Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Alan Ritchie Owner / Funeral Director


Alan is a 1978 graduate of the Bedford High School, a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in Business / Biology. He graduated from Kansas City Mortuary School in 1983 and served his internship under Boyd Novinger at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. In November of 1982 he was united in marriage to Kristi Gustoff. The couple have three grown children, Kyle, Kara and Kirsten. Alan's interests include spending time with his family; riding his Harley with his wife and traveling. Alan feels truly honored and humbled to serve and be supported by the four communities. He feels very proud of all the facilities and staff.

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Kristi Ritchie
 Owner / Office Manager


Kristi is a 1980 graduate of Clay Central High School in Royal, Iowa. She attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1981. In November of 1982 she was united in marriage to Alan Ritchie. The couple have three children, Kyle, Kara and Kirsten. Kristi's interests spending time with her family, walking and reading. She truly enjoys spending time with her children and "taking care of them" when they come home for a visit.

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Tom Merrick
 Funeral Director


Tom has served the area as a funeral director since 1968, a former owner and operator of funeral services. Tom and his wife Margaret reside in Clarinda. They have two daughters, Maggie and husband Rich Davitt of Des Moines, Iowa and Mandy of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and two granddaughters, Abbey and Andie.

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Lorenne Muller Office Manager


Lorenne is a graduate of Clarinda High School and has always lived in the community. She and husband Duane Muller have five children and two grandchildren. Lorenne enjoys traveling to see her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys volunteering in her community and church, flower gardening, walking, reading and baking. She has been a administrative assistant in the funeral service profession for ten years.

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Darrel Sump

Darrel grew up in the Clarinda area and is a graduate of Clarinda High School. Darrel and his wife Melanie have a combined family of seven children and thirty one grandchildren. Following his retirement from NSK Corporation, Darrel has been assisting with funerals for six years and also taking care of his lawn care service. Darrel enjoys gardening and stain glass art projects.

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Bev Evans

Bev is a graduate of Clarinda High School and has lived in Clarinda all of her life with the exception of six years in northern Iowa. Her husband, Richard Evans, passed away in 2001. She worked in retail for 14 years, as a paraprofessional in the Clarinda Elementary School for nine years. Bev has assisted in the office for two years. She enjoys reading, keeping photo albums up to date and shopping.

 Chuck Lyles

Alan Ritchie

Owner / Funeral Director

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Alan is a 1978 graduate of the Bedford High School, a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in Business / Biology. He graduated from Kansas City Mortuary School in 1983 and served his internship under Boyd Novinger at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. In November of 1982 he was united in marriage to Kristi Gustoff. The couple have three grown children, Kyle, Kara and Kirsten. Alan's interests include spending time with his family; riding his Harley with his wife and traveling. Alan feels truly honored and humbled to serve and be supported by the four communities. He feels very proud of all the facilities and staff.

Kristi Ritchie


Owner / Office Manager

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Kristi is a 1980 graduate of Clay Central High School in Royal, Iowa. She attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1981. In November of 1982 she was united in marriage to Alan Ritchie. The couple have three children, Kyle, Kara and Kirsten. Kristi's interests spending time with her family, walking and reading. She truly enjoys spending time with her children and "taking care of them" when they come home for a visit.

Tom Merrick


Funeral Director

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Tom has served the area as a funeral director since 1968, a former owner and operator of funeral services. Tom and his wife Margaret reside in Clarinda. They have two daughters, Maggie and husband Rich Davitt of Des Moines, Iowa and Mandy of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and two granddaughters, Abbey and Andie.

Lorenne Muller

Office Manager

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Lorenne is a graduate of Clarinda High School and has always lived in the community. She and husband Duane Muller have five children and two grandchildren. Lorenne enjoys traveling to see her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys volunteering in her community and church, flower gardening, walking, reading and baking. She has been a administrative assistant in the funeral service profession for ten years.

Darrel Sump

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Darrel grew up in the Clarinda area and is a graduate of Clarinda High School. Darrel and his wife Melanie have a combined family of seven children and thirty one grandchildren. Following his retirement from NSK Corporation, Darrel has been assisting with funerals for six years and also taking care of his lawn care service. Darrel enjoys gardening and stain glass art projects.

Bev Evans

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Bev is a graduate of Clarinda High School and has lived in Clarinda all of her life with the exception of six years in northern Iowa. Her husband, Richard Evans, passed away in 2001. She worked in retail for 14 years, as a paraprofessional in the Clarinda Elementary School for nine years. Bev has assisted in the office for two years. She enjoys reading, keeping photo albums up to date and shopping.

 Chuck Lyles