Friendly, Professional and Caring Staff
Jim Eaton is a lifelong resident of Sullivan and is the CEO of the Eaton Funeral Home, Inc. He is a 1970 graduate of Sullivan High School, a 1972 graduate of East Central College and a 1974 graduate of Maryville University, St. Louis. In 1975, he recieved his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from the former Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim is a Missouri licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director and is National Board Certified. He is past-president of the 6th and 7th District Missouri Funeral Directors Association, which includes St. Louis City and County and Franklin County Funeral Directors. He is a member and Deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan, sings in the church choir, is also an usher and serves on the Finance Committee. Jim is also active with the Sullivan Fire Protection District and serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors. He is also a trained member of Global-BMS Disaster Recovery Team and National Disaster Medical System Region VII DMORT Team.
Mary Ann Eaton
Mary Ann Eaton has been part owner and operator of the Eaton Funeral Home since 1984 when she and her husband Jim purchased the firm from his brother. She is a Missouri licensed funeral director and is Chief Financial Officer, her responsibilities include all financial aspects of the business: corporate taxes, employee payroll, federal, social security and state taxes, accounts payable, accounts receivable, funeral/insurance payment receipts and funeral purchase contracts. In addition, she keeps the logbook for the Meramec Regional Crematory, listing names, funeral establishment, and dates of cremation for servicing funeral homes in a five county area. Mary Ann is a 1973 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. In 1976 she received her Masters Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She taught school for many years and was a 10-year substitute teacher for the Sullivan C-2 School District before taking over the business finances in 1993. She has also sat on the boards of the Sullivan Montessori School and the Sullivan Public Library for over 15 years. She is a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan and volunteers with the Meals on Wheels outreach ministry.
Walter Boehm has been our dedicated groundskeeper since October 1984. He is responsible for all aspects of our outdoor maintenance including manicuring the grounds and snow removal. Waldo, as our staff knows him, has seen his territory as our business has grown from one facility to three facilities and the Meramec Regional Crematory property. He has been one of our most faithful employees, who can be depended in summer, winter, spring or fall to maintain the exterior appearance of each facility.
Jim has been a part-time staff member since October 2000. Jim divides his time between his residences in Sullivan and Branson, Missouri. He is involved in many different aspects of funeral service and is dedicated to professional, courteous, and dignified care. Jim is a member and Deacon of Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan where he also sings in the choir.
Donna is our faithful interior housekeeping staff member. She maintains the all important first impression of our facilities for the public. She is in charge of the cleanliness and spotlessness that the families of the Sullivan and Bourbon areas have come to expect. Donna's before and after hours dedication is greatly appreciated by our staff . She is a life-long resident of Sullivan, a 1967 graduate of Sullivan High School and is a member of First Assembly of God in Sullivan. Donna has been employed at Eaton Funeral Home since October of 1978.
Mr. Jesse Gahr
Jesse brings with him many years of experience in funeral service, having owned a funeral business in St. James, Missouri for over 27 years, later serving at Hoffmeister Mortuaries in St. Louis, Greenlawn Mortuaries in Springfield, Missouri and then returning to St. James with the James and Gahr Mortuaries. Jesse is a WWII veteran with the U.S. Navy and saw action in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Jesse joined the staff of Eaton Funeral Home in October of 2005. He oversees funeral directing and arrangement of funeral services, as well as all other aspects of funeral care.
Dan Savant has been with Eaton Funeral Home since May 2000. He too, is a longtime member of the Sullivan community and is a retired employee of Boeing Corporation in St. Louis. Dan is a Funeral Director Staff Assistant, working with each funeral service and evening visitations. He has become a valuable asset to the business and treats each family as if they were his own. Dan is a member and Deacon of Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan.
Cindra Williams has been a Missouri licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the Eaton Funeral Home since June 1992 and is also National Board Certified. She is involved in all aspects of funeral services including prearrangement counseling, at-need arrangement counseling, embalming and restorative art as well as lending her expertise in conducting funeral services. Cindra is a 1978 graduate of Sullivan High School, a 1992 graduate of Forest Park Community College, St. Louis, where she received her Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science. She is also a certified eye enucleator with Mid-America Transplant, Inc. She is a member of First Assembly of God in Sullivan and is a board member of Life Care Center in Sullivan.
Grace the cat plays an integral part on the staff of the Eaton Funeral Home. He is a wonderful grief therapist for many of the families we serve. Most people find comfort in animals and he is often held or petted during stressful times. A great many of the families we serve find his presence reassuring, comforting, and he promotes a calmness to small children.