50 Year Award Recipients

Congratulations to the below individuals who, according to the records from the State of Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, have reached the reached their 50th anniversary of obtaining and retaining his or her professional license during 2024. In recognition of this extraordinary accomplishment, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA) will be honoring these individuals during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in the Regent Ballroom  during the OFDA 144th Convention and Exhibition. 

Please note: 25-Year Recipients will also be recognized during the awards ceremony.

50-Year Award Recipient

City

50-Year Award Recipient

City

Charles W. Anderson

Franklin

John E. Love

Ottawa

Jeffrey G. Bell

Mansfield

Barry F. Luse

Fremont

Claren Blackburn

Hopedale

Martin F. O'Connell

Toledo

Larry A. Born

Caledonia

Donald R. Onstott

Hartford

Jacalyn S. Burge

Avon Lake

Beverly D. Potts Good

Cincinnati

William M. Clark

Upper Sandusky

Henry J. Radel

Cincinnati

William E. Cox

Warsaw

Robert L. Ransom

Castalia

Jack R. Crates

Findlay

George A. Reeb

Sylvania

James N. Dyer

Lancaster

Barry A. Richardson

Hamilton

Eric M. Gleine

Parma

Arthur L. Rogers

Cleveland

Clarence E. Glover

Cincinnati

Frank B. Rosenacker

Cincinnati

Donald S. Good

Cincinnati

Wayne L. Smith

Urbana

Clorinda G. Hall

Proctorville

Jerry L. Sowers

Piqua

James F. Hoskins

Maineville

Carl J. Vensil

Frazeysburg

George H. Jardine

Strongville

Charles H. Wisby

Bethel

Donald C. Jones

Howard

William P. Wheeler

Brilliant

George M. Linder

Parma

 Kent A. Zechar

Greenville 

Mark S. Lindsey

Republic

 

 

 

NOTE: The 50-year anniversary is surely a milestone to celebrate. However, achieving this milestone is not an exemption for continuing education. Please read below for clarification and further information if you are considering applying for the CE Exemption Waiver.

Licensees who attain 50 years of licensure do not automatically receive the “50 Years of Licensure Exemption from Continuing Education” from the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (OBEFD). Individuals must apply for the exemption at funeral.ohio.gov. Should you have any specific questions regarding the exemption, we encourage you to contact OBEFD directly.

Exemption Requirements:

  •  Licensees must wait until their full 50-year anniversary date before applying.
  • If a licensee holds both an embalmer and funeral director license, they will become eligible for the exemption on the anniversary of their most recently issued license.
  • Licensees are not permitted to serve as a funeral director actually in charge (AIC) of and ultimately responsible for a funeral home or an embalming facility.
  • Licensees must continue to pay renewal fees.