Honor Roll of Donors for 2020

The Selected Educational Trust is pleased to list those individuals and organizations whose support provided between January 1 and December 31, 2020, has made the many successes of our programs possible and our growth exponential in every sense of that word.

These donors made gifts of cash, pledges, and in-kind donations which have forged the foundation of what is quickly becoming the future of enhanced educational and workforce development opportunities for the advancement and support of all who work within and for the independent funeral service profession.

On behalf of the Selected Educational Trust Board of Trustees, the Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Board of Directors, Trust staff, and the many funeral service professionals whose careers were impacted by these generous gifts, we say thank-you!

Pyramid Builders - $15,000 and Up

The Baue Family, Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery, St. Charles, MO
Charles M. Billow, The Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory, Akron, OH
Kimberly Farris-Luke, Farris Funeral Service, Inc., Abingdon, VA
Mark T. Higgins, Durham, NC
David H. Moore, Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapels, Mason City, IA
Robert D. Nunnaley, Pines Funerals, Carthage, NC
James M. Shure, Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, CT
Paul C. St. Pierre, Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Indianapolis, IN
Eric and Barbara Trimble, Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory, Moline, IL

Donors to the Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service



Answering Service for Directors (ASD), Media, PA

Baue Family Charitable Fund, St. Charles, MO

Kimberly Farris-Luke, Farris Funeral Service, Inc., Abingdon, VA

Mark T. Higgins, Durham, NC


Trust Program Sponsors



ASD (Answering Service for Directors), Media, PA – NextGen Hosted Member Opportunity

Batesville, Batesville, IN – Second-Career Scholarship Program

Homesteaders Life Company, Inc., Des Moines, IA – Selected Leadership Academy Scholarship Program

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Arboretum, Pittsburgh, PA – Trust Job Fairs Center

Ring-Ring Marketing, Las Vegas, NV – Second-Career Scholarship Program


2020 Celebrate the Trust Sponsors

Trust Sentinels - $2,500 to $14,999


Flanner Buchanan, Tony Lloyd, Indianapolis, IN

Hippensteel Funeral Service and Crematory, Scott Pridemore, Lafayette, IN

Iles Funeral Homes, Inc.-Dunn’s Funeral Home and Crematory, John Wild, Des Moines, IA

Tony Lloyd, Flanner Buchanan, Indianapolis, IN

James R. Ludwick, Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, PA

Jeffrey Hemer, Hemer Funeral Service & Cremation, Medford, WI


TRUST GUARDIANS - $1,000 to $2,499


Answering Service for Directors (ASD), Kevin Czachor, Media, PA

Arthur I. Erickson, Beecher & Bennett Inc., Hamden CT

W. Byron Calhoun, Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford Heights, OH

Keohane Funeral Home, John E. Keohane, Quincy, MA

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Michael Lensing, Iowa City, IA

James A. Lowe II, Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory, Burlington, NC

O’Connor Mortuary, Joseph G. Fitzgerald, Laguna Hills, CA

Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, Al Asta, Phoenix, AZ

Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory Greenwood Chapel, Paul St. Pierre, Greenwood, IN


Trust Champions - $500 to $999


Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, Matthew Fiorillo, White Plains, NY

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, James H. Busch, Cleveland, OH

Tripp Carter, Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, Houston, TX

Downing & Lahey Mortuary, Thomas R. Morris, Wichita, KS

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Glenn B. Taylor, Owensboro, KY

Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Inc., Kevin D. Brown, New Castle, IN

Patrick C. Hurley Jr., Hurley Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasanton, TX

Steve Pierce, Muehlebach Funeral Care, Kansas City, MO

Kerrie Peterson, Walloon Lake, MI

Anne S. Robinson, Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., Pine Bluff, AR

Selected Group 5 Fund

Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Lawrence Schildmeyer, Loveland, OH

Wages and Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Jeffrey S. Wages, Lawrenceville, GA

Wappner Funeral Directors, Inc., William C. Wappner, Mansfield, OH

Westgor Funeral Home, Inc., Sara Westgor, Neenah, WI

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Joshua N. Blake, Waco, TX


Trust Patrons - $100 to $499

Arnold Funeral Home, John Arnold, Canton, OH

Al Asta, Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, Phoenix, AZ

Hatch Bailey, Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, TX

Bailey’s Funeral and Cremation Care, Raymond A. Bailey, Yorkton, SK

Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, Richard Snider, Dayton, OH

Bass-Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Rosemary Young, Hickory, NC

Bauer Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., Jennifer Bauer Eroh, Kittanning, PA

Brown Funeral Home, Inc., Robert C. Fields, Martinsburg, WV

Pam Butenshen, Prospect Heights, IL

Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center, J.C. Butler, Springfield, IL

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Inc., Judson Caldwell, Covington, GA

Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service and Crematory, Chris Branson, Mooresville, IN

Carson McLane, Inc., J.Britt McLane, Valdosta, GA

Conley Funeral and Cremation Service, Anne F. Roan, Brockton, MA

David A. Cox, The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Muncie, IN

Denton-Wood Funeral Home, Inc., Alan K. Wood, Carlsbad, NM

Douglas R. Dingmann, Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes, St. Cloud, MN

Dopkins Funeral Chapel, Karen D. Franzen, Dinuba, CA

Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, Kent W. Trimble, Jefferson City, MO

Stefanie Favia, Milwaukee, WI

Fisher Funeral Home, Inc., D.T. Ordeman, Albany, OR

Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Inc., William S. Herb, Shippensburg, PA

Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes and Crematory, Robert R. Fournier Jr., Putnam, CT

Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, John W. Haben, Skokie, IL

Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Gregory B. Hackman, Sturgis, MI

Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service, Richard F. Haisley, Fort Pierce, FL

Tiffany A. Hofer, Luce, Luze & Reck Funeral Homes, Miller, SD

Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jill Horner, Cookeville, TN

Hughes Family Tribute Center, DeWayne Hughes, Dallas, TX

Amy G. Hunt, McHenry, IL

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Peter I. Johnson, Pittsburgh, PA

Jake Johnson, Johnson Consulting Group, Scottsdale, AZ

Dean Lambert, West Des Moines, IA

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, John G. Sterenberg, Holland, MI

Larkin Mortuary, Lance C. Larkin, Salt Lake City, UT

Emory Martin III, North Little Rock, AR

McDonald Funeral Home, Inc., Ryan McDonald, Centerville, TN

Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Kurt M. Edenbach, Newport, RI

Newington Memorial Funeral Home, Diana Kurz, Newington, CT

O’Halloran & Murphy, Michael O’Halloran, St. Paul, MN 

Scott F. Olson, Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Rockford, IL

Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., C.M. Newman, Hanover, PA

Robert Paterkiewicz, Gurnee, IL

Bea Pedersen, McHenry, IL

Pierson’s Funeral Service, Ltd., Michael J. Pierson, Calgary, AB

Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Robert J. Walczyk, Green Bay, WI 

Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, William A. Pumphrey, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Inc.

Selected Group 2 Fund

Smith & Kernke Funeral Directors, Joe C. Kemke Oklahoma City, OK

Paul C. St. Pierre, Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood, IN

T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, Thomas and Patricia Ralph, Plantation, FL

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home-Downtown, Thomas F. McAfee, Greenville, SC

Tres Hewell Mortuary, Tres Hewell, Seguin, TX

Wise Funeral Service, David E. Wise, Bucyrus, OH

Trust Friends - Up to $99


Carmon Community Funeral Homes, John C. Carmon, Windsor, CT

Fisher Funeral Home, Inc., D.T. Ordeman, Albany, OR

Leslie Kowalczyk, River Falls, WI

Bart Miller, Pendleton, IN

Patrick O’Connor, The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Muncie, IN

Sarah Pojanowski, Mishawaka, IN

Smith & Kernke Funeral Directors, Joe C. Kemke, Oklahoma City, OK

Michael Tilghman, Somerville, TN


In-Kind Donations


Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Ann Ciccarelli, Saugus MA

M. Robert Etzweiler Funeral Home, Ashlee G. Etzweiler, York, PA

Federated Insurance, Ken Deason, Owatonna, MN

Gunderson Funeral Home, Rachel Wartes, Madison, WI

Johnson Consulting Group, Jake J. Johnson, Scottsdale, AZ

Kelco, Alicia Carr, Big Lake, MN

Messenger LLC, Heather Garman, Auburn IN

Muehlebach Funeral Home, Steve Pierce, Kansas City, MO

Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Robert Paterkiewicz, Lincolnshire, IL

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Joshua N. Blake, Waco, TX