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2018 Exhibitor Registration for MFDEA Convention and Tradeshow now available online! Download here.

2018 Attendee Registration for MFDEA Convention and Tradeshow now available online! Download here

Posted 1/16/2018: VA Burial Flag Request Form now availabe in Documents and Downloads of Members Only secion.

Posted 1/5/2018: Music License now available in Documents and Downloads of Members Only section.

Posted 1/5/2018: Seeking experienced Funeral Director/Arranger in St. Charles, MO. See classifieds for more information.

Posted 12/6/17: Seeking a motivated Funeral Director/Embalmer. See classifieds for more information.

Posted 11/15/17: Immediate opening for Funeral Director or Funeral Director/Embalmer. See classifieds for more information.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program to reimburse for the purchase of a casket or urn used to inter a deceased, eligible, Unclaimed Veteran in a VA National Cemetery, is in place.  The program allows for the reimbursement to any individual or entity, has standards for the casket or urn purchased, and by law requires that the Veteran died on or after January 10, 2014.

For eligible Veterans who died on or after January 10, 2014 and were interred in a VA national cemetery prior to May 13, 2015 there are special instructions for applying for the reimbursement. 

To learn more about the program and how to receive reimbursement, please reference the fact sheets listed below.

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces, and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouse, widow, or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.

The CDC has issued Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries. Click here for detailed information.

MFT Members - There is a new Contract Data Link for you to look up contract information: www.axysdata.com/tasmft. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Thurman at Eagle Bank at 314.968.2200.

In Memoriam

Kenton George Slankard, 96, of Montgomery City, MO, formerly of Springfield, MO, died on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the St. Joseph Hospital West at Lake St. Louis, MO.

He was the father-in-law of MFDEA Past President Robert Schlanker.

Kenton George Slankard was born in Neosho, MO on November 10, 1921 to George William Weaver Slankard and Della Myrtle Ivie Slankard.  He attended Neosho Schools graduating in 1939.  He then attended Joplin Junior College (now Missouri Southern University).  He served a term as President of the Student Senate and graduated in 1941 from the school.  He enrolled in the University of Missouri School of Law at Columbia early in 1943.  He then was enlisted in the Army Air Corp.  He served as pilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber with the 451st Bomb Group of the 15th Air Corps stationed in Italy near Bari, Italy.  Following the ending of the war in Europe, he and his crew flew a brand new B-24 back to the States.  He re-entered law school for the second semester of 1945.  He served a year term as President of his law school Fraternity.  He was the winner of the Case Club competition.  He graduated law school and passed the Bar Examination in the first quarter of 1947.

Mr. Slankard married his beloved wife, Betty Flo Davis, March 22, 1947.  They resided in Columbia where he became employed as a claims attorney for MFA/Shelter Insurance.  Shelter transferred him to Springfield, MO to open the first claims handling office outside the home office.  He became litigation counsel for all of the southern states of Shelter’s Insurance Territory. He remained so employed until his retirement in 1983.  After retirement he carried out restricted private practice from his home.

Mr. Slankard was a long time member of National Avenue Christian Church.  He served for a time as Sunday School Superintendent under the church’s first minister, Reverend Clayton Potter, who was also their neighbor.  Betty taught in Sunday School. Later he served on the Board of Deacons.  Their only child, Cora Sue, was born January 23, 1950.  She was baptized by Dr. Mark Randle, the church’s second minister.  Cora Sue’s wedding was conducted by Reverend Henry Tyler at the church.

Mr. and Mrs. Slankard retirement was spent traveling abroad and in the States.  Also time was spent enjoying family, friends, and neighbors.  They were charter members of Twin Oaks Country Club and a member of the downtown Kiwanis Club.  He was a Missouri Tiger fan, a St. Louis Baseball Cardinal fan, and an avid reader.

Mr. Slankard was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on November 3, 2006, after enduring numerous illnesses.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wayne; and three sisters, Thelma, Eileen, and Mary Ruth.

Mr. Slankard is survived by his daughter, Cora Sue Schlanker and her husband, Robert H. Schlanker of Montgomery City, MO; and by two granddaughters: Cora Katherine Thebeau and her husband, Major Travis Thebeau of the United States Army; and Rebeca Jane Lemasters and her husband, Brad Lemasters.  Also surviving are his great-grandchildren:  Cora Meryn and Hallie Rebecca Thebeau and Amelia Jane Lemasters and Kenton Davis Clay Lemasters.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, MO.  Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5:00 PM until the time of service at the Schlanker Funeral Home.  The Reverend Scott Carnes and the Reverend Carrie Carnes will officiate and interment with full military honors will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.

Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com

Important Dates

January 2018  
January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Offices Closed
January 21 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
February 2018  
February 12 Lincoln's Birthday, Offices Closed
February 14 Valentine's Day!
February 19 Washington's Birthday, Offices Closed
February 21 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
March 2018  
March 11 Daylight Savings Time Starts
March 12 MFDEA Board of Directors Meeting
March 13 MFDEA Legislative Day at the Capitol
March 21 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
March 30 Good Friday, Offices Closed
April 2018  
April 18 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
April 25-27 NFDA Advocacy Summit, Washington DC
May 2018  
May 8 Truman's Birthday, Offices Closed
May 13 Mother's Day
May 16 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
May 28 Memorial Day, Offices Closed
June 2018  
June 2-8 MFDEA Convention, St. Louis, MO - Offices Closed
June 17 Father's Day
June 20 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City


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If you have a passion for serving others from the heart and want to join an organization committed to excellence in all that we do, you may be the individual we are looking for!

We are the leading, multi-generational family owned firm in the St. Charles Region and we are accepting applications for a Funeral Director / Arranger that demonstrates excellence in customer service and believe in the spirit of teamwork! We are a well- established, family-owned firm, with multiple locations in a rapidly growing area.

We have a career opportunity for a licensed Funeral Director / Arranger within the St. Charles Countyarea. We are seeking an experienced, licensed funeral professional with a minimum of two years’ experience who is skilled in all areas of arranging and directing. This person should be detail oriented, organized, patient, professional, compassionate and have the desire to take part in community events.

Requirements and Qualifications

Prior customer service experience and a minimum of two years’ experience as a Funeral Arranger. 

Must be Licensed

Ability to work in a high pace, high paced atmosphere (1200+ calls) with strong multitasking and organizational abilities. 

Must be available every other weekend and some holidays and evenings

Must have a good driving record and have or be able to obtain a class E license

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; making funeral arrangements with families, preparing visitation rooms and directing funeral services. 

We offer excellent salary compensation, health and dental insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability, a matching 401K plan and paid vacation.

If you are interested and have a passion for helping others, please apply today at employment@baue.com!

Career Level Required       Experienced (Non-Manager)

Experience Required          2+ to 5 Years

Education Required            Licensed Funeral Director

Job Type                               Employee

Job Status                             Full Time

Posted 12/6/17: Seeking a motivated Funeral Director/Embalmer. We are a family owned and operated funeral home located in central Missouri averaging 275 calls between three locations. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. Serious inquiries only. Please send resume to W4HARLOW@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Posted 11/15/17: Immediate opening for Funeral Director or Funeral Director/Embalmer. Missouri licensed or able to reciprocate quickly. Generous salary with Christmas bonus; vacation bonus; insurance; paid vacation; three week rotating work schedule; no night duty and work environment like no other.

Must be able to meet the many demands of funeral service at high volume funeral home in Southwest Missouri.

Experience preferred but, not required. Will train the right individual.


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