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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


Past MFDEA President, Gregory "Greg" David Russell, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at his home on April 18, 2022.  Greg was born on October 18, 1955, in St. Louis, the son of David and Helen Jean (nee Hoff) Russell.   He was married on May 15, 1998, to Darlene (Toebben) Russell who survives at the home.

Greg was a 1974 graduate of St. Clair High School where he was class President and earned the nickname “Tank”.  He was an avid Boy Scout and earned the highest honor of Eagle Scout. 

In 1977 he graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 2005 from William Woods University.

Greg grew up in the funeral industry and ran Russell Colonial Funeral Home alongside his parents. He started St. Clair Monument Company and Crestview Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Clair.  Greg was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 45 years.  He received his Certified Funeral Service Professional (CFSP) designation and his Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.   He was a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and served as President of the Association from 1994 to 1995.  Greg was instrumental in purchasing the association building and was the Public Information Officer during the Hardin Cemetery Disaster.  He was honored with a resolution from then Governor Mel Carnahan for his dedicated work to the funeral industry.   He also received resolution from the Missouri House of Representative for his distinguished leadership and loyal service.  He also served as President of the Missouri Allied Council and was recognized for his leadership to the funeral industry.   Greg received recognition for achieving legislative goals for the association.   In 2018 he received recognition for 40 years of dedicated service to the funeral profession at the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Convention.

Greg was a licensed insurance producer and earned his Diploma as a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow and received his LUTCF designation in 1999.  He served as President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) from 2018 to 2019.  He worked for the Link Insurance Agency in Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.  He then worked alongside his wife, Darlene, at Capital Reserve Life Insurance in Jefferson City.   He later worked as Executive Vice President of Missouri Dental Insurance Services, Inc., until his retirement in 2019. 

Greg was active in numerous professional and civic groups and received numerous awards.   Most recently he was recognized for his 21 years of Service to the Blair Oaks School Board.  Longest serving board member in Blair Oaks History.  “Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon”.

He served numerous years on the Londell School Board and was the recipient of St. Clair Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 1992. He also served as President of the St. Clair Rotary Club.

In 2011 he received special recognition for his loyalty and dedicated service from Missouri Dental Insurance Services.

He was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church where he had served as cantor and lector.   He was the MC for the Parish Fall Fantasy event for 20 years and worked alongside his wife to make the event successful.    He was a member of the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus.  Greg loved his St. Thomas Community.

Greg enjoyed working at his farm in Iberia alongside his best friend Danny Fitzpatrick.  Danny would also help Greg with setting monuments for Russell Monument and the two of them spent countless hours talking about tractors.  He was an avid gardener and loved giving away his produce to so many.

Greg was so very proud of his family and loved all of them so deeply.   He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson.  Greg took great pride in his farm and welcomed the peacefulness that working the land provided him.  His endearing personality allowed him to connect easily with others, and his many years of dedication to his community earned him the respect and love of many.  His family was the greatest joy of his life, and his wit and humor will live on in generations to come. 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene and six children.   Elizabeth “Beth” (Conor) Devine of Foxfield, CO; Jennifer “Jenny” (Jared) Bush, Londell, MO; Sarah Russell, St. Clair, MO; Nicole (Bradley) Vollmer, Pilot Grove, MO; Jesse (Kelly) Reinkemeyer, Wardsville, MO and Chris (Jenny) Reinkemeyer, Rocheport, MO.

His two brothers; John Russell, St. Louis; Tom (Lori) Russell, Littleton, CO.  His stepfather, Ron (Betty) Redhage, St. Clair, MO.

18 grandchildren; Madailein & William Devine; Willow, Ellis, Landry & Shiloh Bush; Ashley Bradford, Weslee & Elizabeth Vollmer; Jazmin, Alyssa & Maddox Reinkemeyer; Anthony Figueroa, Alaina, Emma, Dixie, Shaunna & Payton Reinkemeyer.   One great grandson, Boone Wolfe.

He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, David, and Helen “Jean” Russell; his mother and father-in-law, Edwin and Veronica Toebben and numerous others.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or the Greg D. Russell Blair Oaks Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Meta.

Important Dates

May 2022  
May 9 - Office Closed for Truman Day
May 18 - Law Review Class - full
May 30 - Office Closed For Memorial Day


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