Three brothers, Larry, Charles and Jack Crates, who were also farm boys from southern Hancock County began a business in funeral service in Arlington in 1968 and acquired the Goff Funeral Home in Carey, Ohio in 1970. The aging Coldren’s merged their business with the Crates’ in 1975 and that merger proved to be a good fit since the similarities between the families were very great and the strength and weaknesses of the various family members seemed to compliment each other beautifully. It was determined that the central location of the facility was an asset so the building has been remolded numerous times, but a major rebuild took place in 1979-80 bringing the facility to a level that exceeds anything in the area.
The business founded after WWII by Frank Paden in North Baltimore joined in the merger in 1986. This marriage of businesses also has proven to be a sound one as the backgrounds and origins of the people of our communities are similar. The economy of scale allows us to provide a much higher level of service than would be possible if we were not yoked together.
A new perspective and depth has been added with the return of the next generation of our family. Amanda, Scott and Andrew Crates are fully licensed funeral service professionals with rather eclectic academic backgrounds that seem to generate new ideas and better ways to deliver service to a new generation. Our facilities and services are constantly evolving and reconfigured to serve an ever changing population.