Robert E. Kingston, retired funeral director and former owner, John J. Curran Funeral Home, Rochester, New York, died October 28, 2017. He is survived by daughters Kim, Karen and Kathleen; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
retired funeral director and embalmer, Richwood, West Virginia, died October 27, 2017, at age 90. Combs was a 1952 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Providence and the USS Taconic. He was owner of Richwood Monuments, former owner of Mountainview Cemetery and Combs Funeral Home, Montgomery, and co-owner of Combs Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. He is survived by wife Delores; children Michael, Patrick, Sarah and Christina; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
embalmer and former funeral home owner, Suffolk, Virginia, died December 25, 2107, at age 79. Minchew was a graduate of the 1960 class of Cincinnati College of Embalming and former owner of Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home in Suffolk (1981-95). After selling the funeral home, he became associated with Loving Funeral Home, Churchland, and remained so until his death. Minchew was member of Suffolk Masonic Lodge 30, Khedive Shrine Temple, Southeastern Cushman Club and Cushman Club of America. He is survived by daughter Gay, son F. Michael and two grandchildren.
retired funeral director and owner of many funeral homes, Chillicothe, Missouri, died October 25, 2017, at age 90. Lindley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a cook. He graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and received his Missouri funeral director and embalmer license in 1951. Lindley also served his community as a Livingston County sheriff deputy from 1961-74 and as Chillicothe Police Court judge during the mid-60s. He was also a member of the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club; Pendleton Fund Board; Chillicothe Lions Club (more than 50 years); Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656; Chillicothe Country Club, where he served as president and board member; Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce; past president of Chillicothe Masonic Friendship Lodge 89 AF&AM for more than 50 years; Chillicothe Shrine Club; Moila Shrine Club of St. Joseph; and Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Rebecca; sons J. Scott, Bruce and Timothy; and 10 grandchildren.
funeral director, embalmer and owner, Wilson-Eichelberger Mortuary and Restlawn Cemetery, Sanford, Florida, died October 19, 2017, at age 100.
funeral director, Knightdale, North Carolina, died October 18, 2017, at age 48. Bennett attended Fayetteville Community College and graduated in May 2007 with an associate degree in funeral service. She is survived by husband Victor G., daughters Nicole and Katelyn, one granddaughter, sister Jeanine and brothers David and Joseph.
David E. “Ned” Hillis, retired funeral director and former co-owner, Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home, Zanesville, Ohio, died October 16, 2017, at age 72. Hillis served his country in the Mortuary Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He, along with brother Jim, were second-generation owners of Hillis Funeral Home, where they became involved in the funeral home at a very early age with their father. After graduating from mortuary school, Hillis joined the funeral home as an embalmer and funeral director. He remained active until his retirement in 2013 as co-owner and was also an active member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association. He was involved in the community, giving his time and talents to many organizations, including the Zanesville Jaycees, Zanesville Noon Rotary, Muskingum County Health Department Board of Directors and Campaign Levy. He served as chairman of the Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals and was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus 505, Eagles Lodge 302 and VFW Post 1058. Hillis was also a volunteer with Genesis Healthcare. He is survived by brother Jim and sisters Ellen and Carol.
Charles W. McCulley, funeral director and owner, Angelus Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died October 14, 2017, at age 78. The funeral home was the first minority-owned funeral home to secure a government contract to take care of arrangements for military men and women of El Paso County. McCulley was heavily involved in several civic service organizations: NAACP, where he served as president for two terms; Pueblo Human Resources Commission (first chairman); Mount Carmel Credit Union, where he served as president of the board of directors; Disabled American Veterans, Masons and Elks. He was also recognized for recruiting minorities for the Colorado State Patrol and Rio Grande Railroad. He is survived by children Franklin O., Joseph, Velkis, Juanita, Yanera, Tamisha and Lil Joseph; and 12 grandchildren.
Edward “Eddie” Hahn, funeral director and owner, Smith Mortuary and Arkansas Wilbert Vault, Charleston, Arkansas, died October 14, 2017, at age 76. Hahn was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He owned and operated Smith Mortuary, serving many families throughout the Charleston community and surrounding areas. Hahn also owned and operated Arkansas Wilbert Vault for almost 35 years, serving funeral homes throughout the Arkansas River Valley, northwest Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma. He is survived by wife Cy, daughter Shannon, sister Jane, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
R. Stephen Butler, funeral director and CEO, Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar, Missouri, died October 14, 2017, at age 70. Butler attended Southwest Baptist University and was an honor graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1969. Following college, he returned to Bolivar, joining his parents and working with them for many years in the funeral home and ambulance business. Butler and wife Jarolyn shared responsibilities at the funeral home, and he continued to work daily beside her since they joined the Holman-Howe team in 2008. Through the years, Butler was active in various community and civic organizations, including the Bolivar Optimist Club, Bolivar Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Funeral Directors Association and NFDA. He is survived by wife Jarolyn.