History & Staff

Our staff's number one goal is to ensure your loved one is remembered the way you want.  Our focus is on you, as we are continually learning new ways to provide you, your family, and your guests with the very best options. We'll help you celebrate, honor, and remember an important life. We invite you to read about our history and meet our exceptional staff. We love them and we think you will, too.

Our History

Our History

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. “ ~Douglas Pagels

The staff and family at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory are committed to helping each family we serve through a difficult time with dignity, compassion, and respect.  At our very core, we believe we’re more than a funeral home…we’re a family friend.  Read here about our beginning.

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 built in 1910, became Erlewein Mortuary, offering the same superior service as the facility in Greenfield. The family operated this location until late 2021.

In early 2004, Bruce stepped out of the business due to illness and passed away in January 2010.  Dane and B.J. continue to operate both mortuaries with the assistance of several full- and part-time associates.  In March 2006, ten years after opening their first mortuary, Dane and B.J. 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 Quinn 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.  Casey continues to work part-time at the mortuary, spending more of her time with her daughter, Daisy. Ashley Houck joined Erlewein Mortuary as our Family Services Coordinator in February 2014 and was promoted to Administrative Manager in February 2021.  Alex Barnes completed his Funeral Director Internship with Erlewein Mortuary and became a licensed Funeral Director in June 2019.  In February 2021, Carly Gumberts Seaton joined our staff full-time and became the Family Services Coordinator.  We welcomed Funeral Director, Alex Adams in May 2021. January 2022, Nick Jaussaud joined our staff as our Family Care Associate. We recently gained Funeral Director, Jeffrey Elzey in July 2022.

We are continually growing and adding new staff members, including several part-time Family Assistants. Please check out "Our Staff" for more information on each member of our team.

Our Philosophy

Providing trusted service, professional caring, and personal attention after the loss of a loved one is more than a catch-phrase 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. 

Our Staff

  • Dane A. Erlewein

    Dane A. Erlewein Funeral Director/Owner

    Dane was born at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield to Bruce and Judith Erlewein. He was raised in the Morristown-Fountaintown area, where much of his family lived.

    He graduated from Morristown High School in 1987 and received an Associate degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University in 1989. After passing the State and National Board exams and completing an internship, he received his Funeral Director’s license. Dane then 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, a subsidiary of Indiana Funeral Directors Association

    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 driving the 1967 Pontiac GTO he began restoring in high school (and finally finished just a few years ago!).

  • B.J. Erlewein

    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 Mortuary 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 volunteered 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 served 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.
    In her free time, B.J. enjoys taking long walks (preferably on the beach) at an apparently faster-than-most-people-are-comfortable-with pace, making handmade greeting cards to send to friends, watching baking shows, and talking endlessly on the phone with her sister. She also loves spending as much time as possible with Dane and their two children, Gibson and Lily (having made all-too-frequent visits to Hanover and Purdue during their college years). She admits to being "addicted" to fresh-brewed, unsweetened iced tea (extra ice) and chocolate chip cookies (fresh out of the oven). She'll go out of her way to eat at a Panera restaurant, especially if it means she doesn't have to cook supper (at which she ranks herself as average at best).

  • Evan Osborn

    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; three grandchildren, Maddy, Bennett, and Warren. Evan was formerly Funeral Director and Manager at a large firm in Indianapolis for more than 15 years.
    He is a member of the Greenfield Sertoma and served as the Past President, and is the current Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee, and volunteer with Sertoma Bingo. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, grandchildren, riding motorcycles, driving race cars, and snorkeling in the Keys.

  • Casey Gumberts Quinn

    Casey Gumberts Quinn Funeral Director

    Casey was born and raised in Morristown, Indiana. She graduated from Morristown High School in 2007, where she had played basketball and was on the state champion volleyball team of 2003. She attended IUPUI for one year before transferring 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, in which she served as the president. 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 now lives in Greenfield and is a member of the local Greenfield Tri Kappa - Upsilon Chapter. In her spare time, Casey enjoys riding bicycles in various cities and parks across the state and playing volleyball. Volleyball became even more special to Casey when it brought her to meet her husband, Will. In May 2020, Casey was blessed with her first child, Daisy. She really loves her new role as a mommy. She loves her kitties, and is even affectionately known as the “cat lady” of our office. She inherited a passion for many types of music from her parents, but especially enjoys EDM and 80’s pop and rock. Given the chance, she would like to meet her favorite actor, Keanu Reeves, whom she has loved since childhood.

  • Alex Barnes

    Alex Barnes Funeral Director

    Alex was born in Indianapolis to John and Cindy (Morris) Barnes and was raised in New Palestine. He graduated from New Palestine High School in 2015, where he played football and was a varsity player on the 2014 State Championship Football Team. He continued his education at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrence to pursue a degree in funeral service, graduating in May 2018 with an Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science. Alex joined the team at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in September 2018. He completed his internship with Erlewein's and then became a licensed Funeral Director after passing his board exams in 2019. Alex and his wife, Bailey reside in McCordsville.

    During his spare time, Alex serves the citizens of Hancock County as a Deputy with the Hancock County Coroner’s Office. He attends Mercy Road Church - Northeast in Fortville. Alex enjoys graphic design projects, trying new restaurants, spending time with his family, dogs, Marley and Cali and hanging out with friends.

    Alex is very passionate about funeral service and serving families during one of life’s most difficult times. He has been around the funeral service profession since he was a teenager and considers this career to be his true life’s calling. Alex is grateful to all of his friends, colleagues, mentors, past professors, and especially his family for always supporting his dream throughout the years of becoming a Funeral Director.

  • Alex Adams

    Alex Adams Funeral Director

    Alex is a 2019 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science. Alex joined Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in May 2021 as a Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer. In addition to being a funeral director, Alex is certified as a Life Tribute Professional and Celebrant. As a Certified Celebrant, she specializes in writing and officiating customized funeral and memorial services that focus on reflecting the life story of the deceased.

    Alex grew up in Bedford, Indiana and graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2012.

    As an avid learner, Alex is currently continuing her education and pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies at IUPUI. She intends to use her degree to expand her knowledge and better serve the diverse families of our community. She is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Alex currently serves as a volunteer for Brooke’s Place; an organization dedicated to providing support to grieving children and their caregivers.

    Alex and her wife, Ashli, have three children, Abe, Ada, and Archie. Together as a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Alex also enjoys spending her free time running, biking, kayaking, reading, and watching documentaries.

  • Jeffrey Elzey

    Jeffrey Elzey Funeral Director

    Jeffrey was born in Kendallville, IN., where he spent most of his childhood summers fishing on the lake. He was raised in Decatur, IN., and graduated from Bellmont High School in 1990. After high school Jeffrey earned an Associates degree in Computer-Aided Drafting from ITT Technical Institute of Fort Wayne. He moved to the Indianapolis area in 1998 to pursue a career in gas station design and construction.

    In 2006, Jeffrey decided to continue his education. He received an Associates degree in Mortuary Science from Ivy Tech Community College in 2009. Having several years of funeral service experience, Jeffrey joined the team at Erlewein Mortuary and Crematory in July of 2022.

    Jeffrey resides in Fortville, IN. with his wife Jamie, daughter Alexis, and Boston Terrier Axel. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, gaming, weekend road trips, and cheering on his beloved Chicago Bears.

    He is excited to serve the community and families at Erlewein Mortuary and Crematory.

  • Ashley Houck

    Ashley Houck Administrative Manager

    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 in 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 Eastern 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. In the evenings you can find her watching the Hallmark Channel or QVC!

    Ashley cherishes being able to serve each family here at Erlewein Mortuary and is very passionate about her work.

  • Carly Gumberts Seaton

    Carly Gumberts Seaton Family Services Coordinator

    Carly grew up in Morristown, Indiana and graduated from Morristown High School in 2012. After being together for seven years she married her high school sweetheart, Tyler Seaton, on April 13, 2019. They live in Greenfield.

    After working for Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory part-time for almost three years, Carly was offered a full-time position as the Family Services Coordinator in February of 2021. Carly can be found helping families and working on various office duties. She enjoys working with the Erlewein staff and feels honored to serve families in her community.

    In her free time, Carly loves spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She enjoys hosting get togethers at her house, listening to music, especially Taylor Swift, bird watching and being outside in her flower garden. Carly lives by the phrase “enjoy the little things”. As avid Harry Potter fans, Carly and Tyler love to vacation to Universal Studios in Florida as often as they can. Being an aunt has quickly become Carly’s favorite thing, so she makes spending time with her niece, Daisy, a top priority. Recently, Carly and Tyler have adventured into camping and hope to stay at all 24 Indiana State Parks and go on many hikes. She hopes to travel more in the future and experience new places, parks, and restaurants.

  • Nick Jaussaud

    Nick Jaussaud Family Care Associate

    Nick was born in Indianapolis to Chris and Amy (Lopez) Jaussaud and was raised in New Palestine. He graduated from New Palestine High School in 2015. Nick has a focus on service to families and his community and has spent his time since high school working in funeral service. He serves as a Firefighter/EMT volunteer for Buck Creek Township Fire Department and as Hancock County Chief Deputy Coroner.

    In his free time, Nick enjoys weight lifting, fishing, video gaming, and spending time with friends and family.

    Nick is dedicated to service and very happy to be able to serve all families at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory.

  • Lisa Hartzburg

    Lisa Hartzburg Family Services Assistant

    Lisa is from Vincennes, Indiana. She graduated from Lincoln High School, Vincennes University, and received a BA in Medical Technology from Indiana State University. She began her career at Wishard Hospital and then worked for Covance for 30 years. Lisa joined Erlewein Mortuary in August of 2020 as a Family Services Assistant.

    Lisa married Kevin Hartzburg, who she met during the Annual Vincennes University Tube Race down the Wabash River, in 1984. They have lived in New Palestine since 1996. Their son Matt lives in Indianapolis, and they have 2 dogs – Chip and Max.

    A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lisa serves on the Board of Christian Education and the Altar Guild. She is a past member and past president of the Lutheran High School Board of Directors. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels in Marion County. Hobbies include bowling, scrapbooking, and trips along bourbon and wine trails with Kevin.

    It is a privilege to serve the Lord by serving others in their time of need.

  • John Burkett

    John Burkett Family Assistant

    John L. Burkett was born in Finley, Indiana in Hancock County on October 30, 1946 (just one day shy of a Halloween baby). He is married to Robin, the woman he claims God sent him. They have four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild whom he loves more than life itself. Robin has been teaching children at a professional preschool for twenty years.

    John graduated from New Palestine High School in 1965. He then went on to serve our country in Vietnam. John was an independent business man in the county leasing and running two different full service Shell gas stations. He had a few other jobs before working and retiring from Genuine Parts Company (NAPA), where he managed people and parts for twenty-five years. He did well in the business that he loved as a Territory Sales Manager, Wholesale Manager, National Account Manager, and an I.B.S. Manager.

    Then came the day the world changed for John! Jesus Christ came into his life when he was forty-seven years old. Jesus taught John how to truly love his fellow man. Christ taught John the true meaning of life and he will forever be grateful for being chosen to have eternal life with Jesus Christ.

    John learned while in business to never over promise and under deliver and to always follow up! He does love people and tries hard to encourage those whom he comes in contact with.

    He likes to play golf, maybe more than the average man! Robin and John travel from coast to coast vacationing to be with their children and grandchildren and of course (no pun intended) playing golf.

  • Larry Christian

    Larry Christian Family Assistant

    Larry lives in 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, Addison, and Alyssa.
    Larry started working in the funeral profession in 1996. He is honored to serve families who have lost loved ones.

  • Brian Dahlquist

    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.

  • Teagan Davis

    Teagan Davis Family Assistant

    Teagan was born in Greenfield to Scott and Christina (Cook) Davis and was raised in New Palestine. She graduated from New Palestine High School in 2020, where she was active on the swim team and was student council president. She is currently attending Ivy Tech Community College and is working to receive an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science.

    Teagan felt called to the funeral service profession after experiencing death multiple times in her personal life and hopes to be able to provide the same healing experience of closure to other grieving families.

    Teagan currently lives in Indianapolis with her rescue dog, Peach, who is her beloved canine companion. In her free time she enjoys laying in her hammock at the park, making jewelry, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Teagan feels blessed by the opportunity to be able to serve all families at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory.

  • Greg Duda

    Greg Duda Family Assistant

    Greg is a recent transplant to Central Indiana, having moved here in 2015. He is originally from Chesterton, Indiana where he graduated from Chesterton High School in 2002. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Purdue University Northwest in 2006. He served on the Chesterton Police Department as a Reserve Officer for 12 years before relocating to Hancock County. He married Aubria Cichocki on January 20, 2018 and resides in Greenfield with their two children, Benjamin and Annsley, and cats, Jack and Milo.

    He is currently a 911 Dispatcher for Hancock County and enjoys helping all the families that Erlewein serves. It is now his mission to eat every Pork Tenderloin sandwich in Central Indiana, since he had never had one before moving here. He would also like to let everyone know there isn't any good pizza within 175 miles of Indianapolis.

  • Kerry Grass

    Kerry Grass Family Assistant

    Kerry was born in Greenfield, Indiana and has been a lifelong Hancock County resident. He attended Eastern Hancock Jr. & Sr. High School in Charlottesville, IN, graduating in 1982. He married his beautiful wife, Beth Ann in 2002. Kerry and Beth Ann reside in Greenfield and are members of Brandywine Community Church. They have three children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.

    During his senior year he attend classes and obtained his Emergency Medical Technician License. After graduation, he worked for a local funeral home and ambulance service until he became a full-time firefighter in Indianapolis in 1989. In 2000, he graduated from the St. Vincent Indianapolis Paramedic Program and received his National Registry Paramedic Certification. In 2019, he was recognized as the Firefighter of the Year by Pike Twp. Fire Department and received Congressional and United States Senate recognition for his accomplishment.

    He is currently serving in his 4th term as an elected official on the Greenfield City Council. Kerry has been on several committees as well as serving as the council president pro tem during his service on the Greenfield City Council.

    He enjoys playing golf, walking, bike riding, and traveling. He feels it is an honor to serve his community and those that are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

  • Art Liphard

    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 Greenfield and Ginger (husband, Gerry) Gibson of Markleville. Art also has a brother, Patrick “Pat” Liphard; three grandchildren; and four great-grandsons, Jacob, Carson, Peyton, and Logan. 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.

  • Taylor Sanders

    Taylor Sanders Family Assistant

    Taylor was born and raised in Greenfield, IN to Heather and Dale (Charity) Griffin. She graduated from Greenfield-Central High School in 2019, where she was active in the Marching Band. Taylor is currently a student at Mid-America College of Funeral Service and is on track to graduate in the Fall of 2023. In late 2019, Taylor welcomed her first child, Fynlee Grace.

    While Taylor is the only one in her family to go into the funeral service, she considers this her calling and that she is exactly where she’s meant to be.

    In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, and playing video games.

  • Ed Yoder

    Ed Yoder Family Assistant

    Ed was born in Muncie, Indiana and raised in the Muncie/Hartford city area. He graduated from Blackford High School and went on to work as a Deputy Sheriff in Blackford County. Eventually, Ed, worked his way up in the ranks to Pro Tem Sheriff. Ed married the love of his life, Cathy (Abbott) Yoder, in 1979. They are parents to three beautiful boys, Derek, Kyle, and Ross, as well as grandparents to six wonderful grandchildren. Thirty years ago, Ed and his wife, Cathy, made the move to their current hometown of Greenfield, which they enjoy very much. Ed retired from Court Security in July 2019 with a U.S. Marshals Service.

    In addition to working as a Family Assistant at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, Ed also works part-time as a bailiff for the Hancock Superior Court II. Ed is very humbled to be able to comfort families in their times of loss and need.

  • Dick Basey

    Dick Basey Family Assistant, Retired

    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.

  • Norm Smith

    Norm Smith Family Assistant, Retired

    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.

  • Ed Stoepler

    Ed Stoepler Family Assistant, Retired

    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 decommissioned 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. He also believes that Dane and B.J. carry a very high level of service toward their clientele and their employees.