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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.

Music License now available in Documents and Downloads of Members Only section.

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

Opal Marie Bennett Domeyer, nee Haas, age 95, of Salem, Missouri passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Salem Care Center. Opal was born October 9, 1923 in Rolla, Missouri to Ernest and Evelina Stedman Haas. She grew up on a farm outside Rolla graduating from Rolla High School in 1941. After graduation, she was employed as secretary to the Superintendent of Rolla Public schools for seven years. On June 6, 1948 in her hometown, she married Edward Brown Bennett at the Immanuel Lutheran Church and moved to Salem where she and Ed rejoiced in having one daughter and two sons. In her early years of marriage, she would help out occasionally at the family-owned Bennett Mercantile. She and Ed along with his brother and wife, Frank and Bertha Bennett, owned a restaurant, Lunch Box Café for about thirty years and also another grocery store on South McArthur known as Stop and Shop Market. In 1953, Opal and Ed built a drive-in restaurant on West Rolla Road known as Dairy Princess which they owned until 1966. Opal was employed with the U.S. Census Bureau for ten years and later as an assistant cashier and manager of the Bank of Salem drive-thru, retiring after fifteen years of service.

Throughout her earlier years with her children, she was involved in PTA, was a Brownie Leader and Cub Scout Leader. She was a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent at the Salem Lutheran Church and was the last of the charter members (1949). She was a charter member of the Cosmopolitan Club (1950) serving in different offices and a charter member of the Dent County Historical Society (1966) and served on the 1960 Centennial Board. Opal was also Dent County chairman of the Heart Association and assisted in Easter Seals, March of Dimes and other drives in past years. Opal loved to be involved in her church and community sharing her time and energy along with helping others.

Opal loved to travel and she and Ed were able to do some before he passed away in 1973. She continued to travel throughout her life, going to all fifty states, the Philippines, Australia, Italy and other parts of Europe and Canada. In 1986, Opal was united in marriage to Richard Domeyer. After her retirement, they were active in the Western Square Dance group of Rolla, traveling and flying in Rick’s restored antique airplane to many locations in the United States. Opal's treasures consisted of many photographs she took of family and her travels throughout her life. No matter where she was, she always had her camera ready. She also spent many hours sewing and quilting lap quilts at church for the sick and ones in the hospital.

Opal deeply loved her family and they meant the world to her. She was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be sadly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Evelina Haas; parents-in-law, Berna and Grace Love Bennett; her first husband and father of her children, Ed Bennett; her husband, Rick Domeyer; son-in-law, Michael Jones; brother, Elmer Haas and wife Ann; sister, Elsie Chrisco and husband Howard; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (Roma) Bennett, Frank (Bertha) Bennett, Riley (Mildred) Bennett; and one stepson, Chris Domeyer.

Opal is survived by her daughter, Joyce Jones of Salem, MO; two sons, Bill Bennett and wife Liz of Steelville, MO and Gary Bennett and wife Beth of Brookline, MO; five grandchildren, Ross (Nicole) Bennett of Albion, NE, Brandon (Ashlee) Bennett of Columbia, MO and Lane (Kate) Bennett of Hinesville, GA, Aaron (Sarah) Bennett  and Samantha (Matt) McCall all of Springfield, MO; ten great-grandchildren, Gavin, Claire, Olivia, Caroline, Abigail, Bauer, Lucy-Mae, Allison and Chloe Bennett and Link Haas McCall; step-children, Fred Domeyer of Salem, MO, Jeannie (Kurt) Gustafson of West Bend, WI and Marnie Palmerin of Perris, CA; and step-daughter-in-law, Carol Domeyer of Salem, MO; nieces, nephews; cousins; other relatives; and many friends.

The Family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Salem, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Salem, MO with Pastor David Kettner officiating.

Committal prayer and interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Salem, MO.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.

Donations may be made to:

Salem Lutheran Church
403 MO-32, Salem MO 65560
Tel: 1-573-729-5512


Important Dates

August 2019  
Aug. 21 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
September 2019  
Sept. 2 Labor Day, MFDEA Office Closed
Sept. 18 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
October 2019  
Oct. 14 Columbus Day, MFDEA Office Closed
Oct. 16 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
Oct. 27 - 30 NFDA Convention - Chicago, IL
November 2019  
Nov. 3 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 11 Veterans Day, MFDEA Office Closed
Nov. 20 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
Nov. 28 & 20 Thanksgiving, MFDEA Office Closed
December 2019  
Dec. 24 & 25 Christmas, MFDEA Office Closed


Classified Ads

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: Ledford Family Funeral Homes has two locations just 20 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri. We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented individual that has a passion for serving people and a strong commitment to customer service. The ideal candidate is a Missouri licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer. However, we will consider apprentice funeral director & embalmer with a full-time position offer after apprenticeship completion. Ledford Family Funeral Homes offers competitive pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement plan, and an equal on-call/work-week schedule. Relocation assistance as well as yearly performance bonuses are available. Ledford Family Funeral Homes currently serves around 180 families a year. Our locations are nestled within two beautiful communities that provide many community involvement opportunities and unique small businesses to visit. Both are great places to enjoy small town living, excellent school districts for families, and live in some of America’s most beautiful countryside. All of that is available while still only being a quick drive into a major metropolitan city, which has a multitude of things to do and see as well. Our company is 100% family owned, and if you feel you are the right candidate for our family please send your resume austin@ledfordfamilyfh.com to set up an interview.

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 5/3/2019: 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 are looking for the right person that is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer or an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer. We offer excellent pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement plan, and a FAIR on-call week and weekend schedule. Ledford Family Funeral Homes will currently serve around 180 families a year. Our locations are 20 mi. east of Kansas City, you have two great places to raise a family, live in small towns and enjoy all of the convenience the metropolitan areas have to offer without having to drive far. If you feel you are the right candidate for our family please send your resume to jaustin.ledford@gmail.com.

Posted 4/30/2019: 12-year-old established mid Missouri Embalming Service is looking to sell its business. Located in central Missouri with an average of 300 cases per year.

Owner is willing to work with you to allow time off. All equipment needed to do business with a two-station embalming area is included in sale. Building is rented but may be purchased.

Call 573-814-1630

Posted 4/18/2019: Funeral Director Position Description: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ilGBcgI35h9C9Z3v5qUEr84tUq8bUoRXYsmDAt-UTag/edit?usp=sharing

Funeral Assistant Position Description:

Cremations of the Ozarks Application:

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

Posted 4/2/2019: Professional Opportunity with Dynamic Firm
The James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal, MO is seeking the talents of a skilled funeral director and embalmer to join our team.  The James O’Donnell Funeral Home is a 5th generation family owned funeral home located in historic Hannibal, MO on the Mississippi River.

Applicant must be a licensed embalmer and funeral director.  Making funeral arrangements, embalming and helping our families plan the most memorable experiences are essential requirements and expectations of this position.  Competitive salary, health insurance, 40l K and paid time off are all included benefits.  For more information please contact Jim O’Donnell at 573-221-8188 or email us at jimmyo@jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.     For more information about our firm visit www.jamesodonnellfunerahome.com or visit us on face book.

Posted 3/6/19: Employment Opportunity: We are a family owned & operated Missouri funeral home & crematory, located in Eastern Jackson County, looking for a funeral director and/or funeral director/embalmer to join our family friendly staff.  We have multiple locations with shared responsibility.  Applicant must be interested in serving others in their time of need, not just receiving a paycheck.  Family obligations are understood & church involvement is encouraged.  No middle of the night pick-ups or embalming are required.  We have a rotating weekend schedule, with every third weekend (Saturday & Sunday) guaranteed off.  Wages & benefits will be based on experience & ability.  If you are interested in this position, you may send your resume to royer@royerfuneralhome.com or call us at 816-690-4441 for more information.

Posted 2/27/19: 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 are looking for the right person that is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. We offer excellent pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement plan, and a FAIR on-call week and weekend schedule. Ledford Family Funeral Homes will currently serve around 180 families a year. Our locations are 20 mi. east of Kansas City, you have two great places to raise a family, live in small towns and enjoy all of the convenience the metropolitan areas have to offer without having to drive far. If you feel you are the right candidate for our family please send your resume to jaustin.ledford@gmail.com.

Posted 2/27/2019: Colliers Funeral Home is looking to hire a licensed Mo. Funeral Director you can contact Thomas M. Collier or Colleen M. Collier. Phone - 314-298-1212. www.colliersfuneralhome.com

Posted 12/27/18: Funeral Director/Embalmer – St Louis (St. Peters) Newcomer Funeral Service Group

Are you looking to grow your funeral career? Newcomer Funeral Home is a large family owned, multi-location funeral home looking for a motivated Funeral Director to join our St. Louis chapel (located in St. Peters). 

This position will oversee daily activities, meet with families to provide the highest quality services and products to satisfy the needs of any client family and maintain a positive employee relations atmosphere. Candidates must be a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Missouri or the ability to reciprocate, have a clean driving record and proficient with computer programs.

Competitive wages and benefits. Join our team and become part of a growing, progressive funeral home.

To learn more about this position and to apply online, visit: www.nfsgi.com

Posted 12/13/2018: The Oltmann Funeral Home has two locations in Missouri. We are currently seeking a licensed embalmer and funeral director. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and a great work environment. We are in a growing rural community and serve approximately 200 families a year. This position will require weekends, evenings and nights. The position will be primarily embalming to start and moving into meeting with families as well. The position will also require removals and the candidate must be able to lift and go on home removals. The position requires going between the two funeral home locations which are approximately 10 miles apart. We would ask for a resume and two reference letters submitted to Jessica Oltmann. Our mailing address is 103 N Church St. Union, MO 63084 or email jessica_ofh1908@icloud.com

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