roots of Henderson-Van Atta Funeral & Cremation Service go
back a long way in the history of our community. In 1922, Mr. Ernest
A. Gutliph came to Newark from Logan, Ohio where he had been engaged
in the funeral business for some fifteen years. He purchased one
of the oldest funeral firms in Newark, Bradley Funeral Home. C.
Ross Henderson joined the firm in 1927 following his service in
the United States Navy and in 1929, the name was changed to Gutliph
and Henderson Funeral Home. In 1957, the funeral home was incorporated
under the name Ross Henderson Funeral Home. Having operated from
three downtown locations, the funeral home was moved into its present
location of 59 North Fifth Street in 1940.
In 1990, we opened our
Heath Chapel in Heath, Ohio. Our Heath location is the only
funeral home in the city of Heath, a city of over 12,000 citizens.
The summer of 2004 was a time
of change for the company. We became the only local funeral
home to operate our own crematory facility in Licking County.
Our Cremation Center operates from our location at 1249 Hebron
Road. The addition of this facility has enabled us to, once
again, be on the leading edge of quality service to our community.
Charles L. Johnston, a 1950 graduate
of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Ronald G.
Van Atta, a 1954 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary
Science, both licensed funeral directors and embalmers, became
part of the funeral home in 1951. Charlie retired from the
funeral home in 2004 and Ron retired in 2008.
Roy A. Van Atta
joined the firm in 1987. A 1985 graduate of Miami University
and a 1987 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary
Science, Roy received his funeral director and embalmer license
in 1988. Roy was the third generation of the Van Atta family
to join the firm in its service to the community. Roy left
the firm in January of 2008 to pursue a career in financial
Ethan A. McKee joined the firm
on May 15, 1996. A graduate of Licking Valley High School,
Ethan attended The Ohio State University and graduated from
the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March of 1995
with a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. Ethan is a member
of Hanover Presbyterian Church and lives in Heath with his
Jack W. Stickle II became a part
of the firm on December 17, 2007. Jack is a graduate of Licking
Valley High School and is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State
University and a 2006 graduate of the Cincinnati College of
Mortuary Science. He is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Church and a member of Newark Rotary. Jack is a native resident
of Newark with a strong passion for being of service to his
Generations of caring professionals
have built the legacy that continues today. As you browse our
web site and learn a little about us, you will learn why we
are proud to say that we are the "one to call" in your
time of need.