Workplace Week of 8/03/20

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Funeral homes merge

Keith Walker, president and CEO of Walker Funeral Homes & Crematory, has announced the acquisition of six Shank Neighborhood Funeral Homes locations in Northwest Ohio, including Witzler-Shank Funeral Homes in Perrysburg, Walbridge and Toledo, Neville-Shank Funeral Home in Holland, Hoeflinger-Shank Funeral Home in Oregon and Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home in Toledo.
The merger of the two family-owned funeral operations was initiated by Robert Shank, Sr., who said the families have known each other for many years and have frequently discussed a merger.
“Three generations of friendship have turned into a business relationship, and we think it’s great,” he said.
“The Walker Funeral Homes have a longstanding reputation for providing selfless care and meaningful experiences to our client families and the communities we are so privileged to serve. We look forward to this opportunity to share in our mission with our new team members and their communities” said Walker regional vice-president, Ryan Hobbs.
Walker also plans on introducing added services such as their professional certified celebrants, custom printed materials and future facilities upgrades. Additionally, Walker owns and operates its own crematory.
The Shank funeral homes will be rebranded as Walker Funeral Homes & Crematory. Each location will have a heritage or community chapel reference. The Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home will continue to operate under that name; however, it will be relocated to 3219 Tremainsville Rd. at the corner of Alexis.
With the acquisition Walker operates 11 funeral homes in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties, Northcoast Crematory, and Precision Monument.


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