With professionalism and compassion, our staff guides families through the difficult decisions they need to make. We’re here to help families create a meaningful, respectful celebration of their loved one’s unique life. This is our privilege and calling.
As we care for the families we serve, we care for our local communities. We’re your neighbors—involved in local schools, churches, civic groups, volunteer fire departments and other organizations.
David & Tammy Vernon
Owners, Funeral Directors, Embalmers
Dave and Tammy Vernon met while studying at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. They’ve since become devoted partners in life and in their caring, professional service to grieving families.
Dave was born in England and moved to Enon, OH at a young age. He graduated from Greenon High School and received his Bachelor degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Tammy was born and raised in Celina, OH where her father and brother currently own funeral homes. She also received her Bachelor Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. They have over 40 years of combined experience as licensed funeral directors and embalmers. They have two children, Victoria and Colin.
Dave and Tammy—and the staff members of their funeral homes—take an active role in the community. Dave is a member of the Mechanicsburg Lions Club, Champaign County Health Board, volunteers on the Mechanicsburg Fire Department, and is active in United Way. Tammy has been active in the American Cancer Society’s annual breast cancer awareness tea, supports Junior Achievement, is a member and past board member of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Urbana Rotary Club and has facilitated grief support workshops. In addition, the couple sponsors the queen competition at the Champaign County Fair.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Cody was born and raised in Celina, Ohio. He graduated from Celina High School in 2009 and earned his Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012. Cody is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1727. He and his wife, Janessa, have on daughter, Aliyah, and live in Mechanicsburg. Cody enjoys drawing and painting as well as spending time with his family.
“J”, Janessa Minch, was born and raised in a quaint little farming town near Coldwater, Ohio and graduated from Coldwater High School in 2010. After graduation she went on to obtain her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Clinical Dental Assisting. She and Cody married in 2012 and together have one sweetheart, Aliyah, who attends Mechanicsburg Schools. J enjoys being with her family, swimming and hiking, but her passion is helping people in any way she can.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Bailey McGill is a lifelong resident of Champaign County and has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2011. She graduated from Graham High School in 2012 and earned her Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she earned the Charles O. Dhonau Memorial Award for achievement in the combined theory and practice of embalming. She is a member of the Ohio Embalmer’s Association, Ohio Young Funeral Directors Association, and the Urbana Lion’s Club. Bailey is an InSight Certified Funeral Celebrant and in her spare time, she enjoys working on the family farm, kayaking, boating, being outdoors, and spending time with her family & friends.
Gary Edwards, born and raised in Urbana and a graduate of Urbana High School, is a resident of Cable, Ohio. He spent 24 working for Dracket. Gary spent two years in the United States Army and served in Vietnam in 1963. He joined Vernon Funeral Homes in 2007. Gary and his wife, Libby, have two children, Tory and Zak. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and enjoys working around the house and working at the funeral home.
Max Kentner moved to Springfield, Ohio in 1947 and is a graduate of Springfield High School. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Wittenberg University. He was employed with the Kissell Company for 28 years. Max has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2006. He and his wife, Sandra, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Max enjoys woodworking and golfing.
Phillip McMahill was born in Irving, Texas and was raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. He is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and OPOTCA. Phil has worked as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter for 20 years. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2009. Phil and his wife, Robin, have three children, Jim, Tim and David. He is a member of the Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS and the Ohio DARE Officers Association. Phil enjoys golfing, 4-H, firefighting, EMS and educating our youth.
Keith Pack, born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. He is a machinist and retired from Cooper Cameron. Keith has been with the funeral home since 2000 and is very active at the Woodstock Freewill Baptist Church. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children; David, Doug, and April. They also have three grandchildren. Keith enjoys church and being with people.
Jim Shaloo, born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio, is a 1960 graduate of Urbana High School. Jim spent 43 years in the family business. He took over as owner of Shaloo’s Cleaners before retiring in 2000. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2005. Jim and his wife, Doris, were married in 1964. Together they have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Jim and Doris enjoy golfing, biking, and spending time with the grandchildren.
Peggy Shannon, born and raised in Kentucky, moved to Ohio in the 1960’s and currently resides in Urbana. While still in Kentucky, she graduated from Harrodsburg High School. Peggy worked for Dracket for 19 years and was the executive director of the Caring Kitchen for over 12 years. She joined Vernon Funeral Home in 2006. Peggy has 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is very active in the community, is a member of St. Paul’s Church and enjoys helping others.
John Steinberger, born and raised in St. Paris, Ohio, is a 1952 graduate of Westville High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Agronomy. John worked as a farm manager consultant and was a Champaign County Commissioner. He also spent time as the head of Weights and Measures for the State of Ohio and was head of the Rural Development Partnership for the state. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes for over 6 years. John is active in the Harmony Lodge Masons, the Champaign County Shrine Club, the St. Paris Lions Club and the Westville Methodist Church. He has 2 children; Joseph Steinberger and Jill Moore. John and his wife, Shirley, have 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They enjoy traveling, eating out and spending time with family and friends.
Shirley Steinberger, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, is a 1953 graduate of Enon High School. After completing nursing school, Shirley spent 30 years in pediatrics at Mercy Hospital. She has been with Vernon Funeral Homes for over 10 years. She is a member of Westville Methodist Church. Shirley has 3 children; Jessie Baker, Doug and Steve Zirkle. Shirley and her husband, John, have 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They enjoy traveling, eating out and spending time with family and friends.
Mike Stewart was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He came to Urbana in January of 1977 to become the preacher at the First Christian Church. Mike joined the funeral home staff in 2015 in addition to his work with the church. Mike and his wife Sonia have one son, David, and three grandsons whom they regard as gifts from God. Mike enjoys working with everyone on the staff and hopes his service at the funeral home is some help and brings some comfort to the families we serve during one of the worst times of their lives.
Bill Westfall, born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is a 1959 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. Bill retired from Navistar in 2000 after 38 years of service. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2003 and has been a lifelong member of Mechanicsburg Church of Our Savior. Bill and his wife, Susie, were married in 1962. They have 2 sons, Bill (Robin) and Jon (Michelle) Westfall; and 4 grandchildren, Logan, Kara, Caleb, and Gwen Westfall.
Peggy Wilkins, born in Louisa, Kentucky, moved to Ohio at age 5. She is a graduate of Salem High School. Peggy worked for many years as a dental assistant before retiring from Grimes Aerospace/ Honeywell. She has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2005. Peggy is a member of the United Methodist Church, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and the Eastern Star. She has two Sons; Randy Dale and Rodney Keith, along with 2 granddaughters; Lily Eva and Audrey Rose. Peggy enjoys reading, cooking, movies and dancing.
Brenda C. Tabern Wilson has been with Vernon Funeral Home since 1998. She worked at Drackett Company for 26 years and retired from Champaign County MR/DD Lawnview Adult Workshop after 10 years. Brenda is a member of Wings Christian Fellowship and does private care and volunteers at Mercy McAuley Center. She loves teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, visiting other churches, helping people, doing for children and spending time with family and friends. Brenda also enjoys reading, writing poetry, visiting the sick and shut-ins and sending cards. She has two sons, Charles and Tobias; a granddaughter, Krystle and special great-nieces, Erica and Savannah.
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