Contact: Mark B. Allen, Executive Director
(512) 334-5504 
[email protected]

For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TX – FEBRUARY 2017 – The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is proud to announce this year’s nominees for the Exemplary Service Awards. These member firms are being recognized for the outstanding customer service they provided to families during their time of loss. Each one has been selected based on comments families gave through OGR’s Family Contact Program. The winners of the Exemplary Service Award will be recognized at OGR’s Celebratory Luncheon at the Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase in New Orleans, LA on Friday, April 21.

OGR Executive Director & CEO Mark Allen says, “We are pleased to acknowledge these firms for their continuous dedication to delivering exemplary service to the families in their communities. It is clear that these members invoke the Golden Rule at their funeral homes by always remembering that families come first.” 

Each year the Exemplary Service Award is given to the top three nominees and is based on the feedback OGR receives through the Family Contact Program. The Family Contact Program is an exclusive OGR member benefit. For more information, visit

Exemplary Service Award Nominees

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services | Belvidere, IL

Beyers Funeral Home | Umatilla, FL

Brunswick Funeral Home| East Brunswick, NJ

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home| Covington, GA

Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home | Alliance, OH

Citty Funeral Home | Reidsville, NC

Cooper Funeral Home| Tecumesh, OK

Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home | Lisbon, OH

Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home| Fraser, MI

Freitag Funeral Home| Bridgeton, NJ

George Irvin Green Funeral Home| Munhall, PA

Graham Funeral Home| Chesapeake, VA

Hanson-Neely Funeral Home| Ada, OH

Hardy-Close Funeral Home| Shepherdsville, KY

Henry Funeral Home | Staunton, VA

J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary | New Freedom, PA

Jakubs and Son Funeral Home |Cleveland, OH

John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home | Saint Louis, MO

Johnson-Romito Funeral Homes | Bedford, OH

Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels | Enfield, CT

Linnemann Funeral Homes| Erlanger, KY

Loyless Funeral Home | Land O’Lakes, FL

Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home| Pigeon, MI

Miller-Ward Funeral Home| Seymour, CT

Osborne Funeral Home| Willaimsport, MD

Schilling Funeral Home| Sterling, IL

Schmidt Funeral Home| West Bend, WI

Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home| Fairfield, CT

Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Inc. | Hillsville, VA

Wenner Funeral Home | Cold Spring, MN

Weymouth Funeral Home | Newport News, VA

About OGR
Founded in 1928, OGR is affiliated with more than 600 independent funeral homes that share common goals of exemplary service, uncompromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. For more information, go to