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Milford Carnell
B: 1928-02-26
D: 2018-08-13
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Carnell, Milford
Barbara Parker
B: 1929-03-10
D: 2018-08-13
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Parker, Barbara
Sammy D. Cooke
B: 1948-09-26
D: 2018-08-12
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Cooke, Sammy D.
Coranna Schragg
B: 1930-04-08
D: 2018-08-08
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Schragg, Coranna
Jason Miller
B: 1975-11-08
D: 2018-08-07
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Miller, Jason
J. Max Ruble
B: 1928-02-22
D: 2018-08-02
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Ruble, J. Max
Tracy Freeland
B: 1955-10-08
D: 2018-07-31
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Freeland, Tracy
LaVerne Moore
B: 1963-01-05
D: 2018-07-30
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Moore, LaVerne
Donald Ellard
B: 1935-05-19
D: 2018-07-27
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Ellard, Donald
Helen Wertman
B: 1926-01-28
D: 2018-07-25
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Wertman, Helen
Jo Anne Carroll
B: 1937-05-23
D: 2018-07-24
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Carroll, Jo Anne
Betty McKissen
B: 1933-04-18
D: 2018-07-24
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McKissen, Betty
Donald Geukes
B: 1940-07-24
D: 2018-07-21
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Geukes, Donald
Blanche Munjoy
B: 1932-07-11
D: 2018-07-17
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Munjoy, Blanche
John Frie
B: 1933-04-27
D: 2018-07-13
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Frie, John
William Whitaker
B: 1940-10-31
D: 2018-07-06
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Whitaker, William
Madeline Hermenitt
B: 1925-06-22
D: 2018-07-06
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Hermenitt, Madeline
Janet Herr
B: 1957-04-21
D: 2018-07-02
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Herr, Janet
Isla DeVries
B: 1930-03-14
D: 2018-06-28
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DeVries, Isla
John Thomas
B: 1942-04-29
D: 2018-06-27
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Thomas, John
Kathryn Nagel
B: 1934-12-16
D: 2018-06-26
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Nagel, Kathryn

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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188

Williams-Gores Funeral Home

Henton Funeral Home 1923-1954

Royce and Mary Henton came to Delton in 1923 from Nashville, Michigan and opened a funeral business at the present location on East Orchard Street in a residential home. Prior to this, funerals were conducted in churches or private homes.

 

 

 

Royce Henton also operated a barber shop in a building on South Grove Street (second building from the right in the above photo from 1928).

Funerals were held in the funeral home beginning in the late 1930's and early 1940's. The Henton's added living quarters to the back of the funeral home in 1945.

Henton-Smith Funeral Home 1954-1965 

After WWII, Ivan Smith had married the middle daughter of Royce and Mary Henton. Ivan attended Cincinnati College of Embalming and joined his father-in-law in the family funeral business.  Royce Henton passed away in 1954 and Ivan Smith became the sole owner (Henton-Smith Funeral Home).

Williams Funeral Home 1965-1999


Ivan Smith sold the funeral home to Bob and Pat Williams on October 1, 1965. Bob and Pat operated the business for 34 years, until May 1, 1999.

Ambulance service was offered for many years by the Henton-Smith Funeral Home and this service was continued by Bob Williams with the help of the Delton Volunteer Fireman from 1965-1975. Also assisting Bob with the ambulance and funeral service were Lynn and Delores Stedge from 1965-1972, and Wilbur and Mary Sager from 1972 to present.

Williams-Gores Funeral Home 1999-present


John & Pam Gores purchased the business from Bob Williams on May 1, 1999.

The Gores are continuing another "tradition" at the funeral home. John and Pam are raising two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily here. Since 1923, this brings the total to 10 daughters have been raised in the funeral home.

Previous daughters included: 3 Henton girls, Maxine (Knowlton) Hawks, Marquita (Henton) Smith, and Mary Marie Townsend; 2 Smith girls, Cathy (Smith) Lozen and Deb (Smith) Truax; and 3 Williams girls, Kathy Roberts, Kristine Wolverton, and Beth Cravens.

 

 

 

 

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