May 20 - 23, 2024
IFDA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Embassy Suites by Hilton Conference Center Noblesville
13700 Conference Ctr Dr S, Noblesville, IN 46060317) 674-1900
Jerrit Clayton Classic Golf Outing
Benefiting the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation
What does the Education Foundation do you ask?
- Support the funeral service practitioners of today - helping them to better serve their communities.
- Ensure and secure future of the profession by helping recruit and train those wanting a career in funeral service.
The Indiana Funeral Education Foundation is committed to excellence in funeral service education and is proud to offer five (5) $2,000 professional development scholarships. These scholarships are available to any member of IFDA - licensed and un-licensed firm staff, individual, senior, and associate members.
The Indiana Funeral Education Foundation also awards four student scholarships for a total amount of $12,500
Annual Jerrit Clayton Classic Golf Outing - Benefiting the Indiana Funeral Education Foundation
May 20, 2024
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Beverage Cart Sponsor
In Memory of Ron King
Indiana Funeral Supply Sales Club
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Andy Clayton, CFSP
Executive Director, Indiana Funeral Directors Association
Andy Clayton, CFSP, is a second-generation licensed Indiana funeral director and current Executive Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. A graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service and Indiana University, he has been actively involved in funeral service since 1991.
Andy is a Past President of IFDA, 2013-14; a past member of the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service; past Indiana Policy Board Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association; and a lifetime Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, CFSP, through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 2002.
Vernie Fountain, CFSP
Owner, Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills
Internationally known speaker and instructor Vernie Fountain has been associated with funeral service since 1965. As a graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, Fountain became licensed as a funeral director in 1972 and as an embalmer in 1977. For eighteen years, until December 1995, he owned and operated Fountain Mortuary Service in Columbia, Missouri, which responded to over one-thousand deaths annually and had five divisions: Embalming and Transportation, Forensic and Clinical Autopsy/Investigation, Cemetery (Exhumations & Grave openings), Embalming Consulting and Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills.
He currently owns and operates Fountain Embalming Services, Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills and Forensic Investigative Resources of the Midwest (F.I.R.M.) a licensed and insured private detective agency that has a main focus of death investigations and exhumations. All are headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.
Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills, which was founded in May 1990, is a full-time venture for Fountain as the Academy's founder and primary instructor. As a well-known speaker he travels throughout the United States and abroad speaking at State and National Funeral Directors and Embalmers conventions teaching post-graduate education to embalmers. His focus is on teaching highly specialized embalming and postmortem reconstructive surgery techniques that can be performed on the most massively traumatized case imaginable. FNA is dedicated to providing quality post-graduate embalmer education and the research and development of new techniques to treat the highly traumatized case with the goal of an open-casket viewing. Fountain National Academy offers several in-depth embalming and postmortem reconstructive surgery seminars at its training facility located in Springfield, Missouri. Professional embalmers from across the United States, England, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Korea, Grenada, Seychelles, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, Australia, South America, India, Nigeria, French West Indies, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, Japan and the Philippines have attended these seminars. The Academy has a European representative in Ireland and an Australian representative located in Australia.
John T. Hill
Hill Mortiary Service & Seminars
Duane E. Hills
President, Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC
Graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY in 1978.
Served my apprenticeship at Seager Jones Funeral Home in Bath, NY from 1978-1979
I became licensed in New York in November 1979.
I served as the secretary, treasurer and sexton of the Rural Home Cemetery in Big Flats, NY for 23 years. While in Big Flats I was very active in the Rotary Club, where I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, the Fire Department, and the Historical Society as a board member and a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
I sold my funeral homes to the Loewen Group in February 1995 and was the GM of four funeral homes; Carpenter’s Funeral Home and Beilby Funeral Home in Corning, NY, Hills Funeral Home in Big Flats, NY and Ballard and Lindgren Funeral Home in Elmira Heights, NY.
I remained on as a GM with the Alderwoods group and then became an MGM of Western NY until the SCI acquisition and transferred to Lufkin, TX in February 2008 having the responsibility of Gipson Funeral Home, Oakley Metcalf Funeral Home, Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Directors and the Garden of Memories Memorial Park as the GM.
I transferred to Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC in August 2012 as an assistant manager of operations and was promoted to President in February 2013.
One of my key interests is American History and am a member of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia. I enjoy studying the American Civil War time period in particular.
In August 2022, I along with my coauthor Alice Adams published a book on the history of Joseph Gawler’s Sons and funeral service. The book is titled, “One Block West of the White House”. Our second book, “Washington’s Sinners & Saints: Lost in History was released in December 2023.
Damon Wenig, MBA, CFSP
National FET and Preneed Director, Krause Brokerage Services, LLC
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