Love Funeral Home changes hands
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
Selling the family business was a difficult decision, but Jerry Love said it was a year-long thought process that led to Love Funeral Home being acquired by Scott Family Services, which serves the Kentuckiana area through Scott Funeral Home, Faithful Companions Pet Cremation Services and Generations Monuments.
Brothers Aaron and Billy Scott, the fourth generation in their family’s funeral home business, said purchasing the Palmyra funeral home was an easy decision, mostly because of their relationship with the Love family.
“Jerry, and his father before him, always ran a top-notch funeral home, with a focus on their facilities and family care,” said Billy.
Aaron added, “Their funeral home is modern, clean and functional, which makes our team, and the families we care for, more comfortable.”
The brothers, whose great-grandfather, William Scott, started their business in 1930, took over from their father, Bill Scott Sr., about three years ago and began focusing on other surrounding communities to serve.
“The last few years have been spent working on enhancing family experiences as well as simplifying arrangements, knowing those were going to be the keys to success,” Billy said.
“Our goal when servicing the families is to take their service wishes and memories and then plan out a meaningful service they will always remember,” Aaron said.
It was Scott Funeral Home that Clarence Love, Jerry’s father, requested when his wife, Betty, died in 1984. He and Jeanie Scott both attended Vincennes University, often sharing rides back and forth together while pursuing their funeral director licenses.
“Because of our similar funeral service philosophy, we thought that the Scott Funeral Home family will continue the tradition of service to this community with dignity and care that we’ve been privileged and honored to do for over 60 years,” said Jerry, who, with his siblings, Janet Davis and Joe Love, kept the business when their father died in March of 2014 at the age of 91. Jerry and his wife, Juanita, operated and managed the business until mid-July when the sale took place.
Clarence and Betty Hampton Love purchased the Kahl Funeral Home from L.A. and Grace Kahl, who had operated it from 1908 to 1958. It was previously located where First Harrison Bank is now. Clarence had worked there since he was 12, doing chores then, once he turned 16, driving the hearse.
After serving in the Air Force during World War II, Clarence earned his funeral director and embalmer’s license from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
Clarence added the crematory to the funeral home in 2013 after visiting others, including the one at Scott Funeral Homes.
Jerry said the decision to sell came about after his and Juanita’s son, Derek, who had worked at the funeral home from 2014 to 2016 and then earned his funeral service degree in 2018, moved to Seattle with his wife, as well as Jerry’s health issues.
The Scott brothers said families can expect very little change.
“Our plans for the funeral home stay in line with what the Love family has always done, which is to go above what families expected,” said Aaron. “Exceptional facilities and service, as well as a friendly staff, will always meet the families we serve.”
The brothers said they are excited about Josh Cook remaining as manager at Love Funeral Home to continue the heritage and legacy of the former owners.
“Josh is a dedicated funeral director, licensed both in Indiana and Kentucky, and is a very gifted embalmer,” Jerry said. “Josh will be a valuable asset to the business and community.”
He added that Josh also was inspired to get into this profession by Clarence.
Families and friends will be missed the most, Jerry said.
“You develop a special bond with people when sharing a loved one’s personal life,” he said. “Most families became like our own family members, and we love them and we will always be thankful for that common bond and cherish those friendships.”
Jerry looks forward to spending more time with family, especially his grandchildren, Juliana, Samuel and Ezra, and helping son Daniel coach cross-country at Corydon Central.
While Love Monument Sales, established in 2006, has changed to Generations Monuments as part of the sale, the Scotts have no plans to change the funeral home’s name.
“The name will remain, but you will definitely see the Scotts around and notice our touches on the updates to the facility we have planned,” Aaron said.