Terre Haute funeral home license suspended for 90 days

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service issued an emergency license suspension for a Terre Haute funeral home, as well as the facility’s owner and director.

During the 90-day suspension, Russell Funeral Home, 419 N. 21st Street, its director, Scott Shake and owner Gregory Majors will be investigated by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

The suspension came after Russell Funeral Home was linked to funeral director Mark Ferree who was under investigation after a body in his care went missing.

Shake denied any involvement with Ferree, telling investigators signed employment documents must have been forged by Ferree; however, further investigation uncovered other issues.

Majors, who referred to himself as an active funeral director during the investigation, has not held a license since 1996. According to the state database, his license is in “expired non-renewable status.” A previous license for Russell Funeral Home also expired in 1996 with that facility listed as closed. The current license uses the same address as the closed facility.

An inspection of the facility on Jan. 16 revealed the garage door was the only working entrance or exit to the funeral home, and the building itself was in disrepair with falling in ceilings and mold.

Majors and Shake also failed to provide requested records to inspectors despite having prior notice.

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