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.
Beginning in 1906...
The one hundred plus year history of this funeral service serving Anderson County and the surrounding area can be traced back to 1906. J.B. Farris moved from Harris to Colony and established a funeral home there. He and his wife, Maude, served the people of Colony for four years before selling it to his brother, Orville Farris, and moving to Garnett in 1910. Here, J.B. Farris joined with Leeper Adams and Adams Funeral Home, when the name changed to Farris-Adams Funeral Home. Eventually, Farris purchased the business from Adams and changed the name again, this time to Farris Funeral Home.
J.B. and Maude were the parents of Dick Farris. In the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, Dick purchased the funeral home from his parents and then the Colony business form his uncle..
Marie Setter began working for J.B. and Maude Farris family in their home as a young woman, the Farris family loved Marie and treated her as one of their own. She married Reuben H. Feuerborn and he began working at the funeral home during WWII as Dick Farris and the embalmer, Don Byall, were called into duty for the war. He was a funeral director and embalmer working for the Farris’s until his death in 1956. Following the death of her husband, Marie then began working full time at the funeral home as bookkeeper and other tasks until her death in 1971. Their son, Dudley R. Feuerborn worked at the funeral home part-time through high school, graduating in 1969 from KU Medical Center of Mortuary Science.
In 1975, Dudley purchased the funeral home from Dick Farris and added Feuerborn making it Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel. In 1995, he built all new facilities at the Garnett location and then in 1997 the Colony facility was replaced with a new building. Dudley's son, Reuben, began working at the funeral home in 1989 as a sophomore in high school. Reuben earned his degree in mortuary science from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1994. He began his career in funeral service in Marion, Kansas, moving back to Garnett in 1999 and working for his father at Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel, Garnett and Colony.
In July 2005, Dudley and Reuben purchased the Penwell-Gabel funeral home in Moran, Kansas. After 38 years of serving the patrons of Garnett and surrounding areas, Dudley retired from the daily operations and sold the business to his son, Reuben D. Feuerborn in January 2007. In July 2007 all locations were named Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.
OUR VALUED STAFF
- Reuben Feuerborn**
- Stacey Whitcomb**
- Lyle Kee**
- Paiton Richards*
- Lloyd Houk*
*Assistant Funeral Director
More Great People Who Will Help You
- Tracey Ahring - Garnett Office Administrator
- Kathy McEwan - Iola Office Administrator
- Whitney Ikehorn - Technology Specialist / Business Operations
- Debbie Davis - Funeral Assistant
- Lloyd Houk - Chaplain / Vocalist and Musician
- Greta Baker - Funeral Assistant / Reception Coordinator
- Doug Meyer - Funeral Celebrant / Funeral Assistant
- Kenny Kellstadt - Funeral Assistant
- Bob Blaufuss - Maintenance Director / Transportation Associate
- Mike Rues - Transportation Associate
- Steve French - Transportation Associate
- Travis Buck - Transportation Associate
- Ben Biggs - Transportation Associate