In October of 2005, a dream came true for Ken and Ginny DeVries of purchasing their own funeral business. Prior to moving to Dillsboro, Indiana to purchase the Ulrich-Filter and Filter Funeral Home of Aurora, Ken was employed in Western Michigan as a manager of a funeral home. Ginny was teaching elementary school at New Era Christian School for the past 12 years. Ken and Ginny offer a sincere, family type atmosphere and genuinely care about the needs of each family that calls them. A funeral for a loved one is a very delicate situation, and they want to make sure that the family's wishes are carried out to every detail. Flower arranging, the presentation of the deceased, and the details of each funeral vary from family to family, and they are pleased and honored to be there to serve the families in their time of need.
Paul and Karen Filter have provided caring funeral service to the residents of South-Eastern Indiana for over thirty years. The Filters purchased their funeral home in Dillsboro from Donald and Gladys Ulrich in January of 1971. Donald Ulrich 's mother and father were funeral directors in Moores Hill and Donald followed in their footsteps. The Ulrichs joined in a partnership with another local man, Mr. Walter Sibbett. Together they provided funeral service to Moores Hill and Dillsboro for about thirty years. After the Ulrichs sold their business to the Filters, Donald continued to be associated with Ulrich-Filter Funeral Home until his death in December of 1987.
Paul and Karen continued the tradition began by the Ulrichs. The Filters moved to Dillsboro because they knew the small town would provide the quality of life they wanted for their family. The benefits of living in a small town don't come without obligations. Paul and Karen knew this fact. They take an active role volunteering in civic life in Dillsboro.
Wanting to build upon their family business, the Filters purchased the former Stier & Williams funeral home in Aurora in June of 1984. This funeral home was established in January of 1897 by A.D. Sanks. The present location at 310 4th Street, Aurora was opened in 1930 by John Stier and Earl Williams. The business was sold to Glendal Stork in 1962. Robert Clark of Aurora operated the business for a few years after he purchased it from Mr. Stork. Paul and Karen purchased the mortuary from Mr. Clark. The Filter Funeral Home in Aurora then began to offer the same kind of quality service that they offered in their Dillsboro location.
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