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Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Matt is a 1993 graduate of Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, 1995 graduate from Ohio University in Zanesville and received his Bachelors in Mortuary Science in 1996 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science .  He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 23 years including 5 years at another funeral home in Coshocton.  Matt, his wife Valerie, and their three children Andrew (Emilee) Miller of Frazeysburg, Madison and Grace of the home, they have lived in Coshocton since 2004. 


Darcie Kaser

Darcie Kaser

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Darcie is a 2008 graduate of River View High School, she returned to the community after graduating in December 2013 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a bachelor's degree in mortuary science. Darcie is an Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Darcie is also the co-owner of Miller-Kaser Cremation Services located at 845 Cedar St. where she is a Ohio Certified Crematory Operator.

She is the daughter of Tad and Stacey Kaser of Warsaw and Brenda and Larry Freetage of Coshocton.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, watching sports, and coaching the River View Jr. High girls soccer team.



Todd Jackson

Todd Jackson

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Todd is a graduate of Coshocton High and joined the Ohio State Patrol in 1990. He retired in March of 2018 after serving 28 years as an Ohio State Trooper.

Todd has been a life-long resident of Coshocton County where he continues to reside with his wife, Jennifer.

He has four children, Madison, Gavin, Cadence, and Emerson, and two step-children Madelyn and Remington.

In his spare time, Todd enjoys weightlifting, outdoor activities, including golfing, and spending time with his family and friends.


Ginger Wortman

Ginger Wortman

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Ginger is a 1992 Tri-Valley High School graduate. She has earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Nursing) in 1995 and a Bachelors Degree in Technical Applied Science in 2011 from Ohio University-Zanesville. In July of 1999, she left the nursing profession and became a career firefighter/paramedic. Ginger earned the rank of Lieutenant in 2016. She also is a certified Fire/EMS Instructor, teaching at Career and Technology Education Center in Newark. Ginger is a lifelong member of Dresden United Methodist Church; where she has been a KidsHopeUSA mentor for the past 12 years.  Ginger is also a Ohio Certified Crematory Operator.



Kerry Fender

Kerry Fender

Crematory Assistant

Kerry graduated from River View High School in 1972. He retired from AK Steel after 30 years of service.

He has been a member of Coshocton Elks Lodge #376 for 37 years.

Kerry is married to Debbie, they have 3 children Kara, Stephanie and Shawn. Their grandchildren are Taylor, Ethan, McKenna, Keeley, Alyza and Cole.

Kerry enjoys woodworking and golfing. He also enjoys spending time with family and traveling.


Jim Baylor

Jim Baylor

Ohio Licensed crematory Operator

Jim graduated from Fairless High School (Navarre, OH) in 1965, he served 6 years in the Army Reserve.  He retired from Coshocton Brake and Supply in 2010 after 44 years with the company. He has been a 45 year member of the Elks Lodge, served in all capacities from local, state and national levels; and was the Past President of the Ohio Elks Association in 2010. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Coshocton Head Start for 30 years.  

Jim is also a Ohio Certified Crematory Operator.

He was married to Patty for 47 years, whom passed away in 2016; they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


Larry Freetage

Larry Freetage

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Larry graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1986. He grew up in West Lafayette, he has travelled all over the world. He studied Carpentry at Coshocton County Joint Vocational School and Security Management with American Military University. He retired after 30 years of honorable service as an ammunition explosives technician. Larry is a member of Army Navy Garrison #628 in Coshocton.

Larry is married to Brenda; children include Jessica (Freetage) Mardis, Derek Kaser (step-son), Amber Freetage and Darcie Kaser (step-daughter/Boss).

He enjoys woodworking, riding his motorcycle and taking his Chevelle out for a spin. He enjoys playing softball.

Larry is also an Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator.


Jeff Thorpe

Jeff Thorpe

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Jeff Thorpe moved to Coshocton in 1980 from Atchison, KS, where he was an Auto Tech Graduate. Jeff is currently working at AK Steel where he has been for 24 years, and also owns and operates Thorpe’s Automotive.

Jeff is also a Ohio Certified Crematory Operator.

He has been a 25-year member of the Coshocton Elks Lodge. Jeff and Cindi have raised three sons, Cody, Tyler, and Tucker, and two step sons, Shawn and Shane (Shannon) Grant. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandkids, Scarlett and Oaklynn.


Mike bebout

Mike bebout

Crematory Assistant

Mike is a 1969 graduate of Tri Valley High School.  His parents were the late Ray and Betty Bebout.  Mike married Leslie in 1973 and they have a son, daughter and three grandchildren.  He retired from Owens Corning Newark in 2013 after 44 years with the company.  Mike served 13 years in the Army reserves, is a member of the Coshocton Elks, Coshocton Army Navy and Dresden Legion Post 399. 
In his spare time Mike enjoys sports, family & friends.


Jack Hillis

Jack Hillis

Ohio Licensed Crematory Operator

Jack is a Zanesville native and graduate of Zanesville High School in 2013, as well as 3rd generation in his family to pursue a career in funeral service. After graduating the University of Cincinnati in 2017, he attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 2018. 

Jack spent a lot of time at his Grandfather’s (Jim Hillis) funeral home as a child, and he always looked up to him and his passion with serving families.  After spending five years in Cincinnati, Jack wanted to continue his career back in a community closer to his family. He wanted to work at a family owned funeral home that instilled the same values he grew up admiring. 

He is the son of Scott and Lisa Hillis, has two brothers, Christopher and Dakota, and grandson of Jim and Sue Hillis.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, he enjoys movies, playing basketball, fishing, and loves the Cleveland Browns.



Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller

Crematory Assistant

Valerie is the wife of Owner Matt Miller, they have three children, Andrew, Madison and Grace. She grew up in Frazeysburg where she was a 1995 Tri-Valley Graduate, and she has a degree in Business from Zane State College. She has previously worked for Time Warner Media, the Coshocton Tribune and the Longaberger Company. She is a member of the Coshocton Rotary Club and enjoys camping with her family in her spare time.


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