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

The heritage of our family funeral home in omaha

The beginning  of the Reichmuth Funeral Home dates back to 1938 when Charles G. Swanson established the Swanson Funeral Home in Valley, Nebraska.  In 1950, he opened the Elkhorn funeral home, Nebraska.  

A Leading Elkhorn Funeral Home 

William Reichmuth joined Mr. Swanson in 1961 and took over management in 1971 when Mr. Swanson retired.  In 1989,  the business purchased the old Lutheran church in Yutan and established a branch.  William and Jon Reichmuth purchased the business in 1991 and renamed all the locations, Reichmuth Funeral Homes, establishing the family funeral home locations we know today.  In 1995, Jon purchased the Hadan Golden Mortuary in Bennington, Nebraska and has operated this location as Hadan-Golden-Reichmuth Mortuary.  The Bennington funeral home has its origin prior to 1920.  The funeral homes are currently owned and operated by the Reichmuth family. In 2016 we made the difficult decision to close the Valley Funeral Home Omaha families had come to love. 

The Funeral Home Omaha Families Recommend

With three convenient locations, we are committed to our communities and are proud to continue the long heritage in each town. We strive to preserve the traditions of the past, while staying aware of the needs of families in changing times. Our personal service allows us to accommodate each family and assist them in creating meaningful funeral services.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jon  Reichmuth

    Jon Reichmuth Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Owner

    Jon Reichmuth is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and holds their designation as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He has also earned the designation of Certified Funeral Executive from the ICCFA. Jon has recently been honored by the ICCFA for his work in creating exceptional, personal services for the families he serves.

  • Aaron  Janssen

    Aaron Janssen Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, NE and IA

    Aaron Janssen was born in LeMars, Iowa, and graduated from LeMars Community High School in 1991. After two years of general studies at the University of Iowa, he earned his Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College in December 1994.

    He began his funeral service career at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, NE, and worked in Omaha for several years. He has been with Reichmuth Funeral Homes since April 2003. Aaron and his wife Holly live in southwest Omaha, where they care for their niece, Zoey, and dog, Stella.

    Aaron is proud to have served the families who have chosen Reichmuth Funeral Home for their services through his time here, and is very fond of all the personal contacts made with those families, the local ministers, church support staff, and caregivers that he has worked with in that time. In his free time, Aaron enjoys running, watching baseball and football on TV, attending concerts and playing recreational slow-pitch softball.

  • Julie  Curry

    Julie Curry Office Manager

    Julie (Birkhofer) Curry was born in Omaha, and grew up in Gretna until her father transferred to St. Louis, Missouri when the General Motors plant closed in Omaha. She graduated from St. Charles High School in Missouri and joined the US Navy in 1981, and for the next 10 years, served on the East Coast at various bases as a Data Processing Technician, her favorite being aboard the sub tender, L.Y. Spear stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia. In 1986, she married her husband Deno Curry, in Virginia Beach, VA. He was also a Navy Veteran, and they started a family in 1993 with the birth of their daughter, Rachel, and then their son, William, being born in 1996. When Deno retired from the military, the family decided to move back to Omaha, so that the kids would be able to be near grandparents and other family members.

    Julie began working for Reichmuth Funeral Home in January 1999, and has enjoyed the flexibility of working for a family owned business. She claims that all her life experience prior to joining Reichmuth’s has really helped her enjoy a job that allows her to do something different every day, helping to prepare for funeral services, working with different families and the dynamics that come with them make her job interesting and satisfying.

  • Jon Schmidt

    Jon Schmidt Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, NE and IA

    Jon Schmidt, born and raised on a farm in northern, Iowa near the town of West Bend. He graduated West Bend Community Schools, Ellsworth Junior College, and later Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1988. He became licensed in the State of Iowa in May of 1989. He owned the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville & Moulton, Iowa for over 27 years. He is also licensed in the State of Missouri and now Nebraska. He and his wife Robin of over 33 years decided to move to the Omaha area to be closer to their children and grandchildren, who are, Blair Kauzlarich and her husband, Kyle with their two children, Vivian and Hank; daughter, Avery Dickinson and her husband Blake all of Omaha, Nebraska; and a son, Graydon Schmidt of Ankeny, Iowa. He has a sincere passion for serving families and creating a higher standard of service.

  • Caroline Haase

    Caroline Haase Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Born and raised an Antler, Caroline Haase graduated from Elkhorn High School in 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band. She went on to receive her degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College and was a part of the Sigma Phi Sigma Funeral Service Fraternity. Caroline is a lifelong member of Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church. In her free time, she enjoys playing the French horn, volunteering with the Nebraska Humane Society, and hanging out with friends.

  • Janet  Reichmuth

    Janet Reichmuth Receptionist, retired

    Janet worked at Swanson Funeral Home, now Reichmuth Funeral Home for over thirty years. She was called upon to perform most any task including home removals. Most of all, Janet was the friendly voice on the phone when families and friends called with questions and requests. Janet is now retired and currently resides at Brookestone Meadows.

  • Donna  Fintel

    Donna Fintel Receptionist

    Donna has been with Reichmuth Funeral Home for 12 years. She enjoys working with the public. Donna and her husband Ken owned and managed Ken's Jack and Jill in Valley, Nebraska for 33 years. Donna has 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She continues to be active in the community and her church.

  • Verna  Headley

    Verna Headley Receptionist

  • Colleen  Starman

    Colleen Starman Funeral Assistant

    I began working for Reichmuth Funeral Homes in April of 2012. What started as a part time job has turned into rewarding experience with the bonus of being compensated. I hold many ‘hats’ that include funeral assistant, lunch server, backup receptionist, and janitor, just to name a few.

    I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Jeff, since 1988. We have 2 boys, Zach and Colton, who both graduated from Mount Michael in 2015 and 16. In our free time, Jeff and I love visiting the Florida Keys and Gulf side of Florida. We enjoy back country and deep sea fishing and watching the sunsets on the beach.

  • Arlene  Cochran

    Arlene Cochran Receptionist

    Arlene Cochran was born in Jackson County, Minnesota. She lived there until age 12 and then has moved around, living in several states. She now resides in Valley. Prior to working at Reichmuth Funeral Homes, she worked 24+ years at Valhaven Nursing Home in Valley.

    Arlene enjoys working at the funeral home, helping the staff to serve the community with dignity and pride. When not working, she spends time with family and friends.

  • Virginia Chaney

    Virginia Chaney Receptionist

    I have worked for Reichmuth Funeral Home for 1 ½ years. I am retired from 30 years at J.C. Robinson Seed Co. as an executive secretary. I grew up in O’Neill, Nebraska and attended grade school there before moving to Fremont, where I graduated from high school. I attended Wayne State College. My husband, Carl, and I moved to Valley, NE in the 1970’s where I still live. Carl died in 2013. I have one son in Florida and another son and daughter who live in Valley. I enjoy working at the funeral home with a great group of people.

  • Jim Tomanek

    Jim Tomanek Funeral Assistant

  • Doug Heim

    Doug Heim Funeral Assistant

    Raised on a farm near Dawson, Nebraska, and graduated from Dawson-Verdon high school.

    Graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

    Career in banking in Norfolk, Hastings, and Fremont. Moved from Fremont to Elkhorn in 2010 at time of retirement.

    Wife Judy. Two children and five grandchildren.

    Member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Western Douglas County Rotary club in Elkhorn.

    Hobbies:. Golf, reading, following grandchildrens' activities, and spectator sports.

  • Jeff Hicks

    Jeff Hicks

    Jeff Hicks is a pastor at Florence Christian Church, in Northeast Omaha. He and his wife Angie have three grown & married children, and five grandchildren. He has worked "on call" for Reichmuth Funeral Home for nearly 2 years, and enjoys being part of a team that extends compassion and professionalism to families during their time of loss.

  • Judy Argintean

    Judy Argintean Funeral Assistant

  • Mike Sip

    Mike Sip Funeral Assistant

    Mike grew up in the North Omaha area of Florence. He went to Archbishop Rummel High School and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike served his country in the Navy and spent time in Southeast Asia. After his time in the Navy, Mike went to work for Mutual of Omaha Insurance before being hired at Omaha Public Power District. Mike work for OPPD for over 37 years all at the North Omaha Power Station where he was the Training Coordinator. Mike retired from OPPD in 2013.

    He currently stays busy working around the home, working at Reichmuth Funeral Home. Mike is married to his wife Susie. He is blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • Denise Rowell

    Denise Rowell

  • Sharon Elske

    Sharon Elske Hairdresser, Reception Staff

  • Rachel Kruse

    Rachel Kruse Receptionist

    Rachel (Curry) Kruse was born in the Virginia Beach, Virginia where she grew up until her family moved to Omaha in 1999. She graduated from Omaha North High in 2011, and attended Metropolitan Community College in the fall. She achieved a liberal arts degree in 2014 and in that same year, Rachel married her high school sweetheart, Aaron Kruse. Earlier this year, Rachel decided to return to school to pursue her dream in Fashion Design.

    Rachel has worked for Reichmuth Funeral Home since 2010. Interacting with families through serving at luncheons and funeral services is what she enjoys most about her job.

  • Fred  Barnhill

    Fred Barnhill Funeral Assistant

  • Ken  Mumm

    Ken Mumm Funeral Assistant (retired)

  • Verna Swanson

    Verna Swanson Receptionist (retired)

  • Roxy  Johnson

    Roxy Johnson Receptionist (retired)