Can't really say it's an "end of an era" or anything.
The saddest part is that he was ex-communicated last summer from the church that he was leading and fostering these attitudes. I guess the moral of the story is that cultivating those kinds of attitudes can get you bitten in the ass yourself.
Westboro is apparently not having a funeral. Can't tell whether it's out of spite or simply the realization someone might turn the tables on them and harrass them just as they have harrassed so many others over the years.