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Craig-Hurtt family expands

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The motto for Craig-Hurtt Funeral home is, “Our family serving your family since 1960.”

That family enlarged on Sep. 1 when Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home purchased three funeral homes providing them the opportunity to serve families at locations in Mansfield, Hartville and Seymour.

The now former Holman-Howe Funeral Home locations are located at 209 N. Lincoln St. in Mansfield, 280 Main St. in Hartville and 214 W. Clinton Ave. in Seymour.

“We feel we have enlarged our family as well as the families we serve and are excited about this opportunity,” said Ben and Rhonda Hurtt, owners of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in a provided statement. “The entire staff of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home and Cremation Care Center are committed to respectfully providing all of our communities with genuine care and guidance and honest service through some of life’s most difficult times. It is both an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with that care.”

In Mountain Grove, Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home will continue to serve families through both their 315 N. Main St. location as well as with their Cremation Care Center that opened in October of 2019 at 208 W. 2nd St.

“The addition of these facilities allows our firm to provide families with full cremation care including a comfortable environment for final viewing time. It also means that loved ones never leave our care,” the Hurtts added.

Rhonda Hurtt said adding the new locations will allow staff to help each other and pull resources together as a full service business. This allows staff to maintain an efficient effort serving families with all aspects of their funeral planning.

History of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home

 From the fall of 1958 until 1962, E.C. “Dave” and Polly Craig were resident managers of the Evans Funeral Home (formerly Grable-Windle Funeral Home) located in the 600 block of Oakland St. in Mountain Grove. Lynn and Jo Hurtt joined the company as employees in 1960 working for the firm operated by Dave Craig. In 1962, both families bought the firm and named it Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

In 1966, the Craigs and the Hurtts bought the Barber Funeral Home located on 315 North Main St. and merged the two businesses. This 1888 colonial-style residence was first remodeled by the Barber family for a funeral home in 1939. The location has operated as a funeral home since 1938.

Over the next several years, three more partners were added, including a merger with the Dedmon Funeral Home in 1980.

The firm currently operates under the name Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home and is owned by Ben and Rhonda Hurtt. After more than 50 years of commitment to the civic, commercial, and spiritual growth of the community, the Hurtt family strives to continue the long standing tradition of caring and trustworthy service through locations in Mountain Grove, Mansfield, Hartville, Seymour and surrounding communities.

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