Founded in 1890 just north of Russiaville by my great-great grandfather, Albert Stout, our family business originated as a small shop called “The Small Concern” selling furniture that Albert had made as well as monuments and hand-built caskets. Soon after starting the business Albert began serving families by offering funeral services as well. The family business flourished and eventually moved to Russiaville where Albert’s son Lew Wallace became associated with the business. The 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado devastated the Russiaville community causing my Grandfather, Kennard to rebuild setting the stage for growth.
I became associated with the business in 1977 at the age of 12 under the guidance of Kennard. After Kennard passed away, I partnered with Bill and Lyn Shirley, Bob and Nancy Hasler, Jim and Jan Neptune, Matt and Debbie Grecu, and most recently, Don and Cheryl Boyer. We now have six locations in Howard County and the surrounding communities of Burlington and Sharpsville.
Today, my family and our team continue to serve in the same spirit as my great-great grandfather did in 1890 where every detail was handled with care and personal attention and on the belief that local is always better.
Our future of remaining locally owned continues to look promising in that my two sons Jeffrey and Jacob are entering the family business and will carry on Albert’s concern that local is always better.