Gordon C. Tappan, retired funeral director and owner, Allanson-Glanville Tap-pan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, New York, died October 28, 2017, at age 87. Tappan was a graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. He served three years in the 174th Air National Guard, Mattydale. Tappan was a charter member of the Phoenix Lions Club, serving as secretary, treasurer and past president; a member of Schroeppel Historical Society; a Village of Phoenix trustee; deputy mayor; and Phoenix Public Library president since 1968. He is survived by children Douglas, Saralyn “Sunny” and Charles; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Marlette.
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.
James W. Roeser, retired funeral director, Virginia Funeral Chapel, Dongan Hills, New York, died May 31, 2016. Roeser served with the Coast Guard from 1953-57, arriving in Staten Island in 1955. After graduating from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, he began his career, first at Riverside Memorial Chapels in Manhattan, then at Meislohn Funeral Home in Port Richmond. In 1968, he became a funeral director at the Virginia Funeral Chapel, where he remained for 48 years, until he retired earlier this year. He is survived by wife Beverly, children Holly and Dale, and two grandchildren.
former owner, Kennedy Funeral Home, Marietta, Oklahoma, died February 27, 2016, at age 70. As a funeral home manager and owner, Kennedy had more than 35 years of experience. He attended East Central University in Ada and graduated from Dallas Institute Gupton-Jones College in September 1966. Throughout his career, Kennedy managed funeral homes in Ada and Hugo and owned funeral homes in Okmulgee, Bristow, Wetumka, Ardmore and Marietta; he retired in October 2000. He served eight years on the Oklahoma State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, with three terms as president; four years on the Bank of Love County Board of Directors; and on the Love County Chamber of Commerce Board of directors for four years. Kennedy served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the "Big Red One," from 1967-69, with one year of Graves Registration in Vietnam, for which he was awarded three Army Commendation Medals, three Bronze Stars, two Vietnam Service Medals, one Vietnam Air Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He is survived by wife Sue; children Tara, Amber and Travis; and seven grandchildren.
retired owner, Koch Funeral Home, Freeport, Ohio, died February 9, 2016, at age 82. Koch received her teaching degree in 1955 from Kent State University and was employed by the Warren City School System for 10 years. In April 1967, she and husband David purchased the former McCoy Funeral Home in Freeport. Koch served her apprenticeship under her husband and became a licensed funeral director. She was also a substitute teacher for the Harrison Hills Board of Education. When her husband died October 13, 1980, she sold the funeral home to her son and daughter-in-law and retired. Koch is a former member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Tri-County Funeral Directors Association. She is survived by sons John, David, Robert, Richard and Asher; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
funeral director, Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, Laconia, New Hampshire, died December 24, 2015, at age 88. Beane served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. Returning to Laconia at the end of the war, he attended Tilton Prep and graduated from Boston's New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science, Embalming and Funeral Directing in 1948. He returned to Laconia and joined his father, "Ace," and his brother, Roger, at Wilkinson Funeral Home. In 1966, the firm became Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home and Beane served as treasurer of the firm for the next 40 years. He was a charter member of the American Red Cross and past president, former secretary and 67-year member of Laconia Rotary Club, as well as being honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Beane was also very active with the New Hampshire Humane Society and Lakes Region United Way and was a former city park commissioner. He was a member of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association, NFDA and the National Selected Morticians. He is survived by children Dana, Russel and Gary; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
funeral director, Hoffmeister Colonial and Kriegshauser South Mortuaries, St. Louis, Missouri, died December 1, 2015. Barthel proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps in both World War II and the Korean War. He is survived by children Rev. Chuck, Sharon and Sandy; and four grandchildren.