Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CFC, CPC
Randy grew up in the Pierceton/North Webster area just 20 miles northwest of Columbia City. After graduation from mortuary college he went to work as an intern for J.A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home. After completing his internship with the firm he purchased the property and business from Bob and Ginnie DeMoney. In 1983, a fire destroyed the historic building that housed the funeral home and he purchased property where the funeral home presently stands. Randy's dedication to service has made DeMoney-Grimes a National Funeral Director's Association Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award Winner since 2001. In 2004 they received the Pursuit of Excellence Golden Eagle Award,in 2005 the Pursuit of Excellence Emeritus Award, and in 2006 the Pursuit of Excellence National Best of the Best Award. Randy has been the recipient of The Post & Mail's Reader's Choice Man of the Year Award in 2003 & 2005. He has also been named the best funeral director and funeral service provider in Whitley County by the Reader's Choice Awards.
Sharon Brockhaus, GSP, CFC
Sharon is a lifelong resident of Whitley County and is the grief facilitator, Certified Funeral Celebrant and post service care provider for the funeral home. In 2001 Sharon experienced the death of her son, Justin Hostetler, and so began her journey through her own grief. Sharon is a Grief Service Provider having been certified through Grief, Inc., as well a Certified Funeral Celebrant through In-Sight Institute, having conducted many funeral services for the families that DeMoney-Grimes has served. Sharon facilitates the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends and Tapestries support groups, provides one-on-one grief support and meets with all families on post service care. She also plans and facilitates the annual Holiday Helps Workshops held in November and assists with the annual Holiday Memorial Service held the first Saturday in December. Due to the increased need, Sharon developed and implemented a Kid's Grief Workshop to help children of any age that have lost a loved one. Sharon shares her life with her husband, Tom, and they are the proud grandparents of Haley, Peter and Jacob.
Evelyn Stemen is our staff musician. DeMoney-Grimes has an Allen Digital Organ and a Yamaha keyboard available for funeral services. We want to provide the best in musical instruments for the families we serve and for guest musicians who may play for services. Music is an important part of the funeral service and poor quality instruments cannot be overcome no matter how talented the musician. Evelyn is a lifelong resident of Whitley County and many adults will remember her as their piano teacher. Evelyn makes it a special point to play favorite selections provided by the family to help create a meaningful and personal service to the families she helps us serve.
An important aspect of visiting a funeral home is the first impression made when one steps through the door. At DeMoney-Grimes we understand that people are often apprehensive about visiting a grieving family. Our greeters welcome each person into the funeral home, offer to take coats during inclement weather, and direct them to the visitation chapels. Our greeters also help make visitors and family members feel relaxed and welcome during their time with us. Often a reassuring smile or touch on the arm can convey support and empathy in making a difficult time a little easier.
(L-R): Curtiss Johnson, Ellie Lambert and Carol Oliver
Pictured L-R: Carla Blakley, Personal Assistant to Randy L. Grimes and Sarah Howard, Bookkeeper and Receptionist