History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Back in the 1870's and 80's the original home was owned by a popular jeweler named Thomas Hull. Mr. Hull died on February 24, 1928. The Hull House sat vacant for seven years. On December 21, 1935, Irvin Ade, a contractor and Charles Hippensteel purchased the house. The following article appeared in the Journal and Courier on February 10, 1936:

A new undertaking firm and funeral home opened for business Monday in the spacious residence of the old Hull estate, Ninth and Salem Streets, which has been completely remodeled and redecorated to convert it into a modern establishment. Member of the firm, to be known as Hippensteel & Funkhouser, are Charles Hippensteel, of this city, and Robert Funkhouser, of Stockwell. Modern equipment has been installed, an ambulance purchased and a woman attendant provided. Mr. Hippensteel was connected with S.P. Templeton for twelve years in the former's funeral home, retiring last September 1. Both he and Mr. Funkhouser are graduates of the Indiana college of embalming, Indianapolis, and the latter, a young man, also attended Depauw. Funkhouser, upon leaving the embalming school, formed a partnership with W. T. Blasengym and opened a funeral home at Clarks Hill. He has given up this venture for the local one. On December 1, 1936 Charles and Elsie Hippensteel bought out Irvin Ade's interest in the property. In November, 1940, the name of the business was changed to Hippensteel Funeral Home, Inc. The Pridemore family became involved with the funeral home when the son of Edith & Glen Pridemore, a young man with a desire for funeral service, Menlo Pridemore after finishing mortuary school started in 1939. Over a period of time, he became president and worked with Jack Landis, Norman Loy and Glendal Stork. In 1964, Jack Landis & Norman Loy seperated from Hippensteel Funeral Home and formed their own company. Menlo Pridemore contiued a rich tradition of caring and compassion for serving families for many decades. His son, Richard Pridemore also became a Funeral Director and has since retired. The Pridemore Family still owns and operates this funeral home, with the promise of exceptional service for many generations to come.


Our Valued Staff

Paul Dunbar

Paul Dunbar, Owner/Funeral Director

Paul Dunbar is the operations manager and owner of Hippensteel Funeral home and two other locations including a newer funeral home in his home town of Delphi which is called Hippensteel Tribute Center. This type of facility which is the new wave of funeral homes is where celebration of life services are held. Paul has 3 children and a granddaughter that are a very big part of his life. He has been a funeral director for 28 years where he is a licensed funeral director/ embalmer. He is very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve several thousand family members from different communities through out the country which has truly been an honor to him. He is very blessed to have such a compassionate and caring staff, and his favorite past time is working on his farms and preparing food plots for wildlife and hunting with friends and family throughout the year.


Joe Canaday

Joe Canaday, Owner/Business Manager

Joe is the Business Manager for Hippensteel Family of Services. As a Business Manager he oversees the daily operations and staff that perform diverse functions in support of the families they serve. These functions include human resources, budget formulation, staffing, merchandising, FTC compliance, training, and logistics.
After graduating with a business degree from Ball State University he began his career as a manufacturing representative. During the past 25 years in the death care industry he has held various sales and consulting positions. Prior to joining Hippensteel he was a sales consultant for one of the major casket manufacturers. He has been recognized as an expert in Green Burial and has made presentations at several conventions and seminars.
Joe and his two partners, Scott Pridemore and Paul Dunbar, purchased Hippensteel Family of Services in 2014 and are excited about the future of funeral service.


Scott Pridemore

Scott Pridemore, Owner/General Manager

Scott is a native of Lafayette, and the 4th generation of the Pridemore family at Hippensteel family of Services. He attended Lafayette Jefferson High School as well as Mid-America College of Funeral Service before receiving his Funeral Directors license. In addition he is a certified cremation specialist and crematory operator as well as the General Manager of Pets Remembered. He is very active in the Indiana Funeral Directors Association as well as the Nation Funeral Directors Association. In 2014 Scott and his partners Joe and Paul purchased Hippensteel and are honored to continue to serve the greater Lafayette community. Scott is married to his lovely wife Marla and has 1 son Jackson. He enjoys all sports, spending time in great outdoors, and being with family.


David Rowe

David Rowe, Funeral Director

David is a native of Lafayette and began his career with Hippensteel Funeral Home as a Directors Assistant in 1999 while attending Purdue University. Although a seemingly strange “college job”, he quickly developed a sincere fondness for serving bereaved families. David went on to attend mortuary school and graduate from Vincennes University in 2004, becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 2005. He still carries that same zest and love of funeral service with him today. David is an avid outdoors man who enjoys gardening, fishing and hunting, to name a few. He and his wife, Andrea, are blessed to be the parents of two children, David (8) and Anna (6).


Chad Clisby

Chad Clisby, Funeral Director

Chad is a native of Lafayette. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1991, and went on to graduate Wabash College in 1995 with a major in English Literature. Chad then attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science graduating in 1996 as a Funeral Director. During his time in college he played football, baseball, and was a member of Phi Delta Fraternity. During his 18 year veteran career as a Funeral Director, he has worked for Anderson Funeral Home, Carriage Service, Houston Texas Earthman Funeral Home, and Service Corporation International, where he served as the Location, General, and Regional Manager.
In 2014, he moved back to Lafayette to be close to his family, and started working for Hippensteel Family of Services. He has one son, Christian, and a fiancé, Candice. Chad is very passionate about what he does as a Funeral Director. He is a huge Purdue fan, loves all sports, including playing golf and working out. Chad is a member of the National Funeral Association.


Jeffrey Burks

Jeffrey Burks, Advance Planning Manager/Funeral Director

Jeff graduated from North White in 1993 & Vincennes University with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education in 1995. He completed his internship & became licensed at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes, Anderson, IN from 1995-97. Jeff worked at Querry-Ulbricht Funeral Homes, Francesville & Medaryville from 1997-00. In 2000 he moved to Lafayette and began his career at Hippensteel Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Advance Planner until 2006. He completed the new agent training school & gained valuable knowledge as a multi-line insurance agent for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance from 2006-2008, receiving the Pacesetter Award. He returned to the funeral business, with Hahn-Groeber Funeral Homes from 2008-2017. Jeff then rejoined Hippensteel Funeral Service & Crematory as Advanced Planning Manager / Funeral Director where he oversees & specializes in writing Irrevocable Funeral Trusts utilizing Bank Trusts & Pre-Need Insurance products for Medicaid compliance. A proud Leadership Lafayette, Community Leadership Program Class #30 graduate & former member of Libanus Lodge #154-Monticello, Tippecanoe Lodge #492-Downtown, & current member of Battle Ground Lodge #313 of F&AM & West Lafayette Golf & Country Club. Jeff & Katherine "Kitty"reside in Lafayette with daughters, Mia (7) & Ava (4). Jeff enjoys riding/collecting motorcycles, boating, camping, golf & attending Purdue games.


Kathy Dunbar

Kathy Dunbar, Pre-Arrangement Counselor / Licensed Insurance Agent

Kathy has been with Hippensteel Funeral Services and Crematory for six years.
She believes strongly in the value of funeral services and enjoys helping to assist families in planning meaningful services.
Kathy and her husband, Greg, of 32 years, were born, raised and have been business owners in Carroll County most of their lives.
She and her husband are blessed with two terrific children and one amazing grandson.


Stephanie Griffel

Stephanie Griffel, Staff Accountant

Stephanie Griffel is the staff accountant at Hippensteel Funeral Service. She has been working as an accountant for over 20 years, 11 of them at Hippensteel. Stephanie graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and attended Purdue University. She was born and raised in Lafayette and is a member of the fourth generation of the Pridemore Family, daughter of Richard & Donna, granddaughter of Menlo and great-granddaughter of Edith Pridemore, all previous owners of Hippensteel’s. Stephanie is married to William Griffel and they have 4 beautiful children; Chelsea, Rae, Wil and Josie.


Teresa Sullivan

Teresa Sullivan, Office Manager

Teresa will mostly likely be the first person you meet when you enter Hippensteel. Teresa has been part of the Hippensteel Family of Services for five years.
She was born and raised in Delphi, a graduate of Delphi High School, and Indiana Business College. She has two grown daughters and four beautiful little grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. During the summer months, downtown Lafayette Businesses may see Teresa strolling by on her lunch hour. Teresa is all about organic products, enjoys traveling to sunny places, exercise, gardening and shopping.


Theresa Fischer

Theresa Fischer, Grief Coordinator / Community Outreach

Theresa has worked at and with Hippensteel since April of 2007. She is in charge of Aftercare, calling on families to see how they are doing and supplying a list of grief groups in the community as needed. She also is currently facilitating grief groups at several of the senior establishments in Lafayette.
Theresa is involved with community outreach for Hippensteel, yearly events such as Senior Fair, Area IV, Wacky Wednesday, Alzheimer’s conference in Dayton and other community involvements.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, reading, sewing, cooking and playing Suduko.


Greg Dunbar

Greg Dunbar, Directors Assistant

Greg is vital to our funeral home's service level.
He joined the Hippensteel Funeral Services and Crematory staff in the fall of 2004.
Greg assists the staff in directing funeral services, visitations and everything in between.
The go to man. He and his wife have two children and are proud grandparents of one grandson.
He enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.


Rodney Bracken

Rodney Bracken, Funeral Director

Rodney was raised in rural Attica. He is a graduate of Attica High School, and is also a US Army veteran. In 2012 he graduated from Ivy Tech College as a Funeral Director. He started working for Hippensteel Family of Services in 2011 part-time while attending Ivy Tech, and came on full-time in 2012 after receiving his Indiana Funeral Directors license. He currently works at Pets Remembered and Simplicity Funeral Care. Rod is a parishioner at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He is also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 456, American Legion Post 11, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 347. He has a daughter, Erin, enjoys playing golf, and traveling.