2022 Golden Circle Celebration Dinner

OGR's annual awards banquet, the Golden Circle Celebration Dinner, returns to the annual conference this year. Join us at the Hotel Carmichael in Indianapolis as we honor some of the incredible work done by Golden Rule funeral homes over the past year. We will also recognize OGR members celebrating milestone anniversaries with the association this year and the OGR Foundation's scholarship recipients; induct our new Board of Directors, including Paul Hummel, III, as our new president; honor those who have passed away over the last year in our Service of Remembrance; and hold our annual business meeting.

Golden Light AwardGolden Light Award

In 2002, OGR instituted its most prestigious award, the Golden Light Award, to salute professional excellence exemplified by individual members who have inspired others by their commitment to service.

As an OGR member, you have the opportunity each year to nominate a fellow member who has distinguished him- or herself in the funeral profession through OGR involvement, community service or volunteer activities that demonstrate "service measured not by gold, but by the Golden Rule."


Charles Castiglia
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
Hamburg, New York

F. Glenn Fleming
Koch Funeral Home
State College, Pennsylvania

James J. Marrocco
Marrocco Memorial Chapel
Clifton, New Jersey

Steve Waite
Jakubs-Waite Funeral Home
Eastlake, Ohio

Community Service AwardGolden Rule Community Service Award

Launched in 2008, the Golden Rule Community Service Award singles out a member firm for outstanding service to the community performed during the previous calendar year.

2022 Nominees

Brunswick Memorial Home
East Brunswick, New Jersey

Jakubs-Waite Funeral Home
Eastlake, Ohio

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, Inc.
Pueblo, Colorado

Exemplary Service AwardExemplary Service Awards

The Exemplary Service Awards recognize Golden Rule firms that have displayed outstanding professionalism and exemplary service based on feedback received through the Family Contact Program, an exclusive OGR member benefit that gathers feedback from families for whom participants have done services.

The criteria for receiving an Exemplary Service Award are:

  1. Your funeral home must be a current participant in OGR's Family Contact Program
  2. Your funeral home must have received a comment or comments that represent family satisfaction with your services and indicate that the funeral home performed in an exemplary manner going above and beyond the expected
  3. Your firm cannot have won the award in the past three years.

Anderson Funeral & Cremation Service
Belvidere, Illinois
Beckwith Mortuary, Inc.
Larnet, Kansas
Boone Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services
West Jefferson, North Carolina
Brunswick Memorial Home
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Chapel of the Chimes
Westland, Michigan
Davenport Family Funeral Home & Crematory
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Harrod Brothers Funeral Home
Frankfort, Kentucky
Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc.
McAllen, Texas
Kroeger Funeral Home, Inc.
Logansport, Indiana
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
Enfield, Connecticut
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
Yankton, South Dakota
Russell Colonial Funeral Home
Saint Clair, Missouri
Schmidt Funeral Home
West Bend, Wisconsin
Schoppenhorst, Underwood & Brooks Funeral Home, Inc.
Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Strunk Funeral Homes
Vero Beach, Florida
Wenner Funeral Home
Cold Spring, Minnesota
Wetzel Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Wilson Funeral Home, Inc.
Racine, Wisconsin
Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home
Decatur, Indiana