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MOST RECENT CDC INFORMATION -This link gives the most up-to-date information we have from the Centers For Disease Control. If you scroll down, you will see an entire section devoted to COVID-19 and Funerals. 

Vernie R. Fountain’s recommended Guidelines for highly contagious or infectious cases

Funeral Service Foundation links regarding Youth and Funerals: Funeral Service Foundation, Youth and Funeral Video, Youth and Funerals e-book.

VA Burial Flag Request Form now availabe in Documents and Downloads of Members Only secion.

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.

In Memoriam

James E. Mulvan II, nephew of MFDEA Office Manager, Cindy Gorman.

James E. Mulvan II, 28, of Hamilton, passed away on November 18, 2020.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was a lifelong area resident.

Jim, as he was known by family and friends, enjoyed fitness and weightlifting, spending time with his family, and fishing. He was adventurous and lived life in the fast lane. He adored his daughter, Sienna.  He could light up a room with his contagious smile and he will be sorely missed. 

Jim is survived by his parents, James E. Mulvan and Patricia Slaton; his wife Gianna Mastroianni-Mulvan; his daughter Sienna Montervino-Mulvan; two sisters, Patricia Doyle and husband John, and Jessica Bijaczyk and husband Anthony; paternal grandparents James and Barbara Mulvan; nieces and nephew, Aubrianna, Julian, Chelsea, and Fiona; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. 

Relatives and friends may attend a visitation on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville. A Catholic prayer service will be held 12 p.m. at the memorial home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to City of Angels NJ, Inc. at www.cityofangelsNJ.org or mailed to City of Angels NJ, Inc., P.O. Box 10237, Trenton, NJ 08650.


Samuel Martin Rice

Samuel Martin Rice, 86 of Carrollton, Missouri, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Missouri, with his beloved Shirley, and son Bruce by his side. 

Sam was born September 18, 1934, in rural Norborne to Harry L. and Nellie (Harper) Rice. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1952. Sam served in the United States Army for two years before attending Central Missouri State University. He was married to Shirley Dickerson on June 21, 1953, at the Bogard United Methodist Church in Bogard, Missouri, and was later blessed with the birth of two sons, Marty and Bruce. In 1958, he moved to Texas with his family, so he could attend the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in1959. Sam worked for his father-in-law, Ray Dickerson at Dickerson Furniture Store and Dickerson Funeral Home in Bogard, Missouri. Ray Retired in 1966, and Sam and Shirley purchased the business and operated as Dickerson-Rice Furniture and Dickerson-Rice Funeral Home. Sam and his family, moved to Carrollton in 1970 and became co-owners of Gibson-Rice Funeral Home for many years. When the opportunity became available to purchase Parker Funeral Service & Crematory in Columbia, Sam and Shirley moved there and served families until his retirement. Sam was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for forty years, as well as former Carroll County Coroner. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of Carrollton Lions Club, Masonic Lodge for over fifty years, and also belonged to Ararat Shrine and Moolah Shrine Temples, American Legion Post # 202, and Past President of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, and attended Carrollton United Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors, especially taking his dogs quail hunting. Sam had also been very involved in Boy Scouts as a Leader and was proud of Marty and Bruce for their achievement to the rank of Eagle Scout. Sam and Shirley enjoyed extensive travel in their motor home, spending winters in Arizona and Florida, and spending time with their family, especially their granddaughters.

Sam is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Shirley of the home; one son, Bruce Rice and wife Barbara of Rocheport, Missouri; two granddaughters, who were the light of his life, Tess A. Rice of Columbia, Missouri, and Trisha Brown and husband Charlie of Columbia, Missouri; one brother, Joe L. Rice and wife Deloris of Kansas City, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Hubert Carter of Carrollton, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nellie Rice; his son, Martin Edward Rice; and his sister, Norene Carter.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Bittiker Funeral Home, 1201 North 65 Highway, Carrollton, Missouri.

Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m., at Bittiker Funeral Home, with Reverend Bruce Trussell officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton, Missouri.

For those who would like to make a memorial contribution; the family respectfully requests they be made to H.E.L.P. Cancer Fund. They may be left at or mailed to Bittiker Funeral Home,  P. O. Box 223, Carrollton, Missouri, 64633.

Please share your condolences with the family by visiting www.bittikerfuneralhomes.com and click on the obituaries link.


Important Dates

November 2020  
Nov. 18 MFDEA Law Class - full
Nov. 26-27 Thanksgiving, MFDEA Office Closed
December 2020  
Dec. 2 & 16 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City

Dec. 24-25


Christmas, MFDEA Office Closed



Classified Ads

Posted 11/17/20: Basler Funeral Home in historic Ste. Genevieve, MO is hiring a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  You must be willing to relocate to our community and get licensed in Missouri as a funeral director and embalmer if you are not already.  Stipend to help with moving expenses can be provided.  Ste. Genevieve is a small community 60 miles south of St. Louis, MO rich in history and is an excellent place to live and raise a family.   The community we serve is predominately catholic. 

We are a family owned funeral home of over 120 years’ experience under 4th generation ownership that understands that time off and family time is important.  We are a busy funeral home serving approximately 150 families a year out of just one location.  We offer competitive pay, paid vacation, employee health insurance, profit sharing, clothing allowance & cell phone reimbursement.

Applicant must work well with families, be compassionate and caring, pay attention to detail and have a positive attitude.  Applicant must be organized and keep a tidy work area.  Also be proficient on computers possessing the ability to learn and adapt to numerous programs. 

If you are interested or if you have questions please call or email Eric Basler at eric@baslerfuneralhome.com 573-883-3358 

Posted 9/30/20: Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum has a job opening for a foreman/project manager. Click here for full details.

Posted 9/14/20: Ledford Family Funeral Homes has two locations east of Kansas City, Missouri. Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home in Odessa, MO and Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington, MO.  We have an open position for a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer or Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer.  The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, with a leadership mindset, detail-oriented, adaptable, and passionate for providing exceptional service.  We offer excellent pay, benefits, paid-time off, retirement plan, and a balanced on-call/weekend schedule.

Work/Life balance is a foundational principle for our family, and we make that a priority for all team members.  Ledford Family Funeral Homes currently serve around 180 families a year.  Being a family-owned funeral home, this position does include meeting with families, directing services, embalming, and removals.  This position is a great opportunity for expanding your experience and knowledge in all aspects of the industry.  Our locations are 20 miles east of Kansas City. Both towns are two great places to raise a family, live in a small town, and also enjoy all of the conveniences the metropolitan area has to offer.  If you feel you are the right candidate for our family, and are looking to join a passionate, fun-loving, team environment, send your resume to:  austin@ledfordfamilyfh.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted 8/26/20: Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Mo is a Family owned and operated Funeral Home in South-East Jackson County, 20 minutes outside of Kansas City, Mo. We are looking for a Funeral Director/Embalmer or Funeral Director. We offer a great opportunity for anyone that would like to work in an establishment that is large enough to offer many benefits but small enough to treat you like a member of our family, not just another employee. We offer top pay for our industry, company match 401K, health insurance with dental, and vision. A rotating weekend schedule, company paid cell phone, paid vacation, encourage community/family involvement, all with no middle of the night removals or embalming!  Salary will be based on experience but encourage even those just getting started to inquire about the positions.  Langsford Funeral Home has the best facility, equipment, and clientele in our region. If you’d like to know more about this rare opportunity, please call 816-524-3700 or email a resume to frontoffice@langsfordfuneralhome.com

Posted 7/6/20: NOW HIRING: Licensed Funeral Directors to join Speaks Chapels L.L.C.

Our Family Owned funeral home is growing and we’re looking for an energetic, positive and compassionate Funeral Director to join our amazing team!

We are looking for someone to become an important part of our professional but fun group. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a nationally respected Family Owned Funeral Home that’s paving the way for generations ahead.

We are a progressive funeral home with three locations, serving eastern Jackson County, Missouri.  You will be involved in various aspects of funeral service and will be expected to service a very diverse community. You must be able to communicate effectively, manage relationships with those you serve and work with while also handling the pressures of managing details within our ever-changing profession.

If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of smart, capable people who take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for their hard work, through our competitive wages and benefits package including medical insurance, life insurance, paid time off, and bonus plan.


Visit our website at www.speakschapel.com  to learn more about our amazing funeral home and caring team, stop by in person at any of our spectacular locations to fill out an application or send your personalized resume to lisa@graystoneassociates.com.   

Posted 2/25/20: Are you ready for a career move? Do you want to become a rockstar within the funeral business? We are looking for a motivated and dedicated individual to complete our team of industry leading, first generation, funeral professionals. We offer: a high end salary, paid Health insurance, matching company 401K retirement plan, paid vacation, paid personal time, annual performance based salary increases and bonus’. This position has an excellent on-call schedule that allows you to have a normal life outside of work.  

Must have 3 years experience and hold a Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmer license or able to reciprocate from another state.

Located in Blue Springs, MO, in the Kansas City metro, just minutes from Arrowhead Stadium, Kauffman Stadium, The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center, The Country Club Plaza and so much more. 

We invite you to visit our website, www.meyersfuneralchapel.com to learn more about our firm and our Meyers Funeral Chapel Family. Please contact our Blue Springs location manager, Tyler Stingley by calling him at 816.229.3276, texting him at 816.654.5657 or emailing him at Tyler@meyersfuneralchapel.com. You’ll be glad you did!

Posted 1/10/20: St. Louis Cremation is looking for full-time embalmer for both cosmetic embalming and medical school profusion. Please contact St. Louis Cremation, 314-241-8844 or eli.wennstrom@gmail.com.


Posted 1/7/20: Join our team for a challenging and meaningful career focused on preparing individuals for loss, grief and healing. This full-time Funeral Director position allows the opportunity for Embalming and promises autonomy and professional development. At the same time, this offer features industry-leading benchmark compensation along with complete benefits and high quality of living in a variety of affordable communities. We are independently owned with multiple funeral homes on cemetery locations in the St. Louis market. Call, text or email for an immediate conversation.

Brian May
Chapel Hill Mortuary
Funeral Homes & Cemeteries

Posted 10/30/19: McDaniel Funeral Service, Kennett, Missouri is seeking a Missouri licensed funeral director and embalmer to join our staff.  Enjoy the opportunity to work in a new facility with an onsite crematory.  Excellent working conditions.  Three man on-call rotation with every other weekend off.  Benefits package includes paid time off, health insurance, Simple IRA Retirement Plan, and a competitive salary.  Great place to live and raise a family.  Licensed individual preferred, but will consider an apprentice.  E-mail cover letter and resume to:  mcdanielfs@clgw.net or contact Randy Leach at 573-888-3311 for more information.

Posted 10/16/2019: A funeral home in Springfield, Missouri is currently seeking a Missouri licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. Please email your resume to apeab@stonemor.com or you can call for more information at 417-887-1929.

Posted 8/26/2019: Funeral Director/Embalmer Opportunity
Hutchens Mortuary is seeking an experienced Missouri Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer to join their full-time staff. Hutchens Mortuary is a family owned firm, established in 1955, with locations in both St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.  We are in search of a forward thinking, compassionate applicant who will exceed family expectations. We offer a full benefits package that would include Paid Time Off, Health Insurance, Matching Retirement Plan and a very competitive Salary. Our co-workers enjoy a flexible schedule with every-other weekend off.  The Hutchens family is dedicated to providing a superior work environment that would include company sponsored staff outings, monthly birthday and employment anniversary acknowledgements and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence.  Interested applicants should email their resume to bmarkel@HutchensFuneralHomes.com

Posted 8/20/2019: Forward-thinking funeral home in Northeast Missouri specializing in cutting-edge and ultra-personalized services, seeking a skilled licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Bibb-Veach Funeral Homes is family owned and operated in Bowling Green, MO serving 200 families per year out of three locations. Competitive salary, health insurance, paid time off, and flexible schedule. Optional on-site residence available.   We are a family-friendly employer who makes every attempt to help our employees balance work and family.

Applicant must be a licensed embalmer and funeral director in Missouri and have at least 3 years’ experience. For further information contact Ryan Bibb at 573-324-2211 or email your resume to office@bibbveach.com.

Posted 5/20/2019: Position Description Funeral Director, Embalmer/ Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer. Liley Funeral Homes is located in Southeast Missouri in Marble Hill, Missouri and Patton, Missouri. We are a family-owned and operated and are looking for the right person that is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer or an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer. Our emphasis is on kind, compassionate service with honest, consistent pricing.

Required qualifications: Ability and willingness to perform a variety of day-to-day operational functions with heavy lifting, including evening, night, and weekends, in addition to daytime operations; professional written and spoken communication skills; compassionate care for families; collaborative work ethic; advanced computer skills; clean driving record; crematory operator certification (or willingness to complete.  

We offer competitive pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement plan and a positive work environment.


  1. Demonstrate kind, compassionate service to families that are served.
  2. Display appropriate level of confidentiality and professionalism, presenting a professional appearance.
  3. Be available for phones and on-call time, performing removals in timely, caring manner.
  4. Prioritize needs of funeral home with an emphasis on people first and paperwork needs as well as other projects.
  5. Focus on highest priority needs, keep files current, lead services, assist with inventory, run necessary errands, assist with death certificates, assist with appearance of facilities, and perform other day-to-day operational needs.
  6. Complete additional paperwork for families with attention to detail, including drafting obituaries, notifying Social Security, submitting flag applications, and contacting insurance companies.
  7. Coordinate with cemeteries, other funeral homes, newspapers, and other parties as needed to meet the needs of individual families.
  8. Follow certified crematory practices and procedures.
  9. Follow verification and documentation procedures.
  10. Take initiative to discuss and implement supported projects as time permits to further advance care for grieving families, increase efficiency, heighten presence, better utilize technology, etc.  

Posted 4/15/2019: Family owned funeral home with two locations in Mid Missouri seeking funeral director/embalmer for managerial position. Experienced person preferred with salary, health insurance, time off and guaranteed vacation included. Please email resume to weiker@socket.net

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