Obituaries

Dean Gawith
B: 1930-12-31
D: 2018-12-13
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Gawith, Dean
Charles Carroll
B: 1941-09-17
D: 2018-12-12
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Carroll, Charles
Rita Bowles
B: 1927-10-07
D: 2018-12-10
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Bowles, Rita
Janet Carpenter
B: 1941-09-14
D: 2018-12-07
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Carpenter, Janet
Margaret Van Eaton
B: 1925-08-02
D: 2018-11-20
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Van Eaton, Margaret
Dale Suter
B: 1935-04-15
D: 2018-11-19
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Suter, Dale
Roger Ausmus
B: 1939-04-15
D: 2018-11-16
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Ausmus, Roger
Floris Weiser
B: 1922-12-29
D: 2018-11-14
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Weiser, Floris
Kary Anderson
B: 1954-01-05
D: 2018-11-02
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Anderson, Kary
Margaret Fikan
B: 1934-08-22
D: 2018-10-30
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Fikan, Margaret
Walter Rippe
B: 1924-11-18
D: 2018-10-17
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Rippe, Walter
Olive Hafner
B: 1931-08-04
D: 2018-10-16
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Hafner, Olive
Genevieve McKain
B: 1919-06-19
D: 2018-10-14
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McKain, Genevieve
Leon Brethower
B: 1930-07-31
D: 2018-10-12
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Brethower, Leon
Velma Boyd
B: 1933-11-15
D: 2018-10-04
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Boyd, Velma
Ruby Bixenman
B: 1928-01-01
D: 2018-09-29
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Bixenman, Ruby
Van Zerr
B: 1954-04-23
D: 2018-09-23
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Zerr, Van
Regina Ostmeyer
B: 1921-10-18
D: 2018-09-18
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Ostmeyer, Regina
Reata Pinkerton Ward
B: 2000-09-21
D: 2018-09-17
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Pinkerton Ward, Reata
Darrell Harvey
B: 1937-11-21
D: 2018-09-15
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Harvey, Darrell
Dr. Kristina Booker, DVM
B: 1976-02-05
D: 2018-09-13
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Booker, DVM, Dr. Kristina

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014