JAMES ROBERT SUDLER was born June 16, 1880, at Sudlersville, Maryland, where he attended the public schools. In 1901 he began his apprenticeship in the undertaking business in Dover DE. He moved Cleveland OH in 1904, and then returned to Delaware, operating his own business at Smyrna until 1915, when he moved to Philadelphia. He worked three years in Philadelphia for Oliver H. Bair, before moving to 2637 Westfield Avenue in Camden, working for John Crawford. In May of 1923, James R. Sudler established his own funeral-home. By 1926 he was located at 60-62 South 27th Street in East Camden. During the 1930s, he took on a local boy, Clarence J. Eichel, as an apprentice. Clarence Eichel became a partner in 1936. By 1947 James Sudler had passed away. Clarence Eichel operated the funeral parlor at 60 South 27th Street for many years afterwards.  The Eichel Funeral Home later moved to Pennsauken, and still is in business as of 2004.


May 12, 1934

Clarence J. Eichel
Camden High School - 1932 Purple & Gold Yearbook


South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

JAMES ROBERT SUDLER—A quarter of a century of association with the funeral-directing business has brought its steadily increasing repute of expert ability to Mr. Sudler, the results of whose activities in several States find their culmination of quality and special excellence in his establishment in Pennsylvania and finally in Camden, where he is the proprietor of his own undertaking headquarters. That Mr. Sudler has made a lifelong study of the requirements of his vocation is evident from the very capable way in which he directs the affairs of his thoroughly modernized establishment. A progressive citizen, he is prominent in all matters that have to do with the substantial advancement of the city. He is the son of William and Molly (Guesford) Sudler. William Sudler, who by occupation is a farmer, was born in Philadelphia, but removed to Sudlersville, Maryland, with his father.

James Robert Sudler was born June 16, 1880, at Sudlersville, Maryland, where he attended the public schools. In 1901 he began his apprenticeship in the undertaking business with W. L. Pritchell, of Dover, Delaware, and in the course of about three years he removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was in the employ of Frederick Beilsteine for more than two years. He was then in business on his own account, at Smyrna, Delaware, for nine years; and in 1915 he removed to Philadelphia, where he was associated in the same business with Oliver H. Bair. He remained with Mr. Baer until 1918, when he came to Camden, in the employ of John Crawford. In May, 1923, he established his own funeral-directing business here, with his license to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Ohio. 

Mr. Sudler is a member of the board of directors of the Grange Building and Loan Association; and he is  vice-president of the Bridge View Building and Loan Association. His fraternal affiliations are with the Patriotic Order Sons of America; Lodge No. 293, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Fraternal Order of Eagles; and he assisted in the organization of the Pennsylvania Embalmers' Association, and has been vice-president of that association since 1915. His religious fellowship is with the Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church.

James Robert Sudler married, in April, 1908, at Smyrna, Delaware, Beulah R. Reynolds, daughter of Aaron and Ella (Collins) Reynolds, and they are the parents of the following children: Ella, born April 2, 1910; Elizabeth; and James..

Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1938


Checks totaling $23,700 were in the mail yesterday in payment of the maturing of the first series of shares by the Bridge View Building and Loan Association. One hundred eighteen shareholders share in the distribution.

The announcement was made by George Gideon, assistant secretary. The association, which was formed 13 years ago, meets in the Third National Bank and Trust Company, Twenty-seventh Street and Westfield Avenue. The second series will be opened June 1. 

James R. Sudler is president of the association. Other officers are Carlton M. Harris, vice president; William S. Abbott, secretary; Fred Weisbrod, treasurer, and Charles Boulton, solicitor.

Directors are Warren Parvin, Clarence Peters, Gideon, Harris, Abbott, Weisbrod, Boulton, Lewis Hager, Franke Lake, Sudler and Joseph Stutz.