History & Staff

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.

Our History

Our history begins in 1933 when W. E. and Willie Jane Holman opened the first full service funeral home in Lebanon, Missouri. This was a new concept as the area had previously been served only by "store front" undertakers. The idea of having a place where the service could be held other than a home or church was a new concept to the area.

Soon after the beginning, a young high school graduate, Dorsey M. Howe, spent the summer of 1934 with the Holman's as they completed their first year in business. After attending college, Howe returned to the Holman's in 1939 and began an association that culminated with him taking over the funeral home as his very own.

Through the years the funeral home business grew and the firm operated 24 hour emergency ambulance service. As the years passed the Holman's retired and passed the ownership to Dorsey and Bethel Howe. Later the Howe's were joined by their son, Kenneth. As the business grew new additions to the building were necessary to meet the needs of the familes being served. In 1986 a new chapel addition was completed. In 2000 a large addition was completed adding visitation rooms, selection and preparation room as well as a large attached garage area. In 2007 a large parking lot was completed.

As the years passed Kenneth and Valerie Howe purchased funeral homes in neighboring communities. The Hartville funeral home in 1989, the funeral homes in Mansfield and Seymour in 1996, the Camdenton location in 2000 and our Bolivar location in 2008.

Mount Rose Memorial Park joined the Holman-Howe family in 1998.

Matthew Shannon a native of Mountain Grove, MO joined the company in 2005 and serves as general manager of the home office. In 2009 he became executive vice-president and chief financial officer of the company and retains his position as general manager of Lebanon, the home office. Kenneth and Valerie Howe are active in the daily management of the company with Ken serving as chief executive officer. Other longtime staff members Clifford Sheets who served 53 years on the Holman-Howe staff and Grace Simpson, who served 30 years. Nina Griffith served 10 years.



(1)1955 Cadillac Hearse | (2) Funeral Home 1955 | (3) Staff 1983, Dorsey & Bethel Howe,Kenneth & Valerie Howe, Clifford Sheets, & Grace Simpson

Our Valued Staff

  • Kenneth  Howe,CFSP

    Kenneth Howe,CFSP President, Chief Executive Officer, Owner

    Kenneth R. Howe is a resident of Lebanon and grew up in his family business. He is a graduate of Lebanon High School, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Southwest Baptist University, and Missouri State University. He is an active member of First Baptist Church, the Lebanon Rotary Club (past president), Chairman of the Mercy Hospital Foundation,and the President of the Mercy Board of Directors. He is a former chairman and member of the Missouri State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He was named the 2012 Funeral Director of the Year by the American Funeral Director magazine and is active in the daily management of the family business.

  • Valerie  Howe

    Valerie Howe Funeral Director, Owner

    Valerie Howe is a lifelong resident of Lebanon, Missouri and a graduate of Lebanon High School and Southwest Baptist University. She taught in the Lebanon Public Schools before becoming a “stay at home” mom. Valerie is an active mom, and is a licensed funeral director and assists at the funeral home. She is also active in the women’s ministry of her church and is a speaker on Ladies Ministry issues in the Missouri Baptist Convention.

  • Matthew  Shannon, CFSP

    Matthew Shannon, CFSP Executive Vice President,Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer

    Matthew grew up in Mountain Grove, Missouri and is a graduate of the Mountain Grove Christian Academy. He is also a graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee. Matthew currently serves as Executive Vice President, and Secretary on the board of directors, and is Chief Financial Officer of Holman-Howe Funeral Homes. He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Matthew has also served on the board of directors of the Lebanon Family YMCA, and is currently the Vocational Director of the Lebanon Rotary Club. He is a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Lebanon, Missouri, National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery, Cremation, Funeral Association, and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners. He is a devoted husband to his wife Christina, and father to his daughter Harley, and is eagerly awaiting the birth of his twin daughters in the summer of 2015.

  • Brett Eidson

    Brett Eidson Corporate Treasurer

    Brett grew up in Camdenton, Missouri and graduated from Camdenton High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and his A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Brett is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Wright County Emergency Services Board, Past President of the Mansfield Community Center and the Mansfield Area Community Betterment Organization, he also serves on the board of the Wright County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and is a member of the Seymour, Missouri Lions Club. He is also a member of Union Southern Baptist Church in Decaturville, Missouri, NFDA, and MFDA and the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

  • Jack  Parscale

    Jack Parscale Office Manager/Funeral Director

    Jack Parscale was raised in Clinton, Missouri, and graduated from Clinton High School and Central Methodist University. After teaching elementary school music in Lebanon for several years, he owned and operated the Flower Boutique in downtown Lebanon. He has been with Holman-Howe for the past 24 years and is a licensed funeral director. He is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

  • John Alan George Waters

    John Alan George Waters Funeral Director/Embalmer

    John A. Waters was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, He is a graduate of Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, Arkansas. and is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service. John fell in love with his wife Laurie and they have five beautiful daughters; Kerstyn, Abbigail, Jaidyn, Emma and Liberty. John is very proud to help the families he serves in the Funeral Industry with compassion and respect.

  • Brenda Nash

    Brenda Nash Administrative Assistant

    Brenda Nash was raised in Salem, Missouri, and graduated from Salem High School. For the past twenty-six years, she was employed by the State of Missouri Family Support Division, retiring as an eligibility specialist. She is a member of Heritage Baptist Church, where she is involved in the music ministry. She has been with Holman-Howe for three years.

  • Maxona Lawler

    Maxona Lawler Office Manager

  • Jack Lawler

    Jack Lawler Maxona's Husband

  • Linda  Thieman

    Linda Thieman Publications Development Specialist

    Linda Thieman was raised in Bolivar, Missouri, and graduated from Bolivar High School and Draughon Business University. Before coming to Holman-Howe in 2005, she was employed at Lebanon 1st United Methodist Church for 16 years. Our professional graphic designer, Linda found her passion creating individual memorial folders and DVDs for each family served by Holman-Howe Funeral Homes.

  • Maxine  Kincheloe

    Maxine Kincheloe Hospitality Director/Funeral Assistant

    Maxine Kincheloe is a lifelong resident of the Lebanon community. For many years, she and her husband, Ellis, owned and operated Kincheloe Photography in Lebanon. Maxine has served on the Holman-Howe staff since 2003 and is a tireless inspiration to the rest of the staff as receptionist, director’s assistant and director of “hospitality” for the funeral home. She attends each service and visitation as well attends the office as necessary. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Lebanon.

  • Linda Moore

    Linda Moore Receptionist

    Linda is a longtime resident of Lebanon. She serves as a receptionist and hostess on evenings and weekends.

  • Sue Anderson

    Sue Anderson Receptionist

    Sue is a longtime resident of Lebanon. She serves as a receptionist and hostess during evenings and weekends.

  • Paula Walters

    Paula Walters Receptionist

    Paula is a longtime resident of Lebanon. She serves as a receptionist and hostess on evenings and weekends.

  • Taylor Dorsey Howe

    Taylor Dorsey Howe Funeral Directors Assistant

    Taylor D. Howe, is a lifelong resident of Lebanon and graduate of Lebanon High School. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and is currently attending Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He is also a member of First Baptist Church in Lebanon.

  • Justin Mather

    Justin Mather Funeral Directors Assistant

    Justin Mather, a lifelong resident of Lebanon and a graduate of Lebanon High School. Justin is a political science graduate at SBU. He is currently attending Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

  • Johnathan West

    Johnathan West Funeral Directors Assistant

  • Kathy M Hutton

    Kathy M Hutton Mount Rose Memorial Park Cemetery Administrator

    Kathy Hutton has been with the Mount Rose Memorial Park Office since September 2012.

    Kathy has lived in the Wright County area for most of her life, and is a graduate of Norwood High School and Vatterott Business College of Springfield. She has been married to Dave Hutton since 1982. They moved to Lebanon in 1997 and have 2 adult children and 3 precious grandchildren. She is a member of LifePoint Church and serves on the Greeting/Hospitality Team and in the Toddler Classes.

  • Nathan Shannon

    Nathan Shannon Cemetery Operations Management

    Nathan Shannon is a native of Mountain Grove, Missouri and a graduate of the Mountain Grove High School. And attended college at Ozark's Technical College. He is responsible for the day to day operations at Mount Rose Memorial Park. This includes all the things necessary to insure the continued beauty of the park.

  • Paul  Hooper

    Paul Hooper Maintenance Supervisor

    Paul Hooper is a resident of Urbana, Missouri. He was a longtime employee of Richert Construction Co. in Lebanon before joining the Holman-Howe staff in 2001 as maintenance director. Paul is a capable carpenter, mechanic and general “fix it” guy. Paul also takes an active role in the care of the Holman-Howe fleet of vehicles.

  • Clois Wade

    Clois Wade Cemetery Operations

    Clois Wade is a lifelong resident of Lebanon. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the back hoe and excavating business. Clois joined Mt. Rose in 2012 and assists in all phases of maintaining the park

  • Mike Groom

    Mike Groom Custodian

    Mike is a longtime resident of Lebanon. He serves as custodian and begins his workday at 6 a.m.each day. He is a dedicated worker and also serves part time as custodian at First Baptist Church in Lebanon. Mike also serves as a reading mentor helping local children.