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 Valued Staff

  • Scott Pridemore

    Scott Pridemore, Owner/General Manager

    Scott is a native of Lafayette, and the 4th generation of the Pridemore family at Hippensteel family of Services. He attended Lafayette Jefferson High School as well as Mid-America College of Funeral Service before receiving his Funeral Directors license. In addition he is a certified cremation specialist and crematory operator as well as the General Manager of Pets Remembered. He is very active in the Indiana Funeral Directors Association as well as the Nation Funeral Directors Association. In 2014 Scott and his partners Joe and Paul purchased Hippensteel and are honored to continue to serve the greater Lafayette community. Scott is married to his lovely wife Marla and has 1 son Jackson. He enjoys all sports and being with family and the great outdoors.

  • Joe  Canaday

    Joe Canaday, Owner/Business Manager

    Joe is the Business Manager for Hippensteel Family of Services. As a Business Manager he oversees the daily operations and staff that perform diverse functions in support of the families they serve. These functions include human resources, budget formulation, staffing, merchandising, FTC compliance, training, and logistics.
    After graduating with a business degree from Ball State University he began his career as a manufacturing representative. During the past 25 years in the death care industry he has held various sales and consulting positions. Prior to joining Hippensteel he was a sales consultant for one of the major casket manufacturers. He has been recognized as an expert in Green Burial and has made presentations at several conventions and seminars.
    Joe and his two partners, Scott Pridemore and Paul Dunbar, purchased Hippensteel Family of Services in 2014 and are excited about the future of funeral service.

  • Paul  Dunbar

    Paul Dunbar, Owner/Funeral Director

    Paul Dunbar is the operations manager and owner of Hippensteel Funeral home and two other locations including a newer funeral home in his home town of Delphi which is called Hippensteel Tribute Center. This type of facility which is the new wave of funeral homes is where celebration of life services are held. Paul has 3 children and a granddaughter that are a very big part of his life. He has been a funeral director for 28 years where he is a licensed funeral director/ embalmer. He is very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve several thousand family members from different communities through out the country which has truly been an honor to him. He is very blessed to have such a compassionate and caring staff, and his favorite past time is working on his farms and preparing food plots for wildlife and hunting with friends and family throughout the year.

  • Ashley Ann Rowe

    Ashley Ann Rowe, Office Manager

    Ashley is a 1998 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson, and 2003 graduate of Purdue University, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts, and minored in Education. After graduating from Purdue she started her career as an Office Manager in Dallas, TX for Worldwide Express. In 2006, she moved back to the Lafayette area to be closer to family. Ashley has worked as the Office Manager for Pets Remembered and Simplicity Funeral Care since 2011. She is passionate about helping the families we serve in their time of need.
    In her down time, Ashley enjoys arts & crafts, cooking, gardening, boating, shopping, and spoiling her four legged son, English Bulldog, Harley Hog. She and her husband, Jonathan are expecting their first child in December 2015.

  • Rodney Bracken

    Rodney Bracken, Funeral Director

    Rodney was raised in rural Attica. He is a graduate of Attica High School, and is also a US Army veteran. In 2012 he graduated from Ivy Tech College as a Funeral Director. He started working for Hippensteel Family of Services in 2011 part-time while attending Ivy Tech, and came on full-time in 2012 after receiving his Indiana Funeral Directors license. He currently works at Pets Remembered and Simplicity Funeral Care. Rod is a parishioner at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He is also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 456, American Legion Post 11, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 347. He has a daughter, Erin, enjoys playing golf, and traveling.

  • David Rowe

    David Rowe, Funeral Director

    David is a native of Lafayette and began his career with Hippensteel Funeral Home as a Directors Assistant in 1999 while attending Purdue University. Although a seemingly strange “college job”, he quickly developed a sincere fondness for serving bereaved families. David went on to attend mortuary school and graduate from Vincennes University in 2004, becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 2005. He still carries that same zest and love of funeral service with him today. David is an avid outdoors man who enjoys gardening, fishing and hunting, to name a few. He and his wife, Andrea, are blessed to be the parents of two children, David (8) and Anna (6).

  • Chad Clisby

    Chad Clisby, Funeral Director

    Chad is a native of Lafayette. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1991, and went on to graduate Wabash College in 1995 with a major in English Literature. Chad then attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science graduating in 1996 as a Funeral Director. During his time in college he played football, baseball, and was a member of Phi Delta Fraternity. During his 18 year veteran career as a Funeral Director, he has worked for Anderson Funeral Home, Carriage Service, Houston Texas Earthman Funeral Home, and Service Corporation International, where he served as the Location, General, and Regional Manager.
    In 2014, he moved back to Lafayette to be close to his family, and started working for Hippensteel Family of Services. He has one son, Christian, and a fiancé, Candice. Chad is very passionate about what he does as a Funeral Director. He is a huge Purdue fan, loves all sports, including playing golf and working out. Chad is a member of the National Funeral Association.

  • Kathy Dunbar

    Kathy Dunbar, Pre-arrangement Counselor / Licensed Insurance Agent

    Kathy has been with Hippensteel Funeral Services and Crematory for six years.
    She believes strongly in the value of funeral services and enjoys helping to assist families in planning meaningful services.
    Kathy and her husband, Greg, of 32 years, were born, raised and have been business owners in Carroll County most of their lives.
    She and her husband are blessed with two terrific children and one amazing grandson.

  • Jeff Burks

    Jeff Burks, Advance Planning Manager & Funeral Director

    Jeffrey S. Burks graduated from North White in 1993 & then Vincennes University with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education in 1995. He completed his internship & became licensed at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes, Anderson, IN from 1995-97. In 2000 he moved to Lafayette and started at Hippensteel Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer and then Advance Planner until 2005. He then completed new agent training school and spent time as a multi-line insurance agent for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance from 2005-2008, receiving the Pacesetter Award. In 2008 he returned to the funeral business, joining the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Homes. Jeff rejoined Hippensteel Funeral Service & Crematory in 2017 as the Advanced Planning Manager / Funeral Director where he oversees & specializes in sheltering assets by writing Irrevocable Funeral Trusts using various Pre-Need Insurance products for tax-free growth & Medicaid compliance. He is a former member of Libanus Lodge #154-Monticello, Tippecanoe Lodge #492-Downtown, & current member of Battle Ground Lodge #313 of Free & Accepted Masons, also attends Greater Lafayette High 12. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Community Leadership Program - Class #30. Jeff resides in Lafayette with his wife Kitty & 2 beautiful daughters: Mia Grace & Ava Katherine. Jeff enjoys riding & collecting motorcycles, camping, golf. Avid Purdue football fan & tailgater.