Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
When C.C. "Bud" and Evelyn Rodenberger moved from Alger and Lima in 1948 they had a vision and dream of helping others. They build the funeral home with compassion around the community and became an integral part in make people feel comfortable. Many see death as just the end of a life or as a small blip of grief. We see it as a time for reflection, appreciation, and even a celebration of a loved one's life. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close-knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
The legacy Continues.
The Rodenberger Funeral Home has been owned and operated by the Rodenberger family since 1948. When Bud and Evelyn Rodenberger retired in 1978, their daughter, Jerrie (Rodenberger) Gray followed in the family heritage and became a funeral director and President of the family business. Over the years they have gathered around them a staff of caring, compassionate funeral professionals, dedicated to serving local families in their time of need. As of 2019, the business is owned operated by Jerrie's youngest son and third generation funeral director, Brooke Gray.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Jerrie Rodenberger Gray
Past President and Funeral Director
After serving families for over 40 years, Jerrie has formerly retired. Along with her husband, Ken, she spends her summer months between the Maumee River and McClure, Ohio and her winter months in Cape Coral, Florida. Retirement is suiting her well and she still loves to see the families and people she has grown close relationships over the years. She still is needed for council, talents of interior decorating, and working with old friends. She enjoys spending her time with her five grandchildren and dogs, Charlotte and Gracie.
President and Funeral Director
Brooke attended St. Paul Lutheran school in Napoleon and was a 1994 graduate of Napoleon High School. He received his Bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1998. Active in the community and in his profession, Brooke is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Director's Association, and the National Embalmer's Association. He is a current member of the Henry County Community Foundation and a board member of the Napoleon Distinguished Alumni and former member of the Rotary Club of Napoleon and the Henry County United Way . Brooke has been involved in the funeral business since high school. It was during this time that he became interested in the business as a possible career for himself. As he continued to work he realized that working with families and ministering to people in need was very rewarding for him personally. He considers working with the people of Henry County to be a family tradition, and one he is proud to continue…and looks forward to many generations of his family serving this community. Brooke is married Cathyrne, who is a Science teacher at Holgate Local Schools, and they reside next to the funeral home in Napoleon, Ohio with two children, Jaxson and Lilah.
Bruce is a graduate of Liberty Center High School and the Bowling Green State University where he earned his business degree. After managing several businesses, he began working with families that were interested in prearranging their funeral plans. Recognizing his true calling; Bruce served his apprenticeship with Walker Funeral Homes in Toledo and received his Funeral Directors license in 2014. Not only is Bruce involved in the community, serving on various boards, public speaking and volunteering; but also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, trustee and past president of Northwest Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Bruce is dedicated to serving families in their time of need and focuses on personalizing the celebration of each person’s life. He is the son of Ervin and Trudie Sonnenberg of Liberty Center and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Center.
Dea (Rudolph) Plummer, daughter of Deborah Altherr and Doug Rudolph, grew up in Napoleon and attended Napoleon Area Schools until eighth grade. She then went to and graduated from Springfield High School, in Holland, Ohio. She is a 2004 graduate of Muskingum University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business and Economics. Dea and her husband, Brian, reside in rural Henry County with their sons, Jacob, Ethan, and Carey II. They are members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon. Dea has served on the finance board at Emanuel as well as on the Napoleon Elementary School PTO board as Vice President. In her free time, Dea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and attending her children’s events. Prior to joining the Rodenberger Family, Dea was a department manager with Menards for over ten years. Dea is honored to be a part of the Rodenberger family and proud to be working back in her home town. She looks forward to providing assistance to area families in their time of need, as the Rodenberger Family has for the last 60 years.
Laura is our Pre-planning Advisor with eight years of experience. Laura's focus is Funeral Pre-planning needs and the privilege of helping families to create a memorable experience that honors the lives of loved ones. With funeral prearrangements on the rise, she can help deliver a highly personalized experience to the families in the community.
"I am very passionate in assisting families with their funeral or cremation pre-planning needs. I believe by prearranging, you can help your family to less the stress and burden in a time of great sadness and grief. Most importantly, family and friends can honor their loved ones in their own special way. I take great pride in know I can create your loved one's life story and what their passion/love for life was all about."
Laura and her husband Caleb reside in Fremont, Indiana and have two sons, Hayden and Carson. Caleb is a police officer in Angola, Indiana for over 19 years. Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, making memories, taking mini vacations, and enjoying the outdoors.
Laura looks forward to serving families to create their life story by the gift of prearranging.
Ruth Ann Gray
Ruth Ann (Schuette) Gray is more than a Greeter, she is family! Ruth Ann was married to Charles "Chuck" Gray, who died on May 30, 2000. Chuck was a one of eleven Gray boy's and is a brother to Ken. Ruth Ann worked for 21 years in the Farm Service Agency in Napoleon, retiring in 1998. She has three boys, Tom (Charlene), Jerry, and Tim; and 2 grandson's, Chad & Jacob. She is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon and Fulton-Henry NARFE. Ruth Ann can always be found at the front door with a smile on her face!
Keith has been working as a greeter since 1998. He and his wife, Judy were born and raised in Henry County. He had 3 sons, Barry (Deceased), Mark, and Dan, and daughter, Jennifer. He is a life member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, where he is a usher and helps on the funeral services. He is also an active member of the Bert G. Taylor American Legion post.
Cindy is a lifelong resident of Henry County. She is the daughter of Joe and Claire Celani and the mother of Ashley Kruse.
She has volunteered through the years with the United Way, Relay For Life, at the County, State and National level. She has also held many volunteer positions at her church as a Team Kid Leaders and church treasurer.
when Cindy is not greeting people at the funeral home, you will find her at the Henry County Bank.
Explore Our Locations
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Napoleon Funeral Home
1010 Westmoreland Avenue
Napoleon, OH 43545
McClure Funeral Home
310 Frank Street
McClure, OH 43534