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ABOUT THE BOARD

Purpose

The mission of the Oklahoma Funeral Board  is to act in the public interest, for the public protection and advancement of the profession within the police powers vested in the Board by the Legislature of the State of Oklahoma, entirely without appropriated funds. The Board shall serve an informational resource on funeral service to the general public and members of the funeral profession

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor. Five of the members must be actively engaged in funeral directing and embalming in this state for not less than seven consecutive years immediately prior to appointment. Two members of the Board are chosen from the general public, one of which shall be a person licensed and actively engaged in the health care field.

Statistics

As of July 1, 2013 the Oklahoma Funeral Board regulates: 413 funeral establishments, 9 commercial embalming services, 1097 funeral directors, 1037 embalmers, 70 registered apprentice funeral director and embalmers, 28 burial associations, 61 burial agents and 44 crematories. These
professionals handle approximately 36,000 deaths reported in the State of Oklahoma each year. 

Statutory History

In 1905 the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oklahoma established the Territorial Board of Embalming of the Oklahoma Territory. The original act reads in part "From and after the passage of this Act every person now engaged or desiring to engage in the practice of embalming dead human bodies within the Territory of Oklahoma shall make a written application to the Territorial Board of Embalming for a license, accompanying the same with the license fee of $5.00; where upon the applicant, as aforesaid, shall present himself or herself before said Board, at a time and place to be fixed by said Board, and if the Board shall find, upon due examination, that the applicant is of good moral character, possessed of skill and knowledge of said science of embalming and the care and disposition of the dead, and has a reasonable knowledge of sanitation and the disinfection of bodies of deceased persons, and the apartments, clothing and bedding, in case of death from infectious or contagious diseases, the Board shall issue to said applicant a license to practice said science of embalming and the care and disposition of the dead, and shall register such applicant as a duly licensed embalmer." Following statehood the Board’s name was changed to the State Board of Embalming of Oklahoma. In 1941 the name was changed to the Oklahoma State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors..

In 2003 following a comprehensive update of the Funeral Services Licensing Act which expanded the powers of the Board to enhance consumer protection including the regulation of crematories the name of the Board was changed to the Oklahoma Funeral Board.

Current Board Members

Name

Address

Phone

Term Expires

J. Cooper
Member

210 West Walnut
Tecumseh, Oklahoma 74873

405) 598-2124 7/1/2017

Richard Dugger II
Member

010 7th Street
Perry, OK 73077

(580) 336-4444

7/1/2014

Cindy Longanacre
Vice President
328 South 29th Street
Chickasha
, Oklahoma 73018
(405) 224-0012 7/1/2016

Mike Phenix
President

505 W. Grand
Ponca City, OK 74601

(580) 765-4411

7/1/2015

Tom Pickard
Member
P.O. Box 280
Stratford, OK 74872

(580) 759-2221

7/1/2015

Chad Vice
Member

3401 Havenbrook Street
Norman, OK 73072

(405) 329-0101

7/1/2018

Andy Walding
Member
100 N Broadway, Suite 1700
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 232-0621 7/1/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Employees

Chris Ferguson - Agency Director

 

Past Board Members 

Name

Address

Term Ended

Mark Temple Edmond 2013
Jim Parks Prague 2012
John Temple Edmond 2008
Dr. Charles Brown Edmond 2006
Joe Harris Lawton 2006
Stephen Huston Ponca City Term Ended 2007
Deceased - 10/7/2005
Keith Stumpff Tulsa

2005

Terry Clark

Tulsa

2004

Chris Craddock

Ardmore

2004

Scott Smith

Oklahoma City

2003

John Shonkwiler

Tulsa

2002

Brad Whinery

Sayre

1999

Rick Agent

Sallisaw

1998

Russell Wiley

Shawnee

1998

Donna Plewes

Oklahoma City

1998

Joe Kernke

Oklahoma City

1997

Ted Ragsdale

Muskogee

1996

John Kennedy

Marietta

1996

Joanne Blevins

Tulsa

1996

David Shick

Oklahoma City

1995

Dean Ladusau

Enid

1995

Joe Weatherford

Miami

1995

Dr. John Plewes

Oklahoma City

1994

Gary Gray

Lawton

1993

Charlotte Heard

Oklahoma City

1991

Dean Ladusau

Enid

1991

Ted Ragsdale

Muskogee

1990

John Kennedy

Marietta

1990

Denver Jones

Wilburton

1990

Alfred Dodson

Sand Springs

1990

Joanne Blevens 

Tulsa

1990

Russell Wiley

Shawnee

1989

Ted Ragsdale

Muskogee

1989

Dr. John Plewes

Oklahoma City

1989

John Kennedy

Marietta

1989

Alfred Dodson

Sand Springs

1989

Joanne Blevens

Tulsa

1989

Elaine Allman

Sulpher

1989

Richard Smith

Tisomingo

1988

Charlotte Hard

Oklahoma City

1986

Bill Greer

Mangum

1986

Milton J. Grant

Ardmore

1986

Denver Jones

Wilburton

1984

Nancy Craig

Luther

1984

Elaine Allman

Suplher

1984

Alfred Knight

Maud

1983

Earl Temple

Oklahoma City

1982

Thomas Pichard

Stratford

1981

R.C. Mayfield

Norman

1981

Paul Norwood

Idabel

1980

Norman Martin

Elk City

1980

Alfred Knight

Maud 

1980

Carroll Lawson

Jay

1979

Alfred Knight

Maud

1979

Denver Jones

Wilburton

1979

Norman Martin

Elk City

1978

Denver Jones

Wilburton

1977

Thomas Pichard

Stratford

1976

Alan G. Graham

Bartlesville

1975

Lee M. Carson

Edmond

1974

Andrew Russworm 

Watonga

1973

Noble Stufflebean

Pauls Valley

1972

Jodie Sevier

Chickasha

1971

Alfred Knight

Maud

1970

Jack Keeley

Bartlesville

1969

Andrew Russworm

Watonga

1968

Gerald Brown

Enid

1967

Jodie Sevier

Chickasha

1966

Arthur W. Spiller

Wetumka

1965

Newell A. Smith

Checotah

1964

Wendyl P. Watts

Madill

1963

Coleman Hoferer

Oklahoma City

1963

Estol Shurden

Henryetta

1962

Jodie W. Sevier

Chickasha

1961

George Goodrich

Marietta

1961

Estol Shurden

Oklmulgee

1960

Jodie W. Sevier

Chickasha

1958

Ben V. Hunter

Oklahoma City

1958

Wendyl P. Watts

Madill

1957

James Stufflebean

Pauls Valley

1957

George Goodrich

Marietta

1956

Estol Shurden

Okmulgee

1955

E. E. Vincent

Stillwater

1954

Gerald Brown

Enid

1954

Ben V. Hunter

Oklahoma City

1953

James Stufflebean

Pauls Valley

1952

Harry Coley

Hollis

1950

Gerald Brown

Enid

1950

Russell Chapman

Tishomingo

1949

Ben V. Hunter

Oklahoma City

1948

Julius Cook

Oklahoma City

1948

G. L. Goodrich

Marietta

1947

J. U. Criswell

Ada

1947

George Stanley

Tulsa

1946

Ruth Johnson

Pawhuska

1946

G. L. Goodrich

Marietta

1946

T. G. Rice

Okeene

1945

Okla Hall

Poteau

1944

A. D. Hamby

Oklahoma City

1943

E. E. Vincent

Stillwater

1942

 

Oklahoma Funeral Board
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 175 - Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Email:
info@okfuneral.com 

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm