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SERVING YOU: DeJohn goes beyond serving families to show its community care and support

For 149 years, DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Homes & Crematory has been supporting Northeast Ohio families as an open, caring and dedicated partner as they experience dealing with death and celebrating a life that is most important to them.

We have a rich history of supporting organizations and churches of the communities we serve including South Euclid, Willoughby Hills, Chardon and Chesterland.

All that caring begins with us, the DeJohn family. Our Chairman and CEO, Ross DeJohn Jr. volunteers numerous hours each year, lending his leadership and management skills to organizations including Willoughby Hills Rotary Club, Club Molisani and Mayfield Heights Chamber of Commerce (Past President).

Ross DeJohn Jr talks with students about the important jobs Magic & Coco have as Therapy Dogs.

Ross Jr. is also a certified by the Hospice of Western Reserve Volunteer Training Program, which enables him to volunteer at Hillcrest Hospital and other organizations with staff Therapy Dogs, Magic and Coco. A few months ago, he talked with students at Longfellow Elementary School in Eastlake during career day about the important jobs Magic and Coco have as Therapy Dogs. You can learn more about how Magic and Coco give comfort and emotional support to individual and families here.

DeJohn Funeral Homes also provides an important service to the community as a center for American Flag cremation. For several years, local VFWs, Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops have been able to deliver old, worn and torn American Flags to DeJohn for honorable cremation.

Two years ago, we decided to expand our flag cremation services by remembering fallen service men and women as well as first responders in an annual Flag Retirement & Remembrance Ceremony.

The ceremony, held at our DeJohn Funeral Homes & Celebrations Center in Chesterland in June, is another opportunity for the community to gather to honor our flag and recognize current and retired military men and women for their service to protect our country and freedoms. We have had the honor of collaborating with Chardon VFW#6519 and Willoughby VFW #4358 to present the Color Guard and fun salute as well as participation from Munson Boy Scout Troop #91. Our first ceremony was commended by World War II Veteran, Bill Gemma, who ceremoniously cremated the flag for us.

We have also successfully provided hundreds of gifts to soldiers around the world during the holiday season through its annual Stockings for Soldiers program which sends a taste of home for the holidays to US troops overseas, their families and local veterans.

What began in coordination from one of our administrators, Alana Wallin, has expanded into more support and show of caring than any of us could have imagined. For several years, we have supplied various community organizations, churches and schools as well as local residents with red and white stockings to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Since we began the program in 2010, we have been able to bless nearly 4, 500 soldiers with appreciation and a Merry Christmas.

“We are proud to continue our Stockings for Soldiers program that gives back to Veterans and their families during the holidays. We cannot do enough to thank them for their service. Their sacrifices allow all of us to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends,” said Ross DeJohn Jr., Chief Executive Officer and US Army Veteran. “Our Stockings for Soldiers program gives everyone in our community the opportunity to show their gratitude and support.”

Filled stockings are picked up by the USO of Northern Ohio (910th airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station), which sends them to troops in the Gulf and their families living in the northern 31 counties of Ohio. In 2016, DeJohn Funeral Homes supplied 1,025 stockings to soldiers with the support of the community.

 

Ross Jr awards Garrett Scolos of Kenston High School his scholarship award.

In 1993, the DeJohn family, in conjunction with the family owned funeral home, established the Ross Sr. & Carmella DeJohn Five Memorial Scholarship in honor of Ross (Sr) and Carmella’s dedication to education. Ross Sr. served as Mayor of Mayfield Heights for over 28 years, during that time was very supportive of all school related issues including support for many school levies.  More than $35,000 in scholarships has been awarded to deserving high school seniors living in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for Class of 2018 graduates. If you know of a deserving student, they can download the scholarship application online from DeJohnCares.com/scholarship.

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