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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Fred Ora Girton founded the Girton Funeral Home in 1906. The business operated from several locations, including the Gale building on the Northwest corner of Main and Barron Streets from 1906 to 1918, and the Gans Building on East Main Street from 1923 to 1925. Ora was married to Mabel (Dillman) and they had one daughter Helen. The present home at 226 West Main Street was constructed in 1940. From 1938 until construction was completed, funerals were held in the Girton residence at 224 West Main Street. Ora Girton passed away on November 11, 1954 at the age of 75 and Mabel passed away on December 3, 1959 at the age of 79.
In 1955 Girton’s son-in-law, Virgil W. Schmidt, became affiliated with the firm. He and his wife Helen were named the owners and the funeral home became known as the Girton-Schmidt Memorial Home. They often worked together, Virgil conducting funerals while Helen played the organ. They had five children, Jahn, Jerry, Mary Jane, Keith and Suzanne. The current funeral chapel was added onto the existing building by Virgil and Helen in 1977. Virgil passed away on June 1, 1989 at the age of 74 and Helen passed away on December 6, 2004 at the age of 85. Many people, even to this day, have expressed how compassionate and caring Helen and Virgil always were during their tenure as owners of the funeral home.
On January 1, 1983, Donald E. and Rebecca A. Boucher moved to Eaton from North Baltimore, OH and purchased the funeral home. In 1986, the Boucher’s purchased lots 110 and 111 adjacent to the east of the funeral home. The next year they constructed a parking lot and landscaped both of those lots. Don and Becky have two children Denise (Mike) Sanders and Bethany (Craig) Hewitt and seven grandchildren, all who still reside in Eaton, OH. To say the least, Don and Becky always put the families they served first. Each and every family was given the utmost care and respect.
For many years the business operated a second location in West Manchester, OH. In 1958 Vernon Michael purchased what had been a local school building and remodeled the main floor becoming the Michael Funeral Home. In 1979, after Michael’s death, Virgil W. Schmidt bought the building and opened the Girton-Schmidt Michael Chapel. In January of 1983 the Boucher’s purchased the Schmidt business and maintained the West Manchester facility as the Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel. In 2000 the Boucher’s closed this facility and all business was moved to the Eaton location.
In July of 2004, Ron R. Gard joined the Boucher’s as a full-time licensed embalmer and funeral director. Ron, his wife Angie and three sons, Seth, Nathan and Bradley moved to Eaton from Cincinnati, OH. In February 2007, Ron and Angie Gard purchased the business from the Boucher’s and continue to operate the funeral home in the same dignified and caring way that all former owners had previously done.
Meet Our Staff
Ron R. Gard
Licensed Funeral Director
Ron grew up in neighboring Darke County near Ansonia and after high school earned his bachelor of mortuary science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1993. Ron then spent the next 10 years working in the greater Cincinnati area as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. The experience gained during these ten years remains priceless. In 2004, Ron chose to recapture his roots of a small town and moved with his family to Eaton, OH. He joined Don and Becky Boucher as a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He is married to Angie and they have three sons, Seth age 8, Nathan age 6 and Bradley age 4. In 2007 Ron and Angie purchased the funeral home from the Boucher’s. They intend to operate the funeral home in the same professional manner that Don and Becky had done for many years. Ron is very active in the community, coaching youth sports teams that his children participate in, vice-president of the Eaton Lions Club, member of the Eaton-Preble County Chamber of Commerce, attends the St. Paul United Methodist Church, is a volunteer with the Give Back America Committee assisting in the Fourth of July celebration and a member of the Civil Service Board for the City of Eaton. Professionally, Ron is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association. In his spare time, he enjoys many outdoor activities and most importantly spending time with his family.
Angie earned an associate of business degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. She assists Ron with the daily operation of the funeral home. She is currently vice-president of the Hollingsworth East PTA, attends St. Paul United Methodist Church and remains very busy being a “mom” to three boys.