welcome to needham - storey - wampner funeral service
John M. Storey, Owner/Chairman
John M. Storey was raised in a church parsonage in Evansville, IN, graduated from Shawswick High School in Lawrence County, IN, and is a graduate from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed funeral director in Indiana and moved with his wife, Joy, to Gas City joining the Jay and Swift Funeral Home in 1960. In 1963, John acquired part ownership in the firm and the name was changed to Jay, Swift, & Storey Funeral Home and, in 1979, became the sole owner. In 1987, John and Ben Needham merged Jay, Swift, & Storey Funeral Home and Needham & Son Funeral Home to form Needham-Storey Funeral Service.
John cares about people and their needs and has dedicated his life to service of others. He is an active member of Lakeview Wesleyan Church, served on the board of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation for 35 years and the Board of Trustees of Indiana Wesleyan University for nearly 35 years as well. Additionally, he has served on the boards of World Gospel Mission, Marion General Hospital, the Kiwanis Club of Gas City, as well as numerous boards and committees of church, civic, professional, and educational organizations.
John and Joy are the parents of J. Mark Storey, II (wife, Molly), and daughter, Beth Driscoll (husband, Dan). They are blessed with 6 grandchildren.
J. Mark Storey II, Owner/President
Mark was born and raised in Gas City, IN, and is a 2nd generation funeral director. A graduate of Mississinewa High School, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science, he joined NSW in 1987. Growing up in Gas City has given Mark the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with the community he serves.
Mark currently serves on the Board for the Marion/Grant County Senior Citizens, The Marion/Grant County Chamber of Commerce in which he is the Vice President and Love on a Leash (a local group that increases public awareness of the benefits of pet-provided therapy). He has also been a member of the Gas City Rescue Squad since 1982.
He is married to Molly, and they have three daughters; Ava, Heidi, and Suzanne, who were all born in 2004. Also part of the family are their two dogs, Banjo, a Sheltie/Poodle mix, and Nero, an english black Lab, who is the therapy dog for the funeral home. Mark and his family are members of College Wesleyan Church in Marion. He collects antique fire engines and antique fire memorabilia, and he enjoys traveling and camping with the family.
John Potter, CFO/CPA
John joined NSW in May of 2007, succeeding long-time business manager, Kevin Batman. John is a CPA, and he graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the Marion Rotary Club and the Aero Club.
John and his wife, Shari, are the parents of two children, Matthew and Emily. They also have a grandson, Teodoro. In his leisure time, John enjoys family get-togethers, reading, gardening, and fishing.
Joseph Brown, Director of Operations
Joseph was born and raised in Gas City, IN, and is a lifelong resident of Grant County. He moved to Swayzee following the marriage to his wife, Katelyn, in 2006. He is a graduate of Mississinewa High School and attended Ivy Tech Community College. Joseph joined NSW in 2004.
Joseph is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and serves as the Administrative Pastor at Greater Life Church. Joseph also assists in ministry on a local and district level.
In addition to working for the church, Joseph enjoys landscaping and camping with his wife and children, Rosalyn, Nathaniel, and Josephine.
Heather Teegarden-Davis, Funeral Director
Heather was raised in Upland, IN. She is a 1993 graduate of Eastbrook High School and a 1996 graduate of Vincennes University, where she majored in Mortuary Science. Heather received her Funeral Director’ License in 1997. She joined NSW in 2004 with eight years prior experience.
Heather and her husband, Jason, were married in 2000. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and raising her beagles.
Jason Fafinski, Funeral Director
Jason Fafinski was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. When he was 13 years old, he experienced the importance of funeral service after the loss of his grandfather. Jason always imagined himself working as a funeral director. Following graduation from Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL, in 2001, Jason attended general education classes at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL, in September of 2004. In December of 2010, Jason relocated to Marion, IN, from a funeral home in Southeast Chicago to become a member of the NSW team.
In October of 2012, Jason married the love of his life, Amanda. Together they enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Penny and Etta. Jason is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Marion and, in his free time, enjoys fishing, watching movies and working on the family home.
Phil Black, Funeral Director
Phil was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. He graduated from Paulding High School and received his B.S. degree in business management and economics from Defiance College. He had worked several years in the golf industry until a decision to change his career led him to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 2005.
In 2012, Phil and his family relocated from Cincinnati to Marion, at which time he joined the NSW staff. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, his son, Noah, and their two dogs, and they travel frequently to watch Noah play soccer. Phil loves to ride his bicycle all across Grant County and is a member of the Marion Bike Club.
Tyler Jacobs, Funeral Director
Tyler was born in Marion, IN, and is a native of LaFontaine. He is a 2006 graduate of Wabash High School and a 2009 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Tyler did his internship with Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers in the Indianapolis area prior to receiving his Indiana Funeral Director’s License in 2010. He joined the NSW team in August of 2014 and is happy to be back living in the area where he grew up.
Tyler is involved in bowling league at Victory Lanes in Gas City. He enjoys spending time with his two children, Shaylee and Kayden, and cooking out with them. He also enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, and watching movies and sports, especially the Indianapolis Colts and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ben Blankenship, Funeral Director
Ben Blankenship was born and raised in Anderson, IN. In 2013, he graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an A.S. degree in Mortuary Science. He began working with NSW in August of 2014 and relocated to the Marion area in April of 2016. Along with Mark Storey, he is a Certified Owner/Handler of NSW’s working therapy dog, Nero.
Ben enjoys time spent with family, being outdoors, camping, and taking long walks with Nero. He loves adventure and never turns down an opportunity to taste new and unique cuisines.
Tyler Troxell, Funeral Director
Tyler Troxell was born in Union City, IN and graduated Union City Community High School in 2003. He attended Indiana University, and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2005. He served his internship with Needham-Storey-Wampner prior to receiving his Indiana Funeral Director’s License in 2008.
Tyler married his wife Kayla Battishill in 2009 and they have twin children, Treb and Townsen. He enjoys traveling, and taking family trips to TN and the Beach. In his spare time, he likes to hunt, do woodworking, and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Amber L. Richards, Funeral Director
Amber was born and raised in Gas City. Amber is a 1998 graduate of Mississinewa High School. She graduated from Vincennes University with her degree in Mortuary Science in August 2016. Amber began her internship with NSW in March 2017.
Amber is a full time police officer for the City of Marion and is currently Captain of 2nd Shift Patrol. When not working at either job, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, and traveling, especially to Tennessee.
Lori Lawson - Director of Advance Planning
Lori joined the NSW staff in the spring of 2005 as Administrative Assistant for our Family Service and Aftercare Representatives. In September of 2008, she moved into the position of Aftercare Representative and, in February of 2014, accepted the position of Family Service Advisor.
Lori views her position at NSW as a ministry. She sees great benefit in Advance Planning and enjoys getting to know her families and walk them through the process.
Lori is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University. She and her husband, Tom, are the proud parents of their daughter, Jaycee. Lori enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Mick Simpkins, Family Service Advisor
Mick was born and raised in the Grant County area. He has degrees from Tennessee Temple University and Vincennes University. He has pastored in the Grant County area since the early 1990s and is currently the pastor at First Baptist Church in Marion.
Mick has been with the NSW since 2010 and is currently a Family Service Advisor serving in Advance Planning. He loves to work at NSW and considers it a great privilege to serve the families of Grant County.
Mick and his wife, Ellen, were married in 1988, and they have three children, Mickey, Lindy, and Luke. They also have two Beagles, Max and Murphy. Mick loves to spend time with his family, and he enjoys fishing and hosting fish fry’s for his friends. His goal in life is to grow old with his wife and to become a nice, old man.
Linda Cabe, Grief Care Advisor
Linda is a lifetime resident of Grant County and joined NSW in August of 2008 as a Family Service Representative. She enjoys serving the Grant County community with planning their cemetery needs and designing their memorial monuments and markers. Linda’s favorite work activity is providing grief care for families after a loss. She is a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist and facilitates a monthly Grief Care and Share Group, as well as a four-week Holiday Helps Grief Group held in November. Prior to working at NSW and Grant Memorial Park, Linda served as pastor of Back Creek Friends Church in Fairmount for nine years. She also worked as an Administrative Assistant at IWU for eleven years. She is active in her church, Maple Run Friends, and loves fellowshiping with her church family. Linda and her husband, Jim, have been married since December of 1969. She states, “He is the most patient man I have ever met. He never complains. I am blessed.” She enjoys cooking family dinners and spending time with and supporting the activities of her three children and spouses, and their six grandchildren. Linda’s purpose in life is to get to know, love, and care for people as Jesus has loved her.
Kathy Hinds, Administrative Assistant
Kathy is a native of Huntington County and a 1970 graduate of Huntington North High School. She attended Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) and has lived in the Grant County area since 1972. She is a member of Lakeview Wesleyan Church and enjoys being a part of the Lakeview Choir music ministry. A passion for prayer partner ministry has led to her involvement with Chapel Ministries Outreach and serving on the Board of Directors for Awaken Ministries, Inc.
On March 13, 2000, Kathy joined the NSW team and loves serving families and working alongside our staff to make a difference in their funeral experience.
She and her husband, Dave, have been married since 1972, and they have two adult children—daughter, Kristi (Kelsy) Zumbrun and their three sons, Justin, Zachary, and Carter, in South Bend, and son, Matt (Andrea) Hinds and their children, Ella Rose and Elijah Matthew, in Upland.
Spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren, is Kathy’s greatest joy. She also enjoys the outdoors and horseback riding, as well as taking motorcycle trips and farming with her husband.
Angie Boone, Administrative Assistant - North Chapel
Angie is a lifelong resident of Grant County. She grew up in Gas City and graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1981. She attended Asbury College in KY for a year before returning home and completing her education at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1992 (A.S. in Christian Education) and in 2001 (B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice).
She is a member of and part-time secretary for Chapel Pike Wesleyan Church, as well as the pianist on the worship team. She joined the NSW team in July of 2014 and absolutely loves her job! She is thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve families at Needham-Storey-Wampner.
Angie enjoys watching nearly any sporting event. She is a true Hoosier who follows the Colts, Pacers, and Hoosiers. She is adventuresome and loves traveling, working outdoors, and worshiping with her church family. She loves to encourage others and make people laugh.
Buck Varney, Administrative Assistant - Business Office
Buck grew up in Van Buren and graduated from Eastbrook High School in 2006. He has been a resident of Grant County since 1995. Buck met his beautiful wife Brittain in 2003 and they were married in 2012. The couple welcomed their first child, Turner, in February 2019. Along with their son, they have two pit bulls named Peanut and Valery. Buck joined the NSW team in 2018.
Buck is a huge sports fanatic and loves the Atlanta Braves. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and playing golf.
Gary Green, Lead Associate
Gary was born and raised in Bluffton, IN. After graduating from Bluffton High School, he studied Christian Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 2014. Gary enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and playing sports. He married his wife, Asa, in 2015 and they welcomed Ocie Mae Green into the world in February of 2017. He also has two German Shepherd Dogs named Max and June.
William "Bill" House, Associate
Bill graduated from Tri-Village High School in New Madison, OH. He then went into farming for 35 years before deciding to attend Edison State College in Piqua, OH, where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. After being in the work force for a couple of years, he decided to return to college at IU East in Richmond to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. He graduated from IU and continued his studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s of Divinity Degree.
Bill joined the NSW staff in 2006 as a part-time associate and later became a full-time employee. He has also been a pastor since 1991.
He and his wife, Sue, have five children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They have a cat named Kitty and two dogs, Sampson and Toby. Bill loves meeting new families and interacting with our big family, the staff.
Dan Van Cise, Associate
Dan was born in Wabash, IN, on June 8, 1971. He started working at NSW in March 2012, and he received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in April 2014. He has been Pastor at West 8th Street Wesleyan Church in Marion since 2008.
Dan and his wife, Alana, have been married since 1993. They have three children, Carissa, Ethan, and Brianna. Dan enjoys disc golf, playing piano, and table games.
David Parker, Associate
David grew up in Warren, IN, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1990. When both of his parents died, NSW handled the funeral arrangements and he was impressed with their professionalism and care for his family. Because of that, he became interested in serving at NSW. In July of 2013, he was hired as an associate to serve families.
David has been in pastoral ministries since 1989. He and his wife, Tammy, currently serve the congregation of Faith Community Church in Phlox, IN. David and Tammy have been married since May 30, 1987, and they live in Sweetser. They have one daughter, Mackenzie, and two cats, Missy and Sugar Doodle. They love to camp, take walks, and go on bike rides in their leisure time.
David is a sports enthusiast with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Reds, and Indiana Hoosiers. He enjoys bowling and carries a 150 average. He also participates in fantasy sports leagues.
Raymond Daniels, Associate
Raymond Daniels was born in Mattoon, Il. He and his wife Kathy have three sons. Raymond has done many things throughout his life from driving bus for Mississinewa school, to being a sheriff's deputy, a pastor of the Salvation Army, and an EMT. His calling and passion is helping those who are dealing with the passing of a loved one. His plans include finishing mortuary school at Mid-America school of Mortuary to become a Funeral director.
Stephen A. Smithley, Associate
Steve was born and raised in Marion, IN. He graduated from Marion High School in 1973. He attended Taylor University and graduated with a degree in Political Science/ Pre-Law in 1977. Steve is retired from banking and real estate. He currently is President of the Marion Redevelopment Commission and Chairman of the Board of Carey Services. Steve has served on numerous boards of community organizations throughout his career.
Steve married his high school sweetheart, Patsy, and they have been married 40 years. They have one child, Parker. He is married to Careena and they have blessed Steve and Patsy with five wonderful grandchildren, Adrianna, Rylan, Jehren, Norin and Trevor.
An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoys watching all sports and participated in his younger days as a Marion Giant and Taylor University basketball and tennis player. He is also the PA announcer for the Marion Giant Varsity Football and Basketball teams.
Cheryl Logan, Lounge Hostess - North Chapel
Cheryl was born in Midland, MI, into a pastor’s home. Being a PK (Preacher’s Kid), her family pastored in different states, including Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Dieruff High School (Allentown) in 1979. In 1980, Cheryl moved to Indiana to attend Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), and she graduated in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, she was employed with Marion Community Schools as a teacher, spending the last 23 years as a 2nd grade teacher at Kendall Elementary before retiring in May of 2014. She joined the NSW staff as a Lounge Hostess for the North Chapel in September of 2014. She loves serving families as a whole in this capacity, but this ministry also allows her to continue to be with children and to see former students of hers.
Cheryl and her husband, John, have been married since 1990, and she is a member of Chapel Pike Wesleyan Church in Marion, where she is the custodian, a sound tech, and Sunday School Superintendent. She is an avid sports fan, enjoys working in the yard, decorating, traveling, shopping, going to rummage sales, and spending time with her friends and church family.
Nero, Therapy Dog
My name is Nero! I’m a registered AKC English black Labrador retriever that was born in Russia on July 2, 2015. I’ve been working as a certified therapy dog with NSW since February of 2016. Before working at NSW, I completed my Companion Dog Training Course. I trained with Master K-9 trainer, Julie Case, with Ultimate Canine Dog Training in Westfield, IN. I belong to a local club called “Love on a Leash”, where my fellow canines and I visit health care centers, schools, libraries, and many other organizations to bring smiles to faces.
I have been featured on the front page of local papers; The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, IN; The News Times, Hartford City, IN, Our local radio station; WBAT 1400 AM, Marion, IN. Radio Station WBCL, 90.3 FM out of Fort Wayne, IN did a live interview with my owner, Mark about me and therapy dogs in funeral service. Have been interviewed by Fox 59 News out of Indianapolis. WANE 15 TV out of Fort Wayne, IN and CBS 4 out of Indianapolis, IN did a story on me visiting with our local female inmates and staff at the Grant County Sheriff"s Department and Jail. Patty Spitler, host of Pet Pals TV, a syndicated show that airs in 16 states across the country and is based in Indianapolis, interviewed me and my owner, Mark. I have traveled across the State of Indiana giving seminars to Funeral Directors about the value of Therapy Dogs in funeral service. A news article about me was published in "The Director", a monthly publication for the National Funeral Directors Association highlighting my visits to our local jail. Professors from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN have invited me to talk about therapy dogs to their students. I have been invited by local Judges to assist in Adoption Day for young boys and girls. I have even traveled to Ohio to assist my fellow canines in their events at local schools.
Being around people is what I enjoy doing the most. When I’m at work, I greet those who come in and I try to put a smile on the faces of our families that are grieving. I also play and love to chase balls and get treats. I take naps throughout the day and have been told that I do snore some.
You can also visit me on my own Facebook page at “Nero the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service Therapy Dog”. I'm also on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Find me and say "HI" and "like" me. Woof, Woof!!
Steve Struck, Funeral Director
In Loving Memory
Steven J. Struck, age 54, of Marion, Indiana, formerly of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on December 9, 2013 at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Indiana.
He was born on August 11, 1959 in Evanston, Illinois to Wilbert Struck and Winnifred 'Flagg' Struck. He married Cathy Jones on January 31, 1986 and she survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Steve was a member of the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus, a 1984 Graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, former Martin County Coroner and a 1977 Graduate of Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.
He was a funeral director at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service in Marion, Indiana.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy 'Jones' Struck, Loogootee, Indiana; (3) sons, Zachary Struck, Milford, Ohio, Spc. Andrew Struck, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Matthew Struck, Schererville, Indiana; (2) brothers, Ken Struck, Tucson, Arizona, Jim Struck, Barrington, Illinois; (2) sisters, Karen Struck-Fulton, Tucson, Arizona, Margaret Brown, Tucson, Arizona.
Jeff Overmyer, Associate
In Loving Memory
Jeffery "Jeff" L. Overmyer, 60, Marion, died in his home at 3:25 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017. He was born in Muncie to Eddie and Mary Jo "Jody" (Alexander) Overmyer. He married Cindy Shanks on December 2, 1977, and she survives.
Jeff served the Marion community for 38 years as a Shift Captain with the Marion Fire Department. In 2007, he joined Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service as a part-time associate. It was his desire to work full-time at the funeral home after his retirement from the fire department. Jeff was actively involved with the Ducktail Run for many years. He loved music and did some D.J. work on the side. Jeff also loved basketball, and he especially enjoyed watching the Boston Celtics.
Jeff always spoke highly of his family, of whom he was very proud. He loved his grandbabies and he could never say enough about his "lovely bride".
He will be missed by his parents, Eddie and Mary Jo" Jody" Overmyer; his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Cindy; son, Aron (Molly) Overmyer, Gas City; grandkids, Audrey and Catcher; brother, Eddie (Tamara) Overmyer, Sweetser; sister, Debbie (David) Norris, Martinsville; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Gary (Margaret) Shanks, David (Theresa) Shanks, Patty (John) Stebbens, Denny (Diana) Shanks, Tony (Sharon) Shanks, and Bradley (Crystal) Shanks; and many nieces and nephews.
His brother, David Overmyer, preceded him in death.
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