Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

photo
Robert C. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Eaton High School 1959 graduate; attended Wilmington College; Graduated Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Embalming - 1962; Alpha Chapter - Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity; Charter Member of Eaton Emergency Squad and first  Squad Chief 1972-1976; Member and Past President 1987 Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce; Life Member and Past President & Past Secretary of Eaton Lions Club; Lions International Distinguished Service Award - Eaton Lions Club 1989; Melvin Jones Fellow - Lions International; National Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Member - Past President - Past Treasurer - 4th District Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Embalmers Association; Concord United Church of Christ; Charter Member Preble County Y.M.C.A.; Preble County Jury Commissioner; Member and Past Treasurer - Eaton Foundation; Member Human Rights Committee at Foundations and Preble County Historical Society.

photo
Bruce L. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer - Indiana Licensed Funeral Director blbarnes@barnesfuneralhome.com

Eaton High School 1966 graduate; United States Army Sergeant received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service while in Vietnam during 1968 to 1969; Graduate Miami-Jacobs College with Associate Degree in Business Administration and Higher Accounting; Attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio for Pre-Mortuary Science Education; 1974 Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Memberships & Associations: Eaton Church of The Brethren - Eaton, Ohio; Eaton Rotary Club - Past President, Treasurer, Paul Harris Fellow and 2000-2001 Rotarian of The Year; Preble County Commissioner of Board of Veteran's Services; Kentucky Colonel; Life Member Preble County Memorial V.F.W. Post 8066, St. Clair Post 215 American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America; Ohio Embalmers Association & Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Avid Fisherman.

photo
Sharon J. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director

Dixon-Israel High School 1958 graduate; Bachelor of Music Degree - Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - 1962; Graduate Studies - Miami University; First woman in Preble County to obtain Ohio Funeral Director’s License - 1970; Retired Music Teacher - Eaton City Schools - 1995; Member of National Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; 4th District Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Embalmers Association; Life Member Ohio retired Teachers Association; Life Member Preble County Retired Teachers Association; Music Educators National Conference; Ohio Music Educators Conference; Ohio Music Educators Association Quarter Century Award; Eaton Community Chorus; Charter Member Preble County Y.M.C.A.; Concord United Church of Christ; Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce;  Omicron Sigma Sorority; Alpha Garden Club; Preble County College Club; Preble County Historical Society and Past Presiding Judge Preble County Board of Elections.

photo
Erin M. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director

Erin, a native of California has proudly called Preble County her home since 1979. She is a 1984 graduate of Eaton High School and a 1986 graduate of Miami University in Oxford where she received her Associate of Arts degree with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after her marriage to Brian R. Barnes in May of 1986 Erin began her Funeral Directors apprenticeship under the direction of her father-in-law Robert C. Barnes and received her Funeral Directors licence in October of 1988. In addition to her duties with the funeral home, Erin has served as a precinct judge for the Preble County Board of Elections and has volunteered her time with various organizations at Tri County North Schools. Erin is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association. Since their marriage in 1986 Erin and Brian have called Lewisburg their home and are the proud parents of Matthew (Jennifer) Barnes and Christina Barnes.

photo
Brian R. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer - Monument Specialist

Brian is a 1983 graduate of Eaton High School; Attended Wilmington College; Gamma Phi Gamma Fraternity; 2004 Fall Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Mortuary Science; National Board Examination; Registered with the International Conference of Funeral Service; Ohio Embalmers Association; Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education; Member Eaton Chamber of Commerce; Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce; New Paris Chamber of Commerce; Monument Builders of Ohio; Monument Builders of North America; Eaton Lions Club Assistant Secretary & Secretary; Received the Governor's Achievement Award for Outstanding Lions Secretary District 13-H; Past President 1998 - 1999; Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow & Life Member; Distinguished Service Award; Leo Club Advisor; Zone Chairman District 13-H; District Membership Chairman District 13-H; District Newsletter Editor and Judge 1997-1998; State Band Chairman District 13-H; International Convention Committee & Delegate; Board of Directors Ohio Lions Pin Traders; Life Member of the Buckeye Big Buck Club and Preble County Ducks Unlimited Committee 1994 - 1997. Brian and Erin are the proud parents Matthew (Jennifer) Barnes and Christina Barnes.

photo
Michael H. Barnes Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer mhbarnes@barnesfuneralhome.com

1993 Eaton High School graduate; Spring 2004 Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Mortuary Science; National Board Examination; Registered with the International Conference of Funeral Service; Ohio Embalmers Association; Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education; Member Eaton Chamber of Commerce; Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce; New Paris Chamber of Commerce; son of Bruce L. & Rayna E. Barnes. Mike lives in Lewisburg, Ohio.

photo
Carolyn "Jill" Vaniman Ohio Licensed Funeral Director

September 1976, the Barnes family entered a contract with Harry L. Bussard, owner of Bussard Funeral Home in Eldorado. Mr. Bussard died in June 1981 but the working contract agreement is still active with Mr. Bussard's daughter, Carolyn "Jill" Vaniman, who is a licensed funeral Director & Manager Owner. Jill has been active in many activities in Eldorado and Monroe Township. The funeral home at 311 North Main Street is know as Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home.

 

photo
Rayna E. Barnes Support Staff Member

Rayna is the wife of Bruce Barnes. She graduated from Denver East High School in Denver Colorado. She has been an active member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, Ladies BSF in Richmond,, IN and assists in office duties for Barnes Funeral Homes.

 

photo
Robert A. Somers Support Staff Member

Bob is a retired Preble County school teacher. He is an avid sports fan of The Ohio State University and loves to fish. Bob and his wife Jane attend Concord United Church of Christ.

photo
Vaughn Oburn Support Staff Member

Vaughn graduated from West Milton High School and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Military Policeman. After his duty in the Air Force he chose to work in law enforcement. He retired in 2005 as Assistant Police Chief from the City of Eaton Police Department after 30 years of service. Vaughn and his wife Diana are members of the Eaton Church of The Brethern and are active in many church related activities. He also enjoys working in and around the house. Diana works in the medical profession.

 

photo
Jim McWhinney Support Staff Member

Jim was born and reared on a farm in Jackson Township. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1963, Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the field of Education majoring in Social Studies in 1968 and his Masters of Education Degree from Miami University in 1972. He was employed by the Richmond Community Schools from 1968 to 2005, teaching Social Studies at Test Middle School in Richmond retiring in 2005. Currently he is a substitute teacher in Preble County Schools. In 1967 he married his wife Karen Keller and they have three children. Member of Prices Creek Church of the Brethren for 35 years, Jim has served as Church Board Chairman for the last three years. He is a past member of the National Trail School Board and was the President twice. Member of Preble County Farm Bureau Council, serving on several committees for Farm Credit Services in Eaton. He is a member of the Jackson High School Alumni Association and has held several officer positions including President.

photo
John S. Redick Support Staff Member

John has been a resident of the Eaton area for many years and currently lives in Lakengren. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired from General Motors after 32 years with the Research & Development. Member of Eaton Church of The Brethren and enjoys fishing, playing golf and camping. He is married to Joella A. (Guckian) Redick and they have two children and five grandchildren, 

 

 

 

photo
Roger Blankenship Support Staff Member

Roger has been a resident of the Lewisburg area for many years. He retired from Lewisburg Container and has been active in the Lewisburg Masonic Lodge.

 

photo
Rev. James C. Sizelove Support Staff Member

photo
Jeff Manley Support Staff Member

photo
Stephanie K. Hoff Support Staff Member

Robert C. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
photo

Eaton High School 1959 graduate; attended Wilmington College; Graduated Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Embalming - 1962; Alpha Chapter - Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity; Charter Member of Eaton Emergency Squad and first  Squad Chief 1972-1976; Member and Past President 1987 Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce; Life Member and Past President & Past Secretary of Eaton Lions Club; Lions International Distinguished Service Award - Eaton Lions Club 1989; Melvin Jones Fellow - Lions International; National Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Member - Past President - Past Treasurer - 4th District Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Embalmers Association; Concord United Church of Christ; Charter Member Preble County Y.M.C.A.; Preble County Jury Commissioner; Member and Past Treasurer - Eaton Foundation; Member Human Rights Committee at Foundations and Preble County Historical Society.

Bruce L. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer - Indiana Licensed Funeral Director
photo

Eaton High School 1966 graduate; United States Army Sergeant received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service while in Vietnam during 1968 to 1969; Graduate Miami-Jacobs College with Associate Degree in Business Administration and Higher Accounting; Attended Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio for Pre-Mortuary Science Education; 1974 Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Memberships & Associations: Eaton Church of The Brethren - Eaton, Ohio; Eaton Rotary Club - Past President, Treasurer, Paul Harris Fellow and 2000-2001 Rotarian of The Year; Preble County Commissioner of Board of Veteran's Services; Kentucky Colonel; Life Member Preble County Memorial V.F.W. Post 8066, St. Clair Post 215 American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America; Ohio Embalmers Association & Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Avid Fisherman.

Sharon J. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director
photo

Dixon-Israel High School 1958 graduate; Bachelor of Music Degree - Oberlin College Conservatory of Music - 1962; Graduate Studies - Miami University; First woman in Preble County to obtain Ohio Funeral Director’s License - 1970; Retired Music Teacher - Eaton City Schools - 1995; Member of National Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; 4th District Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Ohio Embalmers Association; Life Member Ohio retired Teachers Association; Life Member Preble County Retired Teachers Association; Music Educators National Conference; Ohio Music Educators Conference; Ohio Music Educators Association Quarter Century Award; Eaton Community Chorus; Charter Member Preble County Y.M.C.A.; Concord United Church of Christ; Eaton Area Chamber of Commerce;  Omicron Sigma Sorority; Alpha Garden Club; Preble County College Club; Preble County Historical Society and Past Presiding Judge Preble County Board of Elections.

Erin M. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director
photo

Erin, a native of California has proudly called Preble County her home since 1979. She is a 1984 graduate of Eaton High School and a 1986 graduate of Miami University in Oxford where she received her Associate of Arts degree with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after her marriage to Brian R. Barnes in May of 1986 Erin began her Funeral Directors apprenticeship under the direction of her father-in-law Robert C. Barnes and received her Funeral Directors licence in October of 1988. In addition to her duties with the funeral home, Erin has served as a precinct judge for the Preble County Board of Elections and has volunteered her time with various organizations at Tri County North Schools. Erin is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association. Since their marriage in 1986 Erin and Brian have called Lewisburg their home and are the proud parents of Matthew (Jennifer) Barnes and Christina Barnes.

Brian R. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer - Monument Specialist
photo

Brian is a 1983 graduate of Eaton High School; Attended Wilmington College; Gamma Phi Gamma Fraternity; 2004 Fall Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Mortuary Science; National Board Examination; Registered with the International Conference of Funeral Service; Ohio Embalmers Association; Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education; Member Eaton Chamber of Commerce; Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce; New Paris Chamber of Commerce; Monument Builders of Ohio; Monument Builders of North America; Eaton Lions Club Assistant Secretary & Secretary; Received the Governor's Achievement Award for Outstanding Lions Secretary District 13-H; Past President 1998 - 1999; Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow & Life Member; Distinguished Service Award; Leo Club Advisor; Zone Chairman District 13-H; District Membership Chairman District 13-H; District Newsletter Editor and Judge 1997-1998; State Band Chairman District 13-H; International Convention Committee & Delegate; Board of Directors Ohio Lions Pin Traders; Life Member of the Buckeye Big Buck Club and Preble County Ducks Unlimited Committee 1994 - 1997. Brian and Erin are the proud parents Matthew (Jennifer) Barnes and Christina Barnes.

Michael H. Barnes

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
photo

1993 Eaton High School graduate; Spring 2004 Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Mortuary Science; National Board Examination; Registered with the International Conference of Funeral Service; Ohio Embalmers Association; Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education; Member Eaton Chamber of Commerce; Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce; New Paris Chamber of Commerce; son of Bruce L. & Rayna E. Barnes. Mike lives in Lewisburg, Ohio.

Carolyn "Jill" Vaniman

Ohio Licensed Funeral Director
photo

September 1976, the Barnes family entered a contract with Harry L. Bussard, owner of Bussard Funeral Home in Eldorado. Mr. Bussard died in June 1981 but the working contract agreement is still active with Mr. Bussard's daughter, Carolyn "Jill" Vaniman, who is a licensed funeral Director & Manager Owner. Jill has been active in many activities in Eldorado and Monroe Township. The funeral home at 311 North Main Street is know as Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home.

 

Rayna E. Barnes

Support Staff Member
photo

Rayna is the wife of Bruce Barnes. She graduated from Denver East High School in Denver Colorado. She has been an active member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren, Ladies BSF in Richmond,, IN and assists in office duties for Barnes Funeral Homes.

 

Robert A. Somers

Support Staff Member
photo

Bob is a retired Preble County school teacher. He is an avid sports fan of The Ohio State University and loves to fish. Bob and his wife Jane attend Concord United Church of Christ.

Vaughn Oburn

Support Staff Member
photo

Vaughn graduated from West Milton High School and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Military Policeman. After his duty in the Air Force he chose to work in law enforcement. He retired in 2005 as Assistant Police Chief from the City of Eaton Police Department after 30 years of service. Vaughn and his wife Diana are members of the Eaton Church of The Brethern and are active in many church related activities. He also enjoys working in and around the house. Diana works in the medical profession.

 

Jim McWhinney

Support Staff Member
photo

Jim was born and reared on a farm in Jackson Township. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1963, Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the field of Education majoring in Social Studies in 1968 and his Masters of Education Degree from Miami University in 1972. He was employed by the Richmond Community Schools from 1968 to 2005, teaching Social Studies at Test Middle School in Richmond retiring in 2005. Currently he is a substitute teacher in Preble County Schools. In 1967 he married his wife Karen Keller and they have three children. Member of Prices Creek Church of the Brethren for 35 years, Jim has served as Church Board Chairman for the last three years. He is a past member of the National Trail School Board and was the President twice. Member of Preble County Farm Bureau Council, serving on several committees for Farm Credit Services in Eaton. He is a member of the Jackson High School Alumni Association and has held several officer positions including President.

John S. Redick

Support Staff Member
photo

John has been a resident of the Eaton area for many years and currently lives in Lakengren. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired from General Motors after 32 years with the Research & Development. Member of Eaton Church of The Brethren and enjoys fishing, playing golf and camping. He is married to Joella A. (Guckian) Redick and they have two children and five grandchildren, 

 

 

 

Roger Blankenship

Support Staff Member
photo

Roger has been a resident of the Lewisburg area for many years. He retired from Lewisburg Container and has been active in the Lewisburg Masonic Lodge.

 

Rev. James C. Sizelove

Support Staff Member
photo

Jeff Manley

Support Staff Member
photo

Stephanie K. Hoff

Support Staff Member
photo