George Perry, retired funeral director, East Rockaway, New York, died September 11, 2017, at age 87. George was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and life member of American Legion Post 958 and VFW Post 3350 in East Rockaway. He was a former East Rockaway Village trustee, past chief of the East Rockaway Fire Department, past president of the East Rockaway Kiwanis Club and member of St. Mary’s Council 2228 Knights of Columbus in Lynbrook. He is survived by wife Sally; daughters Patricia, Laura and Carolyn; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Richard Maurice “Dick” Pyatt, funeral director and owner, Pyatt Funeral Homes, with locations in Pinckneyville, Coulterville, Centralia, Nashville, Ashley, Oakdale and DuQuoin, Illinois, died September 11, 2017, at age 85. A recipient of the first Eagle Scout badge in Perry County, Pyatt served in the Army during the Korean War, where he obtained the rank of corporal and served in Graves Registration Service. He was active in the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of the American Legion. He is survived by wife Gayl; children Cynthia, Kevin, William and Jonathan; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Richard ”Dick” Maurice Pyatt, retired funeral director, Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, Illinois, died September 11, 2017, at age 85. A recipient of the first Eagle Scout badge in Perry County, Pyatt served in the Army during the Korean War. He owned funeral homes in Pinckneyville, Coulteville, Centralia, Nashville, Ashley, Oakdale and DuQuion. He was active in the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion. He is survived by wife Gayl; children Cynthia, Kevin, William and Jonathan; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Edward Swanson, retired funeral director, South Oakland County, Michigan, died September 10, 2017, at age 87. Swanson was a U.S. Army veteran (Korea) and a funeral director in South Oakland County since 1961. He served as mayor of Madison Heights, Michigan, from 1999-2015. He is survived by wife Elaine; children Dennis, David and Danette; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
funeral director, Amarillo, Texas, died September 9, 2017, at age 53. Cox received his associate degree in mortuary science from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He was a member of many organizations, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Better Business Bureau and Amarillo Senior Citizen’s Center. Cox was also the 30-year past president of Range Riders, a Mason and a Shriner. He is survived by children Caytie and Taylor, mother Betty, sister Cindy and brothers Gary and Toby.
Thomas Dale “Tommy” Conrad, funeral director, Browns Memorial Funeral Home, Irving, Texas, died September 7, 2017, at age 51. Conrad graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2008 as a funeral director and embalmer and later earned the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation. He is survived by mother Jeri.
Larry D. Johnson Sr., funeral director and owner, Boswer Johnson Funeral Chapel, Topeka, Kansas, died September 6, 2017, at age 77. Johnson served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He attended Washburn University and later enrolled in the California School of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, where he studied to become a mortician, embalmer and funeral director. He graduated in 1972 with a master’s degree in mortuary science. After graduation, he traveled to the University of Iowa and became certified as the first of two eye enucleators in Topeka. Johnson was community oriented and regularly contributed to Living the Dream, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Iota Omega, Topeka Chapter of The Links Inc., Midwest Elks Lodge and various other organizations. He was a life member of the NAACP, board member of Midland Hospice and a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association, Better Business Bureau of Topeka and Topeka High Soulmates Class 1956-1962. He is survived by wife Harriett; son Amri; one granddaughter; brothers Sokoni, Warren and James Ivan; and sister Wilhelmeta.
David T. Warren, funeral director and owner, Wallingford and Yalesville funeral homes, Wallingford and Yalesville, Connecticut, died August 30, 2017, at age 76. As a child, Warren and his family lived above Thomas E. Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Wallingford, owned by his uncle. After his uncle’s death, Warren enrolled in American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City, completing his studies at age 21 and taking over leadership of the business. Over the next several years, he tirelessly built his Wallingford business with dignity and compassion. He established the Yalesville Funeral Home in 1972 and Wallingford Funeral Home in 1997. He is survived by sister Carol.
Kenneth E. Spoor, retired funeral director and owner, Voss & Sons Funeral Home, Seymour, Indiana, died August 27, 2017, at age 80. Spoor graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1957 and worked at Phillips and O.D. White and Sons funeral homes before moving to Seymour in 1959 to work at Voss & Sons. He purchased that firm in 1967 and served as CEO until 1999. As a member of the Seymour Jaycees, Spoor was the 1963 Jaycee Man of the Year; a Rotarian; 1963 president of the Redding School PTA; 1972 Boss of the Year; a past member of the Seymour Elks, Seymour Country Club and the Chamber of Commerce boards; and president of the Sunshine School. He was also former president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and a member of National Selected Morticians. He is survived by wife Martha, daughters Cindi and Connie, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother Vern and sister JoAnn.
Mr. Kenneth E. Spoor, 80, of Seymour, passed away on Sunday, August 27 at his home. He was born August 19, 1937 in Whiting, IN to Elmer and Annis Tuttle Spoor. On September 2, 1957 he married Martha Hoheimer in Fordsville, KY. He graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary science in 1957 in Louisville and worked at Phillips Funeral Home and O.D. White and Sons Funeral Home before moving to Seymour in 1959 to work at Voss & Sons, Inc. He purchased Voss & Sons in 1967 and was the CEO there until 1999. He then began a full time construction company called Heritage Development which later transformed into Heritage Real Estate and built over 300 homes, several apartment complexes, and multiple new subdivisions. He owned two laundromats and the Brave Owl Skating Rink and Teen Center, and he started Quality Vault Company.
“Poppy” was known for his generous nature and ready smile. He loved gathering family for burgers, chili, biscuits and gravy, or anything that brought everyone together. Always quick witted and ready with a joke, Poppy loved meeting his friends for breakfast or mid-morning coffee at Bevers Deli. He enjoyed fishing trips, Cincinnati Reds games, and working with his hands. Always able to come up with a solution to any problem, Poppy’s loving and generous nature was felt by countless people in the community
As a member of Seymour Jaycees he was the 1963 Jaycee Man of the Year, he was a Rotarian, 1963 President of the Redding School PTA, 1972 Boss of the Year, as well as a past member of Seymour Elks, Seymour Country Club, Chamber of Commerce board member, and president of the Sunshine School. Ken was a member of First Baptist Church and a former deacon and former chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was also former president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and was a member of National Selected Morticians. He also was on the board of Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Cindi (Brad) Lucas, Connie (Mark) Adams, 7 granddaughters, Becky (Brent) Schepman, Lydia (Travis) Maupin, Meredith Adams, and Janelle Adams, Kristin (Brian) Bear, and Lanci (Blake Haswell) Lucas, two grandsons, Chad (Jill) Whittymore and Brantley Adams, five great grandchildren, Madaline and Claire Schepman, Ansley Maupin, Riley Bear, and Nash Haswell. He is survived by a brother, Vern (Gia) Spoor and sister, JoAnn (Robert) Kelly.