History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our HistoryWe have served the Leesburg community with compassion and care since 1924. Our founders, Lonnie Page and his son-in-law Cecil Theus devoted themselves to the community and defined service with their actions. Our funeral professionals continue this tradition and strive to help each family honor their loved one in a personalized and unique manner.
We strongly focus on the needs of each family. We know the importance of small details and assist in creating an experience that is just right for your needs and preferences. Whether it is a simple service or an elaborate one, we work diligently to ensure that it is a memorable experience.
We offer Video Tributes, Floral Services, Balloon Releases, Dove Releases, Military Honors, Special Musicians, and dozens of other ways to memorialize and pay tribute to the departed soul.
Our funeral home also offers an Event Room where simple refreshments, buffet style meals, and plated dinners can be served to your guests after the services. This facility allows families to focus on each other, and reduces the stress and the chore of cleaning up the residence after the gathering. Families and churches are also welcome to use this room on their own and incur no charges other than a modest cleaning fee.
We are available to conduct services in any religious institution and/or cemetery. We also provide a number of options both for funeral services as well as entombment at our own cemetery. Our Funeral Home features the largest chapel in the Lake and Sumter area. Despite its size, it still retains a homey, comfortable feeling.
You can select from a wide variety of options including traditional ground burial spaces, private family burial and mausoleum options, community mausoleums, cremation estates and a cremation garden with various niche and urn placement options.
Our friendly and helpful staff is always available to answer your queries and provide any information or assistance that you may need.
Our Valued Staff
Jim Semesco, Vice President of Operations
Laura Brown, Office Manager
Bill Ward, Funeral Director
William C. Ward, III was born in Rochester, New York and is married to his wife Dr. Marnie L. Ward. They have three children, Diana M. Ward, William C. Ward, IV and Grace L. Ward. Bill has been in the funeral industry since 1991 and when asked why he is in this industry Bill states “Since I was a young man I have always had a calling to help those who were truly in need of help. The funeral service has truly offered me the opportunity to help families who are truly in need of help.” When asked what Bill likes about his job he stated “Helping families through the difficult process of the funeral arrangement, funeral service and committal service. Thereby allowing them the opportunity to have a service that meets and exceeds their request.” When Bill is not working his favorite things to do are, Helping his children with school work, 4H projects and working on his Lionel Train layout. When asked what the best advice was that he had ever received Bill said “Always treat a client family as though they were your own family and you will never be wrong! Given by the late Orlando J. Fero, Jr. who was the owner of Fero Funeral Homes of Beverly Hills and Dunnellon, Florida.”
Keith Stoffels, Funeral Director
Bruce A. Stout, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jerry Hammock, Embalmer
Russ Critendon, Family Service Counselor
Russ Critendon was born in Houston, Texas and has one child, Darby Dowdy. Russ has been in the funeral industry since 1989 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry he states “To help families gain peace of mind, avoid emotional over spending and make decisions together.” What Russ likes most about his job is freedom and helping families pre plan. When he is not working his favorite things to do are, making videos, putting them on YouTube, photography, nature, and his iphone. When asked what the best advice was that Russ ever received she said “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and body and Love others as myself.”
Dean Netwal, Family Service Counselor
Dean Netwal was born in Minneapolis, MN. He has two children, Elizabeth and William and one granddaughter, Rylee. Prior to working in the funeral industry Dean was a college director and former owner of County Eye Clinic Systems for over 20 years. Dean has been working in the funeral industry since 2014 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry and what he likes most about his job he states “I enjoy the opportunity to help people. And what I like most about my job is the look of relief on people’s faces once they’ve taken care of their obligations.” When Dean is not working his favorite things to do are reading, fishing, and hunting. When asked what the best advice was that Dean has ever received he said “Maintain your integrity.”
Robin Smith, Family Service Counselor
Howard Zartman, Senior Staff Associate
Lou Haines, Staff Associate
Lloyd Oelke, Staff Associate
Lloyd Oelke was born in Onalaska, WI and is marred to his wife Lois. Together they have three children, Sherry, Sandra, and Deborah. Lloyd has been working in the funeral industry since 2010 and when asked what he likes most about his job he states “I enjoy working with devoted people who really care about the business and the care of the families who have lost their loved ones.” When Lloyd is not working his favorite things to do are, boating and taking care of plants in his yard. When asked what the best advice was that Lloyd has ever received he said “Treat people like you want them to treat you. Also – use common sense when doing projects and or assignments.”
Tyler Townson, Staff Associate
Jessica Strickland, Staff Associate
Michael Jimenez, Staff Associate
Michael R. Jimenez was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and is married to his wife Audrey. Mike has one child, Michael. Mike has been in the funeral industry since 2013 and when asked what he likes most about his job he states “Everything.” Mikes favorite thing to do when he is not working is playing golf. When asked what the best advice was that Mike has ever received he said “To do your best and then move on to the next job.”
Harold Robinson, Staff Associate
John Bradford, Staff Associate
John A. Bradford, Jr. was born in Erie, PA and is married to his wife Ethel M. They have three children, John III, Kevin, and Sherri. John has been in the funeral industry since 2008 and when asked why he is in the funeral industry and what he likes most about his job he states “I wanted to be a director when I was in college, my then to be wife indicated I was with the wrong lady. She said she wouldn’t live up stairs over any dead people. I like my job because every day is different. No same old, same old.” When John is not working his favorite things to do are, Fishing, Kayaking, and Gardening. When John was asked what the best advice was that he ever received he said “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.”
Phil Muladore, Staff Associate
Rich Reitz, Staff Associate
Ray Klooster, Staff Associate
Allen “Ray” Klooster was born in Charlevoix, MI and is married to his wife Carolyn. Ray has seven children, David (who passed in 2005), Darrin, Larry, Jennifer, Shelly, Darick, Cheryl and Linda. Ray has been working in the funeral industry since 2009 and when asked why he is in the funeral business he states “A friend of mine said my personality is right for this business. A heart for the hurting.” When asked what he likes most about his job Ray said “It’s a ministry to the ones left behind, a chance to witness.” When Ray is not working his favorite things to do are, spending time at the pool, playing games with friends and working in his garden. When asked what is the best advice that Ray has ever received he said “Think before opening your mouth.”