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MFDEA Directory 2020-21








News & Events

NEED TO KNOW TO VOTE DETAILS: This will be one of the few times we have had what might be considered a "contested" election with more persons already nominated than there are spots on the board. Because of this, we need to make sure the election is run properly. Only "Voting Members" are entitled to vote. Not everyone that is a member of the association is a voting member. Although all licensed employees of a Firm Member automatically get a membership in the Association, entitling them to most of the benefits of membership, those "automatic" members are not "voting members" of the Association.

Each Firm Member of the Association has one "Voting Member" representative. This Voting Member Representative is set out in the Firm Membership application or annual renewal and is listed in the MFDEA directory. If someone other than the listed representative is going to cast the Firm Member's vote at the meeting we will need either an email from the Firm Member or a note on Firm Member letterhead letting us know who the authorized Voting Representative at the Convention will be. ONLY those Firm Member Representatives listed in the MFDEA Directory or who have a letter or email from the Firm Member that they are the official Firm Member Representative will be allowed to vote for the Firm Member!


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

John Best (Jack) Lewis, Jr., adventurer, writer, businessman, and family supporter passed away on Sunday, May 16th. It's no wonder everyone referred to him as Jolly Jack (a name he got in college that stuck to the very end); he could put a smile on the face of anyone who passed his way and was always, ALWAYS, in a good mood. He could tell a great story, mostly about his adventures growing up, his time as a proud 82nd Airborne paratrooper in World War II, his wide variety of jobs (from shoe sole soaker to launderer in a sorority house, to bargeman making his way down the Mississippi,) to his time as a single guy living on the Plaza in Kansas City.

That was, of course, before "Sweet Jean" Barnett stole his heart and he necessarily settled down in his hometown of Palmyra, Missouri where he took over the family business as co-owner of Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.  He was the caliber of person you'd want to own that kind of business: endlessly kind, empathetic, and in it for all of the right reasons. It was truly a calling, and many hundreds of families benefited from his generosity of time and spirit.


His family benefited from his generosity, too. His support was unwavering. There were countless letters and phone calls encouraging his children, especially as they were finding their way in life. He believed in their ability, often far more than they did. He was also a doting husband. He always talked about how lucky he was to have met and married Jean, his "fly girl," (a former TWA hostess) who he thought hung the moon for the entire 62 years of their marriage.

His final two years were spent entertaining the staff at Foxwood Springs Long Term Care in Raymore, Missouri. His family liked to think that he was their favorite, though it's quite possible they make many families feel that way.

Jack was a 50 year member of Boots-Dixon Post 174 of the American Legion, former president of the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce, member of Palmyra Kiwanis Club, member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and Tri-State Funeral Directors Association. He was a graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife Jean Lewis, children Leigh Anne (Rodney) Petersen of Wichita, KS,  Scott Lewis of Raymore, Missouri, Steve (Rozanne) Lewis of Belton, Missouri and Nancy (Brent) Lewis Harmon of Kansas City, Missouri.

Also, grandchildren Harmony (Liz) Petersen of Seattle, Washington, Alisha (Mickey) Petersen of Wichita, KS, Morgan (Chandler) Wilson of Mound City, MO and Zach (Delanie) Lewis of Kansas City, Missouri.

He is also survived by Sister-in-Law Mary Lewis of Indianapolis, IN, Brother-in-Laws Jim (Estelle) Barnett of Oklahoma City and Mike (Sandra) Barnett of Liberty Missouri.He is preceded in death by parents John “Best” and Stella Wells Lewis, and brother Bob W. Lewis.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia St, Lenexa, KS Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 21st at Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174 (Palmyra, Mo.) or your local Veterans association care of Porter Funeral Home.


CL Holdren of Warrensburg, MO, passed away Friday, May 14 at age 81.

CL was born on November 17, 1939 in Hartville, Missouri, the son of Gene and Ruth Holdren. He moved to Mount Vernon, Missouri when he was 15 where he graduated from high school in 1957. CL graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1961. He was a huge Mizzou fan and was very active at the University; he was a member of ROTC, Mortar Board and served as President of the student body his senior year. During his time in Columbia, he met his wife Suzanne Wann.

Following graduation, CL was stationed in Germany as a 1st Lieutenant of the United States Army for two years, where he served our country and also gathered amazing experiences and funny stories. In 1963, he moved back to Kansas City where he worked for Commerce Bank & Trust. He and Suzanne were married on August 14, 1965 in Springfield, Missouri.

CL moved in 1964 to Warrensburg to work with his father at Holdren Funeral Home. In 1974 he became the owner of it and other funeral homes in Johnson County. In 1982, he became the owner of two car washes and a laundromat in town.  CL served Johnson County as the County Coroner from 1985 – 2015. He was a huge supporter of Warrensburg through his many affiliations with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club International, The American Legion Post 131, Elks Lodge and the First Christian Church to name a few. CL was also a faithful member of the Rusty Zippers where he enjoyed one of his life’s favorite pleasures, a good cup of coffee. He will always be remembered as someone who could fix anything, always was ready with a joke, a good story, or a caring hand.

What CL did best was be a loving husband, father, and role model. While work was his life, he found time for three passions, going to the lake with family, spending time in the fields hunting birds and flying, eventually piloting his own plane. CL leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Suzanne, his daughter Cynthia Simpson and husband Jon Bartek of Prairie Village, KS, and son Clark Holdren and wife Ashlee of Warrensburg, MO as well as 7 grandchildren (Carolyn, Matt, Benjamin, Andie, Jack, Will and Cate) who were the absolute joy of his life.

A visitation for CL will be held Wednesday, May 19th from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Warrensburg with interment following in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to join the family following the service at 1:00 p.m. at Heroes Restaurant and Pub.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church in Warrensburg, Missouri or the Show-Me Christian Youth Home.

Melvin Leroy Brown, 74 of Festus Missouri, Passed away on May 10, 2021 in Festus Missouri. He was born Oct 9, 1946 in Bonne Terre Missouri. The son of the Late Norvill L and the Late Mildred M Brown (nee Kohler). Mel was raised in Herculaneum. He was caddy at Joachim golf course and worked for F.W. Harter Plumbing throughout High School. He was an Eagle Scout. In March of 1966 he enlisted in the US Navy and served until November of 1969.When he came back from the Navy, he worked as an investigator for an Insurance Company, but that was short lived, he picked the plumbing tools up again and went to work for Gene Harter Plumbing. He was a member Plumbers Union Local 35. He married his wife Charlynn (Lynn) on Sept 11, 1970. In June, 1979, they founded Brown Plumbing and Heating and ran it together until his health forced retirement.

Survived by:
Wife- Charlynn A. (Lynn) Brown (Fresta/Bauman) of Festus Missouri.
Son- Robert D. Brown of Hillsboro Missouri.
Daughter- Melissa (Chris) Knight of Crystal City Missouri.
Son- Ben (John) Brown of Eola Illinois.
Granddaughter- Cassidy (Brad) Brown of St. Louis Missouri
Grandson- Kaleb (Megan) Brown of Hillsboro Missouri.
Granddaughter- Maggie (Peter) Rola of Hillsboro Missouri
Granddaughter- Sophia Knight of Crystal City Missouri
Grandson- Grady Knight of Crystal City Missouri.
Great Grandchildren- Easton, Lillyana, and Brayden.
Sister- Kay (Ken) Helenschmidt of Festus Missouri.
Brother- Norvill Lee (the Late Darlene) Brown of St. Peters Missouri
Sister- Betty Ann (Ron) Boyster of De Soto Missouri.
Visitation: Tuesday May 18, 2021 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc.
103 Fourth St. Hillsboro Missouri 63050. Request Mask at Visitation.

Funeral: Tuesday May 18, 2021, 11:30 am in the Funeral Home Chapel, Deacon Jerry Stoverink will officiate.

Interment: With full Military Honors will follow the Funeral service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

30 People Max at Cemetery/ Must wear Mask at Cemetery.

Important Dates

August 2021
August 18 - Law Review  Class
September 2021
September 6 - Office Closed for Labor Day
September 15 - Law Review Class


Classified Ads


Posted 7/27/2021:

Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, KS is seeking an experienced licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, and/or, Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer.  Locally owned in one of the fastest growing areas, only 15 minutes to Manhattan and 30 minutes to Topeka. 130 calls, most weeknights and weekends scheduled off, health insurance and benefits. If interested, please call 785-456-2233 or email: campanellastewart@gmail.com

Posted 7/20/2021:

Muehlebach Funeral Care is seeking a full time funeral director.  We are a family owned firm that has been serving the Kansas City area since 1954.  We are committed to providing personalized service to every family we serve.    Please send resumes to Jenny@MuehlebachChapel.comwww.MuehlebachChapel.com

Posted 6/22/2021:

Adams Funeral Home, serving Ozark & Nixa, MO, is seeking a Licensed Funeral Director, Funeral Director & Embalmer, or Apprentice to fill a full-time position with our firm. We are a family-owned firm in business for over 50 years, serving 350 families per year. Ozark & Nixa are growing communities with a lot to offer and are located just a few minutes south of Springfield, MO. Find us at www.adamsfuneralhome.net.


Please send resumes to: garrett@adamsfuneralhome.net

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.


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