Greenfield's Stillinger Family Funeral is expanding with the purchase of Hancock County's Hendryx Mortuary.
The recent purchase of a Greenfield florist is also growing the Stilinger footprint.
Hendryx Mortuaries has been a longstanding business in the Hancock County community for decades. Now, David Stillinger, owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home Pasco Chapel, has acquired the 134-year-old business and is eager to continue the Hendryx family legacy.
Stillinger will now be the owner of both the Hendryx New Palestine Chapel and the Cumberland Chapel, respectively.
Tom Hendryx, Hendryx’s previous owner and fourth-generation funeral director, is excited for the next chapter of his family’s business and believes Stillinger is the perfect fit.
“I had heard great things about David [Stillinger] and have seen what he has done since taking over the Pasco Chapel,” Hendryx said. “Seeing the success he has had, the fact that he is a local, small business owner that holds similar values and loves our community made him easily the best fit for taking over my family’s business.”
For Hendryx, Hendryx Mortuaries has been his whole life. He grew up in the business and joined the family to work in 1978 right after his college graduation. He is ready to back away from working and enjoy the next chapter in his life.
“Working with David has given me a peace of mind that the business is being placed into good hands,” Hendryx said. “I am excited for him to implement new technology and a fresh perspective while serving the families of this community.”
Stillinger took over the Pasco Chapel in Greenfield just over 20 years ago.
Stillinger and his team will provide their existing services at both the New Palestine and Cumberland Chapel locations, including full cremation and funeral options, pre-planning, pet services, grief therapy dogs, monument sales and more.
“Our team is ready to uphold the Hendryx family’s values while also instilling our existing beliefs to create a warm, caring atmosphere for the families we serve,” Stillinger said. “I look forward to helping more families in our amazing community during their most difficult time and I am thankful to do that while carrying on both the Stillinger and Hendryx Family legacies.”
Stillinger says his son is working with him now in the business.
The other recent addition has been the acquisition of Penny's Florist in Greenfield.