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Per the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association Constitution and by-laws, MFDEA will hold an election for three MFDEA Board Members at the Tri-State Convention. The election will be during the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 8:30 – 10:00 am. 

At last year's convention, under the new Board structure,  9 members were elected and they were randomly given either a one, two, or three year term, with three of the positions to then to be voted on each year. All board members are "At-Large" and do not represent any particular district or portion of the state, so are voted on by the entire voting membership at convention.

The positions open are for the three board members elected at last year's convention who were given a one year term. Those Board members may, if they wish, stand for re-election to the Board.

The board members elected on May 3, 2022, will serve a three year term. 

Nominations are open now. Submit nominations by contacting the office at 573-635-1661 or info@mofuneral.org. Nominations can also be made the day of election as a write-in on the ballot.

Tri-State Convention and Trades

May 1 - 4, 2022 at Overland Park Sheraton and Convention Center 

Click here to register.

District 6 & 7 Dinner Meeting

WHEN: April 6, 2022, Wednesday

TIMES: 6 pm Cocktails / 7 pm Dinner & Meeting

WHERE: Trattoria Toscana, 11686 Gravois Rd, St Louis, 314-849-1499

PRICE: $35

RSVP AND PAYMENT BY: March 30, 2022

Book with Beth at bakers@jaybsmith.com or (636) 343-0400.


2022 Law Review Class Dates are available. Click for date

In Memoriam

Bruce L. Thurman, 73, of Kansas City formerly of Richmond, Missouri, and owner with his family of the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond before his retirement died Friday, August 12, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. 

Funeral services will be Tuesday August 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Richmond United Methodist Church. Burial will in Sunny Slope Cemetery in Richmond. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Richmond United Methodist Church or the Friends of Farris in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, Missouri.   

Bruce was a longtime member of National and Missouri Funeral Directors Association as well as Selected Independent Funeral Directors.

He is survived by his sister, Lynne Murry of Leawood, KS. 


Ronald Lee King II, 42, loving husband, son, uncle, and friend for many in funeral service across the country, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at his home.

Ron was born on September 18, 1979, in Branson, Missouri to Ronald L. Sr., and Paulane L. Butler. He was a graduate of South Central High School in Farina, Illinois and later started working for his step-father Charlie Butler at Butler Coach Company.

On October 20, 2007, after 9 years of dating, he married Janie N. Rozich in Nashville, Indiana. Quickly, Ron filled the role of favorite uncle and never let go of the title.

Ron was a long-time member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, past-president of the Sales and Supply Club where he also served as the “forever” secretary-treasurer, he was the face of the the IFDA Education Foundation, a member of PCS the Professional Car Society, and a member of the Independent Funeral Directors Association.

He is survived by his wife of fourteen years, Janie King of Carbon, Indiana; his mother, Paulane Butler of Carbon, Indiana; his sister, Sharon Donanto; uncle, David Stepeton of Greensburg, Indiana; sister-in-law, Heather (Luther) Bean, Bonnie, Illinois; several nieces, nephews, and many friends and family in funeral service. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Ronald King Sr.; his sister Julie Donanto; step-father and mentor, Charles R. Butler; mother-in-law, Jean Meadows; as well as his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Indiana Funeral Directors Association Office 1305 W 96th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260 with Pastor Jim Rogers officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be prior to services from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

All of Ron’s funeral director friends are encouraged to drive their hearses to the service and take part in one final “hearse procession” following the service. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin, Illinois. In lieu of flowers: do what Ron has been asking you to do for years, open your wallet and donate to the IFDA Education Foundation.

Doris J James

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Doris J. James, President of The Williams-James Mortuary, Inc. - 1424 Dielman Road - St. Louis, MO  63132.

Services:      In state on Mon, May 9th 1-8pm - Williams-James Chapel                     Funeral on Tues, May 10th 10:30am - City of Life Church -                        8333 Fullerton, St Louis MO 63132

Williams-James Staff

Important Dates

August 2022  
August 24 - Law Class - full  
September 2022
September 5 - Office closed for Labor Day
September 21 - Law Class - full
October 2022  
October 10 - Office closed for Columbus Day  
October 19 - Law Class  


Classified Ads

Posted 8.2.2022:

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. 

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, with a leadership mindset, detail-oriented, adaptable, and passionate for providing exceptional service. Preference will be given to Missouri Funeral Director & Embalmer Licensed candidates.

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 210 families a year. Being a family-owned funeral home, personal service is our priority.

The position responsibilities include meeting with families, directing services, embalming, on-call, 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 enjoy all 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

*Starting Salary is $61,000/year/ plus yearly performance bonuses

*1 Bedroom Studio Apartment, recently remodeled

*3 Weeks Paid Vacation

*Eligible to participate in company retirement plan after 90 days

*Paid Health Insurance

Contact Austin Ledford at austin@ledfordfamilyFH.com or 816-263-7577.

Posted 6.24.2022:

 Come Join Our Team!!!

In search of a dual Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer and Apprentice Funeral Director to join us at Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory in Joplin, MO. We are a 3rd Generation, Family Owned funeral home. Joplin is a large community with small town qualities with numerous smaller surrounding communities. We are within an hour drive of several lakes and plenty of entertainment for all with a very fair cost of living.

We offer an opportunity to make a very decent salary with a choice of benefits.

We look forward to hearing from you. For more information please contact, Austin Woodard, Owner, at 417-781-1711.

Posted 6.15.2022:

 Whelchel Grace Funeral Home, Forsyth, Missouri (about 11 miles north of Branson) is looking for a funeral director or embalmer combination, or a funeral director apprentice.  The position is full-time.  The area is surrounded by numerous lakes, recreation, and other forms of entertainment.

 Please contact David Stahlhut at 417 546 4757.

  Posted 5.23.2022:

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 a minimum of 3 years’ experience and currently hold a funeral director and embalmer license in Missouri or able to obtain a reciprocal license from another state.

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

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000 - $85,000per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance

Please contact Todd DeMint, Managing Partner

Meyers Funeral Chapels - Office 816.741.0251

 Posted 5.19.2022:

 Speaks Chapels, a nationally-known funeral home in Independence, Missouri seeks professional help with our three-location operation. We offer a generous compensation package, relocation bonus, and the opportunity to grow with us. Successful candidates will be talented, smart, hardworking, and compassionate. We are looking for empathy, creativity, thoroughness, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of both client-families and our teammates.

 We are looking for a funeral director who can obtain reciprocal licensing in Missouri or who is already Missouri licensed. An embalming license is a plus, but not required. Our team is building breadth and depth with an eye to the future. We will conduct initial telephone interviews for suitability, tone of voice, and ability to successfully handle phone conversations. Those that are selected will then be scheduled for one or more Zoom interviews designed to allow a candidate to impress us with their presence, personality, and ability. Finalists will be interviewed in person at our expense.

 · Licensed Funeral Director

· Generous compensation plus strong bonus opportunity

· Health insurance

· 401k plan available

· Paid time off

· Positive team environment

· Low cost of living with great amenities

 We are very selective and are only looking for a certain type of person that can handle funeral service at our level. The successful candidate will have A+ communication skills, both written and verbal, along with a track record of success with families. Visit our website at www.speakschapel.com to see who we are and what we are doing. Resumes should be submitted to Brad Speaks or Jessica Lager, along with suitable references.



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