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MFDEA Convention & Tradeshow 2021

Margaritaville Lake Ozarks - June 6 - 8

Registration forms have been mailed to members and exhibitors. If you have not received your information packet by March 22nd please let us know. We will be happy to confirm your address and mail another. 

Reserve early to participate in the 4-Man Golf Scramble. Deadline is April 10, 2021. Click to print Registration form or call 573-635-1661. Visit our Events page for details and forms.


Legacy Funeral Services

The State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors received a judgment of permanent injunction on January 12, 2021 by the Circuit Court of Cole County. The order prohibits Legacy Funeral Services from holding out to the public that it is a licensed funeral establishment or in any way is able to practice as a funeral establishment and/or funeral director in Missouri and also from offering to engage or engaging in any act or practice for which a funeral establishment or funeral director license is required in Missouri. 

Any licensee of the Board who assists or enables Legacy Funeral Services engage in conduct contrary to this Court order may be subject to legal action and/or disciplinary action.  If anyone has information that Legacy Funeral Services is engaging in conduct contrary to this Court order, please let the Board office know.

A copy of the judgment is posted on the Board’s website at https://pr.mo.gov/embalmers-discipline.asp.

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

Harvey E. Doyle, 72, of Sullivan, Missouri, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 25, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Harvey Edward Doyle was born in Sullivan, MO, July 2, 1948, to Carl and Florence (Farris) Doyle. He grew up and attended Sullivan Public Schools and graduated with the Sullivan High School class of 1967. After graduation, Harve honorably served our country in the United States Air Force between 1967 and 1971. While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, he met the love of his life, Sharon Diehl. They were united in marriage on February 14, 1969 in Rapid City, SD. To this union, Harve and Sharon were blessed with two children, Wendy, and Carl. After Harve’s honorable discharge, the couple returned to Sullivan to raise their family. Harve was employed by the Ramsey Corporation, while also attending classes at East Central College towards a business degree.

For much of his life, Harve had a strong desire to own his own business. In 1983, he fulfilled his dream when he and Sharon opened their custom drapery business, “Drapes and Things”. They enjoyed working together over the years and were committed to providing quality products and experience. After operating their business for over 33 years, Harve retired in December of 2016 due to ill health. In 2010, Harve went to work for the Eaton Funeral Home, where he served in various roles.

Harve had been an active member of Temple Baptist Church since 1990, where he served as a deacon, was on the board of directors and personnel committee, and served as the Director of the MRT Program. Due to his love of cooking and entertaining, he co-hosted the Wednesday evening meals for over 20 years. Through the years, Harve was also committed to helping the pastor during baptisms. Harve will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by many.

Harve is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Wendy Appel and husband Dale of Winfield, MO; a son, Carl Doyle and wife Sarah of O’Fallon, MO; his five grandchildren: Jonathan, Thomas, Matthew, Kate and Will; a sister, Sharon Fischer of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Christian Omoresemi; his parents, Carl and Florence Doyle; his beloved grandparents: Harve and Bertha Doyle; and a brother, Jerry Doyle.

Visitation will be 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, March 29, 2021 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan.

Services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan, with Pastor Scott Perry officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Old Cave Spring Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Harve’s memory may be given to Temple Baptist Church MRT Program and/or “Whatever It Takes”.

Friends may send online condolences to Harve’s family at www.eatonfuneralhome.com

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Harvey E. Doyle please visit our Tribute Store.


Shelly Lynn Elliott, 66, of Macon, MO moved into her heavenly home on February 26, 2021. Shelly was born on September 24, 1954 in Kirksville, Missouri and was the daughter of Dave and Ardith Downey of Atlanta, Missouri.  

Shelly was a life-time member of the Atlanta Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Atlanta High School Class of 1972, then graduated what is now Truman State University, finishing her teaching degree in three years.  Shelly started her teaching career in Marceline.  Then, Prentice Elliott stole her heart and they eloped on November 28, 1975. Shelly took a teaching job at Bevier in 1977, January of 1978 the couple purchased the funeral home in Atlanta, which is now known as Elliott Funeral Home.

The couple operated the funeral home business for forty years; Shelly was the brains and Prentice was the brawn. Shelly was a special education teacher for her entire career, retiring from Bevier C-4 in 2005.  She had a passion for helping kids and treated them as her own. She kept in contact with many of her former students after graduation and many of her co-workers, including Diann Brown, whom she taught with for 28 years.

Shelly loved all kinds of animals, but had a special place in her heart for her Golden Retrievers: Haley, Lexi, Emmy, Elly, and her big boy, “Beringer,” a Flame Point Himalayan kitty.  Shelly’s favorite time of the year was when it was warm enough to go on walks with Prentice and her dogs.  

She is survived by her husband, Prentice, of the home. She is also survived by her sister, Kelly (Bill) Anderson of Atlanta, her brother-in-law Stan (Amy) Elliott of Lee’s Summit, nephew Steven (Sara) Elliott of Kansas City, Missouri, and niece Parker (Max) King of Overland Park, Kansas. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews, Julian, Gabe, Jacqueline Elliott and Wade King. She is also survived by a special family friend, Charles Watson and his wife, April and their family, who cares for Elliott Funeral Home still today.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law and mother-law, Kenneth and Mabel Elliott.

Shelly will be missed by all who knew her and forever loved. 

Private family graveside services will be March 5, 2021 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. No public visitation will be held. The family requests no flowers or gifts.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Adair County Humane Society, 22376 State Hwy 6, Kirksville, MO, 63501 or the Atlanta Baptist Church in care of the Elliott Funeral Home, 103 East Main, Atlanta, MO 63530.

Important Dates

February 2021
Feb. 12 - Office closed for Lincoln's Birthday
Feb. 15 - Office closed for Washington's Birthday
Feb. 17 - Law Class
March 2021
March 3 - Law Class
March 17 - Law Class


Classified Ads

Posted 4/26/2021:

Whelchel Grace Funeral Home in Forsyth, Missouri, is looking for a licensed part-time Funeral Director. Having a Preneed Agent license or the willingness to obtain one is highly desirable.


We are located 20 minutes north of Branson. Email your interest in the position or resume to dstahlhut@whelchelgracefuneralhome.com.  Salary is negotiable. No phone calls please.

Posted 3/15/2021:

Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory is Wichita’s (Kansas) premier mortuary and a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. We have two locations in the Wichita community and serve over 550 families annually. We have 10 licensed Funeral directors, 9 of whom are also licensed embalmers and crematory operators. We have two on-site crematories at our east location.

We are looking for a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Crematory Operator. We will assist in obtaining a Crematory Operator license if needed. We do our own removals and our directors are on call one weekday night and one weekend night every two weeks. Moving costs can be negotiated.

Please review our website, www.dlwichita.com, for additional information about our firm.

If you are interested in the position, please email us a resume at: info@dlwichita.com or reach out to us at 316-682-4553.

Posted 3/9/2021:

Experienced Funeral Director and Embalmer Positions Available

The Ortmann Stipanovich Funeral Home is accepting applications for an experienced Missouri licensed funeral director and a Missouri licensed embalmer. We are a family owned funeral home, established in 1935, located in St. Louis County operating two facilities in Overland and Creve Coeur. These are full time positions with benefits. Applicants must have a professional appearance and possess a good work ethic in addition to being self-motivated and compassionate.

Contact: Mike Stipanovich at (314) 514-1111

Send resume to info@osfuneralhomes.com



Posted 3/3/2021: 2004 limo 56000 miles. Great shape, new tires, call for more pictures and info. Asking $8500. Contact Marty at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 816-229-3276.

Posted 2/22/2021: Schmitt Funeral Home in WaKeeney and Quinter, Kansas is hiring an experienced Funeral Director/Embalmer to lead a team of 3 licensed team members.

 The team leader will be involved in all aspects of funeral service, including removals, embalming, meeting with families, coordination and conducting of funeral services, and office and business administration.

 We are a family-owned operation with two firms serving approximately 50 families a year per firm.

 Please contact Joel Fitzgerald at 785-798-3243 or fitzfuneral@gbta.net

Posted 2/22/2021: Newcomer Cremations Funerals & Receptions:

No reason to wait any longer! Be a part of a growing company.

We are a progressive, growth-oriented and a privately owned funeral home currently recruiting for a Licensed Funeral Director for our St. Louis (St. Peters) chapel. We seek professional, self-motivated team players who have a passion for making a real difference helping families through difficult times.


At Newcomer, you can expect to be treated with fairness and respect, enjoy professional growth and be rewarded for creativity, teamwork and family satisfaction. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including medical, dental, vision, and prescription; paid license fees; 401(k) and profit sharing, paid time off; bonus potential and development opportunities for career growth.


Qualified candidates must be a Licensed Funeral Director in Missouri (or possess the ability to reciprocate), have excellent communication skills, strong computer skills and a Family First mindset.


Contact: Gina Coffman, Sr HR Business Partner

Phone: 785-233-6655 x284 

          Website: nfsgi.com

Posted 1/29/21: StoneMor Inc. is conducting a search for a full-time Funeral Director/Embalmer to join our team.

We offer a competitive benefits package, including: Medical, Dental, 401k, Life, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Tuition Reimbursement & more.

Education and/or Experience:

  • 1 year of experience as a licensed funeral director and 2 years of post-secondary education.
  • Must be a licensed funeral director and embalmer or the ability to obtain a state license.
  • Must have the ability to obtain any additional licensing required by the state.
  • Requires graduation from an accredited school of embalming or mortuary science.

Required Skills:

  • Requires a relatively high degree of concentration and attention for a continuous period.
  • Requires occasional standing/walking and frequent lifting or pushing.
  • Must possess valid state driver's license.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to interact and collaborate effectively with others in a team atmosphere.

For more information regarding this position please call (417) 887-1929.

Posted 1/28/2021: Funeral Director / Embalmer needed

The James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal, MO is seeking the talents of a skilled funeral director and embalmer to join our firm.  The James O’Donnell Funeral Home is a fifth-generation family-owned funeral home located in historic Hannibal, MO on the Mississippi River.  We are a growing firm serving more and more families each year and need to add staff to assist us.

Applicant must be a licensed embalmer and funeral director or a graduate of an accredited mortuary college and have completed and passed the national boards and be ready to begin their apprenticeship.

Making funeral arrangements with families, embalming, and helping our families plan the most memorable healing experiences are essential requirements and expectations of this position.

Competitive salary, health insurance, 401 K and paid time off are all included benefits.

For more information, please contact Jimmy O’Donnell at 573-795-6516 or via email at JimmyO@JamesODonnellFuneralHome.com.

For more information about the James O’Donnell Funeral Home visit us on Facebook and on our website at www.JamesODonnellFuneralHome.com

Posted on 1/12/2021: 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. 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 180 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! 

Contact: Christy Ledford

Email Resumes to: Christy@LedfordFamilyFH.com


Posted 1/4/2021: Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, MO is seeking a licensed or apprentice Funeral Director and/or Embalmer.  We are a very fast paced firm with 5 locations and onsite human and pet crematories.  We also do trade work and are the St. Louis Inman Shipping provider.  We offer competitive pay, insurance and a 401K Plan.  If you are interested please call Eric Pitman at 636-327-6600 or email your resume to pitmanfuneralhome@hotmail.com.

Posted 12/23/2020: Hutchens Funeral Home is seeking a Missouri Licensed Funeral Director 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. The Hutchens family is dedicated to providing a superior work environment. All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence.  Interested applicants should email their resume to brad@HutchensFuneralHomes.com

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