Rettig Sr. elected president of the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio

COLUMBIANA – Jon W. Rettig Sr. of Columbiana was recently elected president of the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio. Rettig was appointed to the state board by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich on April 11, 2016.

Rettig is a graduate of Holgate High School in Holgate, Ohio, and then attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc., majoring in business. He is a 1976 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati and earned certification to enucleate donor eyes in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

An Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1977, Rettig is president of Family Care Services Inc. which owns and operates the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia, Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana, Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine and Family Care Cremation Services in Columbiana. In 2014 he was certified as a certified crematory operator.

Rettig is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Leetonia and Grace Lutheran Church in East Palestine, where he served on both church councils. He is a member and past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and served on most committees of the association. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America.

Locally, he is a member and past president of the Columbiana Rotary Club and was active in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for several years, having his family host nine exchange students over the years. For the past eight years, he has served as a board member of the Salem Regional Medical Center in Salem where he serves on the finance committee, the quality improvement committee and the Ad Hoc Information Technology Committee. He is a charter member and past chairman of the Charitable Foundation of the Salem Regional Medical Center and a member of Unity Ruritan Club in East Palestine and Columbiana County Planning Commission, having served several terms.

Rettig and his wife, Ellen Mraz Rettig, a licensed funeral director, have four grown children and five grandchildren.

“As servants of the public, our mission is to protect consumers and regulate the funeral service profession by establishing a standard of competency through the licensure of embalmers, funeral directors, crematory facilities, embalming facilities, and funeral homes,” said Rettig.

“The quality of service provided by the board ensures public health, establishes fair business practices and protects a vulnerable clientele. It is indeed a great honor to serve on the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors and have the ability to serve the residents and consumers of the state of Ohio. Funeral service is changing, but the laws and rules that govern our profession continue to merit our adherence and respect. Families that we serve deserve to be treated in the most ethical and honest manner possible. I take this appointment seriously and will do my best to fulfill this obligation,” he said.