The Indiana Funeral Education Foundation 

 altDeath is a universal human experience and yet it remains the ultimate mystery and grief the ultimate human experience. From the beginning of time, people have received comfort and support from those who have made it their life’s work to care for the dead and comfort the living. The mission and purpose of the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation is first to preserve and document that history. Second, to support the funeral service practitioners of today-- helping them to better serve their communities. And finally, to insure the secure future of the profession by helping recruit and train those wanting a career in funeral service.

 What is an Isaac Ball Fellow ? 

An Isaac Ball Fellow is one who has contributed at least $1,000 to the Indiana Educational Foundation. These contributors are the cornerstones of the Foundation. This level of commitment is named after Isaac Ball, the first president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association who served from 1881-1882. The donation can be made either as a lump sum or in installments. The funds are placed in a separate and permanent endowment fund. Only the interest earned from the fund is used. The earnings fund a funeral service scholarship or other work of the Foundation as authorized by the Foundation board. Additional donations are denoted by color.

Distinguished $2500 | Diamond $5,000 | Emeritus over $5,000

Fellow List 
**deceased

1 Jerrit Clayton (1999) 66 Norm Knuth (2010)**
2 J. Michael Blackwell (1999) 67 P.L. Myers (2011)**
3 Ron Deremiah (1999) 68 James R. Grayson (2011)
4 Millard Rullman (1999)** 69 Robert B. Shelby (2011)
5 Robert Hagemier (1999) 70 Larry Servies (2011)
6 Mike Owens (1999) 71 Wally Hooker (2011)
7 George Todd(1999)** 72 Eddie Beagles (2011)
8 William Inman (2000) 73 Alan Earl (2011)
9 Gary Eastlund (2000) 74 Scott Stodghill (2011)
10 John Stretch, Jr. (2000) 75 Norman Juday (2011)
11 Mark Shoemaker (2001) 76 Ronald Reed (2011)
12 Brian Vaughan (2001) 77 Todd DeVerter (2011)
13 Darrell Holtzclaw (2001) 78 Jack Spurgeon (2011)
14 Andy Clayton (2001) 79 William Bieker (2011)
15 David Cook (2002) 80 Brad L. Myers (2011)
16 Levinson Restaurant Corp. (2002) 81 Sean Wonder (in memory of Elbert Shaw) (2012) 
17 Jim Boultinghouse (2002) 82 Margaret L. Myers (2012) 
18 John D. Yoder (2003) 83 Janice Hanselman (2012)
19 Elden B. LaHayne (2003) 84 Robert Porter (2012)
20 Charles French (2003) 85 Marcus Youngblood (2012)**
21 Tim Yoder (2003) 86 M. Lon Youngblood (2012)
22 Larry Miller (2003) 87 John A. Brazzell (2012)
23 Richard Hickrod (2004) 88 Carl W. Morgan (2012)
24 Jeff Gooch (2004) 89 Randall L. Danielson (2012)
25 Jerry Ziemer (2004) 90 Timothy R. Taylor (2012)
26 Ernie Mills (2004) 91 Chuck Agugliaro (2013)
27 Lynn Haverstock (2004) 92 Rex Cowart (2013)**
28 Harvey McAdams 2004) 93 Dale Knouse (2013)
29 Marion County Funeral Directors Assn. (2004) 94 Elden V. LaHayne (2013)**
30 Rodney Nay (2004) 95 David Lydick (2013)
31 Robin Yoder (2005) 96 Justin Parker (2013)
32 Curtis Rostad (2006) 97 Tom Parker (2013)**
33 William Welsheimer Sr (2006) 98 Renee Parker (2013)**
34 Nicholas T. French (2006) 99 Keith Webster (2013)
35 Susan L. French (2006) 100 Oscar Grundy (2013)
36 Rodney Qualkinbush (2006) 101 Arnold Kluesner (2013)
37 Robert Richman (2006) 102 Mary Anne LaHayne (2013)
38 Jim Todd (2006) 103 William Meredith (2013)
39 Roger Nay (2007) 104 Matthew Coon (2013)
40 David Hall (2007) 105 Debbie Porter (2014)
41 Indiana Funeral Supply Club (2007) 106 Evan Osborne (2014)
42 Indiana Burial Vault Assn.(2007) 107 Paul Filter (2015)
43 Charles Butler (2007) 108 Butler Coach (2015)
44 John Braboy (2008) 109 Chandler Funeral Home (2015)
45 Steven "Pat" Myers (2008) 110 Ronald King (2016)
46 Max Metzger (2008)** 111 Swarens Funeral Home (2016)
47 Jo Ann Metzger (2008) 112 C. Gregory Childs (2016)
48 Joel Reinoehl (2008) 113 Lowell May (2016)
49 Ed Porter (2008)** 114 Dr. Andrew Boersma (2016)
50 James J. Meredith (2008) 115 Jon Maxwell Frain (2016)
51 Douglas Rostad (2008)** 116 Richard Owen (2017)
52 Jeff Stout (2008) 117 Colin Yoder (2017)
53 Michael St. Pierre (2008) 118 Smith Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home (2017)
54 Dan Hurt (2009) 119 Becher & Kluesner Funeral Home (2017)
55 Brad Billings (2009) 120 Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home (2017)
56 Richard Weaver (2009) 121 Roosevelt Allen & Pasty L. Allen (2017)
57 Jim Krause (2009) 122
Shoemaker Funeral Home (2017)
58 Jim Meng (2009) 123 Miles D. Wilson (2017)
59 Gerald Rees (2009)** 124 Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home (2017)
60 Carl Yoder (2009) 125 Moster Motuary (2017)
61 Rick Ferguson (2010) 126 Steven D. Hentgen (2017)
62 Robert Miller (2010) 127 Charlie Harris (2017)
63 Paul St. Pierre (2010)    
64 Angela Sallee (2010)    
65 William E. Shirley (2010)    

 

HONORARY FELLOWS:

1. George Sansom (2000)**
2. Richard Nelson (2000)
3. Rosalie Lynch (2003)
4. John Alsobrooks (2007)**    


The purpose of the Foundation is:

  • To establish a library of books, videos, brochures and other funeral and grief related resources for use by the profession and the public. Our goal is to be the preeminent resource on death, dying, and bereavement in the State of Indiana.  
  • To become a repository of funeral service artifacts and memorabilia to document the history and practice of funeral service in Indiana.  
  • Support continuing education opportunities for members of the profession.  
  • To provide scholarships and other educational assistance to those entering the profession of funeral service. 
  • Educate the general public on the value of the funeral and the role of the funeral director in society.  
  • Make charitable contributions on behalf of funeral service.

Funding

Indiana Funeral Education Foundation, Inc. is funded by personal and corporate contributions. Larger donations to the endowment funds are also accepted. As a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation, all gifts are tax deductible.

Donor Levels

Emeritus Fellow over $10,000
Diamond Fellow $5000
Distinguished Fellow  $2500
Isaac Ball Fellow $1000
Principal Contributor $ 500
Patron Contributor $ 250
Foundation Contributor $ 100