Obituaries

James Rathke
B: 1945-10-19
D: 2017-05-27
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Rathke, James
Robert Barbour
B: 1947-12-16
D: 2016-05-25
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Barbour, Robert
Jean Firkins Easter
B: 1928-11-04
D: 2016-05-25
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Firkins Easter, Jean
Jill Shepherd
B: 1967-10-06
D: 2016-05-25
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Shepherd, Jill
Ulis Flippin
B: 1928-03-30
D: 2016-05-24
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Flippin, Ulis
Geraldine Boone Dye
B: 1919-01-24
D: 2016-05-23
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Boone Dye, Geraldine
Bertram Carter
B: 1951-04-12
D: 2016-05-23
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Carter, Bertram
Matthew Davies
B: 1971-10-02
D: 2016-05-22
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Davies, Matthew
Mary Marcks
B: 1939-10-04
D: 2016-05-21
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Marcks, Mary
James Henry-Rhoads
B: 1981-04-21
D: 2016-05-21
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Henry-Rhoads, James
Doris (Lilly) Young
B: 1942-08-04
D: 2016-05-20
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(Lilly) Young, Doris
William Nevins
B: 1954-01-23
D: 2016-05-20
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Nevins, William
Gregory Bricker
B: 1959-09-10
D: 2016-05-19
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Bricker, Gregory
Martha Parker
B: 1931-12-07
D: 2016-05-18
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Parker, Martha
Norma Corkern
B: 1932-02-17
D: 2016-05-18
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Corkern, Norma
Elizabeth Cook
B: 1934-01-06
D: 2016-05-18
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Cook, Elizabeth
Ronald Armstrong
B: 1948-12-31
D: 2016-05-17
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Armstrong, Ronald
Clayton Wood
B: 1925-05-12
D: 2016-05-16
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Wood, Clayton
Barbara Fanara
B: 1939-10-05
D: 2016-05-16
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Fanara, Barbara
Darrell Bolejack
B: 1954-10-18
D: 2016-05-16
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Bolejack, Darrell
Beulah Smith
B: 1928-11-10
D: 2016-05-15
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Smith, Beulah

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Understanding Cremation
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Code of Cremation Ethics
We are members of the Cremation Association of North American (CANA) and therefore hold ourselves to an unusually high code of ethics in how we operate our crematory.
Cremation Standards of Care
Standards of care are important when considering cremation. As a full-service cremation provider, we operate our crematory in a different manner than discount operations or other full-service providers.
Cremation Options
We own and operate our own crematory and are proud of the level of professional care that we devote to the cremation process.
When Cremation is Preferred
Detailing the reasons why cremation is the preference of a growing number of families, this page also covers additional questions to ask once the cremation decision has been made.