Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CFC, CPC
Kristopher “Kris” Hardiman was born and raised in Indiana and has been serving families for several years. Kris is a fifth generation funeral director and a 1998 Graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, Illinois, and was licensed with the state of Indiana in 2001. He brings a great knowledge of and enjoys working in funeral service. Outside of the office Kris enjoys spending time with his family; wife Mary Jo, and children Aubrey, Isaac, Knox, and Klayton, and attending his children’s youth sporting games. In addition he also likes to build, fix or repair just about anything he can get his hands on.
Cory Benz, CCO
Cory joined DeMoney-Grimes in 2014 as a Funeral Director – Intern. He grew up between Churubusco and Fort Wayne, having attended school in both Arcola and then at Carroll High. He also holds certification as a crematory operator. Cory completed mortuary school in Indianapolis, during which he experienced the losses of his mother and of his best friend. Having served for a number of years as a Paramedic before coming to the DeMoney-Grimes family, Cory has served families in NE Indiana during all stages of life. He comes with a warm, kind personality and has a natural affinity for providing compassionate care. At DeMoney-Grimes Cory will be serving under Brett and Randy in all of the tasks trusted to a funeral director. He will also be meeting with families to create unique, lasting cemetery monuments.
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. Sharon shares her life with her husband, Tom, and they are the proud grandparents of Haley, Peter and Jacob.
Mark is the Advance Planning Advisor at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. He brings with him over 24 years experience to the preplanning process. Mark feels passionate about preplanning and the great benefits it affords those who preplan. He and his wife Susie have been married for 42 years and have 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. "Advance Planning is a gift to your family financially and in peace of mind knowing that your wishes and desires are written down and kept on file at the funeral home," says Mark.
Shane has been working at DeMoney-Grimes for 2 years. Shane is on call when a family has a death locally, and makes many of our out of town trips whenever a death has occurred out of state. Shane is responsible for all of the company vehicles, keeping them serviced and cleaned. He mows, does the yard work, and takes care of most maintenance issues at the funeral home. Shane has been a volunteer on the Columbia Township Fire Department for 19 years, was a reserve Police Officer for 8 years, and currently is a Dispatcher for the Columbia City Police Department.
A lifelong Whitley County resident and Huntington College graduate, Carla works as bookkeeper and personal assistant to Randy Grimes. She joined the DeMoney-Grimes team in 2002..
After enjoying many years at home caring for her family Ruby joined the staff of Demoney-Grimes in May 2011. She spends her days in the design department creating videos and memorial folders for our families along with helping Mark in the advance planning department as the Administrative Assistant. Ruby brings with her much understanding and compassion after experiencing the death of her eleven year old son Logan in a tragic accident at home. She shares her life with husband, Paul and sons Luke and Lawson.
Sarah began working for DeMoney-Grimes in 1993. She has worn many hats over the years, cleaning, bookkeeping, and as errand runner. Sarah has been in charge of the “Coats for Kids” drive each year in October for over 20 years. She assist the funeral directors in making calls for each funeral and memorial service. As our receptionist Sarah is the person who takes most of the phone calls and is the first smiling face as you enter our reception area. Sarah loves dogs, but will nurture any animal in need.
Amanda joined the DeMoney-Grimes team in June of 2003. Assisting in both the advanced planning and at-need departments, Amanda inputs data and handles all the paperwork associated with arrangements. Amanda shares her life with her husband, Kent, and they are proud parents of two daughters, Hillary and Morgan.
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.
Carol proudly joined the DeMoney-Grimes team May 2009. With a smile and occasional hug Carol greets our families and friends here at the funeral home. Carol also is head of our Housekeeping, and is often spotted with a duster in her back pocket. Carol loves spending time with her daughter Holly, son Jason, close friends, and dear co-workers and family. An artist on occasion you will find Carol hand painting something in the funeral home or in someone home.
Ellie grew up in Huntington County and married her high school sweetheart, Daryl Lambert. She has two sons; David and Darin, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Traveling is Ellie’s passion. She has been blessed to see 50 states, 40 countries, and all 7 continents. Working as a greeter for DeMoney-Grimes has made her “Golden Years” truly golden.
Beth was raised on a dairy farm growing up in Whitley County. She graduated from South Whitley High School and married Alan Darley, also of South Whitley. Together they have 3 sons; Todd, Chad, and Doug; and have been blessed with 6 grandchildren. In their spare time, Beth and Al love riding their tandem bicycle and have visited 8 states on bicycle tours. “Artistry in Painting” was Beth’s career for 27 years. Beth specialized in custom painting and painted thirty-four Parade of Homes during this time. She became involved with jail ministry in 2007 becoming a Jail Chaplain. She has a passion for working with the women to help guide them on making better choices. You will meet Beth greeting you at our door with a smile and often a hug. She also helps families after thier funeral also, serving dinners at DeMoney-Grimes.
Kim was born in Muncie, Indiana but spent most of her life in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School. The daughter of a United Methodist Minister, Kim learned the importance of caring and sharing with those in need. After several personal losses over a short period and with prayerful consideration, working part time at DeMoney-Grimes has been a perfect fit. Kim will greet you with a friendly smile and do anything she can to help family and friends as they come through our door.
Curtiss was born in Chicago though his family moved to a farm in Whitley County when he was just 11 months old. He attended and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1950. In August 1951 he married his beautiful classmate Joyce Lundblad. They raised a daughter and now have 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 2 step granddaughters, and numerous great-grandchildren. Curt owned and operated Johnson Mobil Service until 1975. On April 16, 1961 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord, and was led to go back to school and attended Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Curt and Joyce returned to Columbia City where he served as the Pastor of Community Bible Church for 20 years. He also was the chaplain of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Dept. for 10 years. Curt has worked part time for DeMoney-Grimes for nearly 25 years, and has enjoyed his time working with our families very much.
At DeMoney-Grimes Evelyn is our staff musician. We have a 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.