James Howard “Foots” Gantt Sr., owner and funeral director, Hay-Gantt Funeral Home, Marietta, Georgia, died February 19, 2017, at age 81. Gantt received a degree in funeral service from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Dallas, where he was also a microbiology instructor. He served as a dignified funeral director and embalmer in Marietta and surrounding areas for 65 years, owning and operating Hay-Gantt for 38 years. Gantt was a pioneer in the field of emergency medical service, providing ambulance service to the area. In 1967, when the funeral homes stopped providing ambulance service, he and his partners ensured that ambulance service was still provided to the community. At that time, he became part owner and corporate officer of General Ambulance Service in Marietta. Gantt was a member of Kennesaw Lodge 33 F&AM Masonic Lodge, Cherokee Chapter 13 Royal Arch Masons, Marietta Council 74 Cryptic Masons and Constantine Commandery 26 Knights Templar, Yaarab Shrine Temple, Atlanta, and Kennesaw Mountain Shrine Club.
Roger Thomas Voie, retired owner and funeral director, Voie Funeral Home, Iola, Wisconsin, died February 17, 2017, at age 85. Voie served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman on the Red Cross ship USS Consolation during the Korean War. He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee. Voie joined his father as an undertaker at Voie Funeral Home. He and his brother, Eugene, later took over the family business and ran Voie Furniture Store and the ambulance service until his retirement. He is survived by children Gerald, Ellen, Jeanne, Dale and Rolf; stepdaughter Pam; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Rosa Lee Sims Reynolds, retired funeral director and certified preneed counselor, Brandon, Mississippi, died February 17, 2017, at age 80. She is survived by sons Andy and Bryan, daughters Cindy and Teresa, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Clifford Allen Greene, retired owner and funeral director, McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, Wooster, Ohio, died February 13, 2017, at age 71. Greene attended Ashland College and was a 1969 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He began working for McIntire Funeral Home in 1964, and in 1984, along with Thomas E. Davis, he became a co-owner of the firm. In 2000, when Davis retired, Greene became sole owner until his retirement in December 2011.
He was an active member of the Wooster Noon Lions, had served on the Board of Hospice of Wayne Co., was a member of the New Pittsburg Sportsman Club, a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, had served as president of the local funeral directors association for many years and was a member of the Order of the Golden Rule and the North East Ohio OGR Group.
He is survived by wife Anita, sons Joshua and Nathan, parents Gordon and Ilarae, and four grandchildren.
Edward Roy Ponger, funeral director and owner, Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, Arcadia and Wauchula, Florida, died February 12, 2017, at age 82. Ponger began his career in funeral service at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. After graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he and his wife moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where he worked for Leo W. Englehardt Funeral Home. In 1960, Ponger had the opportunity to purchase Harold Aber Funeral Home, moving his family to Punta Gorda and forming Ponger Funeral Home. In 1974, he and Ron Kays merged and formed Kays-Ponger Funeral Homes, which remain. In addition to the funeral homes, they built Royal Palm Memorial Gardens and Southeastern Crematory. Ponger was a past president of the following organizations: Punta Gorda Kiwanis Club, Shriners Club, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Punta Gorda Housing Authority, Punta Gorda Country Club, Charlotte Co. Scratch Bowling League, SW Bowling Association Hall of Fame, member of the Masonic Order and 32nd degree Mason. He was also co-founder of WFTX Channel 36 in Fort Myers. He is survived by wife Joyce; daughters Allyson, Susan and Marianne; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Robert W. Delmore, Minnesota Funeral Director and father of Minnesota Funeral Director Dan Delmore, age 95 of Robbinsdale, passed away Sunday, February 12 at Meadow Ridge Senior Community in Golden Valley MN.
Bob was born December 9, 1921 in Faribault, MN. and was raised in Minneapolis, attending Incarnation Grade School and graduate of De La Salle High School in 1939. He enrolled in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota completing the course in 1941 and began his career at White Funeral Home in Minneapolis. He served as a Chief Pharmacists Mate in the US Navy in World War II. He returned to White's following the war where he was employed until 1962. He was with Washburn McReavy from 1962-1973 when he purchased the Gearty Davis Funeral Home in Robbinsdale. He retired in 1994.
Bob is survived by his children Kathy (Bob) Iverson, Dan (Mary) Delmore and Sheila (John) Thelemann. 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Margaret and son Paul.
Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, February 18th at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, MN. Visitation Friday 5-7 PM at Gearty-Delmore Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, and at church one hour before the Mass. Int. St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maple Grove.
John “Jack” Patrick, funeral director, Central Islip, New York, died February 12, 2017, at age 81. Patrick proudly served Central Islip and the surrounding communities as a funeral director for more than 60 years. He was a retired member of the Central Islip Fire Department and an active member of the Blue Knights. He is survived by wife Grace; children James, John, Kevin, Brian, Linda, Elizabeth and Alicia; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Paul Eugene “Gene” Weicht, owner and funeral director, Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana, died February 11, 2017, at age 77. Weicht graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis in 1958. He is the fifth generation of the Weicht family to own and operate Weicht Funeral Home since 1854. He began working at the funeral home at age 16 when his father died and continued working with his family until his death. Weicht was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, NFDA and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. He was a member of Angola Masonic Lodge 236; Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne; Mizpah Shrine Club; past president of Pokagon Shrine Club; Pokagon Indians; Order of Eastern Star, Ashley and Sylvan chapters. Weicht was also a member of the Land of Lakes Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and the Odd Fellow Lodge of Angola. He served his country in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, where he was on the Indiana Rifle Team. Weicht is a lifetime member of Angola American Legion Post 31, George Anspaugh Veterans of Foreign War Post 7205 and the Voiture 483 40 & 8. He served on the Angola City Council from 1972-80 and on the Angola City Police Reserve. He is survived by wife Suzi, sons John and Jeffrey, daughter Beth and six grandchildren.
Ormand Francis Burch, retired funeral director, McCulloch Funeral Home, Burley, Idaho, died February 10, 2017, at age 86. Burch graduated from the College of Mortuary Science in San Francisco as one of the top students in his class and received the Mu Sigma Alpha Mortuary Science Award. He returned to Burley and entered into business with McCulloch Funeral Home, retiring in 1993. Burch served in many positions, including as president of the YMMIA, assistant ward clerk and ward clerk, ward executive secretary, assistant stake clerk and stake clerk, bishop of Burley Second Ward and on the Stake High Council. He was a member of the Idaho Funeral Directors Association and past president of the South-Central Idaho District Funeral Directors. He is survived by wife Verlie; children Terri, Dianne and Greg; sister Wilda; brother Kent; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Brian Andrew Daniel, funeral director, Joseph Gawler’s Sons Funeral Directors, Washington, D.C., died February 9, 2017, at age 41. Daniel completed business and music coursework at Carson Newman College in Jefferson, Tennessee, and was awarded an associate of science diploma in mortuary science from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. He was a licensed funeral director in Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Spanning more than two decades, Daniel’s career included positions as a funeral director at Smith Funeral Home in Rutledge, Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson and Rose Mortuary in Knoxville, Tennessee. His professional affiliations included the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, NFDA, the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the British Institute of Embalmers. His community involvement included service positions in the Rotary Club of Knoxville and in the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is survived by parents Dennis and Barbara, very special cousin Angie and an aunt and uncle.