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State takes action as East Prairie funeral home continues to practice without license

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) -

The state of Missouri takes action against Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie as the funeral home director admits he's still operating without a license.

Via telephone, Ricky Penrod tells Heartland News he is still holding illegal funerals. This, after people in the community said they had questions.

Now, the Missouri Department of Professional Registration is doing something about it.

A department spokesman said they've filed a contempt motion against Penrod in Mississippi County Court.

Back in July, Penrod agreed in writing to stop holding funerals but that didn't happen.

On top of that, the state's also taking steps to discipline Penrod's funeral director license, which is still valid.

For his part, Penrod stills blames the mess on sloppy paperwork and, just like he said a month ago, he tells me he's working with the state to resolve it.

"I have a lot of support in the community," Penrod said. "I may be in trouble because of matters on paper but, the families I serve who rely on our care here are worth it."

Penrod said there's even a chance he could operate under the license of a different funeral home possibly out of the Shelby building.

But, that state spokesman stresses Penrod must have both a personal license and a building license to hold legal funerals.

As for any criminal charges Penrod could face, that would be up to the county's Prosecuting Attorney.

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