Arvin Lee Hansen, retired funeral director/owner, Serenity Funeral Homes, Draper and St. George, and Cache Valley Funeral Home, Hyde Park, Utah, died August 23, 2017, at age 73. Hansen attended Ricks College, Utah State and California College of Mortuary Science and served in the funeral business for more than 50 years. He is survived by wife Sherrill; sons Larry, Lynn, Lyle, Lane and Lance; 21 grandchildren; and sister Jo Ann.
Anthony S. “Tony” Rendina Jr., retired funeral director and owner, Rendina Funeral Home, Gary, Indiana, died August 19, 2017. Rendina was a respected funeral director in Indiana for 62 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Sons of Italy and Gary Lions clubs. He was a former president of the Indiana State Board of Funeral Directors and a past Merrillville Police commissioner. He is survived by son Tony, daughter Beth, companion Barbara, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and brothers Vince and Romeo.
Penry Ann Cockrum, retired funeral director and former owner, Poulson Funeral Home, Benton, Illinois, died August 19, 2017, at age 73. In 1987, Cockrum graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in mortuary science. She owned and operated, with husband Terry, Poulson Funeral Home from 1987-07. Cockrum was a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, NFDA, Egyptian Funeral Directors Association and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Benton. She is survived by husband Terry; children Steffaney, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Chris, Craig and Vickie; and seven grandchildren.
H. Tracy Mitchell III, funeral director and owner, Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Service, Medfield, Millis and Medway, Massachusetts, died August 14, 2017, at age 73. Mitchell served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Randolph. He attended New Eng-land Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences, graduating in 1969. Mitchell was a life member of Charles River Lodge A.F.&A.M., Massachusetts Consistory, Mt. Lebanon Royal Arch Chapter, Milford Commandery, Aleppo Shrine, Beckwith Post 110 American Legion, National Skeet Association and Amvets Post 495 Medway. He was also a charter member of Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization and served as secretary/treasurer and on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the British Institute of Embalmers. Mitchell also served as past president of Medfield Acacia Club and was former superintendent and commissioner of Vine Lake Cemetery. He was a member of NFDA, The Boston Court, R.O.J. 63, Order of the Thistle, Fin Fur & Feather Club/Millis and Charles River Valley Shrine Club. Mitchell was a former volunteer with the Medfield Fire Department, Medfield Council of Aging, Medfield Housing Authority and Medfield Trust Fund Commission. He is survived by wife Emma; children Michelle, Wayne, Jennifer and Jessica; siblings Pauline, Winnie, Whitney, Douglas, Laurie and Charlotte; and 10 grandchildren.
John W. Glueckert, retired funeral director, Arlington Heights, Illinois, died August 14, 2017, at age 82. Glueckert served in the U.S. Army from 1958-64. He was a member of the Arlington Heights Lions Club for more than 50 years, serving as president in 1967-68, and a Melvin Jones Fellow. Glueckert was also a charter member of Knights of Columbus Holy Rosary Council 4483. He is survived by wife Rosanna; children John W., Mary Cecelia and Jacqueline; three grandchildren; and sister Mary Ellen.
Melissa A. Evaline, funeral director, Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Homes Inc., Corydon and Georgetown, Indiana, died August 12, 2017, at age 51. Evaline was retired from the U.S. Air Force and worked at Ford Motor Company before graduating from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2007, where she served as class secretary. She is survived by her mother and sister Zettie.
Ann McCully Jones, funeral director, Jones and Son Funeral Home, Richton, Mississippi, died August 12, 2017, at age 72. Jones was a 1965 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi, earning her bachelor’s degree in business education. She was a Taylor Medalist and member of Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Gamma Nu and Phi Beta Lambda. She is survived by husband Frank; sons Henry Lee, John Harold and Walter Parke; and 10 grandchildren.
James R. “Dick” Davis, retired funeral director, Maricopa, Arizona, died August 9, 2017, at age 67. Davis graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1972. He is survived by wife Janice, children Marty and James, four grandchildren and brothers Tom and Jack.
retired funeral director, Indianapolis, Indiana, died August 5, 2017, at age 74. Kleespie graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1965. He was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged. Kleespie began his 55 years of funeral service in 1962. Associated with the Miss Indiana Pageant since 1973, he served as scholarship chairman, as well as in various other positions; he was also affiliated with the Miss America Pageant. Kleespie was a member the Whitley County Hospital Foundation Board, chairman of the local Bicentennial Committee, American Lung Association Board, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1417, American Legion Post 98, Whitley County Board of Realtors, Jaycees, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, NFDA and National Disaster Emergency Response Team. He is survived by daughters Kari and Karman, nine grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Larry Ross Jameson, funeral director, Dodsworth-Piper Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, Illinois, died August 3, 2017, at age 68. Jameson graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in 1971 before graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1972. He was elected and served as McDonough County coroner for 28 years. Jameson also served on the board of directors for a number of years and was elected president of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association in 1991. He became involved in the 1st Illinois Funeral Directors Disaster Response Team, helping to write the guidelines book. Jameson also became a FEMA-certified Disaster Response Coordinator and was a longtime member of the Cook County Disaster Response Team. He was a member of the Jaycee’s, Odd Fellows Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Macomb Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Quincy Consistory, Mohammed Shrine, Macomb Rotary Club and Leatherneck Club. He also served on the Macomb Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science Program Board of Directors. He is survived by wife Beth; children Kelly and Eric; and siblings Dave, Doug, Susan, Dan, Sally, Gary and Lee.