Witteveen; and two granddaughters, Kadence and Olivia. Additional information.

David McFarland

David F. McFarland - Apr. 22, 2021

David F. McFarland, owner and operator of the former McFarland & Son Funeral Services Company, Warren, OH, died April 22. Memorial contributions may be made to the OAKS Foundation, 715 S. Johnson Rd., Sebring, OH 44672 or the Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 1843 S. Union Ave., Alliance, OH 44601. Additional information.

Jerrit Clayton

Jerrit L. Clayton - Mar. 24, 2021

Jerrit L. Clayton, retired Sr. Vice President of Flanner Buchanan Cremation and Burial, Indianapolis, IN, died March 24. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation, 1305 W. 96th St., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or the charity of your choice. Additional information.

Paul Wartes

Paul A. Wartes - Mar. 15, 2021

Paul A. Wartes, brother of Rachel Wartes, funeral director at Gunderson Funeral Home, Madison, WI, and Trustee on the Selected Educational Trust Board, died March 15. Additional information.

Hortencia Villegas

Hortencia L. Villegas - Feb. 28, 2021

Hortencia L. Villegas, mother of Samuel Villegas, Funeral Director and Embalmer at Joe Jackson Funeral & Cremation Services, Laredo, TX, died February 28. Additional information.

Raul Villegas Sr.

Raul Villegas Sr. - Feb. 15, 2021

Raul Villegas Sr., father of Samuel Villegas, Funeral Director and Embalmer at Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, Laredo, TX, died February 15. Additional information.

Laurale´ Johnson

Laurale' R. Johnson - Feb. 14, 2021

Laurale' R. Johnson of Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, Anderson, IN, died February 14. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell B. Johnson, former president of the firm and member of the NSM Board of Directors (1968-71). She is survived by her daughter, Laura Johnson Beeler, President of the firm; son, Harold, Vice-President; son-in-law, Bill Beeler, Treasurer; and daughter-in-law, Brooke S. Johnson, Assistant Treasurer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, 1124 Meridian Street, Anderson, IN 46016; Anderson's Mainstage Theatre, P.O. Box 864, Anderson, IN 46015; or Anderson University "Called to Soar", 1000 E. 5th Street, Anderson, IN 46012. Additional information.

Chesley Pierson

Chesley N. Pierson - Jan. 23, 2021

Chesley N. Pierson, father of Michael Pierson, President of Pierson's Funeral Service, Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Rose Lynn Root, Flower Shop Manager at the firm, died January 23. Mr. Pierson also is survived by his grandson, David Root, General Manager. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Additional information.

Clarence Townsend

Clarence E. Townsend - Jan. 21, 2021

Clarence E. “Chuck” Townsend, Funeral Associates Coordinator of Speaks Chapel, LLC., Independence, MO, died January 21. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Harvester's Food Pantry. Additional information.

Lowell King

Lowell E. King - Jan. 18, 2021

Lowell E. King, father of Tim King, funeral director at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Homes, Loveland, OH, died January 18. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lowell King to Heartland Hospice, 3960 Red Bank Rd., Suite 140, Cincinnati, OH 45227 or to the Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd., Loveland, OH 45140. Additional information.

Nell Earley

Nell T. Earley - Dec. 28, 2020

Nell Toney Earley, mother of Shane Earley, owner of Padgett & King Mortuary, Forest City, NC, died December 28. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 W. Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043. Additional information.

Paul Mullen

Paul J. Mullen - Dec. 12, 2020

Paul J. Mullen, retired owner of A. Millard George Funeral Homes, London, ON, Canada, died December 12. He is survived by his son, David, President of the firm, and daughter-in-law, Christie, Vice President. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, attention Donor Development, 1003 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, H4A 0A9, or Wesley-Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 91 Askin Street, London, ON N6C 1E7. Additional information.

Leila Kramer

Leila C. Kramer - Dec. 8, 2020

Leila Cullen Kramer, daughter of Graham Kramer, President of John Kramer & Son, Inc., Alexandria, LA, died December 8. She also is survived by her sister, Sarah, funeral director at the firm. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Farrar Kramer Educational Trust, in care of The Catholic Foundation of North Central Louisiana, P.O. Box 12833, Alexandria, LA 71315, or the charity of the donor's choice. Additional information.

Russell Loudon

Russell C. Loudon - Nov.22, 2020

Russell Carl Loudon, former owner of Stark Memorial, Inc., Salem, OH, died November 22. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter, Julie, and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem First Presbyterian Church, 436 E. Second St., Salem, OH 44460; Winona Historical Society, P.O. Box 85, Winona, OH 44493; or the Salem High School Alumni Association, 330 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460, in honor of Russell Loudon, Class of 1946. Additional information.

Helen Broussard

Helen Marie Broussard - Oct. 23, 2020

Helen Marie Broussard, wife of NSM Past President Alex Broussard, and mother of Selected Past President Tom Broussard, of Broussard’s Mortuary, Beaumont, TX, died October 23. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaumont Rainbow Room, P.O. Box 5974, Beaumont TX 77726; Beaumont Botanical Gardens, 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705; Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont TX 77703; or to the Beaumont Heritage Society, 2240 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, TX 77701. Additional information.

Marge Cuddy

Marge Ann Cuddy - Sep 9, 2020

Marge Ann Cuddy, sister-in-law of Mark Cuddy and Kitty Sheehan, owners of Selected Preferred Partner The Healing Obituary, died September 9. Additional information.