Thank You to Our Current Donors!

The Trust extends its deepest appreciation to donors who have made gifts during the past 12 months, enabling us to continue to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all who work within and support the independent funeral service profession. Click on a section or scroll down to see all current donors.

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


Matching Gift Sponsors


Passare, Abilene, TX

Physicians Mutual, Omaha, NE


Trust Program Sponsors

ASD (Answering Service for Directors), Media, PA

Batesville, Batesville, IN

Baue Family Charitable Fund, St. Charles, MO

Homesteaders Life Company, Inc., Des Moines, IA

Kelco, Big Lake, MN


2019 Welcome Celebration Sponsors



The Kilpatrick Group, Nashville, TN

Messenger, LLC, Auburn, IN

Physicians Mutual, Omaha, NE



CareFirst Family Services, Winchester, TN

Davis Whitehall Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Inman Shipping Worldwide, Fort Wayne, IN

International Mortuary Shipping (IMS), Union, SC

Johnson Consulting Group, Phoenix, AZ

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions, Aurora, IN

Parting Pro, Santa Monica, CA

Precoa, Portland, OR

Ring Ring Marketing, Las Vegas, NV

Skyways Media, Manhattan, NY


COPPER, Clinton, NC

ASD (Answering Service for Directors), Media, PA

Bass-Mollett, Greenville, IL

ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust, Batesville, IN

Cost Segregation Services Incorporated (CSSI), Huntsville, AL

Eagle’s Wings Air (EWA), Fort Wayne, IN

Everdays, Birmingham, MI

Facultatieve Technologies (FT), Milford, OH

Federated Insurance, Owatonna, MN

FrontRunner Professional, Kingston, ON

Full-Circle Aftercare, Layton, UT

Funeral Innovations, West Des Moines, IA

Live Oak Bank, Wilmington, NC

Mid-States Recycling & Refining, Des Plaines, IL

MKJ Marketing, Nashville, TN

Passare, Abilene, TX

Thumbies, Woodstock, IL

Trigard, Danville, IL

Tukios, Ogden, UT


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


ASD (Answering Service for Directors), Media, PA

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

Bliley Funeral Homes, Carey Bliley, Richmond, VA

Downing & Lahey Mortuary, Wichita, KS

R. Gregory Heslop, Martins Ferry, OH

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

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

Live Oak Bank, Tim Bridgers, Wilmington, NC

Porter Loring Mortuary, San Antonio, TX


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


Jim and Mark Busch, Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Cleveland, OH

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Glenn and Camilla Taylor, Owensboro, KY

Lisa Groff, the Groff Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Lancaster, PA

Jason Harrell, Austin, TX

Tiffany A. Hofer, Miller, SD

Jason L. Holt, Fitzgerald, GA

Dean Lambert, Des Moines, IA

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

McComb Family Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN

O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills, CA

Charles Rader, Longview, TX

Selected Past Officers Council

Selected Study Group F-Troop

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

Kevin D. Brown, New Castle, IN


Trust Champions - $999 to $500


Kevin D. Brown, New Castle, IN

Michael Chlumecky, Chicago, IL

Etzweiler Family Funeral Homes, York, PA

Bob Hoaglund, Auburn, IN

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home and Robert Nunnaley, Carthage, NC

The Keohane Family, Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy, MA

McDonald Funeral Home, Inc., Centerville, TN

Noble Metal, Indianapolis, IN

Manuel Osorio, Laredo, TX

Harold L. Rediske II, Westland, MI

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

Selected Past Officers’ Spouses Organization, Omaha, NE

Speaks Chapel L.L.C., Independence, MO

Wappner Funeral Directors & Crematory, Mansfield, OH

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, TX


Trust Patrons - $499 to $100


Arnold Funeral Home, John and Debbie Arnold, John and Dr. Christine Arnold, Canton, OH

Bauer Funeral Group, Kittanning, PA

Becker Funeral Homes, Struthers, OH

Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, RI

Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk, ME

J. Mark Busch, Cleveland, OH

Judson and Ginger Caldwell, Covington, GA

Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service and Crematory, Mooresville, IN

Carson McLane, Inc., Valdosta, GA

Ann Ciccarelli, Saugus, MA

Dopkins Funeral Chapel, Dinuba, CA

Robert Nunnaley, Fry & Prickett Funeral Home, Carthage, NC

Lisa Groff, Lancaster, PA

Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Sturgis, MI

Tres Hewell Mortuary, Seguin, TX

Kevin Brown, Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle, IN

Tiffany Hofer, Reck Funeral Home, Miller, SD

Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, PA

Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., Kingston, NY

Norm and Bonnie Langeland, Kalamazoo, MI

Mahn Family Funeral Home, Inc., Red Wing, MN

Jack M. Meyer, Louisville, KY

Robert Paterkiewicz, Gurnee, IL

Bea Pedersen, McHenry, IL

Michael J. Pierson, Calgary, AB

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

Record Journal, Meriden, CT

Christopher Robinson, Robinson Funeral Homes, Easley, SC

Lawrence Schildmeyer, Loveland, OH

Michael S. Schoedinger, Columbus, OH

Selected Group 1

Selected Group 2

Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Deerfield, IL

Brenda J. Snider, Dayton, OH

David Szymanski, Owatonna, MN

T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Voss & Sons, Inc., Seymour, IN

Garett Todd Walton, Linton, IN

Rachel Wartes, Madison, WI

Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes, St. Cloud, MN

Wise Funeral Service, Bucyrus, OH


Trust Friends - Up to $99


Elouise Kouimelis, Westchester, IL

Debra McReynolds, McHenry, IL

Rafael Rokita, Niles, IL

Sumner Brashears, Huntsville, AR

John Carmon and Family, Carmon Funeral Homes, Windsor, CT

Fisher Funeral Home, Inc., Albany, OR

Bart Miller, Pendleton, IN

Chris Robinson, Robinson Funeral Home, Inc., Easley, SC

Smith & Kernke Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK


Silent Auction Donors


Johnson Consulting Group, Jake Johnson, Scottsdale, AZ

True Fitted by M. Kenny’s, Irvine, CA

Federated Insurance, Owatonna, MN