When we saw a need for a Certified Mortuary Technician program, it was very important to have just the right balance of solid book learning with practical experience. The concept of our instruction is simple: the course is written as if the instructor is a parent, instructing his son or daughter on what he has learned after years in the family business. If you do not have a relative in funeral service, Dr. Kloss will teach you in such a way as you will feel you have grown up living over a funeral home (Many funeral directors live in apartments over a funeral home.). Dr. Kloss did from 1955 until college in 1966.
The Kloss family has long been involved in funeral service. Loree A. Wells, Dr. Kloss' grandfather founded the first family funeral home in 1932. Dr. Kloss' father, Dale, was an apprentice under Mr. Wells, and married Lorees daughter shortly after WWII. Dale eventually ran the two family funeral homes until Dr. Duke took over the business in 1978, having been a licensed funeral director since 1975. Loree passed away in 1978, Dale in 1988, both licensed funeral directors and embalmers, having conducted thousands and thousands of funerals.
Duke Kloss graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia in 1966, and Defiance College in 1970. He received his Ph.D. in 1980. During his years as a funeral director Dr. Kloss received specialized training at The National Foundation of Funeral Service in Illinois, and was a member of the Cuyahoga County, and Ohio State funeral directors Associations.
Dr. Kloss Community Service includes:
- Past President: Hillcrest Shrine Club
- Past President Lyndhurst Chamber of Commerce
- Past President: Mayfield Heights Chamber of Commerce
- Past President: Hillcrest Exchange Club
- Past President: Hillcrest F I S H
- 25 year member: Acacia Masonic Lodge, Euclid, Ohio
- 10 year member: Hillcrest Jaycees
In 1984 Dr. Kloss was offered a professorship at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, and sold the Cleveland funeral home to Craig Nicol. The business in Cleveland is now know as Nicol-Wells-Kloss, and is located in a beautiful new multi-million dollar funeral home.
Dr. Kloss was the senior management instructor at Lynn University from 1984 until 1988. In 1988 he started the Funeral Service Institute, predecessor to National Academy of Mortuary Science. Dr. Kloss is credited with many innovations in funeral service, including the Trans-Air funeral coach which he designed in 1982, and had built by Airstream Coach company.
In 2006, Dr. Kloss was featured in the movie SOUTHERN JUSTICE. He was shot several times, shot a few people himself and was beaten senseless by the films star, Michael Selig. The movie has run over thirty times on Cinemax and HBO, and is available at all Blockbuster locations. It has been released in 25 countries in 12 languages. This cinematic epoch symbolizes the beginning and the end of Doc’s acting career.
To date, Dr. Kloss has instructed thousands of licensed funeral directors and Certified Technicians. If you are looking for a quality funeral service education, you can depend on him.