Richard "Rich" J. Baker, Age 78 of Edina went home to be with the Lord on 1/13/18. Life-long funeral director with Washburn-McReavy. Survived by loving wife Bev; adoring daughters Jenny (Brian) Gunderson, Julie (Will) TenBroek, Missy (Ryan) Benson; beloved grandchildren Hannah, Katy, Ben, Tommy, Britta, Ben and Matt; brother Dr. C. Robert (Barb) Baker. Special thank you to Allina Hospice, especially to Peggy and Mary, and also to Dr. Amy Morrow. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, January 19 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour before service at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave., Richfield, MN. If so desired, memorials may be directed to donor's choice.
Franklin O.L. Steinberg , funeral director, president and owner, Sunset Chapels in Manhasset, New York, died January 12, 2018, at age 83.
Ruth Henry Rothrock, funeral director, Martinsville, Virginia, died January 11, 2018, at age 94. Rothrock became a licensed funeral director in 1974 and was active in numerous organizations, including Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, of which she was a life member. She was a member and past committee chairman of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and the first woman member of the Martinsville chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest network of expert business mentor volunteers. Roth-rock was also a member of the Martinsville Henry County Chapter of Altrusa International, volunteered at Patrick Henry Elementary School, Piedmont Arts and Grace Network, and was telephone chairman for the Piedmont Arts Guild. She is survived by sons James Albert and Samuel Drury, brother Walter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Richard A. Gant, funeral director and embalmer, Reedsburg, Wisconsin, died January 10, 2018, at age 81. Gant attended Miami of Ohio University and Cincinnati College of Embalming. He shared ownership of Gant Funeral Home with brother Willard until the business was sold in 1986. In 2009, the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association recognized Gant’s 50 years of licensure. He was a member of Reedsburg American Legion Post 350 for more than 35 years and served on the city of Reedsburg’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Review. He is survived by wife Juliet, daughter Mary, a granddaughter and brother Willard.
Chad Olmsted, funeral director and embalmer, Richmond, Indiana, died January 8, 2018, at age 50. Olmsted worked in funeral service from the time he was 18 years old. He was a member of Webb Lodge No. 24 F.&A.M. and Pi Sigma Eta and a former member of the now defunct American Society of Embalmers. He is survived by wife Laura, sons Michael and Jordan, two grandsons, mother April, father Randall, sister Lori and grandmothers Doris and Mary.
Francis Loyd Frye, funeral director/owner, Hoopes Funeral Home, Brawley, California, died January 6, 2018, at age 99. Frye purchased the funeral home in 1953, and he and his wife served Brawley and the Imperial Valley for 65 years. He was a member of Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge 1420, Brawley Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge 402 F&AM. Frye was also a member of the Stockmen’s Club, the Rustlers and Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum, as well as recipient of the Branding Iron Award in 2009 for leadership skills and devotion to the city of Brawley. He is survived by wife Edna Rae; daughters Shannon, Sydney and Sheila; 15 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Samuel “Bill” Lowe Spry Jr., owner and funeral director, Spry Funeral Home, Huntsville, Alabama, died January 5, 2018, at age 93. Spry received his 70-year service pin from the Alabama Funeral Directors Association in 2015. He served previously as county coroner of Madison County. He is survived by daughter Susan, brother James and six grandchildren.
retired funeral director and embalmer, Harlingen, Texas, died December 27, 2017, at age 90. A Navy veteran who served during World War II, Green attended West Virginia University and Marshall University prior to graduating from Cincinnati College of Embalming. He started his career in funeral service with Clark Funeral Home in Toronto and then worked with Martin Funeral Home and Robinson Funeral Home prior to arriving in Newark in 1953 as a member of the staff at Criss Brothers Funeral Home, where he would stay for the duration of his career. Green was an active member of the community. A life member of Moundbuilders Kiwanis, Green was a distinguished lieutenant governor, attended nine international Kiwanis conventions and was named Kiwanian of the Year on three separate occasions. He was a 60-year member of Crusader Lodge F.&A.M., a member of OFDA District 13, first commissioner of McGuffey Cub Scout Pack 79, longtime member of the Board of MRDD and instrumental in building the LICCO workshop. He is survived by wife Mary; children Rick, Randall, Matt, Jodi and Kelli; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
H. Laron "Ron" Briggs, funeral director, Brundage Funeral Home, Dillion, Montana, died December 27, 2017, at age 61. He is survived by wife Julie; children Kasey, Eric, Mitchell, Jeffrey and Roxanne; four grandchildren; brothers Brad and Theron, and sister Krista.
funeral director, Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, Texas, died December 15, 2017, at age 75. Dempsey received his 50-year recognition pin from the Texas Funeral Directors Association in June 2014. He was employed with Gipson Funeral Home for 45 years and had currently worked for Carroway Funeral Home for eight years. Dempsey was a past president of the Lufkin Youth Baseball Association, member of the Lufkin Sideliners Club and a devoted Panther fan. He was also a past president of the Angelina Roadrunners Club. He is survived by daughter Dana, sons Lance and Ron, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.