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 at Millard Family Chapels

Our History at Millard Family Chapels

At Millard Family Chapels, we are Proud of our Heritage. One of our locations has been serving families continuously for over 100 years. As a family owned business we believe it’s important to be involved in the communities we serve. That’s why we sponsor children, young adult and senior events throughout the year. In addition you’ll see our staff at local church, charity and civic functions. It’s great to be a part of the communities we serve and it’s even more rewarding for all the lifetime friendships we have made along the way, while enjoying the lighter side of life with families just like yours.  

OUR HISTORY at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory

OUR HISTORY at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory

Moss P. Parker established Parker Furniture and Undertaking Company in downtown Columbia in the spring of 1886. After a fire in the late 1800's the funeral home was relocated to the 2nd floor of the furniture store on north 10th Street. 

Tom McHarg, Sr. purchased the funeral business, and the McLaughlin family from Sedalia purchased the furniture business in the early 1900's. The name of the funeral home was changed to Parker Funeral Service and the new chapel 
that is still in use was build next 
to the furniture store. 

D.A. Robinett became a partner in the funeral home and remained for many years. In the 1930's Tom McHarg, Jr., Charles Zaring and Virginia Green purchased the business and in the early 1950's purchased the building to the north, which was the former McKay Chevrolet. They operated Parker Funeral Service for over 40 years. 

After the death of Charlie Zaring in 1979, Sam M. Rice purchased the funeral home and operated the business with his wife Shirley and son Bruce. A crematory was constructed in 1981, and the buildings were completely remodeled. The name was changed to Parker Funeral Service & Crematory. Sam and Shirley Rice retired in 1998. 

Bruce B. Rice a 4th generation funeral director-embalmer worked and eventually owned Parker's for nearly 40 years before retiring to spend more time with his family.

Reid Millard purchased Parker's in May of 2015, adding another funeral home to his well established family of family of service. With the help of our fantastic staff members, we continue to maintain serving families with the same high standard of service which has been passed down through the generations, offering dignified professional funeral arrangements, cremation services, headstones, monuments and pre-arranged funeral plans.

Our Valued Staff

  • Reid A.  Millard

    Reid A. Millard, Funeral Director, Owner

    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

    Nick McKague, Funeral Director / Operations Manager

  • Mark  Millard, Jr.

    Mark Millard, Jr., Preneed Agent/Funeral Planner

    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.”

  • Jarrod Caldwell

    Jarrod Caldwell, Funeral Director

  • Jeff Caldwell

    Jeff Caldwell, Funeral Director / Embalmer

  • Jeff  Hilke

    Jeff Hilke, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    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)

  • Clarissa Brown

    Clarissa Brown, Media and Marketing Coordinator

  • Kevin  Boeckman

    Kevin Boeckman, Funeral Assistant

    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

    Danny Boyce, Funeral Assistant

    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

    Ambrose Buechter, Funeral Assistant

    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.

  • Byron  Buhr

    Byron Buhr, Funeral Assistant

    Bryon Buhr has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 2002. He is married to Kathy and they have four children. Kevin, Karen, Susan husband (Dan) Wilson, Mike wife (Amy). Grandchildren: Emily (Josh) Barrett, Amanda Buhr, Ryan, Rebecca, Joshua and Emma Wilson.

    Byron was a teacher at Faith Lutheran School 1963-1966, counselor and employment career supervisor, Missouri Division of Employment Security 1966 until his retirement in 2000. He currently works part time with Whaley’s Drug Store Ambassador from 2005 to present.

    Byron is a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Jefferson City, where he is a teacher, on the board of Elders, Church Council member at large.

    Byron is a member of the Capitol City Friends of Amtrak and Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has volunteered numerous years at the Able Book Sale.

    Bryon enjoys hiking, bicycle riding, fishing and traveling.

  • Renee Reuter

    Renee Reuter, Funeral Director

  • Jacob Caldwell

    Jacob Caldwell, Certified Crematory Operator

  • Dave Clark

    Dave Clark, Funeral Assistant

  • Ron Dunn

    Ron Dunn, Funeral Assistant

  • Art  Ehrhardt

    Art Ehrhardt, Funeral Assistant

    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

    Charlotte Elsberry, Funeral Assistant

  • Don  Jefferson

    Don Jefferson, Funeral Assistant

    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.

  • Henry  Gensky

    Henry Gensky, Funeral Assistant

  • Nancy Gratz

    Nancy Gratz, Funeral Assistant

  • Tammy Old

    Tammy Old, Office Manager/Funeral Director Apprentice

  • Valerie Fischer

    Valerie Fischer, Pre-Arrangement Counselor

  • Carol Verslues

    Carol Verslues, Funeral Assistant

  • Dorene  Jackson

    Dorene Jackson, Funeral Assistant

  • Bruce Rice

    Bruce Rice, Funeral Director

  • Marti Davidson

    Marti Davidson

  • Jim  Haslag

    Jim Haslag, Funeral Assistant

    Jim Haslag has worked for Millard Family Chapels since 2006. He is married to Deanna and they have three children: Tessa Scheperle and her husband Bill and their children: Emily, Cara, Anna, James, Greg Haslag and his wife Alicia and their children: Allen, and Reagan, and Julie Rummerfield and her husband Doug children: Travis, Cody, Dakota, and Austin.

    Jim worked as Art Instructor for the Jefferson City Public Schools from 1974 until his retirement in 2004. He served as the Visual Arts Chairperson Jefferson Cilty High School from 1988-2004.

    He is a member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Holts Summit. He has been a music minister for 30 plus years. Jim is a member of the St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus. Jim enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, rving, bowling, visual arts related activities, singer, songwriter, blue grass and Christian Music.

  • Gini  Heckman

    Gini Heckman, Funeral Assistant

    Virginia (Gini) Heckman has been working at Millard Family Chapels since 2001. Her husband Wil is deceased. She has four children: Greg and Sandy Dorge and their children: Clayton and Kyle; Teir and Craig Burchelt and their children: Kristen and Carmen; Dennis and Judy Heckman and their children Jordan and Blake; and Dr. Abby and Dr. Walt Coats and their children: Norah and Alex.

    Gini previously worked for Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) retiring in April 2014. She is a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. She enjoys flowers, reading and exercising.

  • Jackie  Jackson

    Jackie Jackson, Funeral Assistant

  • Denise  Ziegelbein

    Denise Ziegelbein

  • John  Jenkins

    John Jenkins, Funeral Assistant

    John Jenkins has worked for Millard Family Chapels August 1995. John Jenkins wife Pauline is deceased. They have two daughters: Shrlene Jenkins and Donna Sue Thomas.

    John was employed at Mexico Flying Service 1944-1961; Columbia Flying Service 1955-1957; Military Flight Training 1957-1959; Malden AFB 1959-1961; Leman Flying Service, Kansas City, Mo. 1961-1963; Warrensburg National Guard Maintenance Officer 1963-1976; Jefferson City Army Aviation Commander 1976-1985; and Staff for Life 1985-1995.

    John is a member of House of Prayer Family Church where he is a greeter.

    John belongs to the Elk’s Lodge in Warrensburg, American Legion, VFW Post 1003, Order of Dardalians, and Quiet Birdmen.

  • Fred Kolb

    Fred Kolb, Funeral Assistant

    Fred Kolb has worked at Millard Family Chapels since 2011. He is married to Becky and they have two children: a daughter Andrea Holley (husband Brian) and their children Brianna, Peyton, Cameron, and Mason; and a son Zach Kolb (wife Amy) and their children Olivia, and Tenley.

    Fred worked at the Division of Employment Security 1975-1983; Office of Administration – State Data Center 1983-1990 and Office of Administration 1996 until his retirement in 2011.

    Fred is a member St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Russellville where he is a Eucharastic Minister and a greeter/usher. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #8916.

    Fred’s hobbies include: hunting and fishing, raising a few cattle, teaching grandkids to hunt and fish. Most of all just spending time with family his greatest blessing.

  • Mike Scheperle

    Mike Scheperle

  • Henry  McMichael

    Henry McMichael, Funeral Assistant

    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

    Mert McMichael, Funeral Assistant

  • Jane Oliver

    Jane Oliver, Funeral Assistant

  • Margaret  Rehagen

    Margaret Rehagen, Funeral Assistant

  • Paul  Robinson

    Paul Robinson, Funeral Director

  • Gene  Sandbothe

    Gene Sandbothe, Funeral Assistant

  • Stanley  Scott

    Stanley Scott, Funeral Assistant

    Stanley Scott has worked at Millard Family Chapels since 2003. Stanley is married to Mona and they have one daughter Emily D. McNeal (Eric) and grandson Kellen Scott McNeal.

    Stan worked at Missouri Power and Light Co. 1971-1983; Ameren Missouri (Callaway Nuclear Power Plant) 1983 where he retired from in 2001.

    Stan is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a Deacon in 1991.

    Stan is a life member of Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment Marine Corps League where he is the Chaplain. He is a life Life time member of Roy Sone Post 1003 Veterans of Foreign Wars (Vietnam Veteran) and a member of the Jefferson City Veterans Council.

    Stan’s hobbies are: participating in local veteran’s activities, working out at local gym, watching St. Louis Cardinals, feeding and watching backyard birds, and writing poetry.

  • Glen Stratman

    Glen Stratman, Funeral Assistant

  • Robert Wheeler

    Robert Wheeler

  • Altha  Marsh

    Altha Marsh, Funeral Director