Obituaries

Clara Hart
B: 1932-12-17
D: 2017-05-20
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Hart, Clara
Roberta Oliver
B: 1933-10-13
D: 2017-05-20
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Oliver, Roberta
John White
B: 1943-09-24
D: 2017-05-18
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White, John
Jerry Shrout
B: 1947-01-02
D: 2017-05-16
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Shrout, Jerry
Mary Scott
B: 1916-02-01
D: 2017-05-15
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Scott, Mary
Clyde Hall
B: 1930-01-29
D: 2017-05-15
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Hall, Clyde
Wyman Gillespie
B: 1939-09-05
D: 2017-05-14
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Gillespie, Wyman
Shirley Young
B: 1924-09-29
D: 2017-05-13
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Young, Shirley
Salvatore Shortino
B: 1932-10-21
D: 2017-05-12
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Shortino, Salvatore
William Mikula
B: 1959-09-26
D: 2017-05-12
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Mikula, William
Marjorie Cochran
B: 1922-01-12
D: 2017-05-11
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Cochran, Marjorie
Phillip Smith
B: 1949-12-06
D: 2017-05-10
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Smith, Phillip
Florence Taylor
B: 1925-10-12
D: 2017-05-10
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Taylor, Florence
Sybol Daniels
B: 1929-05-01
D: 2017-05-09
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Daniels, Sybol
Shellie Lowry
B: 1970-09-03
D: 2017-05-09
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Lowry, Shellie
James Douglas
B: 1960-03-10
D: 2017-05-09
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Douglas, James
Victoria Jensen
B: 1944-08-27
D: 2017-05-08
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Jensen, Victoria
Holly Baker
B: 1921-12-19
D: 2017-05-07
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Baker, Holly
Steven Barlow
B: 1949-01-04
D: 2017-05-07
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Barlow, Steven
Dr. Eugene Welter
B: 1929-08-07
D: 2017-05-05
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Welter, Dr. Eugene
Mary Mawby
D: 2017-05-04
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Mawby, Mary

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Understanding Cremation

Why choose cremation?  Many families today are considering cremation.  For some it is a more affordable option, while for others it is personal choice based on a desire for a simple gathering of friends and family to remember a life lived.  We are the area experts on cremation and will be glad to help you.

Is it possible to have a service?  About 70 percent of the families we assist with cremation will have a service of some sort at our chapel.  Our facilities offer state-of-the-art Audio and Video equipment and your gathering of friends will go smoothly.  We have several packages available and are able to tailor our services to fit your needs.

Is cremation less expensive?  Yes.  Our cremation charges are very affordable and your family will experience a savings in cost, depending upon which package is selected.  Most families select a memorial service at our chapel and we believe that the benefits of that service provide true value to your family.  Our charges reflect our commitment to integrity, quality, and service to the community.  We do not cut corners and we guarantee that the cremation will be conducted by our own staff with dignity and respect for your loved one.

Who does the cremation?  At Speaks we own and operate our own crematory.  Other providers, particularly the discounters, may cut corners in several ways.  All cremations are not the same, once you understand all that is involved.  We are a full-service cremation provider and take pride in guaranteeing the integrity of every cremation we perform.

Is embalming required?   No. A cremation memorial service without the body present does not require embalming.  However, many people select a service offering with the body present, followed by cremation, in which case the body would be embalmed and prepared for viewing.  Grief psychologists suggest that viewing the body is a valuable part of the grieving process with long term benefits.