Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Spurgeon Funeral Home, now a three-generation business, was founded in Kurtz, Indiana, by the late T.A. Spurgeon almost 125 years ago. Spurgeon, his wife, and both of his sons, H. Jack and Emrole, were licensed embalmers. In 1944, the firm moved to West Commerce Street in Brownstown. The business then expanded in 1956 and H. Jack and his wife Margaret built the present facility on East Commerce Street in Brownstown.
H. Jack Spurgeon operated the business after his father died in 1928. He and his wife Margaret then operated the firm until his death in 1977. Mrs. Spurgeon, along with their sons, Larry R. and Jack D., ran the business until her death in 1994.
We are proud of our family’s long tradition of funeral service. We have served several generations of our friends and neighbors. This fact demonstrates our commitment to you and the entire community -- a long-lasting dedication to serving others in the best and worst of times one can know. To us, personal service is important whether it is before a loss, during the arrangements for a loss, or after a loss.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible. Together, we make this place amazing.
Dwight became a member of the staff in February, 2000. Dwight grew up in the Sauers area and graduated from Seymour High School. He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers, where he participates in various church activities. He is the son of the late Willard Wischmeier and Marcella Wischmeier of Seymour. He married the former, Robin Lynch, and they reside in the Sauers area and are parents of three children: Adam Wischmeier, Amber Wischmeier and Alex Wischmeier, and have two grandsons: Carter and Waylon. Mr. Wischmeier began his professional career as a funeral director in 1983 following his graduation from Mid-America College of Funeral Services in Jeffersonville and completion of his internship. In addition to his responsibilities as funeral director at the firm, he and his son Alex continue to operate and manage the family business of grave digging. Dwight has extensive knowledge of the funeral industry and dedicates diligent compassion to families in their time of need.
Lisa joined the firm in July, 2002. She grew up in the Sauers area, attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers and graduated from Brownstown Central High School. She now resides in the Wegan area and is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wegan. Lisa is the daughter of Leland and Lois Nierman of Brownstown. She married Greg Wischmeier and they are the parents of two children: Lindsey (Clint) Sterling and Kyle Wischmeier, and are expecting their first grandchild in February, 2018. Mrs. Wischmeier never dreamed that she would work at a funeral home; however, Lisa loves her job because she has a passion of caring for and helping people in their time of need.
Luke became a full time member of Spurgeon Funeral Home in 2015. He has grown up in Jackson Co. his entire life. Luke is the son of Mark and Jane Nolting. Luke has 2 sisters, Kelsey (22) and Katy (20). He attended Purdue University after attending Seymour high school with a major in Business Management. Luke went to mortuary school in 2015 at Mid – America Funeral College. Mr. Nolting is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour. He is heavily involved in the community as a Board Member for Jackson County United Way, Schneck Hospital Planned gifts committee, and Brownstown Ewing Main Street, president. Luke’s desire to help people in such a time of need, and helping families create a meaningful funeral in time of need and his commitment to the community led him to the funeral business.