About Eagle Funeral Homes

Our History

Founder Marcus Ford Eagle

The business was started in 1933 by Marcus Ford Eagle in Waldron, Michigan. He later expanded the business to Hudson and purchased the Brown Funeral Home. The name was changed to Eagle Funeral Home and the Eagle Funeral Home was established in Hudson and Waldron. M.F. Eagle's son, Joe Eagle, joined the business in 1951 and they together provided funeral care to the Waldron and Hudson communities.

In 1982, John Barrett, son-in-law of Joe Eagle entered the family business. He along with wife, Jill resided at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville. In 1986 Mr. Eagle purchased the Fink Funeral Home in Morenci and named that funeral chapel the Eagle Funeral Home- Charles Fink Chapel.

In 1994, Mark Monahan, also a son-in-law of Joe entered the family business. Together with his wife, Jana resided at the chapel in Hudson. Mr. Eagle with sons-in-law, John Barrett and Mark Monahan provided care and support to families in the Hillsdale and Lenawee counties from the funeral chapels established in Waldron, Hudson, Hillsdale, Jonesville and Morenci, Michigan. Mr. Eagle sold the business to John Barrett and Mark Monahan in 1999. They were the 3rd generation of family to own the Eagle Funeral Homes.

Joe Eagle

In 2001, John and Mark purchased the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, Ohio. John & Mark, along with a very capable and caring staff operated the 6 locations for the next 12 years.

In 2010, John and Mark had the opportunity to combine their family owned business with another established and respected family business, the George White Funeral Homes. Former owners, Jim White and Nancy Travis continue today to be a valuable part of the staff at Eagle Funeral Homes-George White Chapels in Litchfield, Reading and Quincy, Michigan.

Today, the Eagle Funeral Homes, in their 3rd generation of family ownership, along with a dedicated and
experienced staff, provide compassionate care and support to families when death occurs.


Eagle Funeral Home Staff

Personalized, caring service is what Eagle Funeral Homes has specialized in since our founding in 1933. We offer guidance and support in the communities where we live when some of the most difficult family decisions have to be made. Here are some of the people who will be assisting you with those important decisions.


John Barrett

John Barrett: President

John primarily serves the Hillsdale and Jonesville communities but also assists at all locations.

John started in the business in 1978 while working part time and attending Hillsdale College. After graduating from Hillsdale College in 1981 he married Jill (Eagle) and moved to Cincinnati to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation from mortuary college he and Jill moved back to Jonesville and started a family that includes three children; Emily Osborne, a Michigan State University graduate currently residing in Livonia with her husband, Terry and son, Barrett; Abbie Taipalus, a Michigan State University graduate currently attending Central Michigan University studying for her PhD in School Psychology and residing in Hillsdale with her husband John and daughter, Blake; and Brian, a Central Michigan University and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science graduate who resides in Hillsdale with his wife, Sydney (Dow) and son, Brady. John is a member of the Hillsdale Elks Club, Jonesville Rotary Club, Hillsdale County Community Foundation, Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and is involved in the I Care program in Jonesville. John also serves on the Board of Directors of County National Bank. John and Jill attend St. Anthony Catholic Church. John also enjoys camping and golfing.




Mark Monahan

 

Mark Monahan: Vice-President

Mark serves the Hudson, Morenci and Fayette communities but also assists at all locations.

Mark grew up on a family operated dairy farm south of Hudson. He graduated from Hudson High School, then went on to Michigan State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Packaging Engineering. He received his Mortuary Science degree from Wayne State University. He was employed with United Parcel Service for twelve years prior to joining the Eagle Funeral Home staff in 1994. Mark is married to Jana (Eagle) and they have four children; David (Denise), a Siena Heights College graduate employed at UPS, Alyson, a junior attending Mercy College majoring in nursing, Johnathan residing in Hudson and attending Jackson Community College, and Ashley, a junior attending Hudson High School. Mark and his family are members of Sacred Heart Church. His hobbies include golfing, coaching, and outdoor activities with his family. He also enjoys watching his daughter play sports which include basketball, volleyball & softball.



Shea Dow

 

Shea Dow: Funeral Director

Shea primarily serves the Hillsdale and Jonesville communities but also assists at all locations.

Shea grew up in Jonesville and graduated from Jonesville High School in 2004, then went on to Michigan State University where he earned his B.A. degree in Supply Chain Management in 2008. He received his Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2009. Shea started in the business in the summer of 2007 while attending Michigan State University. He is a board member of Hillsdale Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness, Hillsdale County Michigan State University Alumni Club and is a member and elder of the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church. Shea resides at theJonesville funeral home and is the son of Scott and Sharon Dow of Jonesville.




Nancy Travis


Brian Barrett: Funeral Director

Brian primarily serves the Hillsdale and Jonesville communities but also assists at all locations.

Brian grew up in Jonesville and graduated from Jonesville High School in 2007. He went on to attend Central Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics Management. He received his Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012. Brian is a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale. He is married to Sydney (Dow) and has one son, Brady. Brian enjoys playing golf, exercising and boating.





Don Jewell

Don Jewell: Funeral Director

Don serves the Hillsdale and Jonesville communities.

Don is a fourth generation funeral director and former owner of the Jewell Funeral Home in Sandusky, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated from Wayne State University's Department of Mortuary Science in 1971. Don and his wife, Mary Jo, reside in Hillsdale. They have four children; Jennifer, an ultra sound technician in Sandusky, Michigan; Chris, a group manager for Case New Holland in Naperville, Illinois; Ben, a middle school science teacher who received the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, teaching in Hudsonville, Michigan; and Kathy, a neonatal intensive care nurse in Grand Rapids. All four of their children are married with families of their own accounting for a total of 10 grandchildren. Don is a board member for Hospice of Hillsdale County. Don & Mary Jo attend St. Anthony Catholic Church. Don enjoys sharing time with his family, computer technology, boating and traveling.



Marvin Shull



Marvin Shull: Funeral Service Coordinator

Serving the Hillsdale and Jonesville communities.

Marv started with Van Horn-Eagle Funeral Home in 1960. He grew up in the Hillsdale County area and is a graduate of Camden-Frontier High School. Marv lives in Hillsdale with his wife, Sue. They have three children and nine grandchildren. He is a member of the Hillsdale Free Methodist Church. He enjoys traveling, sports and spending time with his family.






Nancy Travis


Rick Gordon: Advanced Funeral Planning Specialist

Pre-Planning Specialist in Hillsdale, Jonesville, Litchfield, Quincy, and Reading locations.

Rick was born and raised in Hillsdale County and graduated from North Adams High School in 1970. He just recently took an early retirement after 33 years in the Food Industry. Rick and his wife, Phyllis live in the Hillsdale area and have raised 3 children. Dr Daniel B. Gordon DDS and (Cherese) of Hudsonville with their 6 children, Bryan J. Gordon of Hillsdale graduated from Spring Arbor University with degrees in Biology and Sports Education, and Dr Matthew D. Gordon DC and (Stephanie) of Hillsdale. Rick and Phyllis enjoy gardening and working in their yard. The Gordon’s are members of the Hillsdale Free Methodist Church where Rick serves on numerous boards and outreach committees. Rick’s favorite job now along with meeting and helping families pre-plan is spending time with their grand children.





Tony Marry

 

Tony Marry: Advanced Funeral Planning Specialist

Assists at the Hudson, Morenci, & Fayette locations

Tony was born and raised in the Hudson area and graduated from Hudson High School Class of 1968. He started a career in banking in 1968 with Hudson State Savings Bank, later Bank of Lenawee, and retired after 40 years in 2008. Tony and his wife, Linda, have 3 children, Andy (Melinda) Marry of Hudson, Emily (Craig) Young of Hillsdale, and Matthew Marry Blacksburg, VA. They enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren, Drew and Austin Marry, and Brody and Connor Young. The Marry's are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where Tony is a Eucharist minister and Minister of the cup, and he is also a member of the Hudson Knights of Columbus and the Irish Hills 4th Degree. Tony enjoys spending time getting to know the families he meets.





Jason



Jason Ferguson: Funeral Director

Serving the Fayette, Morenci, and Hudson communities.

Jason Ferguson is a 10-year employee of Eagle Funeral Homes. Jason was born in Morenci, MI, and was raised in Fayette, OH, where he graduated Salutatorian of his class in 2004. He graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2013, and became a licensed funeral director in 2014. Jason married his high school sweetheart, Lindsey (Opdycke), and they have three children, Caleb, Carly, and Camryn. Jason and his family live in Adrian and are members of St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Parish. Jason enjoys running, biking, traveling, and most especially spending time with his family.




James White



James White: Funeral Director

Serving Litchfield, Reading and Quincy communities

Jim grew up in Detroit and moved to Litchfield in 1968 when his parents purchased the George White Funeral Home. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1974, Jackson Community College and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is married to Janis (Krohn) and they have 3 children, Stephanie, Kelly and Alex.





Nancy Travis


Nancy Travis: Funeral Director

Serving the Litchfield, Reading and Quincy communities.

Nancy grew up in Detroit and moved to Litchfield in 1968 when her parents purchased the George White Funeral Home. She graduated from Litchfield high school in 1969 and from Albion College in 1973 with a degree in Psychology. She decided to join the family business and graduated from Wayne State University's Department of Mortuary Science in 1975. In 1976 the White's expanded their family business to Reading, and Nancy resided at the funeral home for over 20 years. She currently lives in Litchfield and enjoys working, cooking, and traveling.





Dustin Chapman

Dustin Chapman: Funeral Director

Serving Litchfield, Reading and Quincy communities.

Dustin grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 2008, then went on to Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he earned his degree in Fire Science. He received his B.A. degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012. Dustin attends Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville and has been a member of the Litchfield Fire Department since 2008. Dustin is married to Kristen (McCoy) and has one son, Cameron. Dustin is the son of Dave and Chris Chapman of Litchfield.







Trent Morris: Funeral Director

Serving the Litchfield, Reading and Quincy communities

Trent grew up and graduated from Reading High School in 2009, then continued on to Adrian College where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 20l3. He received his Mortuary Science Degree from the Worsham Mortuary College of Science in 2014. Trent became a licensed funeral director in 2016. He is a committee member of the American Cancer Society and attends Cambria Baptist Church. Trent currently resides in Reading and is the son of Todd and Amy Morris of Osseo.






Kenneth Hale

Kenneth V. Hale: Funeral Service Coordinator

Serving Litchfield, Reading and Quincy communities

Ken grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1998. He also graduated from Baker College in 2001, Kellogg Community College in 2010 and is currently enrolled at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He has one son, Kenton, age 8.









Alan Fenstermaker

Alan Fenstermaker: Funeral Service Coordinator

Serving the Reading community

As a graduate of Reading High School in 1964, Alan has served the Reading community and surrounding areas for almost 20 years with the George White Funeral Homes. Having been a former pastor in Georgia, this career has been an opportunity to encourage people in their time of need. Married to Judy for 40 years, they have 3 children, Jessica, Joshua, and Angela. With their spouses, Steve, Tennille, and Jason, these unions have produced 9 grandchildren ranging from 1-1/2 to 13 years of age. Alan has been a member of Cambria Baptist Church for over 30 years and has served in various capacities, especially as Commander of the AWANA youth program for 23 years. During these years, he has seen much growth in preparing leaders for tomorrow.