Schramm elected president of state funeral directors association

Tim Schramm

TAYLOR – Tim Schramm of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylor was recently elected president of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association.

MFDA is a professional organization representing roughly 1,200 funeral directors serving 500 funeral homes statewide and representing nearly three-quarters of all licensed mortuary science establishments in Michigan. Schramm was installed at the association’s 135th annual convention in Kalamazoo.

Schramm began working at Howe-Peterson more than 25 years ago, serving families as a greeter, driver, resident trainee, staff director and location manager before becoming vice president and director of operations in 2005.

“Funeral directors dedicate themselves to caring for local families, helping them to endure some of the most difficult moments in their lives,” Schramm said. “Coming alongside families during their grieving process is an incredible responsibility, but it is also a profound privilege. The Michigan Funeral Directors Association works every day to assist these families by empowering caring funeral directors to embrace that responsibility while providing the absolute best care and comfort.”

A graduate of Wayne State University’s College of Mortuary Science, Schramm previously served MFDA as a board member, recording secretary, vice president, president and district director. He is also a member of the advisory boards at WSU’s College of Mortuary Science and the Archdiocese of Detroit Cemeteries.

Raised in Taylor, Schramm is a graduate of Truman High School and WSU where he also played, earned honors and captained the football team. He and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in the Downriver area their entire lives. They are the parents of Joshua (Dr. Renae) Schramm, and Joseph Schramm, a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

“For decades, Tim has been an incredible advocate for families in Wayne County,” MFDA executive director Phil Douma said. “MFDA is fortunate to draw on both his experience and his leadership as we work to enhance the value of funeral services and the professionals who provide them, across Michigan.”

Founded in 1880, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association is the nation’s oldest organization of funeral professionals.