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Tel: 1-785-437-2222

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Mike and Jami Piper

Mike and Jami Piper


Mike & Jami became the owners of Verschelden Funeral Home in September 1994.  The funeral home had been in the Verschelden family for 100 years when the transaction was made.  The Pipers continue to this day giving the service and care that the community came to know from the Verschelden Family. Mike and Jami moved to St. Marys from the Eskridge community where Mike managed the funeral home and Jami worked in her family's cabinet business. They are active in the community and enjoy living here. "Our family serving your family in your time of need."

Email: mpiper@piperfuneralhome.com

Dean Van Nort

Dean Van Nort

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Dean graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in marketing.  After many years focused on Human Resources in large companies such as Hallmark Marketing Corporation, Limited Brands, and Payless Shoesource, he was in a car accident that drastically altered his outlook on life and how much he wanted to actually contribute to the community instead of focusing on the profits of retail giants.

He learned many important lessons during his volunteer work with hospice during the years of rehabilitation following the accident.  Sitting with many families as their loved ones transitioned from life to death, thinking the person dying needed support, it quickly became apparent that it was always the family that needed the support to move through the grief and focus on the great memories of the life that was passing.  

Dean felt what an incredible gift it would be to offer a family a meaningful farewell to their loved one through a positive viewing, a memorable service, or just a shoulder of support through a difficult time.  After studying with Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, he earned licenses in both funeral directing and embalming.  

Dean feels called to this work and is looking forward to helping others see death as the next step in life… as he believes life continues from what we leave behind.

Email: dean@piperfuneralhome.com

Mick Poell

Funeral Assistant

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