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Funeral Pro Chat Podcast #10: Richard Traunero on How Funeral Directors Can “Fly for a Cause”


Apr 21, 2015

ASD recently teamed up with Funeral writer and media consultant, Nancy Burban, to launch Funeral Pro Chat, an exciting new Podcast series for funeral directors. Now available on iTunes, the series features directors and experts discussing the latest funeral trends, news and customs. This month, we are proud to feature Funeral Director and Pilot, Richard Traunero of Traunero Funeral Home located in Tiffin, OH. Richard is also a past president of the Flying Funeral Directors of America.

In this podcast interview, Richard speaks with Nancy Burban and ASD Public Relations Specialist, Jessica Fowler, about how funeral directors can “fly for a cause.” Both a humantarian and animal lover, Richard volunteers his time and private plane to help people and animals in need. He works with Angel Flight and Lifeline Pilots, human compassionate groups that help patients and families travel to treatment or diagnosis locations free of charge. Richard also volunteers for Pilots N Paws which helps animals in danger of euthanization by transporting them to foster or forever homes in other locations.

Listen now to hear Richard, Nancy and Jessica discuss these important programs and the relationship between funeral service and volunteer work.

“As an Angel Flight pilot, we volunteer all of our time, our services, flying, our fuel, all of the expenses – there is no cost to the patient whatsoever – and we fly them to where they need to be. It is a very rewarding thing to do. It enables me to use my flying capabilities to help a person, which mirrors what I do in funeral service. Of course being a funeral director is all about helping people and this was another way that I could help people, in a way that maybe not so many others around this area could.”
-Richard Traunero

Funeral Pro Chat was created to inform and enlighten funeral professionals on a range of subjects that interest them. Each podcast consists of an interview with a specially selected guest who will offer insight on a particular topic. Every month, two podcasts will be released on They are also available for download on iTunes.

To hear the first Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Caleb Wilde, click here.
To hear the second Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Elleanor Davis Starks, click here.
To hear the third Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Debra Fry, click here.
To hear the fourth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Isaiah Owens, click here.
To hear the fifth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Kevin Moran, click here.
To hear the sixth Funeral Pro Chat featuring John Beckwith, click here
To hear the seventh Funeral Pro Chat featuring Gene Steele, click here
To hear the eighth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Joe Sanchez, click here.
To hear the ninth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Jayme Jeter-Cameron, click here

To learn more about FuneralProChat, visit

Thanks for listening. Please leave us a comment and share your thoughts on the podcast with us.


About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at


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