In 1908, Mr. W.E. Lukens purchased the funeral supplies and equipment owned by Mr. Billy Carl, one of London's first "undertakers." Mr. Lukens founded his funeral home under the principles of providing the best service he could to the families he served. The funeral home was founded at the site presently occupied by the Huntington National Bank in London.
Some time later, Mr. Lukens moved his new funeral home to a site further south on Main St. in London, and hired a new employee, Mr. Chester R. Geer. Mr. Lukens and Mr. Geer continued to serve the Madison County area from that location until 1945 when they moved to the present location on North Main St. to accommodate their growing business.
Now known as the Lukens-Geer Funeral Home, the firm underwent an expansion in 1950. After Mr. Lukens' death, the name was changed to Chester R. Geer Funeral Home and Mr. Geer continued to offer funeral and ambulance service to the community and laid the foundation for what has become the leading funeral home in the London community.
In 1976, Mr. Geer went into a partnership with Charles W. (Bill) Eberle to form the Geer-Eberle Funeral Home. Mr. Geer and Mr. Eberle enjoyed a fine relationship until Mr. Geer's untimely death in 1981. Since that time, Mr. Eberle has striven to maintain the high standards set by the two men before him. Although ambulance service has been curtailed for many years, the dedication to the area continues to improve over time with the addition of such things as monument sales, cremation services, and pre-need funerals. Presently known as the Eberle- Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, even cremation for pets can be arranged.
Now celebrating over 100 years of continuing service to Madison County, the Eberle- Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory looks forward to the challenges of the future by providing the same, devoted, personal service of the past.
Charles W. "Bill" Eberle is a third generation funeral director from Quaker City, (Guernsey County) Ohio, and has lived in London since his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1973. He started employment with Mr. Geer at that time and purchased the funeral home in 1981. The firm became Eberle Funeral Home then and remained such until August of 2003 when Dana A. Fisher became a full partner. The name was changed to Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home in 2003.
A graduate of Ohio University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Bill is a member and past-president of the Ohio Embalmer's Association and is a member of the Ohio Funeral Director's Association and the National Funeral Director's Association. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of London, Chandler Lodge #138 F&AM, the American Legion, and the London Kiwanis Club.
Dana A. Fisher became a partner with Bill Eberle in August of 2003 at which time the firm became known as the Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home. A graduate of Madison Plains High School, located about five miles south of London, and born and raised in Madison County, Dana is well-accepted in the area and is an obvious choice to lead the funeral home into its next century of service.
Following his high school graduation, Dana attended Wittenberg University and Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio, before commencing his employment at the Eberle Funeral Home. While working at the funeral home on a part-time basis, he attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree there. After serving his apprenticeship at the funeral home and receiving his licenses, he became employed full-time in 1989 and has been employed here until becoming a partner in August of 2003.
Dana is a member of the Ohio Embalmer's Association and is a member of the Ohio Funeral Director's Association Mortuary Response Team. Locally, he is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he serves as Secretary for the Church Council. He is the current Secretary of the London Lion's Club and also serves as Secretary for the Madison Conservation Foundation.