Funeral Home Happenings June 26, 2017


Written by Samantha Ward


Funeral directors and funeral home owners constantly strive to improve themselves for their community and the families they serve.


Unfortunately, they don’t often get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Frazer Consultants regularly features the accomplishments of funeral directors and funeral homes in our Funeral Home Happenings blog. See what your peers and colleagues have been up to lately!


Hunt Receives 50-Year Service Pin

Wilson Hunt of Young Family Funeral Homes in Kendallville and Wolcottville, Indiana, received his 50-year service pin from the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.


Read more at KPC News.


Funeral Home Hosting Educational Series

Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford, Mississippi, has developed a series of talks for the public called “The Art of a Funeral.”


Read more at The Oxford Eagle.


Therapy Dog Brings Comfort to Families

Hoff Funeral Homes in Minnesota use Charlie, a 6-month-old hypoallergenic Labradoodle, to comfort families.


Read more at WXOW.


Barry and Jana Autry Purchase Carroll-Lehr

The owners of Autry Funeral Home have purchased Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home and Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens, Texas.


Read more at Athens Daily Review.


Hoy Incorporates with Dengler, Roberts, Perna

Hoy Funeral Home has been incorporated into Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home in New York.


Read more at West Seneca Bee.


Melvin J. Schroeder Honored for 40 Years

Melvin J. Schroeder of Schroeder & Sites, Inc., in Iowa was honored by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association for 40 years of dedication to funeral service.


Read more at Mitchell County Press News.


Artero Memorial Chapels Get New Owners

The Artero Memorial Chapels in Victoria and Port Lavaca, Texas, are now owned by Cesar and Belia Ornelas and will be renamed Angel Lucy’s Funeral Homes.


Read more at Victoria Advocate.


Buddy the Therapy Dog Helps Families

Buddy, a Golden Retriever, is a valued employee of Winfield Funeral Home in Greenville, Rhode Island.


Read more at TurnTo10.


Chad Akers Honored for Flood Relief Efforts


Chad Akers, the owner of Akers-James Funeral Home in West Virginia, received the Dodd Award for the West Virginia Funeral Director of the Year for 2017.


Read more at The Logan Banner.


T.A. Lane Named to State Funeral Directors Board

The Texas Funeral Directors Association has named T.A. Lane, funeral director at Cason Monk-Metcalf in Nacogdoches, Texas, to their Board of Directors.


Read more at KJAS.


Paul Filter Receives Golden Hoosier Award

Paul Filter, an owner of the Filter-Devries Funeral Home in Dillsboro, Indiana, received the Golden Hoosier Award for his lifetime of commitment and service to his community.


Read more at Eagle Country.


Grant Helps with Renovations

Kinnick Funeral Home’s Chapel in Girard, Ohio, received $15,000 to put toward a car port upgrade as part of a downtown revitalization grant.


Read more at Tribune Chronicle.


If you or someone you know deserves recognition, email us at We’d love to feature you or them in our next installment of Funeral Home Happenings!


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