Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Reid A. Millard Funeral Director / Owner
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Nick Mckague Funeral Director / Operations Manager
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Jeff Hilke Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Renee Reuter Funeral Director
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Jarrod Caldwell Funeral Director
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Rebekah Ziegs-Dalbey Funeral Director
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Tammy Old Funeral Director
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Jeff Caldwell Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Eric Slater Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Bruce Rice Funeral Director
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Marti Davidson Administrative Coordinator
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Raynese Deason Apprentice Funeral Director
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Cori Zenishek Apprentice Funeral Director
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Autum McKague Apprentice Funeral Director
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John Wampler Funeral Assistant / Grief Aftercare
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Valerie Fischer Preneed Agent
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Mark Millard, Jr. Preneed Agent
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Clarissa Brown Marketing & Design Specialist
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Lizzy Therapy Dog
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Chris Carter Fleet Manager
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Jacob Caldwell Certified Crematory Operator
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Crystal Berner Funeral Assistant
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Paul Minzi Funeral Assistant
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Steve Jungmeyer Funeral Assistant
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Brenda Griffin Funeral Assistant
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Annie Green Funeral Assistant
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Dave Clark Funeral Assistant
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Kay Knight Funeral Assistant
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Barbara Bennett Funeral Assistant
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Kevin Boekman Funeral Assistant
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Danny Boyce Funeral Assistant
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Ambrose Buechter Funeral Assistant
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Ron Dunn Funeral Assistant
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Art Ehrhardt Funeral Assistant
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Charlotte Elsberry Funeral Assistant
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Don Jefferson Funeral Assistant
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Nancy Gratz Funeral Assistant
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Carol Verslues Funeral Assistant
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Dorene Jackson Funeral Assistant
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Jackie Jackson Funeral Assistant
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Denise Ziegelbein Funeral Assistant
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Mike Scheperle Funeral Assistant
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Henry McMichael Funeral Assistant
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Mert McMichael Funeral Assistant
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Margaret Rehagen Funeral Assistant
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Paul Robinson Funeral Director

Reid A. Millard

Funeral Director / Owner
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Reid Millard’s grandparents operated Millard’s Garden & Gift flower shop, and their neighbors owned the local funeral parlor in the little town of Brilliant, Ohio. At the age of twelve, Reid began working at the funeral parlor. After attending Wheeling Jesuit College, he graduated as Valedictorian of Commonwealth College of Mortuary Service in Houston, Texas and he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He worked for America’s largest funeral company for nearly ten years. In 1990 Reid acquired the Houser Funeral Home from Gideon Houser and continues the tradition of excellence. Today Reid is known throughout the United States for seminars that he has presented to funeral directors on pre-arranged funeral programs, personalizing services, and understanding grief.

“Reid helped us a great deal, we were lost and he gave us direction in this most trying time.” - (Marie Merritt)

Nick Mckague

Funeral Director / Operations Manager
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Jeff Hilke

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Jeff Hilke has been a part of Millard Family Chapels since he was in high school. Jeff, a 1992 graduate of Jefferson City High School, started as a parking lot assistant at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors in Jefferson City. Following high school, he attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, one of the leading colleges of Mortuary Science in the United States, where he graduated with honors. He is both a professionally licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Most people know Jeff by his towering 6’4” structure and his gentle smile.

Jeff enjoys going to Cardinal Baseball games and University of Missouri sporting events.

Jeff is active in the Jefferson City Evening Lions Club, serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and Missouri Business Opportunities for Missouri Blind, and was elected to serve as District Governor of Missouri Lions District 26-M7 for the 2013-2014 Lions year. You may also see him working the streets or maintaining order as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Cole County Sheriff’s Office or as a Deputy Marshal with the Cole County Circuit Court.

Families find Jeff easy going, very professional, and attentive to their needs.

Here are a few things that have been said about Jeff, from the families that he has served:

“Jeff and all of the staff were very kind, caring and helpful. All of the services were above standard and quality. We would definitely use your services again and would recommend you to others.” - (Nona Jenkins)

"Jeff helped make saying farewell to Mom a lot easier with his care, concern and help. His kindness will never be forgotten.”
- (Erma Walther)

“It was amazing how Jeff pulled everything together for us in such a short period of time. Thank you so much for your excellent service. I truly appreciate your professionalism and thoughtfulness.”
- (Patti Fischer)

Renee Reuter

Funeral Director
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Jarrod Caldwell

Funeral Director
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Rebekah Ziegs-Dalbey

Funeral Director
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Tammy Old

Funeral Director
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Jeff Caldwell

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Eric Slater

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Bruce Rice

Funeral Director
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Marti Davidson

Administrative Coordinator
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Raynese Deason

Apprentice Funeral Director
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Cori Zenishek

Apprentice Funeral Director
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Autum McKague

Apprentice Funeral Director
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John Wampler

Funeral Assistant / Grief Aftercare
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Valerie Fischer

Preneed Agent
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Mark Millard, Jr.

Preneed Agent
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Mark Millard is a licensed Preneed Agent and Life Insurance Agent for Millard Family Chapels. Mark traveled from West Virginia to Missouri during summer vacations to help his Uncle Reid with his new funeral home in 1990 and 1991. Cutting grass, washing cars, and valet parking for visitations were mostly what the job entailed. After graduating from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1996 with a Bachelors of Accountancy, Mark packed his belongings to make Missouri his home. Early on Mark assisted with some business acquisitions like Caplinger’s Clothing for Men, Gold’s Gym, Chase Limousine, and Busch’s Florist.

Customer Service and Community Service has always been a calling for Mark. At Lanier Worldwide Mark earned many leadership awards for his dedicated Customer Service. At wetsuCREATIVE, Mark helped a friend, Jason Jett become one of the most recognized names for a graphic design firm in the Jefferson City area. In 2006, Mark was selected as one of Jefferson City’s 40 under 40.

Mark is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Jefferson City and is involved in the community. He volunteers as a YMCA soccer coach and has been involved with several community agencies including the March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Club, Samaritan Center, and the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce. Mark coordinates the Christmas Luminary & Remembrance Service and the Memorial Day Services at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

Mark mostly enjoys spending time with his family. He met his wife Jana (Raithel) at Steve’s Family Style Restaurant and they were married in 1998. Jana is the Leasing Manager for deVille Southwest and Hidden Oaks apartment complexes. Mark and Jana have two boys, Braden and Alex. Both Braden and Alex attend Jefferson City Public Schools.

The most rewarding part of Mark’s career is seeing first hand how appreciative families are of our funeral pre-planning service. Mark says, “The initial reaction when the process is done is one of relief for our families. It’s the kind of relief you get when you’ve finally finished that project you’ve put off for years. You get a sense of accomplishment out of taking the burden off other family members.”

Clarissa Brown

Marketing & Design Specialist
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Lizzy

Therapy Dog
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Chris Carter

Fleet Manager
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Jacob Caldwell

Certified Crematory Operator
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Crystal Berner

Funeral Assistant
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Paul Minzi

Funeral Assistant
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Steve Jungmeyer

Funeral Assistant
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Brenda Griffin

Funeral Assistant
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Annie Green

Funeral Assistant
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Dave Clark

Funeral Assistant
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Kay Knight

Funeral Assistant
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Barbara Bennett

Funeral Assistant
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Kevin Boekman

Funeral Assistant
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Kevin Boeckman has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 2010. He is married to Debra; and they have three children. Daughter Courtney Pleus (husband Jeff) and their children Linley & Cader; Kyle Boeckman (wife Kylie) and their daughter: Brooklyn and Kelly Carrender (husband Lee) and their twins: Levie and Kaylynn.

Kevin worked at the Office of Administration for 31 years and retired 2010.
He is a member of the St. Martins Catholic Church where he has served on Parish Council – Administration Commission. He belongs to St. Martins Knights of Columbus, where he has previously served as Grand Knight.

Kevin loves to spend time on their cow and deer farm. He currently has a small lawn mower business. When not working “everywhere” Kevin enjoys golfing.

Danny Boyce

Funeral Assistant
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Danny Boyce has worked at Millard Family Chapels since 2006. Danny is married to Claudia and they have two children: daughter - Dana Pritchard and son - Clinton Boyce son. They have one grandson Brandon Howlett and one great-grandson Daniel Paul Pritchard.

Danny worked at the Jefferson City Fire Department from 1978 to until his retirement in 2004. He currently works part time for Cole County Concrete since 1996 to the present time.

He is a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Jefferson City and is a member of the American Legion. Danny has many hobbies, if not working you can find him, boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling. He also likes Nascar and baseball.

Ambrose Buechter

Funeral Assistant
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Ambrose has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 2011. Ambrose’s wife Pamela Sue is deceased. His girlfriend is Cindy Renick. He has one son: Joe Buechter and wife Heidi, and their two children, Sam and Corbin.
Ambrose worked at Check Office Equipment – 1971 – 1978, Modern Business Systems / Ikon Office Solutions/Ricoh Americas Corp. 1978 where he retired from in 2011.

He belongs to St. Peters Catholic Church, Jefferson City and St. Martins Knight of Columbus Council 7194. In his spare time he enjoys crappie fishing and motorcycle riding.

Ron Dunn

Funeral Assistant
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Art Ehrhardt

Funeral Assistant
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Artwin “Art” Ehrhardt has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 2000.
Art is married to Delemar “Del” and they have four daughters: Denise Ziegelbein (husband Keith); Danielle Rakow (husband Ed); Donita Smith (husband Chevis) and Dorinda Zacharis (husband Vaughn).

Art is still farming after many years. He belongs to Trinity Lutheran Church, Jefferson City and has served on the board for – Three Rivers Electric and Central Electric. He is a member of the American Legion Post #5, Farm Bureau, Lohman Lions, Lohman Community Association and the VFW Post 1003.

Art loves to do wood working.

Charlotte Elsberry

Funeral Assistant
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Don Jefferson

Funeral Assistant
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Don Jefferson joined Millard Family Chapels in 2011. He was born and raised in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School. He also attended State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO.

Don retired from State Farm Insurance in July of 2010 after 34 years as a IT Specialist.
In June of 2016 Don retired from the Boone County Fire District after serving for 40 years. He began as a firefighter working his way up to Lieutenant and then to Captain. Upon retiring, he was functioning as Safety Officer for the fire district.

Don is a lifelong member of the Second Baptist Church of Columbia where he serves as the Transportation Coordinator, an audio-visual technician, and is a member of the trustee board.

Nancy Gratz

Funeral Assistant
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Carol Verslues

Funeral Assistant
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Dorene Jackson

Funeral Assistant
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Jackie Jackson

Funeral Assistant
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Denise Ziegelbein

Funeral Assistant
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Mike Scheperle

Funeral Assistant
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Henry McMichael

Funeral Assistant
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Henry A. McMichael has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 1996. He is married to Mert and they have five children: Stephen McMichael and his wife Angie and their children: Maggie and Emily, Dena Jaegers and her husband Lee and their children: Tyler, Collen, and Devin, Kristina Schwant and her husband Scott and their children: Gavin, and Payten, James McMichael and his wife Daw and their children: Aaron, Austin and Addison, and their daugther Catrina McMichael is deceased.

Henry served in the Army for three years - active duty in Vietnam. He worked for NCR/ ATT for 32 years retiring in 1994. For several years built homes with this sons and then on his own. He is part owner of McMichael Realty with his daughter and son-in-law.

Henry is a member of St. Andrews Church, Holts Summit and is one of the original members. At St. Andrews he was past president of parish council. Co-chairman for the building of the church. greeter, Eucharistic Minister, choir. He served on School Board and Parish Council at St. Peters Catholic Church in Jefferson City. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Holts Summit Betterment Association, Home Builders Association, National Association of Realtors, Missouri Association of Realtors and Jefferson City Board of Realtors.

Henry loves his farm and cattle, enjoys fishing, traveling and most of all his grandchildren, which all ten live near him.

Mert McMichael

Funeral Assistant
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Margaret Rehagen

Funeral Assistant
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Paul Robinson

Funeral Director
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