Our Staff



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Gunner is the newest addition to the Freeman Family Funeral Home staff.


Michel "Mike" Freeman

Owner / Funeral Director

Michel "Mike" Freeman is the proud owner of Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory. With two locations the Carmony-Ewing Chapel at 819 South Harrison Street in Shelbyville and the Frazier Chapel at 124 East North Street in Morristown.

Mike is a resident of Shelby County; and a graduate of Milan Junior Senior High School and the Vincennes University Mortuary Program. He serves on numerous boards, currently he is President of the Asbury Cemetery Board and past president of the Shelby County Fair Association, a member of the Major Hospital Foundation Board Business Relations Committee. He has also served as the Vice-President of the Morristown Chamber of Commerce, and on the Morristown Town Council, Scuffy Board, Dolly Parton Imagination Library (Morristown), Adult Derby Days, served as a director for the Shelby County Fair Association for several years and the Advisory Board at Vincennes University Funeral Service.

While also, being a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Shelbyville Lions Club, William Hacker #759 (Shelbyville) and Morristown #193 Masonic Lodges and a Honorary Member of the Sugar Creek Masonic Lodge (Fairland), Lifetime member of Shelby County FOP, Indiana Funeral Directors Association and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Mike was recipient of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "Outstanding Citizen of the Year" 2009 and Morristown Chamber of Commerce "Outstanding Businessman of the Year" 2014.


Ryan Haehl

Funeral Director

Ryan Wheeler Haehl is a 7th generation Shelby County resident. He has lived in the Waldron area all of his life. He is the son of Pat (Wheeler) Haehl and Brian Haehl. His grandparents are the late Kenneth & Thelma Wheeler, Floyd Haehl and Mary Lou Haehl who reside in Rays Crossing.

Ryan graduated from Waldron High School and Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and certified cremationist.

He has been a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Ryan is also a 4th degree member of the Father Seger Council 10371 Knights of Columbus where he is a past Grand Knight. He is a member and past president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club which helps many organizations in the local community. Ryan also served as a SCUFFY board member, the Planned Giving Committee of Blue River Foundation and is serving as Republican Precint Committeeman for Liberty Township.

In his spare time Ryan loves to hang out with family and friends, as well as volunteering throughout the surrounding community. He is also an avid Colts and Purdue fan.

Ryan was the recepient of the 2013 Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "Golden Pineapple Award" for customer service.


Lana Freeman

Office Manager  - Email

Lana resides in Shelby County with her husband, Mike. She is a graduate of Union High School in Dugger, Indiana. Lana is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Business and Professional Women and the Order of Eastern Star. She is the office manager and a Certified Cremationist.


Pat Schantz

Advanced Funeral Planner  - Email

Pat Schantz is a lifelong resident of Shelby County and graduated from Waldron High School, completing cosmetology school and attending IUPUC.

Pat is the Advanced Funeral Planner here for the funeral home and meets with individuals and families to discuss their thoughts and ideas for the type of service that would best represent their unique personality.

Pat is married to Mike Schantz and they live on a family farm outside Waldron. They enjoy the many activities that living in the country provide including gardening, bike riding, mowing and walking.

The Schantz’s have two children, Dan and Meghan and three grandchildren, Alexa, Kylynne and Logann, who especially love coming out to the farm.


W. DePrez Ewing

Funeral Director

Deprez is a graduate of Culver Military Academy and served as a pilot with the U.S. Air force in Vietnam (1959-1962). After his tour in Vietnam, he attended Miami University and graduated with a B. S. in Business in 1966. In 1972 he followed his father in the funeral business. Deprez is a third generation Funeral Director. He is married to Debbie and they have four children. After 33 years as a funeral director Deprez is very grateful and appreciative of serving the families that have made Carmony-Ewing Funeral Homes the leading Funeral Services Provider in Shelby County. With Michel Freeman's dedication to those we serve and his vision for the future Deprez believes that Carmony-Ewing is in a position to not only maintain but grow our leadership role in the community.


Connie Carlton


Connie began working at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in 2009. She was married to the late Robert Elmer Carlton. They have four children, Kenny, Kevin, Rachael and Heather; and 10 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Haley, Caleb, Conner, Cameron, Chloe, Abigail, Caleb, Nicholas and Elizabeth.

Connie graduated from Morristown High School. She is a member of Morristown Christian Church, where she is the choir director. She is also a member of the Missouri Harmony Diapason Singing class and Fountaintown Community Volunteer Fire Department, where she is treasurer.

Connie enjoys scrapbooking, crafting, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.


Dean Beckner

Dean is a lifetime Shelby County resident and a graduate of Waldron High School.

He is married to Karen Beckner and they have three children, Russell, Allison and Loriann.

After graduating from high school, Dean was engaged in farming and the dairy industry. After farming and milking cows for almost 25 years, Dean decided to try his hand at something different and ventured out on his own doing construction work. One of Dean's greatest accomplishments was building his parent's new home in 2009. His parents are Robert and Roberta Beckner of the Waldron area. Dean is a very devoted son to his parents and helps them out whenever he is needed.

He loves to travel whenever he gets the chance and one of his favorite places to visit is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Dean has worked at Freeman Family Funeral Home since 2013.


Mary Jo Phares

Mary Jo has been working at Freeman Family Funeral Homes for several years. She has lived in Shelbyville since she was three years old and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1967. Mary Jo is married to Dave Phares. They have two sons, David (wife, Michelle) Phares and Val (wife, Alicia) Phares and five grandchildren. Mary Jo retired from the Shelbyville Police Department after 28 years and is currently the Shelby County Recorder serving her second term. She has been and is currently on several different community boards. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, walking, bike riding and volunteering.


Charlotte Towne

Charlotte has begun working at Freeman Family Funeral Homes. She was married to the late William D. Towne. Charlotte has two children, William D. Towne Jr. and Cynthia Sue (husband, Kevin) Webber; four grandchildren, Shane McDuffy Towne, Char Rene' Webber, Amber (husband, James) Conner and William Bradley "Will" Webber and two great-grandchildren, Desmond Towne and Sophie Conner.

She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, INF-BPW, Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, St. Joe Social Club, St. Ann's Altar Society and the Horizon Center.

Charlotte graduated from Shelbyville High School and was a Real Estate agent. Her pastimes include walking, visiting family and spending quality time with friends.


Kevin and Debbie Williams

Kevin and Debbie both are lifelong residents of Waldron and have been happily married for 47 years. They have worked at the funeral home since August of 2015.

They have two sons, Chad and wife, Kimberly and Eric and wife, Sarah. They have two grandsons and two granddaughters.

They are very proud of their family and especially love spending time with all of them and their friends.

Kevin retired from the REMC business after 43 years. He loves to do woodworking, read, and is a very active member of the American Legion Honor Guard.

He is a member of Waldron Masonic Lodge and the Baldwin Commandery.

Debbie has retired after 47 years as a hairdresser. She loves spending time working in their yard and traveling with Kevin. Music is a huge part of her life.

She enjoys playing the piano for her own enjoyment as well as for others at church and occasionally at the funeral home.

They both are very active members of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Shelbyville.


Sally Ham


Bill and Beverlee Carlton


Rita Hastings Kocher

Rita Hastings Kocher was born in Milan, Indiana. She married Walter Hastings and they had three sons, Nelson, Floyd and Robert. Walter pasted away and she married Charlie Kocher and they have been married for 17 years. Prior to working at Freeman Family Funeral Homes for the past 15 years, Rita worked at KCL for 20 years.


Martha McCracken

Martha was born and raised in Shelby County. She graduated from Shelbyville High School and is married to Jerry McCracken. Martha has a daughter, Marci; a son, Michael; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She has been a member of First Christian Church for 50 years where she has served as Chairman of the Board, an Elder and been active in Disciples Women. Martha is a past member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and the Meals on Wheels Board. She currently volunteers as a delivery person for Meals on Wheels and is a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood. Martha's hobbies include playing golf and bridge, reading and walking for exercise.


Judy Schoentrup

Judy is married to John W. Schoentrup. They have one son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Sandy Schoentrup and two grandchildren, Tony and Sara. She graduated from St. Paul High School. Judy is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and the Friendly Fenns Home Economic Club. She enjoys painting, flowers and volunteering.

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