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Our Story

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service and have the highest integrity.

 


 

Kepner Funeral Homes has been serving the Wheeling area for over 175 years, making it the oldest funeral business in the region. Six generations, including five generations of Kepners, have provided dedicated service to our local community.

In 1845, George Mendel established a furniture and funeral business in Wheeling, WV. In 1902, he separated his industries and moved the funeral business to 1147 Main Street in downtown Wheeling, along with hiring Carl J. Kepner as an associate. Five years later, a larger facility was needed, and Mr. Mendel and Mr. Kepner constructed a spacious building at 1212 Chapline Street.

After George Mendel's death, Carl J. Kepner bought the remaining interest in the company. He expanded the business again in 1920 by purchasing the Spiedel Home at 1308 Chapline Street. Wade H. Kepner joined his father in the firm in 1923, changing the name to Carl J. Kepner and Son; in 1925, the business became known as the Kepner Funeral Home, and added locations in South Wheeling and Elm Grove a few years later.

The Woodsdale location was opened in 1955, and John W. Kepner joined his father in the company in 1956. His sons, John D. and James B. Kepner, joined the firm in 1981. In 1995, Kepner acquired the Burke-Bodey Funeral Home in Warwood. In 2011 we made our most recent acquisition. We acquired Raymer Funeral Home in Huntersville, North Carolina in April 2011, making this our sixth location.

Today, the Kepner Funeral Homes continue to provide caring funeral service to the people of the Wheeling area under the direction of Co-Presidents John D. and James B. Kepner, who bought the business from their father in January 2010. Their sons Jonathan and Alex as well as Jim's daughter Ashley, represent the fifth generation of Kepners in the business.

Kepner Funeral Home - Woodsdale
Phone: (304) 232-2732
National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling, WV 26003

Kepner Funeral Home - Downtown Wheeling
Phone: (304) 232-5110
1308 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Kepner Funeral Home - South Wheeling
Phone: (304) 232-4060
36th & Jacob Streets, Wheeling, WV 26003

Kepner Funeral Home - Elm Grove
Phone: (304) 242-2311
166 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Kepner Funeral Home - Burke Chapel
Phone: (304) 277-2722
2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003


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