History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Bird S. Owen, Jr.opened the doors of his first funeral home on August 27, 1939. His goal was to provide a necessary service to people at their greatest time of need, and to do so as a neighbor and friend. Since that day, more than eight decades ago, we have honored his high standards and caring ideals in our daily endeavors.

The Owen family now has two locations. We believe that our dedication to sincere service has earned the respect and trust of our community. We pledge to continue providing the honest service began by Bird S. Owen, and to provide it with all the integrity he instilled in this family owned and operated business.

Our staff is trained and licensed to assist with every detail of making funeral and cremation arrangements. This includes offering advice and guidance throughout the decision-making process, answering questions about local customs and costs, assuring that legal requirements are met, and providing whatever equipment, facilities, and technical services are necessary or desired. We are prepared to carry out the wishes of those making the arrangements with understanding and consideration for everyone concerned.

When it is practical or possible, making funeral arrangements in advance of need can provide the peace of mind that all details have been taken care of in a way that is satisfying to oneself and one's survivors. A family discussion combined with our counsel can assure that everyone involved feels comfortable with the arrangements. Certainly we all would prefer that our loved ones be able to say afterward, "I'm glad we did" rather than "I wish I had." Pre-planning can help accomplish this goal.

Today, making any kind of funeral arrangements involves many choices and decisions. It is helpful to consider all the options and take time to ask questions before making final decisions about such an important event. It is our intent to help make the entire experience as positive as possible.

Our Valued Staff

  • David L Owen

    David L Owen, Owner of Owen Funeral Homes

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    David grew up in the Audubon Park area and graduated from Durrett High School. He joined the family business in 1973 and became a licensed funeral director in 1976. In 1987 with the death of his father and the founder of the business, Bird S. Owen, David became President of Owen Funeral Homes. The Owen family, along with two other local families, also owns the Highlands Funeral Home. David has served as past President for Highlands.

    When asked for his thoughts on funeral service, he says, "With the changing times in the Louisville Funeral Service, being family owned and operated is very demanding of everyone on our staff. But I am proud to be a part of the business that my dad began. Caring for each family with sincere service was my father's motto and that feeling lives on with the Owen Family today."

    David is dedicated to this business and the Louisville community and feels the compelling responsibility to serve. He currently serves on the boards of or is a member of: Past President of Funeral Director Association of Kentucky; Past President of Fall Cities Funeral Directors Association; Past President for the Funeral Auto Company; Excelsior Masonic Lodge #258; Valley Masonic Lodge #511; Louisville Consistory - Scottish Rite; Past Potentate of Kosair Shrine Temple; Past President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Louisville; Board Chair of Gilda's Club of Louisville, and a Board member of Kosair Charities, Ohio Valley Corvette Club, National Corvette Restoration Society and on the board of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

    David is married to Pamela (Hutchinson) Owen. His daughter Rachel Barr graduated from the University of Louisville and is a Funeral Director for the Owen Funeral Home. David is an avid golfer and an accomplished vocalist and musician. He has played with The Fanatics, a regional band since 1974 and he spent one year with The Wulfe Bros. He is currently singing with The Monarchs, www.themonarchs.com.

    His other interests include late model car racing, and his hobby of riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles and traveling.

  • Linda  Owen

    Linda Owen, Owner of Owen Funeral Homes

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    Linda Owen is a female pioneer in the funeral service industry. She became a licensed funeral director in 1986. Shortly before this time only 5 percent of funeral directors in the United States were women. Linda has pressed forward and accomplished many achievements. She and the Owen family are owners of Owen Funeral Home Dixie and Jeffersontown. The Owen family is also owners of Highland’s Funeral Home; along with another local family.

    Linda grew up in the Audubon Park area and graduated from DuPont Manual High School. She was later inducted into DuPont Manual’s Hall of Fame. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Music in Voice Pedagogy from the University of Louisville. She attributes her musical talents to her mother, Edith.

    Linda was awarded “Women of the Year” by Women in Funeral Service in 2000 and also received Today’s Women Magazine “Savvy Sister Award' in 2003.

    Linda’s path has not always been easy and she is known for making “lemonade” out of lemons. Following the loss of three babies in pregnancy, Linda found out firsthand that there was no appropriate merchandise for “the forgotten.” She created, “Our Little Angel Company” that provided baby guest register books, preemie caskets and burial clothing. Now other companies are serving grieving mothers and fathers in this area.

    Linda Owen’s husband Charles “Chuck” Miller died in 2002. She uses the experience of her loss to reach out and touch others that grieve.

    Linda is living her life’s passion by following in her father’s footsteps. “I am blessed to have had the experience of watching a caring father help others and be able to continue that tradition in this honor.”

  • Pam  Owen

    Pam Owen, Social Media Manager and Licensed Funeral Director

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    Pamela Owen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953 to Alice and Bill Hutchinson. The family moved to Bardstown, KY, where she attended Bardstown City Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    Following her marriage to David Owen in 1978, she moved to Louisville. Pamela attended Kentucky Polytechnic Institute and received a degree in Interior Design in 1985. After graduation, she worked as a freelance interior designer until starting her apprenticeship for funeral directing in June, 2003. Pamela received her funeral director’s license in June of 2006 after completing the 3 year program. Along with her responsibilities to family and other activities, she continues to oversee all of the interior design for both locations of Owen Funeral Homes. Pam has been a certified Feng Shui Practitioner since March of 1998 and received her First and Second Degree Reiki Certification in August of 1998. Pam was inducted into the "Fincastle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution."

    In the continuing tradition of this family owned and family operated business, Pamela’s daughter from an earlier marriage, Rachel Hood Barr, is a Funeral Director at the Jeffersontown location and Dixie Highway and Highlands Family Owened Funeral Home.

    Pam is the Social Media Manager for Owen Funeral Homes. She has a "passion for fashion" and has created several social media pages under the "Kentucky Fashion" name. In her spare time she enjoys long vacations and riding motorcycles with her husband David.

  • Rachel  Barr

    Rachel Barr, Director of Operations, Licensed Funeral Director

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    Rachel is the daughter of Pam and David Owen. She joined the funeral home in March 1999.

    Rachel attended Christian Academy of Louisville for 12 years, graduating in 1992. She attended the University of Louisville, receiving degrees in Psychology and Sociology. While attending UofL, she managed the Imaginarium Toy Store in The Mall St. Matthews.

    Following her graduation from UofL in 2000, Rachel started her apprenticeship at Owen Funeral Home and received her Funeral Director's License in 2003. She feels the most rewarding part of her job is being able to assist families through a difficult time. Rachel enjoys the family ties and being able to work daily with her parents.

    In June 2012, Rachel married Richard Barr in Hawaii. They enjoy sports (especially seeing the New York Yankees play), traveling, and hanging out with their dogs, Brutus, Dexter, and Dillinger. Rachel is a former member of the Board of Directors for The Bluegrass Center for Autism and is a Red Cross volunteer. She enjoys photography and has her own company, Pivot Photography.

  • Michael  Burns

    Michael Burns, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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    Michael is one of three funeral directors in his family. His father started his career with Bird S. Owen, founder of The Owen Funeral Home, and worked there for 42 years until his death.

    Michael started working for The Owen Funeral Home doing odd jobs, mowing grass, etc. He served an apprenticeship in the early 1970s, but decided he wanted to try another business opportunity. He returned to Owen Funeral Home in 1988.

    Mike lost his wife Lisa in July, 2008 following a brave fight with colon cancer leaving him with their two beautiful children, a daughter, Madison "Maddie" McKenzie Burns and son, Mason Michael Burns.

    Michael has always had a desire to help families in their time of need. If he can ease their pain and grief by helping them personalize the funeral ceremony and in preparation of their loved one, then he knows he has done his job.

  • Judith Bernard Carter

    Judith Bernard Carter, Administrative Assistant

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    Judith Bernard joined the staff at Owen in June 2012. She is a life-long Louisville resident, born and raised in Valley Station and a graduate of Valley High School. However, she is now a Germantown transplant.

    Judith is married to Terry Carter and is the mother of two adult children, a daughter, Jamie and a son, Micah. She is also the proud grandmother of Brooklyn and Kaylinn.

    Judith loves to go for rides in the country in her Mustang Convertible, which she refers to as her “Harley with doors.” She also likes to take scenic photos. When riding in the country she plays the “right” game. At every street she comes to, she takes a right. She exclaims, “You never know what interesting places you will find.”

    Judith states, she went to the “school of hard knocks” and unfortunately went back for refresher courses. She has learned a lot from life experiences and realizes she likes working with people. She is a good listener and gifted with being able to relate easily with people. With these gifts, she has volunteered with Compassionate Friends and Consoling Parents

  • Kenneth  Cutrer

    Kenneth Cutrer, Pastoral Care Services

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    Ken joined the Owen Funeral Home staff in May of 2009. He has earned degrees from the University of Kentucky (B.A.), Eastern Kentucky University (M.A.), and Ashland Theological Seminary (M.A. and Doctor of Ministry). He has served churches in Ohio, Texas, the Cayman Islands and Kentucky and currently serves as Pastor of Hillview Baptist Church.

    Ken has been married to his lovely bride, Gretchen, since December 29, 1984. They are the proud parents of two sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey and Jeffrey’s new bride, Chelsey.

    At Owen Ken provides pastoral care services. He meets with families and offers pastoral care and assistance. He is also available to perform funerals for families at their request. As a part of Owen aftercare services, he leads support groups for newly bereaved families and also serves as a representative to the community.

    Let us know of any of your pastoral care needs and Ken will be honored to work with you.

  • Pamela  Korfhage

    Pamela Korfhage, Graphic Arts Coordinator

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    Pamela joined the Owen Funeral Home staff in February 2004. She is married to David Korfhage. They have two children; their daughter, Michelle is mom of Stacie and Alexander. Son, Alan is dad to Amber, Lilly May, Benjamin Alan, and Elizabeth June "E.J.".

    Pamela loves to sing! Hobbies include: Singing & traveling, Quilting, Crafts, playing with the grandchildren & enjoying life!

  • Toby J. Larkins

    Toby J. Larkins, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Toby began his journey in the funeral business in 1998 with a family owned firm in his home town of Bardwell, Kentucky. In 1999, he moved to Louisville to study at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, where he graduated in the fall of 2000.

    As a mortuary school student, he found afternoon and evening work at the Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway. There he learned how to keep up in a high-volume firm, learned some very valuable lessons, and gained powerful insight from the directors and staff there… as well as a life-long respect for David, the Owen family, and the mission that Bird and Edith believed in from the genesis of the funeral home.

    Since becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2001, Toby’s career has been filled with colorful people and opportunities. Having worked in the funeral industry for many years, he has established himself as a leader and a visionary.

    Although he was born and raised in the Paducah, Kentucky area, Toby calls Louisville “home.” He is a Kentucky Colonel and the proud father of a beautiful little girl. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and playing music and shopping at local thrift stores, boutiques and record shops.

    Toby’s commitment as a funeral service professional is not only to offer the most sincere and personal service to the families we serve, but to educate the public on the many options and alternatives available to the end of life process. His passion project is to bring the “Green Burial” option to the bluegrass state.

    Toby re-joined the Owen family back in January 2017 as part of the staff at the Jeffersontown location.

  • Mark S McNeil

    Mark S McNeil, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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    Mark joined the Owen Funeral Home Family in 2000. He has been in the funeral business since 1978. He graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 1982. Along with his experience, he brings a compassionate presence as he serves families.

    Mark is married to the former Valeri Nana. They married in 1982 and have lived in the Dixie Highway area their whole lives. They have five children including three daughters Katie, Halle, and Addisyn and two sons Jason and Drew.

  • Genene  Nisbet, KLPC

    Genene Nisbet, KLPC, Bereavement Services Specialist

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    Genene joined the staff of Owen Funeral Home in 1996 as their Bereavement Services Specialist. Although a native of Louisville, she previously coordinated the bereavement program for Hospice of Hope in Maysville, Kentucky. Genene holds a B. S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Louisville and a Master's of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1997, she also received Certification in Thanatology through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. In January 2006, she was ordained as a minister through Highland Baptist Church. In August 2011 she was approved at Fellow Level with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Licensed Kentucky Pastoral Counselor.

    Genene provides a variety of bereavement services to Owen families. She finds companioning the bereaved through the different aspects of their particular grief journey fulfilling and meaningful.

    Genene is married to Michael Nisbet of Logan, West Virginia. They have two lovely children, a son Richard and a daughter Olivia. Genene is very proud of her family and enjoys spending time with them.

  • Kyle  O'Bryan

    Kyle O'Bryan, Manager of Dixie Location, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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    Kyle O’Bryan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with over 12 years of experience in the field. He came to Owen Funeral Home as an Assistant Manager from Highlands Funeral Home.

    Kyle is originally from Eastern KY and now resides in Crestwood, KY with his wife, Tasha and their 5 children.

    Kyle is an avid sports fan, particularly of the UK Wildcats, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Reds. During the fall and winter he enjoys waterfowl hunting.

  • Jackie R Pugh

    Jackie R Pugh, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Jackie has been in the funeral business since 1987 after graduating from Mid-America College of Funeral Service. He joined the Owen Funeral Home team in 1999. It is his philosophy and belief that each family he serves deserves to be treated as if they were a member of his own family.

    Jackie and his wife Marlene, have been married since 1973 and they have one daughter, Leslie, and three granddaughters, Briana, Jayda and Kennedi. They attend the Church 360.

    Jackie's hobbies include restoring old cars, fishing and hunting.

  • Philip R Simpson

    Philip R Simpson, Funeral Director and Embalmer

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    Philip is a familiar face to many at the Owen Funeral Homes. A part of the Owen Funeral Home staff since 1967, Philip began his career at the original location on Virginia Avenue. In 1970, he went to work at the location on Dixie Highway.

    A Lawrenceburg, Kentucky native, Philip graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville in 1967. After serving his two year apprenticeship, he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1970. In 1987, he earned his Life Insurance License from the state of Kentucky.

    Philip is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Kosair Shrine.

    As the grandfather of eleven, father of three and stepfather of three, Philip maintains an active family life with his wife, Faye.

    His dedication to providing genuine concern and quality service has earned him the trust of the many families he has taken care of at the Owen Funeral Homes.