2015-02-15 / News

Martin sells funeral home business to Nelson-House

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


NEW OWNERS – (Left to right) Nelson-House Funeral Home co-owner Kevin Kregger, funeral director Tyler McGeehan, and co-owner Bob Nelson meet with Daniel R. Martin to discuss the transition of ownership. The Walker-Martin Funeral Home in Chesaning will be renamed Nelson-House Funeral Home Martin Chapel. Whelpley Funeral Home in New Lothrop will be renamed Nelson-House New Lothrop Chapel. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) NEW OWNERS – (Left to right) Nelson-House Funeral Home co-owner Kevin Kregger, funeral director Tyler McGeehan, and co-owner Bob Nelson meet with Daniel R. Martin to discuss the transition of ownership. The Walker-Martin Funeral Home in Chesaning will be renamed Nelson-House Funeral Home Martin Chapel. Whelpley Funeral Home in New Lothrop will be renamed Nelson-House New Lothrop Chapel. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) Martin Funeral Home of Chesaning, and Whelpley-Martin Funeral Home of New Lothrop are now open and under new ownership. The Nelson-House Funeral Home of Owosso purchased both funeral homes from Daniel R. Martin.

Nelson-House Funeral Home owners Bob Nelson and Kevin Kregger visited with Martin at the Chesaning location on Feb. 10; preparing for a smooth transition. Kregger’s son, Tyler McGeehan, will serve as funeral director for Nelson- House Funeral Home Martin Chapel. He and his growing family will be moving into the Chesaning funeral home.

Nelson talked about how Martin’s father owned the Chesaning funeral home before him, and assured that Dan will still be part of it. The funeral home has 158 years of longevity in the Chesaning community.

Martin said, “I will be happy to help this group to ensure the success of the business. I have no intention of moving. I did make some mistakes in my business, but I did not want to leave without fixing those mistakes. In the end, I had to sell my business; but it was the right thing to do. Today, those corrections will begin,” he said.

Nelson-House owners are aware that Martin lost his mortuary license six months ago over failure to escrow funds properly. That situation is being remedied, in part by the sale of the Walker- Martin and Whelpley funeral homes to Nelson-House. Kregger said, Nelson- House will be honoring and reviewing all contracts written with Martin Funeral Home, insuring that all are in compliance with state regulations.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, the state of Michigan performed an inspection and approved the funeral home license. McGeehan said, “We are fully operational and ready to attend to your family’s needs.”

Kregger said, “Everyone at Nelson- House Funeral Home is looking forward to serving families in the Chesaning, New Lothrop and surrounding areas. We pledge to continue the excellent tradition of service that Dan [Martin] and his staff provided for many years.”

McGeehan will serve as funeral director for Nelson-House Funeral Home Martin Chapel. He grew up in the funeral business and recently graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

In a message to the community Martin stated, “To the many friends who encouraged and supported Laura and me through these times; I cannot thank you enough. To those who I disappointed or caused anxiety; I am truly sorry. Now I want to do whatever I can to help Nelson-House be successful.”

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