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

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.

  • Chad Clisby

    Chad Clisby, Funeral Director

    Chad is a 20 year veteran of the Funeral and Cemetery Industry. He has worked in various capacities over the years in management for three public companies, including Carriage Services, the Alderwoods Group, and Service Corporation International.
    A Lafayette native, he graduated from Central Catholic High School, Wabash College, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
    Chad is passionate about the profession and recently moved back to the area from Houston, Texas to serve his hometown. His extensive knowledge is an asset to the Hippensteel Family of Services.
    Chad has a fiancé Candice, a son, Christian, and daughter Charlie. They live in Lafayette.

  • Jeff Burks

    Jeff Burks, Advance Planning Manager / Funeral Director

    A 1993 North White H.S. & 1995 Vincennes University graduate. Jeff completed his internship & became licensed at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes, Anderson, 1995-97. He served Querry-Ulbricht Funeral Homes, Francesville & Medaryville from 1997 until joining Hippensteel Funeral Home in 2000. He gained valuable knowledge at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, being awarded a Pacesetter. He served Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home families in Lafayette, Linden & Oxford from 2008-2017. Jeff proudly serves our client families as their Trusted Advisor. He oversees our preplanning department & specializes in sheltering assets for funeral & cremation expenses with Irrevocable Funeral Trusts & Preneed Insurance, both are Medicaid compliant. A Leadership Lafayette Community Leadership Program Class #30 graduate, former member of Libanus Lodge #154-Monticello, Tippecanoe Lodge #492-Lafayette & currently a member of Battle Ground Lodge #313 of F&AM. He is a member of West Lafayette Golf & Country Club, where he's active in Men's League. Jeff & wife, Katherine reside NE of Lafayette with daughters, Mia & Ava. Jeff enjoys riding & collecting motorcycles & also attending Purdue Football & Basketball games.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teresa Sullivan Kessling

    Teresa Sullivan Kessling, 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 seven years.
    She was born and raised in Delphi, a graduate of Delphi High School, and Indiana Business College. She has two grown daughters and five 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, Celebrant / Grief Coordinator / Community Outreach

    Theresa has worked at and with Hippensteel since April of 2007. She is a Certified Celebrant - helping families to personalize their service. Theresa 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, 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.

  • Leah  Huckstep

    Leah Huckstep, Assistant

    Leah joined the Hippensteel Team May of 2018, Some of her duties include writing family obituaries, making personal memorial folders and helping with music for the visitation and funeral services. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family , friends, her husband Chad and their rather huge fur baby - Steve. Leah also likes reading, cooking, healthy eating, traveling, shopping and being fit.

  • Phil  Fisher

    Phil Fisher, Funeral Director

    Phil is a 56 year funeral director and began his career at Hippensteel in 1960 after completing a tour of duty in the US Navy serving in the West Pacific. He is a 1957 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School and Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1963. He is also an Eagle Scout and has been married to the former E. Joan Chatham of Lafayette for 55 years. Phil left Hippensteel in 1966 after purchasing funeral homes in Attica and Williamsport and served Fountain and Warren Counties for 35 years.
    He is a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion Post 11. Elected as Warren County Coroner & served 16 years. In 1977 Phil was presented the Lafayette J&C George Award for organizing the Warren County Ambulance Service and training volunteers to become EMT's. Phil's passion and hobby all these years has been with membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society singing and competing in chorus and quartet competion. He is a member of the Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, is Past Elder and sings in the Chancel Choir.

  • Clara  Molter

    Clara Molter, Hippensteel Family Assistant / Greeter

    Clara has been with Hippensteel Funeral Home since 2003. She has always enjoyed helping others, previously at Battle Ground Elementary working with children to improve reading & math skills, currently at HFH assisting families during visitations & services. She has been active in the Battle Ground community for several years & belongs to Battle Ground United Methodist Church. She also enjoys refinishing furniture, gardening & anything that involves family.
    Clara is married to Chuck. They have two daughters, Jill (Don), Heather (Matthew) and seven grandchildren who they are very proud of.