John M. Storey, Owner/Chairman
John M. Storey was raised in a church parsonage in Evansville, IN, graduated from Shawswick High School in Lawrence County, IN, and is a graduate from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed funeral director in Indiana and moved with his wife, Joy, to Gas City joining the Jay and Swift Funeral Home in 1960. In 1963, John acquired part ownership in the firm and the name was changed to Jay, Swift, & Storey Funeral Home and, in 1979, became the sole owner. In 1987, John and Ben Needham merged Jay, Swift, & Storey Funeral Home and Needham & Son Funeral Home to form Needham-Storey Funeral Service.
John cares about people and their needs and has dedicated his life to service of others. He is an active member of Lakeview Wesleyan Church, served on the board of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation for 35 years and the Board of Trustees of Indiana Wesleyan University for nearly 35 years as well. Additionally, he has served on the boards of World Gospel Mission, Marion General Hospital, the Kiwanis Club of Gas City, as well as numerous boards and committees of church, civic, professional, and educational organizations.
John and Joy are the parents of J. Mark Storey, II (wife, Molly), and daughter, Beth Driscoll (husband, Dan). They are blessed with 6 grandchildren.
J. Mark Storey II, Owner/President
Mark was born and raised in Gas City, IN, and is a 2nd generation funeral director. A graduate of Mississinewa High School, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science, he joined NSW in 1987. Growing up in Gas City has given Mark the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with the community he serves.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors for Fairmount Wesleyan Camp and is a Board member for the Marion/Grant County Senior Citizens, Gas City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Love on a Leash (a local group that increases public awareness of the benefits of pet-provided therapy). He has also been a member of the Gas City Rescue Squad since 1982.
He is married to Molly, and they have three children, Ava, Heidi, and Suzanne, who were all born in 2004. Also part of the family are their two dogs, Banjo, a Sheltie/Poodle mix, and Nero, a black Lab, who is the therapy dog for the funeral home. Mark and his family are members of College Wesleyan Church in Marion. He collects antique fire engines and antique fire memorabilia, and he enjoys traveling and camping with the family.
John Potter, CFO/CPA
John joined NSW in May of 2007, succeeding long-time business manager, Kevin Batman. John is a CPA, and he graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the Marion Rotary Club and the Aero Club.
John and his wife, Shari, are the parents of two children, Matthew and Emily. They also have a grandson, Teodoro. In his leisure time, John enjoys family get-togethers, reading, gardening, and fishing.
Joseph Brown, Director of Funeral Service Operations
Joseph was born and raised in Gas City, IN, and is a lifelong resident of Grant County. He moved to Swayzee following the marriage to his wife, Katelyn, in 2006. He is a graduate of Mississinewa High School and attended Ivy Tech Community College. Joseph joined NSW in 2004.
Joseph serves on the Gilead Ministries board. He is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and serves as the Administrative Pastor at Greater Life Church. Joseph also assists in ministry on a local and district level.
In addition to working for the church, Joseph enjoys landscaping and camping with his wife and children, Rosalyn, Nathaniel, and Josephine.
Jim Benner, Senior Funeral Director
Jim joined the staff of NSW in 1996. He was raised in LaFontaine, IN, and is a 1987 graduate of Southwood High School. He attended Ball State University and graduated in 1995 from Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
Jim is a member of LaFontaine United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous capacities. He is a licensed pilot and serves on the Marion Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners. Jim is also a member of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association).
Jim enjoys spending time with his daughters, Emily and Ariel. He and his wife, Bev, enjoy flying together, camping, and spending time with family.
In 1999, Jim was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer. He went through several months of treatments and currently is cancer-free. Jim understands the suffering that many have gone through with cancer and feels he can relate his experience with many families that he serves.
Heather Teegarden-Davis, Funeral Director
Heather was raised in Upland, IN. She is a 1993 graduate of Eastbrook High School and a 1996 graduate of Vincennes University, where she majored in Mortuary Science. Heather received her Funeral Director’ License in 1997. She joined NSW in 2004 with eight years prior experience.
Heather and her husband, Jason, were married in 2000. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and raising her beagles.
Jason Fafinski, Funeral Director
Jason Fafinski was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. When he was 13 years old, he experienced the importance of funeral service after the loss of his grandfather. Jason always imagined himself working as a funeral director. Following graduation from Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL, in 2001, Jason attended general education classes at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL, in September of 2004. In December of 2010, Jason relocated to Marion, IN, from a funeral home in Southeast Chicago to become a member of the NSW team.
In October of 2012, Jason married the love of his life, Amanda. Together they enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Penny and Etta. Jason is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Marion and, in his free time, enjoys kayaking, billiards, woodcarving, and fishing.
Phil Black, Funeral Director
Phil was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. He graduated from Paulding High School and received his B.S. degree in business management and economics from Defiance College. He had worked several years in the golf industry until a decision to change his career led him to Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 2005.
In 2012, Phil and his family relocated from Cincinnati to Marion, at which time he joined the NSW staff. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, his son, Noah, and their two dogs, and they travel frequently to watch Noah play soccer. Phil loves to ride his bicycle all across Grant County and is a member of the Marion Bike Club.
Tyler Jacobs, Funeral Director
Tyler was born in Marion, IN, and is a native of LaFontaine. He is a 2006 graduate of Wabash High School and a 2009 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Tyler did his internship with Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers in the Indianapolis area prior to receiving his Indiana Funeral Director’s License in 2010. He joined the NSW team in August of 2014 and is happy to be back living in the area where he grew up.
Tyler is involved in bowling league at Victory Lanes in Gas City. He enjoys spending time with his two children, Shaylee and Kayden, and cooking out with them. He also enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, and watching movies and sports, especially the Indianapolis Colts and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ben Blankenship, Funeral Director
Ben Blankenship was born and raised in Anderson, IN. In 2013, he graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an A.S. degree in Mortuary Science. He began working with NSW in August of 2014 and relocated to the Marion area in April of 2016. Along with Mark Storey, he is a Certified Owner/Handler of NSW’s working therapy dog, Nero.
Ben enjoys time spent with family, being outdoors, camping, and taking long walks with Nero. He loves adventure and never turns down an opportunity to taste new and unique cuisines.
Kiel Barkdull, Funeral Director
Kiel is a 2002 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School, and he graduated with honors as Salutatorian from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in March of 2007. Kiel has been involved with funeral service since he was 16. He truly believes being a funeral director is his ministry and considers it an honor to care for families on a daily basis.
Kiel is an avid hunter and firearm enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, singing, listening to music, fishing, more hunting, and spending time with his grandfather on the family farm. Kiel is also a member of the Deer Creek Conservation Club in Grant County. Above all, Kiel enjoys the time that he spends with his loving wife, Rachael, and their two children, Julia and Preston.
Mick Simpkins, Family Service Advisor
Mick was born and raised in the Grant County area. He has degrees from Tennessee Temple University and Vincennes University. He has pastored in the Grant County area since the early 1990s and is currently the pastor at First Baptist Church in Marion.
Mick has been with the NSW since 2010 and is currently a Family Service Advisor serving in Advance Planning. He loves to work at NSW and considers it a great privilege to serve the families of Grant County.
Mick and his wife, Ellen, were married in 1988, and they have three children, Mickey, Lindy, and Luke. They also have two Beagles, Max and Murphy. Mick loves to spend time with his family, and he enjoys fishing and hosting fish fry’s for his friends. His goal in life is to grow old with his wife and to become a nice, old man.
Lori Lawson - Family Service Advisor
Lori joined the NSW staff in the spring of 2005 as Administrative Assistant for our Family Service and Aftercare Representatives. In September of 2008, she moved into the position of Aftercare Representative and, in February of 2014, accepted the position of Family Service Advisor.
Lori views her position at NSW as a ministry. She sees great benefit in Advance Planning and enjoys getting to know her families and walk them through the process.
Lori is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University. She and her husband, Tom, are the proud parents of their daughter, Jaycee. Lori enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Kathy Hinds, Administrative Assistant - North Chapel
Kathy is a native of Huntington County and a 1970 graduate of Huntington North High School. She attended Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) and has lived in the Grant County area since 1972. She is a member of Lakeview Wesleyan Church and enjoys being a part of the Lakeview Choir music ministry. A passion for prayer partner ministry has led to her involvement with Chapel Ministries Outreach and serving on the Board of Directors for Awaken Ministries, Inc.
On March 13, 2000, Kathy joined the NSW team and loves serving families and working alongside our staff to make a difference in their funeral experience.
She and her husband, Dave, have been married since 1972, and they have two adult children—daughter, Kristi (Kelsy) Zumbrun and their three sons, Justin, Zachary, and Carter, in South Bend, and son, Matt (Andrea) Hinds and their children, Ella Rose and Elijah Matthew, in Upland.
Spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren, is Kathy’s greatest joy. She also enjoys the outdoors and horseback riding, as well as taking motorcycle trips and farming with her husband.
Angie Boone, Administrative Assistant - Storey Chapel
Angie is a lifelong resident of Grant County. She grew up in Gas City and graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1981. She attended Asbury College in KY for a year before returning home and completing her education at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1992 (A.S. in Christian Education) and in 2001 (B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice).
She is a member of and part-time secretary for Chapel Pike Wesleyan Church, as well as the pianist on the worship team. She joined the NSW team in July of 2014 and absolutely loves her job! She is thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve families at Storey Chapel in Gas City.
Angie enjoys watching nearly any sporting event. She is a true Hoosier who follows the Colts, Pacers, and Hoosiers. She is adventuresome and loves traveling, working outdoors, and worshiping with her church family. She loves to encourage others and make people laugh.
Karyn Haisley, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Karyn started as a temp through WorkOne on March 9, 2015, for the position of Administrative Assistant. As of June 9, 2015, she became an employee of NSW.
Karyn loves animals, and she loves her horses, going horseback riding, and going camping. She enjoys working outside, walking her dog, kayaking, being on the beach, sitting around bonfires, and sitting on the deck. Spending time with her family and doing everything with them has always been important to her.
She has been blessed with four wonderful children, Amanda, Krystal, Jacob, and Amber, and four wonderful grandchildren, Hailey, Adam, Joshua, and Gage.
Wes Ball, Administrative Assistant/Multimedia Director
Carol McCray, Multimedia
Bill Preston, Associate
William “Bill” G. Preston was born on November 11, 1939, in Peru, IN. He graduated in 1957 from Jefferson Township High School in Upland and worked at Glass Container for 26 years until they closed. Bill then worked at Wiley Metal until his retirement in 2000. Not content to stay at home, Bill began working with NSW in 2003 as an associate.
He and his wife, Mary, were married on July 12, 1959. Their son, Gary, and his wife, Patty, have one daughter, Erin, and three grandsons. Their daughter, Dedra Orrell, and her husband, Rich, have one son, Trey, a senior at Trine College, as well as one daughter, Sophie, who will be a senior at Oak Hill High School in the fall of 2016.
Bill loves sports, and he played softball until age 65. He also bowled in the church league for several years. Golf is his present passion, and he goes every chance he gets. Bill has a strong faith in God, and he accepted Jesus at a very young age. The Lord is his anchor.
William "Bill" House, Associate
Bill graduated from Tri-Village High School in New Madison, OH. He then went into farming for 35 years before deciding to attend Edison State College in Piqua, OH, where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. After being in the work force for a couple of years, he decided to return to college at IU East in Richmond to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. He graduated from IU and continued his studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s of Divinity Degree.
Bill joined the NSW staff in 2006 as a part-time associate and later became a full-time employee. He has also been a pastor since 1991.
He and his wife, Sue, have five children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They have a cat named Kitty and two dogs, Sampson and Toby. Bill loves meeting new families and interacting with our big family, the staff.
Jeff Overmyer, Associate
Jeff was born in Muncie, IN, and moved to Jonesboro at age 2. In 1963, he moved to where his parents still live near the Marion V.A. Center. He graduated from Marion High School and attended Ball State University for two years with a minor in Astronomy and working towards a major in radio and television.
Jeff has been a firefighter for the City of Marion since 1979. He obtained the rank of Deputy Chief, twice under two different mayors. He has been a part-time associate with NSW since 2007 and is looking forward to working full-time after he retires from the fire service.
He fell in love and married his lovely bride, Cindy, and have been married since 1977. Jeff’s hobbies are music and sports.
Dan Van Cise, Associate
Dan was born in Wabash, IN, on June 8, 1971. He started working at NSW in March 2012, and he received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in April 2014. He has been Pastor at West 8th Street Wesleyan Church in Marion since 2008.
Dan and his wife, Alana, have been married since 1993. They have three children, Carissa, Ethan, and Brianna. Dan enjoys disc golf, playing piano, and table games.
David Parker, Associate
David grew up in Warren, IN, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1990. When both of his parents died, NSW handled the funeral arrangements and he was impressed with their professionalism and care for his family. Because of that, he became interested in serving at NSW. In July of 2013, he was hired as an associate to serve families.
David has been in pastoral ministries since 1989. He and his wife, Tammy, currently serve the congregation of Faith Community Church in Phlox, IN. David and Tammy have been married since May 30, 1987, and they live in Sweetser. They have one daughter, Mackenzie, and two cats, Missy and Sugar Doodle. They love to camp, take walks, and go on bike rides in their leisure time.
David is a sports enthusiast with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Reds, and Indiana Hoosiers. He enjoys bowling and carries a 150 average. He also participates in fantasy sports leagues.
Wallace "Wally" P. Champion, Jr., Associate
Wally was born on January 26, 1950, and graduated from Durham High School in 1969. He entered the U.S. Air Force that same year and served honorably for 20 years until his retirement in July 1989.
On February 26, 1983, Wally married Brenda K. Buckland. He graduated with a Ministerial Internship with Church of God in 1990 and received his ordained credentials in November 1993. Wally has been a Children’s Pastor since the 1980s and currently serves as Children’s Pastor at Healing Heart Church of God in Marion. He has been an Associate with NSW since 2014. His favorite quote is “Getting old is mandatory; growing up is optional!”
Gary Green, Associate
Gary was born and raised in Bluffton, IN. After graduating from Bluffton High School, he studied Christian Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 2014.
Gary enjoys serving in leadership at his church, spending time with his family, camping, and playing sports. He married his wife, Asa, in 2015.
Rebecca Binkerd, Lounge Hostess - North Chapel
Becca was born in Peru, IN, in 1953 and has lived her entire life in the area, except for a few times trying to move away or being in college. She moved to Marion in 1999 when her husband, Chuck, was offered a job at Marion Utilities. It has been a blessing to them as far as church and making new friends.
She loves the Lord and sings at church. She loves sharing hospitality, baking, and giving it away whenever possible. Her dogs are very important to her, and she takes them everywhere she can.
Becca has a daughter, and Chuck has a daughter and a son. They also have three granddaughters, two of which they have the privilege of visiting in Florida whenever possible.
Cheryl Logan, Lounge Hostess - North Chapel
Cheryl was born in Midland, MI, into a pastor’s home. Being a PK (Preacher’s Kid), her family pastored in different states, including Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Dieruff High School (Allentown) in 1979. In 1980, Cheryl moved to Indiana to attend Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), and she graduated in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, she was employed with Marion Community Schools as a teacher, spending the last 23 years as a 2nd grade teacher at Kendall Elementary before retiring in May of 2014. She joined the NSW staff as a Lounge Hostess for the North Chapel in September of 2014. She loves serving families as a whole in this capacity, but this ministry also allows her to continue to be with children and to see former students of hers.
Cheryl and her husband, John, have been married since 1990, and she is a member of Chapel Pike Wesleyan Church in Marion, where she is the custodian, a sound tech, and Sunday School Superintendent. She is an avid sports fan, enjoys working in the yard, decorating, traveling, shopping, going to rummage sales, and spending time with her friends and church family.
Nero, Therapy Dog
My name is Nero! I’m a registered black Labrador retriever that was born on July 2, 2015. I’ve been working as a certified therapy dog with NSW since February of 2016. Before working at NSW, I completed my Companion Dog Training Course. I trained with Master K-9 trainer, Julie Case, with Ultimate Canine Dog Training in Westfield, IN. I belong to a local club called “Love on a Leash”, where my fellow canines and I visit health care centers, schools, libraries, and many other organizations to bring smiles to faces.
Being around people is what I enjoy doing the most. When I’m at work, I greet those who come in and I try to put a smile on the faces of our families that are grieving. I also play and love to chase balls and get treats. Since I’m still a puppy, I take naps throughout the day and have been told that I do snore some.
You can also visit me on my own Facebook page at “Nero the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service Therapy Dog”. I would love to have you “like” me! Woof! Woof!