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

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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

Dulcie Burstow

Dulcie Burstow - July 2

Dulcie Burstow, mother of Trevor and Don Burstow of T.S. Burstow Funerals Pty. Ltd.,Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, died July 2. Additional information.

Craig Cuddy

Craig Cuddy - June 10

Craig Cuddy, brother of Mark Cuddy, Selected’s Membership Development Director, died June 10. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Public Library in Jefferson, IA. Additional information.

Paul Dolan

Paul F. Dolan - June 1

Paul F. Dolan, Vice President of Dolan Funeral Homes, Boston, MA, died June 1. Memorial donations may be made to The South Shore Visiting Nurses Association, in honor of their extraordinary hospice care, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370; Catholic Charities of Boston, 275 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127; or The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760. Additional information.

Mary Beth McFarland

Mary Beth McFarland - May 31

Mary Beth McFarland, wife of David F. McFarland and mother of James D. McFarland of McFarland-Barbee Family Funeral Home, died May 31. Memorial contributions may be made to The Oaks Foundation, 714 S. Johnston Road, Sebring, OH 44672; or to the Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 1845 S. Union Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601. Additional information.

Rodney Thomas

Rodney C. Thomas - May 24

Rodney Clark Thomas, Funeral Director and Embalmer at Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, VA, died May 24. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Rodney to the Floyd County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 257, Floyd, VA 24091. Additional information.

John Shook

John T. Shook - May 22

John Thomas Shook, Funeral Director and Manager at Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Cleveland, OH, died May 22. Memorial donations may be forwarded to CRS, 33501 Lake Rd. #L, Avon Lake, OH 44012 or Love-A-Stray Dog Rescue, PO Box 125, Avon Lake, OH 44012. Additional information.

William Taylor

William J. Taylor - May 4

William Joseph “Bill” Taylor of Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, Jupiter, FL, died May 4. Memorial donations may be made to Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, 1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL 33458. Additional information.

Terrance VanSuch

Terrance R. VanSuch - April 1

Terrence R. VanSuch, funeral director and embalmer at Arnold Funeral Home, Canton, OH, died April 1. Additional information.

Bryan Bunker

Bryan A. Bunker - March 31

Bryan Allen Bunker of Bunker Family Garden Chapel, Mesa, AZ, died March 31. He is survived by four children, 17 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren; including son Randall M. Bunker, Chairman of the Board at the firm and Past Secretary-Treasurer of Selected; and grandson, Bryce Bunker, President of the firm. Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Arizona, 2901 North 78th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or Gilbert 9th Ward Missionary Fund, c/o Bishop Brad Justesen, 918 E. Juanita Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Additional information.

John Stewart

John W. Stewart Jr. - March 31

John W. Stewart Jr., Owner of Eckols Funeral Home, Inc., Kenedy, TX, died March 31. He is survived by his wife, Laura, Treasurer at the firm; his sons, David, President at the firm, Phillip and Jimmy; six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Kenedy Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 356, Kenedy, TX 78119. Additional information.

Patricia Horne

Patricia K. Horne - March 30

Patricia Knowles Horne, Secretary-Treasurer of Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, VA, died March 30. She is survived by her husband, Richard H. “Dickie” Horne, CEO and Funeral Director at the firm; her daughter, Dr. H. Leveta Horne and her husband, Eric; her son Brian R. H. Horne, Manager and Funeral Director at the firm and his wife, Amy; and four granddaughters. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 287, Blacksburg, VA 24063. Additional information.

SD Grumbles Sr.

S. D. Grumbles Sr. - February 19

S. D. “Doc” Grumbles Sr., father-in-law of Charles Anderson, owner of Anderson Funeral Home, Franklin, OH, and grandfather of Rebekah Giuffre, funeral director at the firm, and Tyler Anderson, VP, Business Development of Selected Preferred Partner, Precoa, died February 19. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Middletown. Additional information.

Carson Sprow

Carson W. Sprow - February 18

Carson W. Sprow, President and founder of International Mortuary Shipping LLC, Preferred Partner and longtime friend and supporter of Selected, died February 18. He is survived by his wife, Gale. Memorial contributions may be made to The Rebecca Kutchins Fund, 1101 Perimeter Drive, Suite 760, Schaumburg, IL 60173 or to MD Anderson, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, #426, Houston, TX 77030. Additional information.

Robert Larkin Sr.

Robert A. Larkin Sr. - February 8

Robert A. Larkin Sr., father of Robert A. Larkin Jr, Vice-President of Larkin Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT, died February 8. Additional information.

Andrew Calabrese

Andrew Calabrese - January 26

Andrew Calabrese, brother of Bea Pedersen, Director of Development for the Selected Educational Trust, died January 26. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 645 W. 119th, Wichita, KS 67235 or the American Diabetes Association, 608 W. Douglas, S-100, Wichita, KS 67205. Additional information.

Chad Olmsted

M. Chad Olmsted - January 8

M. Chad Olmsted, Embalmer/Restorative Artist of Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Richmond, IN, died January 8. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Additional information.

Joseph Jones

Joseph A. Jones - December 24

Joseph A. Jones, husband of Julie Busch Jones and son-in-law of past Secretary/Treasurer of Selected, John Busch; and brother-in-law of past Secretary/Treasurer of Selected, Jim Busch of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Cleveland, OH, died December 24. Memorial contributions may be made to The Family Ministry Center for College Scholarships for Urban Students, 3389 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109. Additional information.

Robert Keohane

C. Robert Keohane - December 18

C. Robert “Bob” Keohane, brother of Selected Past President Edward J. Keohane, Chairman of Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy, MA, died December 18. Please consider donations to Special Ops Survivors, PMB 4049 3111 Camino Del Rio N, Ste 400, San Diego, CA 92108. Additional information.

Pamela Murphy

Pamela A. Murphy - December 13

Pamela Ann Murphy, wife of Francis J. Murphy, owner of Murphy Funeral Home, Salem, MA, died December 13. She also is survived by her sons, Frank, Managing Funeral Director of the firm; Matthew and Patrick. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Pamela to Boston Catholic Charities, 275 W. Broadway, Boston, MA 02127. Additional information.

Ann B. Fletcher

Ann B. Fletcher - October 25

Ann Banks Pasley Fletcher, wife of the late James H. “Jimmy” Fletcher, owner of Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Thomaston, GA, and mother of Fletcher-Day Funeral Home co-owner Robert H. “Bob” Fletcher, died October 25. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation, 208 South Church Street, Thomaston, GA 30286; or the Eagle Ranch, P. O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502. Additional information.

John Friedel Jr.

John S. Friedel Jr. - October 3

John (Jack) Strom Friedel Jr., father of Jim Friedel, owner of Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, Utica, NY, died October 3. Memorials may be made to the New Hartford Fire Department or Donate Life. Additional information.

Tommy Prickett

T.T. Prickett II - September 26

T.T. “Tommy” Prickett II, owner of Fry and Prickett Funeral Home, Inc., Carthage, NC, died September 26. Memorials may be made to Carthage Fire Department, 4396 Hwy 15/501, Carthage, NC 28327, or to Carthage Century Committee, P.O. Box 460, Carthage, NC 28327. Additional information.

Margot Robinson

Margot J. Robinson - September 8

Margot Jütte Robinson, Secretary of Robinson Funeral Home, Inc., Easley, SC, and wife of Alfred Robinson, Past President of National Selected Morticians and President of the firm, died September 8. Mrs. Robinson also is survived at the firm by her son and Vice-President/General Manager, Chris Robinson. Memorial donations may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 South First Street, Easley, SC 29640 or the charity of one’s choice. Additional information.

Ronald Day

Ronald F. Day - September 3

Ronald F. Day of White & Day Center, McMillan Center, McCormick Center and Rice Mortuary, Gardena, CA, died September 3. He is survived at the firm by his daughter and son-in-law, Mindy and John Kirk. Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to the memorial fund at the First United Methodist Church, 243 S. Broadway Ave., Redondo Beach, CA, or the Salvation Army Redondo Beach Corps, 125 Beryl St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Additional information.

Remembering Those Who Died Between Aug 23, 2016, and Aug. 27, 2017