Contact: Jessica A. Smith,
Assistant Executive Director
(512) 334-5504 
[email protected]

For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TX – January 29, 2018 – 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 & Solutions Center in Savannah, GA on Thursday, April 5.

OGR Executive Director & CEO Mark Allen says, “These awards acknowledge member firms for their continuous dedication to delivering exemplary service to the families in their communities. It is clear that these members conduct their business by the Golden Rule 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

2018 Exemplary Service Award Nominees

Barnett-Strother Funeral Home, LLC. | Madisonville, KY
Beckwith Funeral Home, Inc.| Jetmore, KS
Brunswick Memorial Home | East Brunswick, NJ
Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, Inc. | Independence, KY
Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory | Crystal Lake, IL
Dryer Funeral Home, Inc. | Holly, MI
Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Inc. | Geneva, NE
Freeman Funeral Home | Freehold, NJ
George Irvin Green Funeral Home, Inc. | Munhall, PA
Hartsell Funeral Home, Inc. | Albemarle, NC
Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries | Omaha, NE
John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home | St. Louis, MO
Johnson-Romito Funeral Homes | Hudson, OH
Kroeger Funeral Home, Inc. | Logansport, IN
Kyger Funeral Home, Inc. | Harrisonburg, VA
Langeland Family Funeral Homes | Kalamazoo, MI
Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. | Milton, FL
Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home| Hastings, NE
Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services | Mt. Morris, MI
Owens Livingston Mortuary | Show Low, AZ
Pagenkopf Funeral Home | Oconomowoc, WI
Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. | New Cumberland, PA
Pray Funeral Home, Inc. | Charlotte, MI
R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home | Hampton, VA
Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory | Lebanon, NH
Schoppenhorst, Underwood & Brooks Funeral Home, Inc. | Shepherdsville, KY
Shinn Funeral Service | Russellville, AR
Thomas Funeral Home, P.A. | Cambridge, MD
Weymouth Funeral Home | Newport News, VA
Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home | Decatur, IN

About OGR
Founded in 1928, OGR is an affiliation of independent funeral homes that share common goals of exemplary service, uncompromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. For more information, visit