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

At Hartzler Funeral Home and King Memorial Home we are independently owned and operated.  Both of our firms are committed to the compassionate care of your family in this most difficult time.

Mark and Deb Hartzler are the owners of King Memorial Home of Mentone and Hartzler Funeral Home of Akron.  Mark graduated from the Indiana School of Mortuary Science of Indianapolis.  After receiving his license, he and his wife owned and operated Wolf-Hartzler Funeral Home of Walton, Indiana.  After four and a half years of service to that community he had the opportunity to come back home to Akron.

Mark and Deb Hartzler purchased Hartzler Funeral Home in 1985.  The funeral home is a consolidation of the Haupert Funeral Home of Akron owned by Tom and Alma Haupert and the Sheetz Funeral Home of Akron owned by Dale and Edith Sheetz.  Our facility was built in 1886 and was the original building that the Sheetz Funeral Home was located.

The untimely passing of Darrell King in 1992 left the ownership of the funeral home to his wife Mary Ann.  She operated the funeral home for one year and then offered Mark the opportunity to purchase the funeral home.  Mark and Deb Hartzler purchased King Memorial Home in July of 1993 from the King family.

Both the Akron and Mentone locations have undergone many upgrades to make them more accessible.  Hartzler Funeral Home was renovated in 2002 adding a 30’ x 60’ chapel that is all at ground level as well as a 40 plus car parking lot.  King Memorial Home underwent its transformation in 2008 adding a more spacious lounge and chapel along with all new décor.  As a big plus to the community of Mentone the town has renovated the lot directly across the street from the facility.  Now there is plenty of parking to accommodate any activity downtown.

In 2009 we purchased an 1888 horse drawn hearse that is believed to be manufactured by the James Cunningham, Son & Company of Rochester, New York.  The hearse was professionally restored by Martin’s Buggy Shop of Nappannee.  The restoration revealed many interesting things about the history of the hearse.  It was used in 1990 for Sarah Vaughan’s final farewell from Mount Zion Church of Newark, New Jersey to Glendale Cemetery. Just 10 short months later the hearse was in working order and ready to be used for funerals. It is truly a beautiful and meaningful way to honor a life lived.

Having served numerous family’s over the past 25 plus years we are pleased to continue giving families a personalized, meaningful, and lasting tribute for their loved ones.

Our Valued Staff

Mark Hartzler

Mark Hartzler, Owner/Funeral Director

Mark and his family have been serving the community for many years. Mark is a 1973 graduate of Akron High School and a graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

Mark started his career in funeral service working at what is now the Gundrum Funeral Home of Logansport while attending college. After graduating from Mortuary College Mark purchased the Wolf Funeral Home in Walton, Indiana. Mark and his wife Deb purchased the funeral home in Akron in September of 1985. He is also a licensed insurance agent in the state of Indiana to help families with any of there pre-planning needs.

He is a member and past president of the Akron Lions Club, the Akron-Mentone Kiwanis Club, the Lincoln Masonic Lodge, and along with his wife Deb, they have attended the Akron Church of God since moving to Akron in 1985.

Mark has served his community as well as his profession for over over 30 years.

Deb Hartzler

Deb Hartzler, Owner

Deb is heavily involved in the funeral home as well. She handles the book keeping and many other functions at the funeral home. Deb also works part time at Lake City Bank. Most of her days are spent caring for her granddaughters as well as being involved in activities at the Akron Church of God. She is originally from the Logansport area where she graduated from Logansport High School in 1976.

Blaine Hartzler

Blaine Hartzler, Funeral Director

Blaine has been around the funeral home his entire life. He graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 2002, and in 2004 he graduated from Westwood College of Technology as the “Outstanding Graduate of the Class” earning a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Then he went back to school, after working for Zimmer Orthopedics of Warsaw for 3 years, to Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Graduating in 2007 he was the Valedictorian of his class. In 2014 he became a licensed insurance agent in the state of Indiana to help families with any of their pre-planning needs.

Blaine is a member and is a past president of the Akron Lions Club as well as a former girls basketball coach for Tippecanoe Valley Middle School. Blaine and his wife Rebecca attend the Akron Church of God. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Britta Marie Hartzler on December 4, 2013 and their second daughter Katey Elaine Hartzler on January 21, 2016.

He brings much expertise to the services available at both funeral homes. Blaine’s technical, graphics, and multimedia background has been instrumental in the development of our tribute videos, our memorial website, and webcasting of services.

Rebecca Hartzler

Rebecca Hartzler, Funeral Director

Rebecca grew up in the small town of Owensville, Indiana. She is a graduate of Gibson Southern High School and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana with a degree in Business Administration. She then graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral service with a degree in Mortuary Science. Rebecca and Blaine were married on September 18, 2010.

She is an active member of the Akron Church of God and volunteers with the youth program. She also is President of the Akron Las Donas Club.

Rebecca is currently employed with the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation and works at Mentone Elementary serving as Treasurer. Rebecca and Blaine have 2 daughters.

Stacey McGriff

Stacey McGriff

Stacey is a 1999 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School and a 2000 graduate of Fort Wayne Business College where she earned an Office Administration Degree. She is currently the receptionist at the Akron Vision Center.

Stacey along with her two daughters Emily and Taylor attend the Akron Church of God.

Mike Walters

Mike Walters

Michael Walters began helping at both of our locations years ago. He is now a Funeral Assistant and thoroughly enjoys serving the community. Mike's primary occupation is a licensed real estate appraiser.

Mike and his wife, Peggy, are members of Athens United Methodist Church where Mike had served as the head Trustee for several years and now is a Lay Leader. He has also coached both boys and girls basketball and currently volunteers his time assisting the Tippecanoe Valley Middle School girls basketball team. Mike's free time is pleasantly consumed by his six grandchildren. From sporting events to four-wheeler rides, Mike is kept very active.