David L Owen, Owner of Owen Funeral Homes
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.
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; Valley Masonic Lodge #511; Louisville Consistory - Scottish Rite; Past Potentate of Kosair Shrine Temple; Past President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Louisville; Past President of Gilda's Club of Louisville, and a Board member and trustee of Kosair Charities and National Corvette Restoration. He is also a trustee with Shively Area Ministries, a board member of Harbor House of Louisville and on the board of Supporting Heroes.
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 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 his hobby of riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles and golf.
Pam Owen, Social Media Manager and Licensed Funeral Director
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 is also a certified Usui Reiki Master. Pam was inducted into the "Fincastle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution." In 2018, she earned her Reiki Master certification.
In the continuing tradition of this family-owned and family-operated business, Pamela’s daughter, Rachel Hood Barr, is a Funeral Director at the Jeffersontown location and Dixie Highway and Highlands Family Owned 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, Chief Operating Officer, Licensed Funeral Director
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, riding motorcycles, 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, RHB Photography.
Deborah Bales, Director of Pre-Need, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Deborah Bales joined the staff of Owen Funeral Homes as Director of Pre-Need in 2020. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 2003. Deborah brings a wealth of education and life experience to this position. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She is also a licensed insurance agent in the state of Kentucky, a licensed cosmetologist since 1977, and a licensed cosmetology instructor since 2006.
Deborah has a great love and respect for God and country. She is the daughter of an Air Force Veteran, the wife of an Army Veteran. She is also the proud mother of a highly decorated Army Lieutenant Colonel who is presently serving our great country.
Deborah is a Texas native. She grew up watching her mother lovingly care for the elderly. She married Dave Bales in 1987 and left the “lone star state” in 1992 to call Louisville her home. In Louisville, she met “Mrs. Nancy” who became a surrogate mother and mentor, teaching her the meaning of giving. Through the influence of these beloved women, Deborah developed a love for serving the community and her fellowman. She and Dave are members of the First Church of the Nazarene on Blanton Lane; however, they also attend Fern Creek Christian Church. They have 6 children, 16 grandchildren, soon to be 17, (they adopted two of them) and 12 great grandchildren.
Deborah is a member of KIPDA (Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency) where she was previously involved in the Family Caregiver and Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Program. She and her husband also graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy Class 19 where they served many volunteer hours for the Louisville Metro Police Department. She and Dave strive to serve the community every opportunity, continuing the legacy of the women who were so important in their lives.
For questions or information on pre-arranging, we encourage you to contact Deborah at 502-354-7152 or [email protected]
Kenneth Cutrer, Pastoral Care Services
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 Community 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. He was also blessed with his first grandchild, Cash Alexander Cutrer, in February of 2020.
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.
Ruth Domanek, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Ruth Domanek was born and raised in Zanesville and Springfield, Ohio, and has been in Louisville area since 2008. After originally going to school to be an esthetician, she found her calling in the funeral industry and gained her Associates degree in Applied Science from Mid-America College for Funeral Service, graduating in 2009. Ruth worked at Funeral Auto Mortuary Service for 12 years before coming to Owen, and also was a deputy coroner for Bullitt County from 2014-2018.
Ruth lives in Louisville with her daughter, Vivian. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, and spending time traveling to see her family around the US with her daughter in tow. Ruth loves her work and is passionate about carrying on the dignity of those who have passed on. She is thrilled to be joining the team at Owen Funeral Home.
Tanner Harshman, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Tanner was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana on an 80 acre farm. He moved to Louisville and attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service, graduating in 2018. He joined Owen Funeral Home in 2019.
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 daughter. 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, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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.
Braden Meredith, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Braden joined the Owen Funeral Home staff in 2019. In 2015, he graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service. He received his embalming license in 2016 and in 2020 he earned his license as a funeral director. He is also a certified cremation technician.
Braden was raised in Jeffersonville, IN. His mother was active in local politics which involved him in many of her campaign initiatives. He now resides in New Albany, IN where he enjoys gardening, antiquing, and visiting flea markets.
Braden was drawn into the funeral industry through personal experience. When his grandmother died, he was touched by the compassionate care funeral directors provided to him and his family. He realized through this experience, he wanted to work in a profession where he could “make a difference."
We are pleased Braden joined our staff and is working alongside us to provide sincere family service.
Genene Nisbet, KLPC, Bereavement Services Specialist
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. She is ordained as a minister and is also a Licensed Kentucky Pastoral Counselor. She also is Certified in Thanatology through the Association of Death Education and Counseling and approved as an ACPE Psychotherapist member with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
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, Manager of Dixie Location, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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 from Highlands Funeral Home, where he worked 11 years.
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.
Wendy Goble O'Rourke, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Wendy Goble O’Rourke has 27 years of experience in the funeral service industry. She is an Army veteran who served as a flight medic in a UH60 Black Hawk helicopter.
Wendy has worked for the Owen family over 18 years. She believes that funeral directing is not just a career, but a personal calling to help the community in their time of need.
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 and a great grandson, Buddy. They attend the Church 360.
Jackie's hobbies include restoring old cars, fishing and hunting.
Josh Richardson, Assistant Manager of Dixie Location, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Josh was born and raised in South Central, KY, but now lives in Middletown, KY. A graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, Josh is a first-generation Funeral Director and Embalmer being licensed both nationally and in the State of Kentucky. Before joining Owen Funeral Homes in 2018, he formerly worked for Highlands Funeral Home and Strode Funeral Homes.
He truly feels working within the funeral industry is a calling and a gift. Those that are gifted to work within the industry have a strong responsibility to help those in need and uphold the integrity of the profession. It’s his hope that with each family we serve, we can provide some level of relief for the family in knowing that their loved one will be treated with the same level of respect, dignity, and compassion that we show our own.
When Josh is not in the office you can often find him cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats, playing a round of golf, enjoying time at the lake, or volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Louisville.
Melissa Roberson, Apprentice Funeral Director, Level II
Melissa Roberson joined Owen Funeral Home in 2015 and is currently finishing up her apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director.
Melissa lived in Pleasure Ridge Park all of her life before moving to Shelbyville, KY five years ago. She’s been married to Winston Roberson, Jr. for 26 years and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Melissa is a 7-time cancer survivor.
She is licensed phlebotomist and massage therapist. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, home decorating and softball.
Melissa feels like the most rewarding part of her job is being able to guide a family through such a difficult time and takes pride in being able to make that transition easier on the family.
Kimberly Robinson, Administrative Assistant
Kimberly was born in Louisville, and grew up in Valley Station, graduating from Valley High School in 2006, then attending Sullivan University. Prior to entering into the funeral profession, Kimberly worked 8 years as a manager for Walmart.
As an administrative assistant for Owen Funeral Home, Dixie Highway, Kimberly does some bookkeeping, file organization, customer service, and general staff support.
In September of 2019, Kimberly married Justin Robinson and have four children, Hannah, Zachary, Calen, and Abigail. She enjoys watching movies, fishing, and spending time with her children, family, and friends.
Gary Thomas, Monument Department
Gary was born and raised in Louisville. He is a US Army Veteran, 1970-1972. He married his wife, Debbie in 1972. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Prior to entering the funeral profession, he spent several years in the financial services industry.
Gary entered the funeral profession in 1990 and has spent most of his career helping people preplan their cemetery & funeral arrangements. His background in both financial and funeral services helps to serve Owen families.
For more information on Owen Monument Company, we encourage you to visit our monument company website at owenmonument.com
Linda Owen, Funeral Director Emeritus
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.”