Disciplinary Actions/Decisions

Disciplinary Actions/Decisions

The following is a list of actions/decisions taken against licensees or applicants for licensure by the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts since January 1, 2003 (in order by date of action.) 


Eric F. Schindler, Paola, Kansas–(#04-11)  Embalmer and funeral director license renewals denied.  Individual barred from applying for renewal or reinstatement of an embalmer and funeral director licenses for twelve years (until May 26, 2016.)  When applying for renewal or reinstatement following the twelve year period, applicant must provide verification of 72 hours of continuing education which shall include 25 hours of ethics approved by the Board’s Executive Director and must retake and pass the funeral directors' license examination.
Date of Default Order:  5/26/2004

Kelly L. Herdt, Smith Center, Kansas–(#04-18)  Embalmer and funeral director licenses surrendered.
Date licenses surrendered:  9/29/2004

Willie A. “Bill” Schonacher, Jr., Overland Park, Kansas–(#04-41)  Assistant funeral director license approved by the board with the condition of being restricted from any dealings with finance.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order:  1/21/2005

James L. Schmidt, Wray, Colorado–(#05-43)  Embalmer and funeral director licenses suspended for six months (10/6/05 to 4/6/06.)  His Nebraska funeral director license was suspended for six months, and he was fined $1,000 for permitting, aiding, or abetting the practice of a profession or the performance of activities requiring a license, certificate, or registration by a person not licensed, certified or registered to do so.  The licensee’s Kansas suspension was based on action taken by the Nebraska State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Date of Final Agency Action:   10/11/2005

Nancy A. Oldham, Pittsburg, Kansas–(#05-30)  Embalmer license suspended for six months with public censor.  The suspension was stayed contingent on earning six hours of continuing education in ethics by November 22, 2006.  The action was based on the licensee failing to report to the board when renewing her license of a conviction of a misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude/committing a crime of moral turpitude.
Date of Consent Agreement and Final Order:  11/22/2005

Lawrence A. Jones, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri–(#06-38)  Embalmer and funeral director relicensure applications denied based on the revocation of Missouri embalmer and funeral director licenses.  The relicensure application fee will be credited toward any future relicensure application.  Once Missouri licenses are reinstated to active status, the board encouraged the applicant to reapply for relicensure of Kansas licenses.
Date of Final Agency Action:  10/25/2006

Floyd L. Greenwood, Overbrook, Kansas–(#06-48)  Funeral director license publicly censured with the censure placed on the KSBMA's web site.  Failure of licensee to provide the next of kin a signed written price statement as required by K.A.R. 63-3-17(c).
Date of the Consent Agreement and Final Order:  2/23/2007

John A. Ridgeway, Tonkawa, Oklahoma--(#07-18)  Embalmer and funeral director licenses revoked following conviction of a felony.
Date of the Summary Proceeding Order Revoking Licenses:  6/21/2007

Todd M. Beeson, Dumas, Texas--(#07-23)  Fined $100 with public censure for failing to obtain an out-of-state transit permit.
Date of Summary Order:  10/25/2007

Roy L. Rawls, Salina, Kansas--(#08-14 & #08-15)  Fined $250 with public censure for failing to provide a written price statement as is required in K.A.R. 63-3-17(c).
Date of Summary Proceeding Order:  8/4/2008

James D. "Lou" Moore, Gladstone, Missouri--(#06-34)  Embalmer and assistant funeral director licenses were revoked following the Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors denying an application for a Missouri embalmer license.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order Revoking Licenses:  11/12/2008

Don L. Varner, Jr., Russell, Kansas–(#08-33)  Funeral director license publicly censured with the censure placed on the KSBMA's web site and fined $250.  Failure of licensee to provide the next of kin a signed written price statement as required by K.A.R. 63-3-17(c).
Date of the Summary Proceeding Order:  2/6/2009

Steven D. Wilson, Independence, Kansas--(#08-26)  Embalmer and funeral director licenses revoked due to felony convictions.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order:  4/21/2009

Michael Jon Hofman, Paola--(#08-25)  Assistant funeral director license application denied due to a felony conviction.
Date of Final Order:  5/4/2009

Ronald C. Marts, Kansas City, Missouri--(#09-27)  Assistant funeral director license placed on conditional status for so long as his Missouri funeral director and establishment licenses remain on probation (originally for five years) for forging a signature on a Missouri death certificate.  Certain conditions are a part of the Order.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order Imposing Conditions on License:  8/3/2009

Lonnie L. Van Arsdale, LeRoy, Kansas--(#09-50)  Funeral director license publicly censured for violating KSA 65-1751(a)(13)--failure to provide a written price statement.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order :  5/5/2010

Patrick S. Post, Derby, Kansas--(#10-16)  Funeral director license revoked for violating KSA 65-1751(a)(3)--felony conviction and unable to demonstrate sufficient rehabilitation to warrant public trust.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order:  5/5/2010

Larry J. Enfield, II, Norton–(#10-44)  Fined $100 with public censure for failing to obtain an out-of-state transit permit.
Date of the Summary Order: 10/26/2010

Lawrence A. Jones, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri–(#10-57)  The assistant funeral director application of Mr. Jones was denied based on revocation of Missouri funeral director license.
Date of Summary Order Denying Application for Assistant Funeral Director License:  1/19/2011

Daniel J. Oldenettel, Wichita-- (#10-23)  Embalmer and funeral director licenses permanently surrendered with the agreement never to apply for them again in the State of Kansas.  The surrender of both licenses is entered as a revocation in board records.
Date of Consent Order:  1/13/2011

Ms. Bobby J. Pearson, Kansas City--(#11-02 & #11-03)  Fined $100 and publicly censured for failing to issue an out-of-state transit permit.
Date of Summary Order:  5/16/2011

Douglas L. Watson, Wichita--(#11-04)  Publicly censured, funeral director license suspended for twelve months with the suspension stayed with payment of $500.00 fine, a refund of $937.62 to a family and completion of ten (10) hours of approved continuing education in the area of funeral directing ethics.
Date of Consent agreement:  7/14/2011

Jeffrey T. Simpson, Columbus--(#11-22)  Funeral director license revoked due to the failure to trust $2,100.00 for a casket purchased preneed with a fine of $1,000.00.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order:  11/10/2011

Rickey A. Furst, Jr., Williamsburg--(#11-31)  Accepted the voluntary surrender of his embalmer and funeral director licenses based on a diversion agreement with the District Court of Woodson County, Kansas, Case No. 11 CR 56.
Date of Board Approval:  10/11/2012

Douglas L. Watson, Wichita--(#13-29)  Embalmer, funeral director, and crematory operator.licenses revoked and fined $1,000.
Date of Summary Order:  12/16/2014

Robert J. Bethea, Jr., Wichita--(#15-03)  Fined $100 and publicly censured for at-need solicitation.
Date of Summary Order:  4/22/2015

Ms. Benji R. Hanks, Wellsville--(#15-07)  Fined $100 and publicly censured for failing to issue an out-of-state transit permit.
Date of Summary Order:  4/22/2015

Patrick S. Post, Derby--(#15-09) Funeral director re-licensure application denied.
Date of Order:  8/7/2015

Melody Theus, Raytown, Missouri--(#15-16) Assistant funeral director application granted.
Date of Order:  10/20/2015

Jeffrey T. Simpson, Columbus--(#15-29)  Embalmer-funeral director re-licensure applications denied.
Date of Order:  10/27/2015

Natalie M. Lentz, Topeka--(#15-27) Crematory operator's license and assistant funeral director application granted with conditions.
Date of Consent Agreement and Order:  11/19/2015

Brandy L. Robson, Hugoton--(#15-12) Fined $750.00 for violations of KSA 65-1751(a)(20), KAR 63-5-1(b) and KSA 65-2412(a) pertaining to the timely filing of a death certificate.
Date the Order finalized: 11/25/2015.

Rickey D. Yoder, Wichita--(#15-28) Fined $500 with crematory operator license suspended for nine (9) months for inappropriate handling of human remains.  The fine and suspension were stayed upon completion of an additional six (6) hour crematory operator certification program and providing all employed crematory operators with information pertaining to proper storage and handling of human remains.
Date of Consent Agreement and Final Order:  11/5/2015

Robert J. Bethea, Jr., Wichita--(#15-36) Ordered to complete an additional six (6) hours of continuing education in the area of prefinanced funeral agreements, fined $500 and publicly censured for failing to properly trust a prefinanced funeral agreement.
Date of Consent Agreement and Final Order:  3/17/2016

Tricia Goebel-Jones, Yates Center--(#16-43) Funeral director license revoked after licensee agreed and was ordered by the Woodson County District Court to participate in a diversion program after she stipulated to violating state law by engaging in acts constituting theft from her employer.
Date of Summary Proceeding Order: 10/28/2016


Robert J. Bethea, Jr. Wichita (#16-37)
Funeral director licensee disciplined for unprofessional conduct involving failure in the performance of contractual duties and failure to report an adverse judgment or award resulting from the practice of funeral direction.  Discipline imposed:  ordered to complete an additional six (6 hours of continuing education in the area of ethics; fine totaling $1,500 ($750 per violation); and public censure.

Date of Consent Agreement and Final Order:  3/31/2017