About Us

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.

We 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.

Who We Are

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Bill Ward

Bill Ward

General Manager
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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.”

Jim Semesco

Jim Semesco

Vice President
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Jim is a native Floridian, who was born and raised in the Daytona Beach area. For over 12 years He and his wife Bev have resided in Leesburg, Florida with their two sons, Hunter and Carter. His children attend Lake Sumter State College and Adventure Christian Academy in Tavares where Jim’s wife Bev serves the school as Librarian, and personal assistant to the Principal. He and his family are members of Lake Eustis Christian Church. Jim is an avid fisherman and has traveled from Alaska to Maine and all points in between in order to wet a line.

He is a graduate of Mainland Senior High School, and he attended Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida. Jim went on to graduate from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Mortuary Science. In 1991 Jim became the third generation of his family to hold funeral director and embalmer licenses in the state of Florida.

He has a long history of community involvement through his church affiliations and he has been a member of Rotary International for over 20 years. Jim has held many board positions in his Rotary Clubs and served as Secretary and President over the years. He has the distinction of being a multiple “Paul Harris Fellow.” Additionally, Jim’s service to the Lake County community has allowed him to serve on the boards of the United Way, and the Salvation Army.

Professionally Jim was a founding member of the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association and through the years served as a member of the board, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and eventually two terms as President of the association which represents Florida funeral professionals’ legislatively and coordinates continuing education venues, regional meetings and conventions each year. Most importantly the association fosters broad cooperation between death care professionals around the state and around the country. Jim currently serves as a Board Member of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Office Manager

Bruce A. Stout

Bruce A. Stout

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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I’m Bruce Stout, I was born in September 1963 to George and Shirley Stout in Olney, Illinois, the fourth of five children and grew up on a farm in southeastern Illinois. I went to Robinson High School in Robinson, Illinois. My favorite pastime growing up was playing the piano and spending time in the woods surrounded by nature, reading a good book; as I still enjoy reading, and playing the piano.


I moved to Arizona in 1987, where met my late wife Susan Ferrell, we married in 1991. Susan passed in 1998 leaving behind her husband, daughter Reiley, and her family. I attended Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Program, graduated in 2002 with distinction. I Worked for Mesa Heritage and Apache Junction Mortuary as Crematory Manager and Licensed Funeral Director. I also worked for All Saints Catholic Church as a part-time Music Director and Liturgist for overflow masses.

I moved back to Olney, Illinois working at Stasi-Grove Funeral Home and then Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home being licensed in Illinois and Indiana.

I remarried in 2010 to my wife Kimberly Fussell from Florida. We relocated to Mt. Dora, Florida in 2017 to be near her family. I obtained my Florida License and am working at Page-Theus and Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Homes.

I became a funeral Director due to the influence of the local Funeral Director I knew in my High School days. The duty and ministry of helping families through the beginning of the grieving process is what being a Funeral Director is about. Death is an experience we all will have to encounter in one form or another. Helping families through the process of saying goodbye, whether it be by a traditional funeral or simple cremation, is what my calling in life is. I have known the sorrow but also the joy of that experience myself, and I take aim to make that transition for the family as meaningful as possible.

Grief does not end with the funeral or celebration of Life ceremony but continues for a period of time. Being a Funeral Director, we are here for you and the community whenever we are needed.

Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Steve E. Rushton is a licensed funeral director joined the staff of Page-Theus in October of 2018. He is a native of South Carolina and was raised in Conyers, Georgia and served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked in the health care industry as an emergency medical technician.

Steve is of the Christian faith and is an avid reader of non-fiction books especially biographies. He attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science after graduating moved to Florida to serve his internship.

Steve is married to Joette and has three children, Travis, Hazel, and Shane. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion in Lady Lake, Florida.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike Evans, born and raised in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was lucky to have played high school sports, and enjoyed water skiing on the Ohio River. He enjoys target shooting and golfing as well as working on family genealogy.

He is married to Lisa Dunn-Evans for 26 years (also a funeral director) who has Blessed him with two sons Ian and Austen, who are graduating from college this year. He is a member of The Local Leesburg Moose lodge and a Master Mason for 41 years.

Mike has been a licensed Funeral Director for over 40 years. Over the decades he has seen a big change in the funeral service. However, serving families to the best of his ability has never changed.

Jerry Hammock

Jerry Hammock

Embalmer

Lou Haines

Lou Haines

Staff Associate

Jessica O'Brien

Jessica O'Brien

Staff Associate

Harold  Robinson

Harold Robinson

Staff Associate

John Bradford

John Bradford

Staff Associate
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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.”

Rich  Reitz

Rich Reitz

Staff Associate

Ray Klooster

Ray Klooster

Staff Associate
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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.”

Richard Alan Bigelow

Richard Alan Bigelow

Staff Associate

Patrick Edward Canary

Patrick Edward Canary

Staff Associate

Sarah Koyl

Sarah Koyl

Staff Associate

Javahd Feghi

Javahd Feghi

Staff Associate

Margaret Chandler

Margaret Chandler

Administrative Assistant
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Margaret Chandler (aka Peggy) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Leesburg. She is married to Ed Chandler and they have 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Margaret has been in the funeral industry since 2015. Margaret mostly works behind the scenes to help the families. She enjoys working with devoted people who really care about the business. When not on the job, Margaret enjoys visiting with her family. She also loves sewing and crocheting with an occasional cruise vacation. The best advice ever given to her was, “Be yourself and take criticism as a learning tool to improve.”