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Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home History

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Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home dates back to 1901. Founded by brothers George and Lewis Laws, the funeral home was located across from the Methodist Church. Coffins and the horse drawn hearse were kept in a building next door.
George and Bertha’s son Noble and his wife Dorothy later acquired the funeral business. They purchased the former residence of Dr. Bine Whitlatch, located in front of the Whitlatch Hospital. Noble moved the residence next door to the hospital and converted it to the present day funeral home.

A third generation of the family joined the business after WWII, when James and wife Elva Laws became partners in the business. The name became Laws and Laws Funeral Home. The Laws family also operated funeral homes in Osgood and Sunman. 

In 1966 Paul and Jean Carr purchased the Milan funeral home and renamed it Laws-Carr Funeral Home. In 1974 the Present owners Charles and Janet Moore purchased the business and renamed it Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home.

Ambulance service was provided by the funeral home throughout its history. In 1976, to meet changing regulations, the Moores purchased a new state certified ambulance and trained 30 local people as EMTs. This organization became known as Milan Rescue 30. Local ambulance and fire calls were answered and dispatched by the funeral home staff 24 hours a day until 911 was established in Ripley County. The Moores donated the ambulance and equipment to the local EMS volunteers in 1991 and it continues to operate as Milan Rescue 30 today.

In 1983 Charlie and Janet Moore purchased the Sibbett Funeral Home in neighboring Moores Hill, IN. In 2004 the Bovard Funeral Home in Milan was purchased by the Moores. That same year there was a new addition to the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home which added a large chapel, coffee room, office, and additional parking to better accommodate the families we are privileged to serve.

Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home History

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The Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home originated before the turn of the twentieth century. The undertaking establishment and accompanying livery stable were owned and operated by Mr. Abraham. The horse drawn hearse and horses were housed in the livery. At that time embalming and funerals were usually held in the home of the deceased. 

Later Mr. Abraham became partners with Mr. Ulrich in the funeral business which was known as Abraham and Ulrich Undertaking. The business was owned next by Mr. Ulrich’s son Donald, who became the sole owner. He also operated a coal company in Moores Hill. About 1942 Walter E. Sibbett, an employee of the Ulrich’s business, formed a partnership with Donald Ulrich in both the businesses which became known as Ulrich and Sibbett Undertaking and Ulrich and Sibbett Coal Co. Donald Ulrich purchased the Dillsboro funeral business at about this same time and he managed the Dillsboro funeral business while Mr. Sibbett managed the Moores Hill funeral business.

In 1945 Walter and his wife Anna Sibbett purchased what is the present day funeral home. The house was built in 1908 as the personal residence of Mr. French, who was President of Moores Hill College at that time. Mr. Sibbett began an extensive restoration of the home to it’s original grandeur. Before the restoration was completed, Mr. Sibbett received word that Mr. French had passed away in California. It was Mr. French’s wish to have his funeral held in the residence he had built. Many residents of Moores Hill came together to help the Sibbetts prepare the new funeral home for this first funeral.

About 1965 Ulrich and Sibbett Funeral Homes separated and the Moores Hill Funeral Home became Sibbett Funeral Home. The firm was operated by Walter and Anna Sibbett, with the help of Walter’s sister Mabel until Walter’s death in 1983. At that time the funeral business was purchased by Charles and Janet Moore who owned and operated the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in neighboring Milan. Shortly after this, the name was changed to Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home and it continues to serve Moores Hill and the surrounding area today. 

Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home History

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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.

Today, the DeVries Family is here to provide you the answers you need for some of the big questions life poses.

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