The Ocker family has been inducted into the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association’s Hall of Fame.
Ocker Funeral Home, now with locations in Alma, Van Buren and Fort Smith, was founded 100 years ago.
“This was a well deserved honor that my grandfather received,” said Evan Ocker.
Founded in 1916 by W.W. Ocker Sr., today R.W. Ocker, along with sons Michael and R.W. II, own and manage the day-to-day operations.
Daisy Ocker, widow of founder W.W. Ocker Sr., was one the first female licensed funeral directors and embalmers in Arkansas and served as Crawford County coroner in the 1930s and 1940s. Daisy Ocker’s daughter, Mary Ocker Moore, established the Ocker-Moore Scholarship Fund for area students with five different colleges and universities in Arkansas.
R.W. Ocker has served as president of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and has served on the Arkansas Burial Association Board.
“The Ocker family has lived in Crawford County Arkansas for five generations and hope to continue serving area families for many generations to come,” said AFDA president Don Martin of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs.
The annual convention was at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rogers March 31-April 1. The convention kicked off with a cocktail reception and was followed by an awards banquet held in the Commerce Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Martin also provided a review of the organization’s activities in the previous year. In addition to passing the gavel to incoming president, Brad Hays of Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home, Martin also presented awards and honors to those with distinguished service in the industry.