Obituaries

Nelson Hardy
B: 1932-01-07
D: 2019-12-06
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Hardy, Nelson
Christine Smith
B: 1961-08-07
D: 2019-12-05
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Smith, Christine
Donald VanDerVeer
B: 1929-08-03
D: 2019-12-03
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VanDerVeer, Donald
Thomas Van Dyke
B: 1924-03-27
D: 2019-12-03
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Van Dyke, Thomas
Richard Beecher
B: 1932-12-06
D: 2019-12-02
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Beecher, Richard
Lester Martin
B: 1950-04-22
D: 2019-11-29
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Martin, Lester
John Friese
D: 2019-11-28
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Friese, John
Marie Lindsey
B: 1930-08-26
D: 2019-11-28
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Lindsey, Marie
Deneen Dean
B: 1956-01-18
D: 2019-11-28
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Dean, Deneen
Lydia Zimmerman
B: 1956-03-01
D: 2019-11-27
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Zimmerman, Lydia
Edwin Hepfer
B: 1935-12-28
D: 2019-11-27
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Hepfer, Edwin
Leora Smith
B: 2019-11-25
D: 2019-11-26
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Smith, Leora
Emma Runshaw
B: 1941-06-30
D: 2019-11-24
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Runshaw, Emma
Neal Longley
B: 1927-04-13
D: 2019-11-24
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Longley, Neal
Eldon Holtry
B: 1927-01-13
D: 2019-11-23
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Holtry, Eldon
Cathi Horst
B: 1960-01-09
D: 2019-11-22
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Horst, Cathi
Bette Appleby
B: 1927-09-04
D: 2019-11-22
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Appleby, Bette
Dana Bricker
B: 1958-11-05
D: 2019-11-22
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Bricker, Dana
Brian Funk
B: 1966-10-05
D: 2019-11-22
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Funk, Brian
Robert Bard
B: 1932-10-16
D: 2019-11-18
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Bard, Robert
Terry Killinger
B: 1950-09-24
D: 2019-11-18
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Killinger, Terry

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While they may feel that they should be the one to make these choices, the law doesn’t recognize them as such – and so their voice can become effectively silenced.

If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an agent to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command, formally called the “order of precedence”, is commonly as follows:

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  • Surviving Parent
  • Surviving Adult Sibling
  • Ex-Spouse
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The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you are unclear as to who is the responsible person in planning a funeral for your loved one, call us.
 

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If your loved one has yet to specify who they wish to be in control of their funeral service planning, and they are clear-headed enough to do so, now is the perfect time to take care of that task.

This is especially important if they think their relatives will not respect their funeral plans, or if they are on bad terms with them; do not know where they are, or do not have any living relatives.  

And, you might mention that appointing a specific person to arrange their funeral who is not a family member, but is deeply trusted, is a good way to ensure that their final wishes are carried out.

They can designate their choice by completing an Advance Health Care Directive, or the easy-to-read 5 Wishes guide from Aging with Dignity. Should you have questions about doing so, call us, or speak with your family attorney.