History & Award-Winning Staff
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"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. “ ~Douglas Pagels
When it comes to funeral service, Erlewein Mortuaries provides trusted service, personal attention, and professional caring.
Early in his career as a Funeral Director, Dane Erlewein knew he wanted to operate his own mortuary. Having worked for a large firm, he wanted families he served to experience the service a smaller, family-owned mortuary could provide. In 1995, the Erlewein family (Dane and his wife, B.J., and Dane’s parents, Bruce and Judi) decided to form a partnership and build Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield.
Knowing that location was important to the success of their business, they began searching for land. Property on US 40 at County Road 150 West was soon purchased from the Hockett family and the building process was underway in early 1996.
While driving home from work in March 1996, Judi died in an automobile accident - only six months before the grand opening of her son’s dream. Dane, B.J. and Bruce opened the mortuary in September 1996.
In the beginning, Dane managed the mortuary with administrative help from his sister, Tisha (Erlewein) Lucas. In 1999, Bruce retired as Guidance Counselor for Morristown High School after 32 years. He returned to school and became a licensed Funeral Director. B.J., a registered pharmacist, worked for a large pharmaceutical firm in Indianapolis before joining the mortuary full-time in September 2002 as the Administrative Manager.
In May 2003, the Erlewein family purchased a second funeral home in Fortville, Indiana.
The former Hughes Funeral Home, Fisher-McCarty Chapel, became Erlewein Mortuary, offering the same superior service as the facility in Greenfield.
In early 2004, Bruce stepped out of the business due to illness and passed away in January 2010. Dane and B.J. now operate both mortuaries with the assistance of several full- and part-time associates. In March 2006, ten years after opening their first mortuary, the Erleweins finished an expansion of the Greenfield mortuary – nearly tripling the size of the facility’s public space.
In November 2005, long-time friend and Funeral Director, Evan Osborn, joined Erlewein Mortuary. Casey Gumberts became a licensed Funeral Director and joined Erlewein Mortuary full-time in May 2012, after having worked summers and completing her internship at the mortuary. Ashley Houck joined Erlewein Mortuary as our Family Services Coordinator in February 2014. In September 2016, Chad Holten joined Erlewein Mortuary as our fourth Funeral Director.
Providing trusted service, professional caring, and personal attention after the loss of a loved one is more than a slogan to us... it’s the basis for everything we do. We have a dedicated staff who truly cares about planning meaningful ceremonies for your loved one. And, our services go beyond the ceremonies— by providing Family Follow Up services and various grief support opportunities.
The staff and family at Erlewein Mortuaries are committed to helping each family we serve through a difficult time with dignity, compassion, and respect. At Erlewein Mortuaries, we believe we’re more than a funeral home…we’re a family friend.
Our Valued Staff
Dane A. Erlewein, Funeral Director/Owner
Dane was born at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield to Bruce and Judith Erlewein. Dane was raised in the Morristown-Fountaintown area, where much of his family continues to live.
He graduated from Morristown High School in 1987 and received an Associate degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University in 1989. After receiving his Funeral Director’s license, Dane worked for a large funeral home in Indianapolis for several years before opening Erlewein Mortuary. He and his wife, B.J., reside in Greenfield and have two children, Gibson and Lily.
Dane’s involvement in the community includes being a member and Past President of the Greenfield Lions Club; a Board member of the Fortville Optimist Club, Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce; a member of the New Palestine and Fortville-McCordsville Chambers of Commerce; an Advisory Council Member for Ivy Tech Mortuary Science Program; an Advisory Council member for Springhurst Health Campus; a member of Park Chapel Christian Church; 2002 Hancock County Chairman for the United Way; past Deputy Coroner for Hancock County; and a member of the Hightower Advisory Board of Directors.
He has also served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Hancock County, Set A Good Example Foundation, and Riley Festival. Dane and B.J. are strong supporters of Hancock County 4-H, as well. In his free time, Dane enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and children.
B.J. Erlewein, Manager/Owner
Dane’s wife, Billie Jo, known to most as B.J., was born in Canton, Illinois to William and Rose Landis. At the age of 12, her family moved to Morristown, Indiana, where she graduated from Morristown High School in 1988. She married her high school sweetheart, Dane, in 1991. B.J. graduated from Butler University’s College of Pharmacy in 1993.
After working in retail pharmacy and for a large pharmaceutical firm in Indianapolis, B.J. joined Erlewein Mortuaries full-time in September 2002. She is a member of Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield, the Greater Greenfield Chamber of Commerce from which she received the “Business Woman of the Year 2006" Award, the New Palestine Chamber of Commerce, and the Fortville-McCordsville Chamber of Commerce. B.J. was a coach for Marauder Youth Football League (MYFL) cheerleaders for six years and volunteers for Mt. Vernon Schools, having served on the PTO, School Improvement Team, and Corporate Improvement Council for many years. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Hancock County Community Foundation, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association’s Ethics Task Force, and the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation board. She currently serves on Hancock County Community Foundation's Women's Fund's Membership Committee, along with her daughter, Lily, and is a guest speaker for Ivy Tech's Mortuary Science Program.
Evan Osborn, Funeral Director
Evan joined Erlewein Mortuaries in Fortville and Greenfield in November 2005. Evan is a 1986 graduate of Lawrence Central High School. He attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1990. He has three children, Brittany, Kimberly, and Kennedy. Evan was formerly Funeral Director and Manager at a large firm in Indianapolis for more than 15 years.
He is a member of the Moose Lodge #17, the Scottish Rite, the Mystic Circle Lodge #685, the American Legion #495, the New Palestine Chamber of Commerce, and Greenfield Sertoma. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, riding motorcycles, and driving race cars. Evan is also an avid Nascar fan.
Casey Gumberts, Funeral Director
Casey was born and raised in Morristown, Indiana. She graduated from Morristown High School in 2007, where she had played basketball and played on a state champion volleyball team. She attended IUPUI for one year and then transferred to Vincennes University.
At Vincennes, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Funeral Service degree in 2010 and a psychology degree in 2011. In college, she also became a member of the community service based sorority Kappa Delta Gamma and served as the president. Eventually, she plans on pursuing psychology further and focusing on grief therapy. Casey served her funeral director internship at Erlewein Mortuary from May 2011 until May 2012, when she joined the staff as a Licensed Funeral Director.
Casey lives in Greenfield and is a member of the local Greenfield Tri Kappa-Upsilon Chapter and assists in coaching high school volleyball. In her spare time, she enjoys watching NASCAR, spending time with her family and cats, and playing volleyball.
Chad Holten, Funeral Director
Chad joined Erlewein Mortuary in September 2016. He was born in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service in 2003. In March of 2006 Chad received his Indiana Funeral Director License. He married April Acree on June 15, 2013 in Nashville, Indiana they reside here in Greenfield. Chad has a daughter, Chloe and is expecting his second daughter in May. He enjoys camping, boating, hunting, hiking, IU basketball, and spending time with his family.
Ashley Houck, Family Services Coordinator
Ashley was born and raised in Portland, Indiana. She graduated from Jay County High School in 2007, where she was active in band, volleyball, and swimming. After high school she graduated in 2010 from Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana with an Associate in Office Administration. Ashley married Parker Houck on April 2, 2011 and moved to Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband relocated back to Indiana in January 2013 to be closer to family. They reside in Hancock County and had their first child, Harrison, in September 2016. In her free time, Ashley enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Mae Palmer, Office Assistant
Mae was born in Indianapolis and raised in Morristown, Indiana. She graduated from Morristown High School in 2015, where she played tennis, cheered, and maintained a role in student government as Vice President. Outside of school, she was also a member of a dance studio for several years and a member of Fountaintown Christian Church. After completing High School, she attended IUPUI for one year then transferred to Ivy Tech Community College to pursue a degree in Mortuary Science.
In her spare time, she likes to be involved with community outreach programs within her church. Mae also enjoys painting, hiking, and online shopping; however, her favorite is spending time with her family, friends, and cats.
Art Liphard, Family Assistant
Art was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to H. Frank Liphard and Margaret “Peggy” (Johnson) Liphard Lizenby. He graduated from Decatur Central High in 1957 and from Purdue University in 1962 with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. Before retiring in 2004, he was a construction project manager/estimator for Jungclaus-Campbell in Indianapolis for 28 years. He had served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964. Art is a member of Cumberland Christian Church. He is married to Virginia “Ginny” A. Liphard, and they reside in Cumberland. Art and Ginny have two children, Terry Liphard of Indianapolis and Ginger (husband, Gerry) Gibson of Markleville. Art also has a brother, Patrick “Pat” Liphard; three grandchildren; and three great-grandsons, Jacob, Carson, and Peyton. Other than being a die-hard Boilermakers fan, Art spends his free time helping the elderly, volunteering at his church, and ministering to the sick.
Larry Christian, Family Assistant
Larry has recently moved to the McCordsville area with his wife Cyndi. He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have two grown children. Their son, Corey Christian, lives on the south side of Indianapolis and works as an IT Quality Assurance Analyst. Their daughter, Heather Noesges-Christian, lives in the McCordsville area and is the Principal at the Fortville Elementary School. They have three granddaughters, Bryanna 13, Addison 8, and Alyssa 10.
Larry started working in the funeral profession in 1996. He is honored to serve families who have lost loved ones.
Brian Dahlquist, Family Assistant
Brian was born in Kokomo, Indiana where he spent the first 17 years of his life. His family then moved to Deerfield Beach, Florida, which is where he graduated from high school in 1976. After high school, Brian returned to Indiana and attended Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College receiving an Associate degree while studying Childhood Development. He and his wife owned and operated Patty Cake Child Care Center in Greenfield for 9 years. Brian has also been in the jewelry business for 33 years and is a graduate of the Diamond Council of America in diamond certification. He has been with Zale Corporation for 13 years. Brian and his wife, Carol, reside in Greenfield and have been married for 29 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, working outside, and jewelry design/research. Brian and Carol attend Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield.
Ed Stoepler, Family Assistant
Ed Stoepler was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Edward N. Stoepler Sr. and Theresa (Kistmer) Stoepler on September 3, 1922 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has a sister, Dorothy Jane Stoepler, who was born on March 23, 1920.
Ed attended public schools on the east side of Indianapolis and graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in 1940. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois where he was employed as a cartographer with Rand McNally Co. He returned to Indianapolis two years later with family.
After Pearl Harbor, December 1941, the Indiana State Fairgrounds was converted to an aircraft engine and parts supply depot by the US Air Force under full military command. Ed and his coworkers were civilians as civil service employees receiving warehousing and stocking military engines and engine parts to be reshipped to various war fronts as needed, 24/7. All shipping locations were coded to not reveal locations in the Pacific and North African Bases. In 1945 and 1946, the parts depot was decomissioned and returned to state.
During Post-War years, Ed worked in an Evansville auto dealership with coworkers from Supply Depot. He later returned to Indianapolis and then on to Greenfield in 1951, selling cars at an auto dealership. During this time, Ed sold his personal ’49 Ford five-window coupe to a young man who had a sister as his “bank”. Shortly after this transaction, the “bank” and Ed really became acquainted, then married in May 1954. She was a Greenfield girl, Dolores Jane Stafford. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Chevrolet Dealership. Ed and Dolores had a daughter 2 ½ years later on December 15, 1956, Donna Jo, the first grandchild in the family. They were blessed three years later with a second child on April 9, 1960, DeAnne Ray.
In 1957, Ed was employed by Shelby Petroleum as a manager of Wholesale and Bulk plant ordering, stocking and sales of oil and lubricants plus gasoline and diesel fuels. They were a privately owned and company, selling and distributing products, first with Ox Sunray and later Union Oil. The company grew and expanded to handle the product sales more efficiently. Ed attended several company schools to learn technology information concerning product application and service capability. This helped to maintain customer needs and service level. After 43 years of employment there, the company was sold. After a year or so of part-time employment, Ed retired.
Dane Erlewein, a member of Greenfield Lions Club, asked Ed to start part-time at the funeral home, setting up chairs, handling flowers and driving the family car. As the funeral home business grew, the building was tripled in size and staff was increased as well. Ed has been at the funeral home ever since. He believes it is very interesting work and he has wonderful people to work with. Dane and BJ carry a very high level of service toward their clientele and their employees, as well.
Kent Judy, Family Assistant
Norm Smith, Family Assistant
Norm was born in Shelbyville, Indiana to Mahlon and Pearl Smith. He attended Shelbyville schools. Norm married Jan Rura on June 29, 2001 and they reside in Greenfield. He has one son, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild who live in Shelbyville. Norm has been a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville for over 50 years, where he served in many different church functions, including Music Director for over 15 years, Sunday School Teacher and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Norm has had experience in the funeral business in his earlier years working in Shelbyville. His past work history is in the field of transportation and warehousing, for which he attended Indiana, Purdue, and Butler Universities. He and his wife, Jan, enjoy traveling, having taken many tours and cruises.
Gibson Erlewein, Family Assistant
Gib was born in Greenfield and is the son of Dane and B.J. Erlewein. He graduated with Academic Honors from Mt. Vernon High School in 2014. Gib is a student at Hanover College and has been active in 4-H Cool Clovers and Jr. Leaders. He has also been a long-time volunteer for the Lions Club of Greenfield and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Dick Basey, Family Assistant
Dick was born in Marion County to Edward and Stellia Basey. He graduated from Morristown High School in 1951 and studied Accounting and Payroll at Indiana Business College. He married Delores A. (Hewitt) Basey on November 26, 1953. Together, they have three children - Shannon (Basey) Jenks, Marva (Basey) Kutz, and Tamara (Basey) Wilson; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate on the U.S.S. Baltimore from 1951-1955. Dick was employed as an Estimator for Hamilton Displays in Indianapolis for 41 years before retiring in 1998. He has worked as a Family Assistant at Erlewein Mortuary since 1996. Dick is very involved in the community. He is Past Master of the Morristown Masonic Lodge, Past Patron of the Morristown Eastern Star, and a member of the Morristown American Legion. Dick is a member of the Morristown United Methodist Church. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department for many years and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Fountaintown Cemetery Association. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, woodworking, and being a Master Gardener.