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Brian has lived all his life in Kendallville with the exception of his college years and obtained his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in 1985 and his funeral director license in 1986 after graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1990 he married JoEllen Glass and they have four daughters - Brianna, Claire, Paige and Kathryn Anne. He joined Hite Funeral Home in 1997 and has dedicated nearly 30 years to the ministry of helping families in the Kendallville area. Brian purchased the funeral home in January 2006 and along with an exceptional staff continue the long held tradition of hometown service and old fashion values.
Licensed Funeral Director
Craig is the son of Jim and Abby Hess and grew up on Witmer Lake. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 2011, Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 2013 and has been a licensed funeral director with Hite Funeral Home since 2014. He married Brianna Becker in 2016 and together they have made their home on Sylvan Lake near Rome City. They both enjoy working out at the local gyms and spending time together. Craig is dedicated to excellence in serving others well and helping families in their most difficult days.
Summer keeps track of everything in the office! Her attention to detail and organizational skills help make her excellent at what she does. She handles many important responsibilities including answering phone calls, helping clients with insurance claims, account receivables and payables, just to name a few. Summer is an invaluable asset to the funeral home running smooth and efficient and we appreciate her dedication. She is married to Josh and they have two boys, Caden and Mason.
Mona Lane has been helping families with funeral planning since 1998. Her passion for the funeral business has led her to be one of the top advance planning specialists in the country over the past decade. The experience of working for both private and corporately-owned funeral homes provides her special insight into how funeral homes operate in the northeast Indiana market. By understanding what other funeral homes offer, Mona is uniquely able to help those who want to know all their options and compare prices before making such a big decision.
Mona is dedicated to helping every family plan the service that meets their needs, desires and budget, not the priorities of the funeral home. Mona has two children and two special grandsons, Cash and Mateo.
Jan is the one responsible for the terraces always looking nice and the beautiful flower boxes on the porch in the summertime! He helps us in all kinds of ways from setting up, cleaning up, and assisting on funerals to shoveling snow to keeping the cars clean. Jan is a jack-of-all-trades around the funeral home and we appreciate all he does! He is married to his wife, Sandy.
Licensed Funeral Director
Ron had been a funeral director in Kendallville since 1964. He was born in Ligonier and moved to Kendallville in 1943 when his father, Harold Hite became the funeral director of the Kendallville Mortuary Association which eventually became Hite Funeral Home in 1945. In 1962 he married Marietta Mory and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. Ron and Marietta sold the funeral home and retired in 2005 but still remained actively involved in the business and the Kendallville community. God called Ron to his heavenly home on October 26, 2016. We all miss Ron's presence here but we are assured, by the promises of God, that we will be together again in His kingdom that has no end. Thank you, Ron, for your many years of compassionate service to Kendallville and the surrounding communities. Rest in peace, my friend.
Chris has been around the funeral home since 2010 and stays busy getting things ready each funeral service. She designs and prints memorial folders, bookmarks, and register books; creates memorial DVD's; takes care of the portraits; and keeps our online memorial tributes updated. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to all of her grandchildren's activities, and getting together with her friends.
Carijane has been greeting family and friends at the doors of the funeral home with a warm smile and friendly "hello" since 2006. Carijane was born and raised in Kendallville and graduated from K.H.S. in 1964, Ball State University in 1968, and St. Francis College in 1973. She taught business at East Noble High School for 15 years and was an elementary counselor at Wayne Center and South Side for 13 years. She has been married to Robert (Bob) Farmer for 45 years. They have two children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She enjoys singing and cooking.
Another friendly face and welcoming smile to greet you when you come to the funeral home is Judy Campbell. Judy was originally from Anderson and has lived in Kendallville since 1965. She retired from Kraft Foods after 28 years of service. She enjoys volunteering her time in the third grade reading program at Northside School with her therapy dog, Maggie. Her hobbies are reading, movies, walking her two dogs and watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts.
Meet our domestic engineers Nancy Adair and Viola Hass! They've teamed up together to keep the funeral home looking nice for the past ten years! Nancy lives in Brimfield with her husband, Larry and Vi lives on Skinner lake near Albion and is married to Al. Both work very hard to keep our facility spic and span! We appreciate all they do to help keep the funeral home nice and clean.