Waters Funeral Home, a family owned and operated business for 125 years, sold June 15 to Brent Massie and Nick Johnston.
The Waters family started the business in 1892. In 1983, it was purchased by Charles and Maurine Rahmeyer. Their oldest son, Gary Rahmeyer, after serving 10 years in the U.S. Army and working with his dad, took over management and operation in 1996 upon Charles’ death.
“We are pleased that Brent, with his background and experience in the funeral business, along with Nick, will be serving Vandalia and the surrounding area,” Rahmeyer said.
“They will continue to provide the very best in service and facilities at affordable prices, a Waters tradition since 1892,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in funerals of various faiths, ethnic backgrounds and for those who have served in the military,” Massie added.
Massie, with Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal, has extensive experience in the funeral business. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2003 with a degree in mortuary science. He is a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.
Nick Johnston is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Missouri and is currently working on obtaining his funeral directors license and will be licensed in December of this year.
Johnston is also an owner of a Hydrostatic Cylinder Testing company in Hannibal. He is a former police officer of 12 years.
The new owners say familiar faces will remain at Waters Funeral Home. Reverend Bob Hoehn, Kenny Haddock, and Larry Wheeler will continue to assist, as they have for many years.
Massie and Johnston plan on hosting an Open House at Waters Funeral Home in the near future.