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

Woodford Porter

Woodford R. Porter Jr. - June 24, 2019

Woodford R. “Woody” Porter Jr, Owner and CEO of A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, Louisville, KY, died June 24. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Hamilton, Woodford III, Christian, and Whitney; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to One West, 2028 W. Broadway Suite 104, Louisville, KY 40203 and the Woodford R. Porter, Jr. scholarship fund at Simmons College of Kentucky, 1000 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40203. Additional information.

Jim Groesbeck

James Van Groesbeck - June 22, 2019

James “Jim” Van Groesbeck, Owner, Operator and Funeral Director of Mobley-Groesbeck Funeral Service, Sand Springs, OK, died June 22. Memorial contributions may be made to UCO Foundation Funeral Service Department, 100 North University, Edmond, OK 73034. Additional information.

Ian Strathie

Ian Strathie - June 13, 2019

Ian Strathie, owner of Wray Owen Funeral Directors, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, died June 13. He is survived by his wife, Kath, and their children and grandchildren. Additional information.

LeeRoy Halley

LeeRoy A. Halley - June 11, 2019

LeeRoy A. Halley, former owner of Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funerals and Cremations, Lancaster, CA, died June 11. Additional information.

Gordon Bakker

Gordon A. Bakker - June 4, 2019

Gordon A. Bakker, brother of Selected’s Director of Meetings and Education, Amy Hunt, died June 4. Additional information.

Eugene Snider

Eugene M. Snider - March 12, 2019

Eugene M. “Gene” Snider, father of Rick Snider, President of Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, Dayton, OH, died March 22. He also is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; and at the firm by his daughter-in-law and Vice-President, Brenda Snider; grand-daughter and Funeral Director, Abby Snider-Robinson and her husband and Crematory Specialist, Brett Robinson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Miami Valley Chapter, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Antioch Shrine Foundation or Ohio Hospice of Miami County in Gene’s memory. Additional information.

Thomas Broussard

Thomas A. Broussard - March 18, 2019

Thomas Alex Broussard, Co-CEO of Broussard’s Mortuary, Beaumont, TX, and Past President of Selected (2009), died March 18. Memorial contributions may be made to the Garth House, 1895 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, TX 77701. Additional information.

Bennett Goldstein

Bennett Goldstein - March 12, 2019

Bennett Goldstein, President of Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphel-Sacks, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, and Vice President of Operations at Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel, Atlantic City, NJ, died March 12. He is the father of Bruce and Carl Goldstein, supervisors for the Philadelphia chapel. His grandson, Jason Goldstein, is Manager for the Atlantic City chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to Abramson Senior Care, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454 or to Beth Sholom Congregation. Additional information.

Allan Bellows

Allan R. Bellows - February 9

Allan R. Bellows, Chairman of the Board of Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, RI, and Past President of NSM (1973), died February 9. He is survived by his wife, Lois Tubman; son, Bradford Bellows, President of the firm and Past President of Selected (2007); and grandson, Allan R. Bellows II, Vice-President. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 102 High Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904-9826. Additional information.

Harold Rediske

Harold L. Rediske Jr. - January 14

Harold L. Rediske Jr., retired President of Uht Funeral Home, Westland, MI, died January 14. He is survived by his wife, Claudia; son, Harold “Howie” II, owner/director of the firm; daughter, Heidi; and granddaughter, Mackenzie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angela Hospice, Livonia, MI, or John Bolde Food Depot at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wayne, MI. Additional information.

Melba Wages

Melba C. Wages - January 6

Melba Clack Wages, wife of the late Billy K. Wages Sr. of Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Lawrenceville, GA died January 6. She is survived by two daughters and two sons, nine grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church, 3000 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 or Yaarab Shrine Hospital Fund, 400 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308. Additional information.

Stella Lodge

Stella Lodge - January 1

Stella Lodge, wife of John Lodge, Lodge Brothers, Feltham, London, England, died January 1. Memorials may be made to The Children’s Society. Additional information.

Larry Gantt

L. Wayne Gantt - December 14

Larry Wayne Gantt, President and owner of Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Greenwood, SC, died December 14. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Larry and Stephen, Vice-President of the firm; five grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Hannah Gantt, also of the firm. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 722 Grace Street, Greenwood, SC 29649 or to the charity of one’s choice. Additional information.

Michael St.Pierre

Michael R. St.Pierre - December 6

Michael R. St. Pierre, CFSP, Chairman of the Board of Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood, IN, and Past President of National Selected Morticians, died December 6. He is survived at the firm by his son, President and Selected Board Member, Paul; daughter and Crematory Manager, Michelle; and daughter-in-law and Advanced Planning Manager, Kristin. He also is survived by his wife, Betty; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 205, Deerfield, IL 60015; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Additional information.

Paul Norstrud

Paul M. Norstrud - October 27, 2018

Paul M. Norstrud, funeral director at Amos Family Funeral Home, Shawnee, KS, died October 27. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, KS 66215. Additional information.

Judy Williams

Judy K. Williams - October 24, 2018

Judy Williams, mother of David Cox, President and Co-Owner of The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Muncie, IN, died October 24. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie IN 47303. Additional information.

Arlen Brown

Arlen J. Brown - October 6, 2018

Arlen Brown, The Springs Funeral Services, Colorado Springs, CO, died October 6. He is survived at the firm by his wife, Terri Flores-Brown, President, daughter, Shelby Calleja, Operations Coordinator. Mr. Brown is also survived by four other daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The family loves flowers. However, should you prefer, memorial contributions may be made to The Ryan Wall Memorial Employee Assistance Fund by calling 719-328-1793 or mailing to The Springs Funeral Services. Additional information.