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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Shook - May 22
John 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.
Terrance R. VanSuch - April 1
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 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 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.
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 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 A. Larkin Sr. - February 8
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.
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 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.
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 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 - 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 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.
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 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 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.