We receive many letters from the families we've served, thanking us for our caring ways during their time of loss. Their words warm our hearts, and speak to you of our professionalism, compassion, and the true value of the services we provide.

In our time of need in more than one family members passing Jeff and Jamie has over and beyond treated us like family, with there kind hearts and warm words they have always made us comfortable in a terrible situation and for that I thank them greatly. There professional and loving and I will forever be grateful to them so I thank you both, there's a special place in heaven for the both of you. thank you Lori (Hughes) Lewis and family .

Lori Lewis June 02, 2022

Thoma/Rich,Lemler Funeral Home

Mom's service was outstanding! You all were so professional and everything was just perfect! Mom looked so good! The collage you put together was wonderful and quite a tribute to her. Thank you again for all you did for making her service wonderfull!!!!

Jeni Fryback Hilgedag

Thank you for all you did to make our day of grief easier to bear. We are grateful for all your time and support through your prayers. Thank you for going the extra mile by delivering the flowers and gifts.


Our parents selected your funeral home and we were pleased with both arrangements. Wonderful experience.


My mom’s funeral was wonderful and I knew my dad had worked with Jeff in the past. He and Jamie are two of the most caring people I’ve met.


Thank you, Jeff and Jamie, for all your help during dad and mom’s passing. Your care and smile helped get me through. I’m thankful for the planning they did, but also for you both to guide us along.


Thank you! Thank you! A month has passed, but your wonderful service and way things were handled are all still fresh in our memory. Believe us when we say- your service and care will never be forgotten! We highly recommend your funeral home to anyone!


Our family has used this funeral home in the past and we were very satisfied with your services.

Robin Thornburgh

Everyone was wonderful with my daughter’s arrangements. Jeff, Jamie, and staff were so kind and helpful. They took a lot of stress off us. I cannot thank them enough for everything.

Susan Morningstar

Thoma’s has always been the only funeral home to even be considered in our family and our extended family for years. There was no question this is where we would go. Bret was amazing. He made the entire uncomfortable process comfortable and bearable. He is a rock star and definitely has an amazing talent for putting people at ease in a difficult time.


Most of our family has been there. We think you were great!


You are where my family always goes. You made us feel comfortable and we trust you. Thank you for being there.


Bret was very caring and helpful.


Everyone made this very difficult time very easy and stress free! Excellent job! Great staff! Thanks for everything!


The staff and people are top notch and make the transition so easy. The best! Thanks for everything!

Steve and Cathy

Jeff and Jamie are two of the most caring people I’ve met. I truly appreciate all of your help during this difficult time!


My family has trusted Thoma/Rich Lemler for all of our losses. Always respectful and friendly. Thank you for all you have done.


We remain touched by the personal, caring, respectful attitude and practices that Jeff has always shown. We have told many people about the quilt used to cover the body of my father.


We choose you because of your kindness and thoughtfulness. Jeff & Jamie’s upbeat personalities are the best. You are like family! We are 100% grateful for all that you do.

Marie Masterson

You treated our whole family with love and respect! We are very grateful! We feel that you do an amazing job and would highly recommend you to anyone!!

Bob & Ann Meyer

My family has used Thoma/Rich as long as I can remember, and we have always had top notch care and service. Just keep doing what you are doing. I really appreciate all you’ve done.

Top Notch

Our family has used this funeral home for as long as I can remember. I appreciate the kindness and compassion showed to our family during this great trial.

Appreciative Family

You make me feel like family!


Jamie & Jeff went above and beyond the call to meet our every need and concern.

Needs Met

Thank you – there are no other words!


Thank you for all you have done for our family.

Kenneth Miller

Thank you for the love and care you showed to my father and family. You made this difficult time in our lives easier. Thank you!

Tabitha Schwyn

Thank you for accommodating our family for Dad’s funeral and for your part in having the Honor Guard at the cemetery. It was very meaningful to us.

Dave & Marquita Merchant

Funeral director and all employees went beyond for our family during our loss of parents and other family members that have passed away. We thank you all for the wonderful services you gave us and will highly recommend your funeral home to everyone. Thank you so much!

Many Thanks

They were very caring and made me feel very comfortable in my time of need.

Very Caring

Bret and all of the staff were fantastic!! Thank you!!


Thank you so much for your kindness, compassion and respect for Mom and us. You helped make a wonderful memory for us. We all appreciate your efforts to help us remember and memorialize our Mom.

The Family of Norma Godsey

Jeff & Jamie Lemler are genuine, caring & kind! Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you, Jeff, Bret & Nancy for being incredibly good at what you do! Our family is truly greatful for your kindness and professionalism.

Troy Flowers

Our family has done business with your funeral home for over 100 years. Even if that were not so, I would not consider any other funeral home, due to the excellent service.

Long-time Family

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in helping us arrange Mom’s funeral. Your support and professionalism was greatly appreciated during this difficult time.


You both worked hard to put us at ease. Excellent recommendations and flexibility. It was a terrific celebration. Thank you!


So thankful for all of your help!


Jeff, Bret & Jamie did a great job helping us understand and creating a pleasant drive thru visitation process in light of COVID-19 lockdown limitations.


We truly appreciated all of your kindness, most of all. Genuine and commitment to the family and making us feel special! We appreciate all you do!

Ashley Stinson

Their reputation is well known and a longtime friendship with Thoma & Rich Families. The Lemlers have carried on their excellent services. Everything was well taken care of and in good taste.


Bret was very helpful and kind. Everyone at Thoma/Rich, Lemler were friendly and compassionate. Thanks Bret!


I can’t say enough good things about your help during this stressful time. I really appreciate The Pain of Grief Books I received.

Thank you!

You did such a wonderful job with both my mother and grandmother. You were caring and compassionate – went above and beyond. I am grateful for your ministry to the grieving.


Our family was so well taken care of at our daughter-in-law’s funeral in 2001 that we feel able to put our grieving hearts in the hands of Jeff Lemler, who has always went above and beyond for us. We appreciate him and the staff so much!

Previous Experience

I wish to thank you all for making this whole ordeal very easy to deal with. Everyone was very respectful and kind.

Carol Zigl

I’ve had many compliments on our service. I keep hearing of more who saw the service on Zoom. That was so special. The picture was done so well and will be a special memory. Thank you for that!


Just keep up your good service!

Don Barger

Very pleased with everything from the time of death, the arrangements, the service and burial. We appreciate everyone who had a part with the process of taking care of our mother.

The Family of Dorothy Archbold



Thank you for helping us with the memorial of my sister Sandy. Your kindness, caring and thoughtfulness made the difficult process a lot easier. You guys were truly amazing!

The Garza Family

I have always felt very comfortable at Thoma’s. All staff are very welcoming and caring.

Welcoming & Caring

Jeff was very helpful and caring during the loss of our Dad. He made a difficult loss much easier to handle.

Helpful & Caring

Outstanding – Thank you for making a difficult journey so much easier. You are the epitome of what a funeral service should be – personal, caring, supportive in all needs of the family. Thank you!

Melanie Durr

Thanks so much for helping us with our Dad’s funeral. You were a great help and comfort during a difficult time. A special thanks to Jeff for doing the graveside service. We loved the Purdue fight song at the end and I know Dad had a big smile on his face as it was played.

Laura Liby & Candice Beavans

You are all so caring, kind and so very precious to us!!! God Bless you All!

The Quinton Family

Our family has always used your services.

Following Tradition

Everything was handled with love and care!


Thank you for all your assistance with the funeral services and visitation for Randy. As with Steve’s parents’ funerals, you helped put everything together so well. We knew we could trust you to do a wonderful job! God bless you both!

Randy's Family

Very personable but very professional. All information was provided as we needed and in a manner of empathy.


Jeff, Jamie and all the staff were wonderful. My family and I couldn’t have asked for anything more in the professional and caring services the Lemlers provided. God bless them!


When you walk into the funeral home, you become family. Your loved one is very important to them.


I want to let you know how much you have helped me this year. The “anniversary” card came at a very good time for me. The booklets have helped. You have done a great service for me and my family. Thank you so much!

Janice Miller & Family

Thank you for the care you took in doing our mom, Evie’s funeral service. It was so well orchestrated.

The family of Evelyn Morrissey

This is one of the most difficult times of our lives. The Lemler family and staff made everything so easy for our family. They even allowed us to add the little things around the room that reminded us of our mother. When we walked into the viewing room, it felt like we were home. Everything was placed so nicely and it all looked great. We appreciate everything they have done for us and continue to do!

The family of Carol Campbell

The staff took care of all the details and made us feel comfortable and cared for.

Comforted Family

Your caring and professional manner means a great deal to us at such a time and we hope to continue using your services for our own end of life planning.

The family of Doris Inskeep

I just want to thank all the staff. They made us very comfortable during this hard time. Jeff went above and beyond to help us and answer any questions we may have.

Comforted Family

Absolutely loved everything you did. Very helpful and warm. Can’t thank you enough!

Pleased Family

Very pleased – highly recommend!

Satisfied Family

Thank you for all your kindness. It all was very heartfelt and greatly appreciated.

Appreciative Family

You have dealt with my family’s services for years. I am now 46 and can remember when I was 7-8 years old being there for my great-grandparents’ services and so on. To be honest, my services will remain within your business.

Ongoing Family Trust

The people were wonderful. They did everything to make us feel better and were very wonderful to us and our family. This is our 3rd funeral and every time the people that work there have been great. Thank you for all you do!

Wanda Nevil & Dean Grogg

Wonderful job of guiding us through this tragic time.

The Ault Family

We would like to extend our appreciation for everything you have done for our family in the loss of our wife and mother. You all did a wonderful job for her and so kind, all of you. Mother looked absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your kind words and your professional leadership. It made it easier to get through this sad time.

The Family of Nina Sizemore

Thank you Jeff, Jamie and the rest of the staff. Always attentive to my needs! Friends for life!

Always Attentive

Hard to put into words how much we appreciate all you guys did. Everything was perfect. You all did such an amazing job. Thank you all for everything!

The Family of Melissa Collins

We want to thank you so much for compassionately and patiently and expertly helping us with mom’s funeral. It was a pleasure & blessing to work with you. We couldn’t have been happier.

The Merchant Family

We wanted to thank you and your staff for taking great care of Bob and all of our needs during this difficult time. We were lucky to have all of you with us at the end of Bob’s journey. Special people like you are a blessing from above.

Matt & Jaime Halterman

Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated the flowers and the memorial certificate for Dad. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. Jeff and Jamie, you are the best at what you do. You will always have a place in my heart. Thanks again!

Connie Andorfer

A friend especially liked the family following the casket out of the sanctuary – something not suggested or offered from her husband’s funeral.

Dave Merchant

Never had a bad experience here – always made to feel like we are the most important part of their day. Could not have had a better service for Sylvia - wouldn’t change a thing. The entire staff is wonderful and caring!

Sylvia's Family

Jeff, thank you for being there for myself and my family. You were great help and helped me get what we wanted. Thank you!

Thank you!

I would like to thank you again. Your funeral home did a wonderful job.

Family of Lora Burke

Everything was first class. Took care of everything. Very happy with the service.

Dave Lesh

Thanks so much for everything you did to make Mother’s funeral arrangements and service as seamless as possible. The preplanning was very helpful, and we valued your expertise in following Mother’s wishes. Your facility is beautiful. I especially appreciated the Garden Room; it is a great place to catch a break. When Mother and I would visit, she would share all the local news including who had died. In her news she would tell me if she had gone to a wake or funeral at your facility. She always added, “I just love that Jeff Lemler”. Thus, I am assured Mother was most pleased with everything you did!

Erma Eichhorn

The Stair family can’t thank you and your staff enough for the caring and professional assistance you provided at the time of our loss of Aunt Vida. The shock, grief, and sudden details of preparing for visiting family, etc. makes for a very confusing time, but all of you were so gracious and kind. Given we live a couple of hours away from Bluffton, it was so assuring to know that your staff would have our backs and make sure everything got done and was handled properly. You can’t know how much your assistance meant to the family, and me in particular, at this difficult time. The work you did on preparing Vida’s body was nothing short of amazing. I can only imagine the amount of work involved in making such a beautiful transition. So many people commented on what a fantastic job you did. This did so much to cheer our hearts in seeing our aunt looking more like her normal self again. I am still somewhat dazed and so not ready to let go of my dear aunt. She was such a stabilizing factor throughout my life and I will miss her very much. But you have touched my heart in the way you dealt with the family and I just had to let you know that it meant a great deal to me. We appreciate you and your staff so very much.

Tom Stair

Thank you. The ease with which you took us through the planning of Cliff’s arrangements eliminated so much stress. We so appreciated the help of the entire staff who were there to direct us each step of the way. Thank you also for the lovely Memory Portrait of Cliff. It is bringing great comfort to Mom.

The Family of Clifford Rush

You all always make us feel loved and important. The hugs you give are much needed and appreciated.


I know my Dad would have been proud of the way things were handled. Thank you so very much!


A special thanks for the lovely flowers and the memorial certificate. A very nice surprise. I truly appreciate everything you people have done to make it all better.

Carolyn Wimmer & Family

I think you did great with everything and everyone was great. You made my baby girl look so beautiful. She looked like an angel. Thank you so much.

Lonna Perkins

The service was excellent and very personal. Very pleased with the service provided.

Very Pleased

Thanks to Jeff and the entire staff for making this difficult time easier than I thought it would be. Your caring and thoughtfulness was much appreciated and will be remembered.

Sandy Smythe

We had complete confidence in any or all services. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful manner.

Complete Confidence

We can’t begin to thank you enough for all that you and your entire team did to help us find strength, support, love and smiles of fond memories. Mom always talked about working with you through her pre-planning with a sense of calm and pride. We can now see why. Thanks so very much.

The Family of Joan McDermit

Thank you for everything that all of you did for our family during our difficult time.

The Betty Surbaugh Family

You are professionals! Excellent, caring people. You nailed it!

Scarlett Yaste

Howard Rich always made our family comfortable and helpful. You have upgraded everything beautifully and you are very compassionate. Thank you so much.

Janice Miller

Thank you for making me comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.

A Comforted Family

Thank you for doing such an amazing job on Mom’s funeral. We could not have been more pleased. You did an amazing job making her look more like herself, the room was perfectly displayed, the facility was immaculate, and you make us all feel very comfortable in a difficult situation. Your hard work was really appreciated by the entire family. Keep up the wonderful job. Thank you for driving through Craigville and your attention to every detail.

The Dorothy Hunt Family

I wanted to thank each of you for the manner in which you handled the viewing and funeral process for my mother, Dorothy F. Hunt. Things were set up beautifully and I appreciate the way the quilt, genealogy and pictures were displayed. Your facility helped us through a difficult parting. Everyone was kind and respectful.

Virginia (Hunt) Graf

Dad’s viewing and funeral were the ideal tribute to a life well lived. Thanks for making it perfect. He loved you guys and always looked forward to spending time with you. Thanks again!


Thank you, Jeff for all you did. Esther’s funeral had many good moments.

John & Carol Schreiber

Jeff, you and your wife Jamie are very caring and patient individuals. You made all our friends and family feel like we were part of your family. God bless you!

Part of the Family

I feel like I’m dealing with family. Jamie and Jeff are so personable. I mean who hugs the funeral guy when he arrives? Me, cause I knew Jeff had our best interests at heart. I knew he cared.

Thankful Family

We want to thank you all for taking care of Lena Knowles. She looked beautiful and the service and all was beautiful. Losing a loved one is hard, but the staff made it easy for us all. Thank you again!

Mitch & Deb Knowles

We really appreciate all of the extra care and patience you took with us. We were blessed for having your help.

Robert Betts

Thank you for your help and kindness through the tough time of our loss.

David Betts, Lisa Penwell & Families

It hurts to lose a loved one, and planning their funeral is never something you look forward to. Jeff and the entire staff were so wonderful to work with. Their kindness and compassion made all the difference. The portrait you created was absolutely perfect. We all love it so much! We appreciate how you all made everything as easy as possible for us. It meant a lot.

Thank You!

Jeff, Jamie and Staff, In one of the most traumatic times a human can experience, truly compassionate individuals step up and stand out. Your entire staff has made an extremely painful time bearable for our family. Thanks so much for all your kindness.

Family of Roberta Lesh

Thank you for your kindness and care in helping us with the arrangements for my brother, David Redding. It was so kind of you to help. It was a beautiful day and our service was lovely, even the bells in the cemetery rang at the right time. Thank you for making this easier, our whole family thanks you!

The David Redding Family

We cannot express enough how much we appreciate you all! First with Bill, now with our mom. You guys are so empathetic, loving and caring of our needs in deep sorrow. Thank you for who you are and how you do business in a loving way!

The Family of Joyce Hambrock

Thank you so much. We were very pleased with everything.

Dan Dunwiddie

Your caring, patience, and professionalism was greatly appreciated. You gave comfort when it was needed.

Nan & Ken Yake

You did a great job and I can’t thank you enough!

Great Job

Completely satisified with the service. Thank you for being there!

Joyce Masterson

You treated us with respect. Thank you for everything you did, you made us feel very comfortable.

The Gartins

Thank you for the exceptional service and kindness from your staff and owners. Everything was done to high standards.

Sheila Herdman

The service you performed for Mom was wonderful. Thank you for your love, support and friendship.

Family of Kay Andrews

Thank you so much for your caring, professional attitude.

Sonja Buckler

You all did an amazing job. It was perfect. Thank you again!

Tammy Mullen & Family

Thank you so much for all the care, concern, help and patience with Vivian’s funeral.


Thank you so much for taking care of our baby and having him cremated. It means so much to us.

Biff, Mandi & Baby Anderson Haslett

The staff was awesome and made a very difficult time in my life bearable, allowing us to bring my husband’s “Floppy Ears” pet to the viewing. This brought comfort to me, my children and my grandchildren. Thank you so much!!!

Carol Myers

Dear Jeff, Jamie, et al., Thank you so much for all you did for us during the calling and funeral for Mom. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful, and everything was perfect! I would recommend you to anyone. Again, thanks so much for your kind, efficient services.

Luanne Brown

Very glad with your services and so glad my mom choose you! Very caring and compassionate staff.

Very Glad Family

It was an outstanding job that met our every need.


Thank you. The viewing, funeral and other arrangements were fine!

Tom Edington

Thank you so much for being a Gold Hole Sponsor for our 2017 Chamber Golf Outing! We had a very successful event with 35 teams; one of the largest events we’ve had. Thank you again so much for your support!

Erin & Sarah

On behalf of myself and the Wimmer family, I want to thank you for all the things you did to help us get thru our time of sorrow. Your service to us was nothing less than superb.

Joni Reinhard

Your people were wonderful, for our mother, but I find you are always wonderful each time I had to be there. Thank you so much!

Wonderful People

Jeff, Jamie & Nancy were all so caring and attentive to our every need from the beginning. The compassion that was provided by the staff truly was a comfort during a difficult time. The only advice I would like to offer is Do Not Change Anything. You are a blessing to the families that you serve.

A Comforted Family

Dear Jeff & Jamie, From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your guidance and love as you helped shepherd me through “the valley of the shadow of death” as my mother graduated to heaven. Your kindness and help carried me through a dark tunnel… Through it all you gave me hope…

Pat Mahnensmith

We have so much love and appreciation for all that you have done for us in this time of sadness. Thank you seems so minor, but that’s all I have with a ton of humilality. So much love for you all.

Bryon & Angie Arnold

Everything was excellent and very professional, but also very personal and caring with compassion. Impeccable attention to detail and very flexible. Thank you!

The Calvin Towne Family

Thank you so much for all you did for the visitation and funeral for Wilma Ginn. Everything was done professionally and compassionately. We appreciated that you handled every detail for us. Your services and caring staff were very helpful during this difficult time. Pre-planned and pre-paid services removed a lot of stress and anxiety from the situation.

Chip & Denise Ginn

Dear Jeff, Jamie, Nancy and other staff members, Greetings! Thanks so very much for all the help you gave to me this past Friday and Saturday enabling me to do my part in Ann’s visitation and funeral service. Each person that I interacted with was helpful, kind and easy to work with. You are a great staff! May God richly bless each of you.

Pastor Dennis Zirkle

Thanks Jeff for doing an excellent eulogy and your staff for being very helpful.

Excellent & Helpful

God bless and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all the kindest you have shown for making a bad time a good time. No one does it better.

The Newman Family

Jeff & Jamie, Thank you so much for taking care of Lavon’s arrangements. Our family appreciates everything you have done.

Kevin Ivins

Your kindness is always a blessing when it comes to times like this. Your home has always been our home.

Joyce Masterson

You made a difficult time a wonderful experience.

Tony Garton

Jeff, Jamie & Nancy, Thank you once again for the exceptional service, compassion & care that you gave us for Ralph’s services. We appreciated your professionalism & attention to detail. Thank you for your extra efforts in arranging the military honors & for providing us with DVDs of not only Ralph’s service but of Wilma’s too.

Denise Ginn

Our family could not have asked for a better experience! Staff listened to us and answered our questions. Staff made this difficult experience much easier to bear. Thank you for everything!!

Mark Neff

Thank you so much for a job well done. Everything was perfect: set up, helpfulness, dinner preparations, calmness, violin music and your awareness of family needs. We were so pleased and thankful. God bless you for everything.

Mick & Connie Cupp

Jeff was truly caring and thoughtful. He was so very helpful, considerate and knowledgeable in everything. His sincerity is indescribable. The staff is also great!

Katherine Mahon

Staff knew what we needed before we did! Your attention to detail made this experience calming. Excellent facility & staff!!

Excellent facility & staff!

You all did a wonderful job! Very kind, caring, professional and helpful. Thanks for being so great during a difficult time.

Wonderful Job

We appreciate everything and everyone greatly.

Cheryl Mann

All my family was impressed with the quality of service we received. Thank you for making us so comfortable.

Joni Reinhard

You did a great job with Dad’s funeral. The service you did was perfect especially your bibs!

Susan Basting

Jeff you did a wonderful job with the graveside service for our dad, Jim Slaughter. It was so special & personal and perfectly dad. All the staff were very professional and made this sad experience the best it could be. Thank you.

The Family of Jim Slaughter

Dear Jeff and staff, Once again we thank you for all of your care and concern for the Markley family during our recent loss and all of the others we’ve had in the recent past. Y’all are tops!!

Suzanne Markley

Jeff, I would like to thank you and your staff for all their hard work! Everything was beautiful and taken very good care of. Thank you so much!

Sally Buckner

Dear Jeff, My family and I were extremely impressed with our entire experience. I have nothing but good things to say and will absolutely recommended your facility and services to friends and family! Thank you so much!


Dear Jeff and entire staff, Our family cannot begin to thank you enough for your attentive service throughout the entire process of our mother’s funeral and arrangements. From the hospital to the cemetery we entrusted her to your care and that was really comforting to us. As you know she left us notes of her wishes so that made the planning much easier but with your guidance all plans were finalized and you had become part of our family! We realize that “it takes a village” so are deep appreciation extends to everyone of your staff members there are so many things done behind the scenes which are handled with expertise and that’s what makes your firm stand out resulting in a beautiful well-orchestrated visitation and service. Again thank you for assisting us and honoring our loving mother Janet Heller.

The Janet Heller Family

Couldn't have been any easier, Brian was very caring to us. He helped me so much.

The Gregory Markley Family

Dear Jeff, I want to thank you and your entire staff for everything you did to make my mother's passing as comfortable as possible. The planning session, tribute video, calling, funeral and burial were all handled promptly and professionally. Mom looked at peace and very much like herself. During this most difficult time for me, I can't begin to tell you how your handling of every little detail genuinely relieved some of my pain.

Linda Krinn Ervin, Sally's Daughter

Brian made extra effort to help avoid a family disruption. Brian took a personal interest in making sure that even the smallest detail was correct. The display of Dad's artifacts encouraged family and friends conversation enabling people to feel at ease and at home.

John Wrestler Family

Dear Jeff and Thoma/Rich, Lemler Team, We are not quite sure how to sufficiently say thank you to a team of dedicated individuals who have provided our family with such excellent service over these past few years. We have just been blown away with your attention to every detail in handling all aspects of the services in regards to the passing of both our parents. We feel that your compassion and level of service simply cannot be matched anywhere. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your recent care in the difficult passing of our mother, Mary Jayne. We know that it is God who selects ions in advance the day we are born and the day we pass from this earth. And we know that no one would choose to pass at Christmas. But neither you nor your staff even once seemed put out or burdened and we feel sure that we infringed on one or more of your own personal celebrations in some way. We so apologize if that was the case. Although we were prepared for mom to pass some four years ago, we were not prepared for her to pass at this time. It is difficult losing a mother. And even more difficult to lose a mother at Christmas. Thank you for making that passing easier. Jeff, your comments as Celebrant were touching, thought provoking, even humorous as they brought to mind the many facets of the person that was our mother. You are a gifted speaker and we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to view your talents, not once but twice. Won’t you please pass along our thanks to your staff. We will keep you all in our prayers as you serve the people of Bluffton and surrounding area. May God richly bless you in your work.

The Scott and Crandall Families

Congrats on the Readers Choice Award!! We already know the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home was a winner, now every one knows. Keep up the good work!

Stan and Carol Hoffacker

Dear Jeff, Kathy & all the Thoma/Rich, Lemler family ~ Congrats on your "Readers Choice Award"! In my eyes and heart you have always been "the best of the best." Thank you again for all your support.

Brenda Simonovic

We appreciated the extra attention given to our family's needs due to Keith's surgery. Everyone on staff extended the extra care to make sure we had all our needs taken care of.

Barbara Garrett's Family

Congratulations on your recent recognition as the "Best of the Best" funeral home in our area. Of course most folks in Wells County already know that. Great job Jeff and staff.

Janet Heller

Dear Jeff, Brian and Kathy, Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance through the final rites of Mom's life on this earth. We all were very pleased with everything - Mom looked very nice, very natural. I loved the extra touch of the pink "hankie" in her suit pocket. It matched her shirt perfectly! Everything about T/R, L is first class, the funeral home itself, the patio room and of course, All of you! Someone told me this morning that they felt the "celebration" of a life when they came through - just what we wanted! You did such a wonderful job that I will recommend you to all my friends and relatives!

Arlene, Rudy & Bruce

Thank you so much for donating and installing the memorial name plaques for Don Bricker and Harry Baumgartner. Thank you

Town of Vera Cruz

Your funeral home felt more like a family home where our family and friends could share in a relaxed way. I can't thank you enough for making this possible for the short time we had to be together. I'm so glad my parents had already preplanned and paid for their final rites - quite a gift and relief to us!

Wanda Smith

Dear Jeff, Thank you for your excellent help and arrangements for my brother, Larry Wittwers funeral. Everything was excellent & you were extremely helpful.

Karen Griffin

I was very impressed with the professionalism displayed by all the staff. They appeared to be part of our family. Extremely friendly & helpful. They all had immediate answers for any question or request we had. Thank you!! A special thanks to Brian and Kathy for services rendered.

Marvin Joray

Thank you so much for your service to our family. Your staff was professional and excellent in everything you did, but also kind, caring and compassionate. Several in our family commented on your service. Thank you for taking such good care of us at a difficult time in our lives. May God Bless you.

Irene Parsons

Jeff, Thank you just isn't enough. You made an impossible time in our lives bearable. Your ease in handling our situation has made this final stage of mother and Chris' lives doable. The services were beautiful and beyond our expectations. You and your staff made every step and stage as easy as it could be, at this time. Your courtesy and kindness clearly shows you put your heart in your work. We truly feel blessed to have had your help and assistance. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Stephan & Kay Lewis

Just a sincere THANK YOU! Spot on 100 % It takes a special person to do what you do.

Jennifer Aker Family

I would not change one thing regarding Ed's funeral and burial. I was surprised with all the people coming for the viewing. Ed would have been proud - if he could only know! Thanks Jeff and staff.

The Edward Risser Family

Jeff, I have really enjoyed reading those little books that you have sent me & they have really helped me a lot.

Irene Kirkwood

Jeff, Thank you for your caring and kindness. You were so flexible and helpful. I know that both of my parents would have been pleased with their arrangements. We all felt like we were treated like family by you and your staff. I am so glad that we chose you to make our arrangements.

Terri Bollman

We were extremely satisfied with every aspect of the arrangements. Everyone was very helpful in our choices. They are the best!

John Maynard Family

Jeff & Staff, Everything went so beautifully - no complaints from anyone! Thanks so much for everyone's kindness & making us fell like family. Sincerely,

Butch & Rita Mayer

Thank you so much! Everyone at Thoma/Rich was wonderful. You were all so kind and understanding. You went far above and beyond for us. We can't thank you enough for taking such great care of our precious mother and our family.

Sandy Gianelli

Dear Jeff, Our entire family was so thrilled with the entire process. Everyone was so kind and caring. We definitely recommend your funeral home. Thank you so much! Judy

Judy Johnson (Ossian, IN)

Jeff, Kathy & Staff, Thank you so very much for the excellent job in regard to my mother’s funeral. Many people commented how nice things were at the funeral home and church for the service. We appreciate all you did for us.

The family of Margaret Redding

Outstanding service and extras I didn’t expect. I couldn’t ask for anything to improve. It was exceptional treatment by the entire group. Thank you,

Don Coates

I just wanted to drop you a note to let ALL of you know that you guys provide a class of service that is far beyond first class! You cover EVERY detail with class, dignity and professionalism. Each of your staff does the same...even the gangsters in the parking lot. You can tell that each of you have genuine care, concern and compassion for the families and their guests. That means the world during this difficult time. Keep up the good work. If your facility isn't a model for the way things are done, it ceratinly should be! What a great business to have in our community.

Scott (Friend of Paula Rogers)

Dear Jeff, “Dad’s funeral service (WOW) was absolutely perfect!! Jeff, you made us all laugh and cry, bringing so many great memories into the service. I know he was smiling on us and proud of the beautiful service you honored our family with! We could not have had a better celebration in such a grand manner as what you provided to us. THANK YOU FOR THIS PRECIOUS GIFT YOU HAVE GIVEN OUR FAMILY!”

The family of Fred Coffee

Dear Jeff, You were so wonderful and kind to us at this difficult time in our lives. We appreciate everything you have done, you are a very special person. Sincerely, Pat Turner Dave, Kathy, Luke and Mark Golden

Pat Turner

It is rare to find the combination of professionalism and compassion, but the Lemler's and their staff have both. Their kindness and attention to details are truly unmatched!


Thank you for your comfort and support during this difficult time. Your care and compassion are truly appreciated.

The Krinn Family

Thank you so much for the hospitality you showed my family and me while dealing with the arrangements, funeral, and graveside for my dad. I cannot express how grateful I am for you not just answering my questions but how you answered my daughter’s questions. I so very much appreciate you allowing her to stay at the graveside and watch how the burial process happens. Seeing how you involved her in small ways was huge to me and is a very special memory that I hold dear in my heart.

Paul, Sarah (Merchant), and Chloe Ziegler

My grandparents, my parents, and Ez’s parents all have used your funeral home and we were pleased.


I greatly appreciate all the help and the ability to work with you via email and phone given my distance. Also, thank you for “putting up with” my extreme organization and many questions!


Our parents had pre-arrangements and it was a great help. Thank you for the compassionate care to our family. Professional, caring, listening, and kind are the words to explain your service. Thank you.

Larry DeBolt

I have nothing but praise for the funeral home staff! Everything was beautiful!

Deborah Morgan

All staff were very professional, caring, and knowledgeable. You all assisted our family very well. Thank you for your sincere concern and kindness and service. Always a wonderful experience to have you there. Thank you so much.


Jeff, Jamie, and staff are wonderful, caring people.


We placed my mother in the care of Jamie and Jeff in 2018. There was never a second thought on who would care for my father. It is rare to find the combination of professionalism and compassion, but the Lemlers and their staff have both. Their kindness and attention to detail is unmatched.


Thank you so much for help at time when thinking is difficult.

Thank you!

You all were very kind and helpful for sure.


Best funeral home in town! Jeff and Jamie went over and above to serve us. Unbelievable service and level of care.

Above and beyond

Bret Fair was great to work with. He is an asset to your facility. Thank you for making the day easier for our family.


You all were very caring and respectful with us. You made the process easy. Thank you for helping us in this time.


My family can’t thank you and your crew enough. My father’s service was better than we could imagine, all thanks to you guys. You guys really made us feel like family. Thanks for all you did.


My family has always used Thoma/Rich Lemler Funeral Home. A very great place and people you can trust to do a great job! (Dedicated people)


Compared to funeral homes in Northeast Indiana, you are top rate!! Our family has been using this funeral home for generations!

Top Rate!

Very Professional, Friendly and family environment.


You did a fantastic job!

Bruce Gregg

Loved the garden room! Mom looked great!

Becky Ringger

Keep up the good work! Everything was perfect!


Just keep doing what has been done for years! Bret was excellent, kind, understanding and very helpful!


Jeff & Jamie – you both made a sad & painful time a bit easier to bear. Thank you! The facility is lovely.


You guys were amazing! My siblings & I could not imagine having gone through this with anyone else. Five star service – especially during these trying times. We could not thank you enough. All of you!

Five Stars

Jeff Lemler, you did a beautiful service. Thank you for the book on coping with grief.

Thank you!

We all thought that everyone was wonderful. We would not want to go anywhere else.


All our needs were met with caring and understanding people. We felt like family and that you thought of our loved ones as your own. Thank you!

Pam Nixon

You all have done a great job and were very helpful during such a difficult time in our lives. Thank you for all of your help and understanding for what we were experiencing. You were very personable.

Great Job

I would highly recommend you to everyone. Thank you for making a really hard time much easier.

Cheryl Kensill

Keep up the good work! You’ve got a great tradition going!

Good Work

Keep up the excellent work. Your loving care was felt by our whole family.

Excellent Work

Bret was totally professional but caring when he came to Ossian to get Mom. Such a hot day, but he was calm and comforting. Mom looked beautiful. Her flowers were beautiful. Can’t thank you enough.

Valerie Jackson

Everyone we dealt with was very helpful and patient with us during this COVID time. Also made excellent suggestions that we may not have thought of. Thank everyone so much!


Everything was great and you took care of everything, relieving the stress of our family. Thank you so much!

Barry Shoaff

Simply cannot thank all of you for absolutely caring for us! The best!

The Best!

Could not have done anything better! We appreciate you all!


Thank you all so much for all you did for our family.

Billie Baublet

You all are the best!! All family loved ones that have passed have used your services. Comfortable, caring, professional during time of need.

Past Experiences

You all have done great & met my expectations & even beyond! Thank you for everything!

Jeff Hardesty

Thank you to Jeff and Jamie for being so kind and patient with us. Big-Big Help! Especially since we were dealing with a very difficult time. Top notch service and beautiful facility!

Angie Welter

Our family has always used your funeral home. The facilities are beautiful, but more importantly the staff is top notch. They always meet all needs in the most professional but kind way! Thank you for everything!

Top Notch

Great service, very caring staff.

Caring Family

Thank you for your caring support.

Kenneth Flowers

100% satisfied – You did an outstanding job! Thank you!

David & Linda Aker

Such friendly and caring people.

Dave Huss

We always knew we wanted Jeff to do the funeral. Our family will never go anywhere else. The amount of care we received was wonderful. Everything was perfect. I felt cared for and loved. In a time of uncertainty, Jeff and Jamie made it less stressful and took care of all our family’s needs!

Cared for Family

As a family, we felt so loved and cared for. The drive thru calling was amazing and we felt safe.

Cared for Family

We were treated as family, very friendly, took care of anything we needed. They made this difficult time a little better.

Georgetta Eldridge

Bret did an amazing job with every little detail. He was very caring and compassionate.


You guys are the Best! Thanks again for everything!

Mike & Cindy

Thank you so much for your beautiful service and help during Mom’s funeral. You all are very appreciated.

Barbara and the entire Garrison Family

Keep up the amazing work!! We so appreciate your guidance throughout the process. And also helping us navigate COVID as it was so supportive and important to us to have a visitation and funeral where we could be surrounded by family and friends.

Amazing Work

You all do a great job and are very helpful and caring. I appreciate all you do during a most difficult times for families.

Marsha Powell

So respectful, so kind and caring. Thank you!

Kind & Caring

We had been to your facility many times to pay respect for friends. We were greeted at the door with a smile and we sensed the compassion! I am so pleased we chose you!

Rita Snider

Felt like you cared and guided us thru the process.


Thanks for making things easier. You all did a great job.


Thank you for your continued thoughts and support. You are both so sweet and kind. Just can’t say it enough.

Sweet & Kind

I was very pleased with your “care” of Bill, me and my family and guests. I appreciate you and you told me all I needed to know to be in the correct places and told me what was next. You two are the BEST.

Bill's Family

Jeff was very helpful & kind, very knowledgeable! Jamie went above and beyond to help!!!


A big Thank You to Jeff Lemler, his Family, and Staff, for the care and heartfelt concern we have received at the loss of my wife of 69 years, mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, Nina Rittenhouse

George Rittenhouse December 29, 2021

Thank you for all the respect and amazing care you gave to my father after his passing. Along with the pure kindness and understanding towards me and my family during this tough time in our lives. You truly made this process extremely easy and seamless.

Tabitha Schwyn & The family of John M. Fleming

Thank you for all you did to get us through that difficult time. My mother looked beautiful. The service was lovely. We were very well taken care of with your excellent service. Again, thank you!

The family of Mary Jane McKnight

Thank you for helping to make mother’s memorial service so lovely. I know she would have been pleased with all you and your team did for us. I was so impressed with the condition of the funeral home. So many in my area are old and smell musty. I thought the chapel was a perfect venue for the ceremony. The set up was so nice, and the flower and candle arrangements were just perfect. Mother would have been very pleased with everything.

Susan Kuhn

The entire staff was more than caring, they were bending over to make sure our entire family was well taken care of. Thank you!

Tim Steffen

I would definitely recommend your business. It couldn’t have gone any smoother. Thank you.

Definitely Recommend

I thank you so much for the patience, care and detail you all gave at Rick’s passing. I’ve seen God’s hand in so many things during this time and you all were one of those ways.

The Family of Rick Garton

We cannot express our appreciation for the exceptional care and beautiful service you provided for our grandson and our family. It was absolutely perfect.

Sandra & Doug Williams

You made things so easy for us. Thank you so much!

Thankful Family

You people are just awesome to work with. You took a lot off our plate and made everything easy on the family.

The Petty Family

I have always been partial to Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home for their caring compassionate services. There is always someone to greet you, it’s always immaculately clean, and every detail is taken care of. I was so at peace with my husband’s funeral and I know he would have loved it. Everything I wanted was taken care of.

Pleased family member

I’ve said it many times, but the whole experience was perfect! You all did an amazing job. We were blessed and my mom would have been proud/honored!

Abby Holloway

The Dream Team would like to thank you for the continuous support given to the concession stand and the Dream Team. It is greatly appreciated.

The Dream Team & R. Bricker

Thank you for the support and care you took during Grandpa’s death. I could see the way you cared for Grandma and for us all during this difficult time. You made us feel as though we were your family. Everything you did for us is so appreciated.

Shaye Higgins

Couldn’t have been any nicer! Thanks to everyone!

Dennis Bobay

Everyone we had contact with during our loss was compassionate, caring and helpful! Very appreciated!

Cathy Halterman

Thanks so much for going to all the trouble of getting the Presidential Memorial Certificate in honor of Dad. The flowers were a nice thought, too! Thanks again for everything you have done, it has been above and beyond. I know Dad would have been really pleased.


Thank you so much for the framed memorial certificate and flowers. My kids and I really appreciated getting them. They came when I was really down and were of great comfort to me.

Phyllis Rittenhouse

Thanks again for your excellent service to our family.

Sharon Scheiber

This has been such a challenging time for my family, but my heart is smiling through the tears because of the amazing job you did. You are truly a light during dark times and I want you to know how much I appreciated it. From the coffee to the warm hugs…Dad would have been so honored at the job well done!

Nick, Angie & Cohen

We wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We truly appreciate your caring and concern which made a very difficult time much easier. From our first meeting to the graveside, we knew we were in good hands and felt cared for every step of the way. You are a truly awesome group of people.

The Halterman Family

We can never thank you enough for the past few weeks. The pre-planning with Sylvia, making sure her insurance was taken care of, the funeral planning, taking care of Sylvia and making her look so beautiful, the entire service…making sure all our needs were met – all of you went above and beyond and for that we are so grateful. Your kind and gracious words, heartfelt smiles and comforting hugs when we were close to falling apart meant more than you can know. Thank you for all you do, not only for us, but for everyone who calls on you for help in their most desperate time.

Bob & Judy & Sylvia's Family

They went above and beyond any needs our family had. Especially at the time of body removal and some family conflict. Thank you!

Above and Beyond

Words just can’t describe how grateful we are to all of you for the beautiful services for my late husband, George E. Kaufman, Jr. Everyone thought it was a very nice funeral service and that you all are to be commended for such a memorable service. Pastor Breeding did a marvelous job on speaking. All of the staff were very kind, helpful and considerate. I am so glad that I decided to have this service. Let me thank all of you again for the outstanding job you did for us. Thank you for all of your help in making this happen.

Norma Kaufman

As you know, my husband’s daughters were in charge of making arrangements by my request. They said you were great to work with. The girls were very thankful that we had everything done ahead of time. I’m sure my children will feel the same way when I pass. The picture of Ken and his Cubs is hanging where I see it every day. He loved his Cubs and I’m glad he lived to see them win the championship. Thank you so much for your help and concern. It was superior!

Lauretta George

Everyone was great and made the entire process easier. Thank you!

Thankful Family

Thank you for taking care of Bill’s funeral. He really looked good. We didn’t have to worry about anything you had everything covered. This was very difficult for our family, but you made it much easier on us.

The Bill Rittenhouse Family

Great service, Amazing Compassion! Journey has been difficult, but your help made the journey so much better. Keep bragging on how helpful you were. Thank you!

Great Service

Amazing, caring, compassionate service. Highly recommended.


Thank you so much for the beautiful plaque and flowers. We appreciate so much everything you did for us over the death of Larry.

Linda Sue Kumfer

I was very happy with the services that were offered.

Debra Studebaker

Everyone and everything was excellent. We received many compliments on how nice the service was, and everyone who was responsible. Thank you!!!

Norma Kaufman

Preplanning made our experience very helpful. Thank you, Jeff and Jamie for all your help.

Craig & Connie Mounsey

We couldn’t have asked for anything to have been any better. You were all truly amazing. I have had many friends comment on the staff, the property and how beautiful everything was.


A special thanks to you all. You helped us through a difficult time.

Janice Miller

Great service in every way! Thank you!

Great Service

Jeff, you and your staff were great. You were so much help to me and my family.

Terry Conner

Your staff could not have been more helpful and caring. My family has dealt with Thoma’s for many years and you have always done an outstanding job.

Helped & Cared For

I really appreciated the service award you sent for Dad, and was pleasantly surprised by the flowers. Thank you for all your continued thoughtfulness – we really appreciate it. Your caring is a blessing.

Jim & Carol Myers

Words can’t express our thankfulness of the books, cards and concern you’ve shown this year after Mom’s passing. Everything you did was perfect – you are a blessing and handled everything well.

Mick & Connie

I think Jeff Lemler should be nominated for funeral director of the year, if there is such a thing. Jamie and all staff were so compassionate about any needs or questions that I had. I couldn’t imagine going somewhere else.


My sister and I want to express our gratitude for your compassionate handling of our mother, Freida’s, exit into Heaven. You both are kind and loving and it shows in your wonderful care and concerns for those who place their trust in you as we did.

Debi & Pennie

Very pleased with services provided.

Julie Reusser

Jeff & Jamie, Again, I thank you for taking such good care of mom and family. You both are so appreciated!


We appreciate the wonderful service which showed compassion, care and concern for our family. Thank you!

Appreciative Family

I want to thank all of you for your kindness at Lena’s calling and service.

Rita Knowles & Children

Thank you for your loving kindness Jeff & Jamie, you treated us like family.


Thank you so much for the flowers and the Presidential Memorial Certificate. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated. The books you sent me are wonderful.

Lauretta George

Couldn’t have asked for better care from staff during this difficult time. Much thanks for everything.

Appreciative Family

Thank you for making a difficult time a little easier.

The Marilyn Cobbum Family

Jeff, you made the process easy and comforting!

Jacque & Betty

We were very pleased with the funeral home and all of your assistance!!

Janet Herring

Dear Jeff, Thank you so much for all of your help and services for our Dad’s funeral. You made everything so easy and smooth and we really appreciate you and your company. This experience was difficult and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Gwen & Tricia

Jeff, Jamie & Nancy! Thank you for all you’ve done to make my mother’s funeral a special and loving memory. You honored her with a beautiful place and service. Your team comforted and consoled us through it all. You will always hold a special place in all of us.

Kevin & Karen Reed

Jeff, Jamie & staff, you all are very caring people. Thank you very much!

The Family of Lavon Ivins

The service was so wonderful. Thank you for being so helpful to our family. The arrangements were just what we wanted. Your caring and thoughtfulness was much appreciated.

Terry Sullivan, Athena Dedrick & Family

Thank you for everything you and your staff did for our family. Your kindness is amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better service to honor Janet.

The Janet VanZant Family

You guys did an amazing job…Thank you!

Kristy Squires

You provided an absolutely perfect goodbye for Kay. She would have loved it, as we all did. You absolutely captured her essence –and we love you for it. Thank you!


Your entire staff made a pleasant experience out of a difficult time. Thanks!

Nancy Johnson

On behalf of our entire community, we wish to extend our thanks for your generous contribution to maintaining the flags in the downtown area. It is good to know that people like you share in helping our community display “old glory” prominently.

Mayor Ted Ellis

Your overall business, employees and you, Jeff are the BEST. Thanks so much!

Peg Paxson

We were very pleased with everything. Everyone was patient and kind. The military service was so impressive – Dad would have been very pleased and proud. Thank you so much for all you did.

Jim & Carol

The staff were so wonderful from the day my late wife was picked up from our home to the services. I will highly recommend their facility.

Joel Howard

Thank you for being so kind and helpful with the whole process and getting Grandpa to Kentucky safely.

Thankful Family

Jeff and Jamie, Thank you so much for the card I received today from you remembering the anniversary of my mom’s death. It really meant a lot to me. Thank you, also, for the booklets you have sent throughout the year. It is so kind that you are there beyond the funeral to help out on this journey of losing a loved one. I can not imagine having anyone but Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home take care of a funeral for our family. Everyone working there couldn’t have been kinder nor nicer. You are the best and your attention to all details is just amazing! Thank you for everything you did for us. I will always be grateful and you all have a special place in my heart!!!

Joyce Accavallo

Howard & I deeply appreciated all of the kindness and caring you gave us. You have a true calling!

Appreciative Family

We were so pleased with the services offered. Outstanding services at a very difficult time. Thank you for all your help.

Pleased Family

All requests were met without hesitation. That was such a relief to our family.

Relieved Family

Jeff and his staff did a great job of supporting and mentoring our family. Jeff made our brother’s death, Ron, manageable and memorable for our family and friends.

Mike Swinford

Jeff and staff did an excellent job supporting our family in this difficult time! Many thanks for your help!

Kathleen & Mike Swinford

I have never met more caring and compassionate people. I thank you as does Claudia and Family.

Cliff Bouchez

Keith and I were very pleased and impressed with everything. You and your wife and staff handled everything.

Very Pleased Family

Jeff, Jamie & staff, Everyone was so nice and wonderful during this time. You made my father’s and mother’s passing so comfortable. I know they are very pleased also.

Debra & Belinda

Thank you very much for all you have done for us!

Rose Dailey & Family

Jeff, we don’t know of anything you could have done better. Appreciate all you did so much.

Betty McAfee

Jeff you did wonderful! Thank you so much you are very kind.

Pam Liddy

Don’t change a thing! Very well ran business!!!

The Terri Black Family

Jeff & Jamie, Thank you both so much for your help and compassion during this time. You’ve made this difficult and hurtful process much easier to bear.

Casey Householder

Care was excellent! So appreciated Jeff in every way and all the staff! Thank you!

Very Appreciative

Mom and Dad choose you because they thought highly of Jeff. I have to agree with their assessment. Very pleased & thank you for your service.

Very Pleased Family

I think our whole family has expressed our appreciation to you. We really couldn’t ask for a better experience during a very difficult time.

The Darwin McAfee Family

Jeff, Thanks so much for all of your help and energy regarding my Dad’s final preparations. You helped make everything extremely difficult incredibly easy and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!

Jared & Casey Linn

Jeff and Jamie and all of the staff, Thank you so much for all of your kindness and hugs. Jeff and Jamie you made Christmas in August very special for Mike. I can’t believe Jamie, you found fake snow. All of it was beautiful. I can hear Mike saying Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Jeff, you have been wonderful to me, filling out the insurance papers and helping me in every way. You two are the most wonderful people I’ve ever met.

Winnie & Kevin Markley

This note is to thank all the people (and there were many) who came to remember our Husband, Dad, Granddad, Brother, and Uncle Larry G. Kumfer as he left this earth for his heavenly home. Thank you for the cards, flowers, food and kind words. Thank you to Pastor Bob Miller for the funeral service and to Thoma/Rich, and especially Jeff Lemler for all their help. Thank you also to American Legion Post 111 for the graveside service.

The Larry G. Kumfer Family

The entire staff was fantastic to work with and available to every need or question.


Jeff and Jamie and the whole staff were wonderful and caring. You made everyone feel comfortable, you helped us thru our grief.

So Caring

Wonderful experience. Jeff was great!

Wonderful Experience

Thank you for everything. It was very well done in all areas. Thanks so much.

In Appreciation

Thank you so much for the help that you gave us during the recent loss of our mother, Helen Terhune. You made a difficult situation so much easier by your compassion and helpfulness. Nancy is just amazing. She was on top of everything. Jeff & Jamie: You guys are wonderful – our brains were kind of fuzzy, but you made everything go so smoothly. Thank you so much!!

Jaine Murray

The Wimmer family all agree, we could not have been treated any better. Jeff & Nancy were number 1 in our books. Thank you again.

Carolyn Wimmer

As I told you after my mom’s service (Mary Ellis), you are a class act! We felt very “cared for”; every need (& beyond) was met. The staff was so attentive & your building is beautiful – not “Munster-creepy!” Thank you so much for everything. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Ted Ellis

Dear Jeff, Everything went perfectly! We would not have changed a single thing! We can't THANK YOU enough for the outstanding service from beginning to end.

The Nichter Family

Dear Brian, I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful service you provided. The way you made sure his boys were included and the care you showed to them as very special, I can’t thank you enough. What a wonderful group of people! -Kim Dreiband

Kim Dreiband

Dear Jeff and Brian, Just wanted to thank you and your staff for the wonderful service you provided. Please give a special thank you to Joe Smekens. He is a very kind and special person, I will be using your service when my time comes. Thank you for making this time in my life feel special, Whimp would have been pleased. Thank you so much! Shirley Guldice Decatur, Indiana

Shirley Guldice - Decatur

Dear Jeff and Brian, You and your staff were very professional and efficient. All of our questions and concerns were addressed and a Very helpful facility. Your facility was appointed and accessible. The music and service order along with content was very well managed. Thanks so much!!

The Heller Family

Couldn't have asked for better service from Brian, Jeff and Nancy.

Shirley Rigby

The caring staff was patient and always made me feel as if my emotions came first.

The Dick Sark Family

Jeff & Staff are top notch! Always impressed by Jeff & Staff. I really enjoyed everything & look forward to seeing Jeff in a Wal-Mart parking lot soon!

Josh Cotton

To Jeff Lemler and his family and the rest of the family at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home on being picked as the #1 funeral home! Congratulations

Red & Betty Hudgins

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement, and best wishes for the future.

The Kellys

Jeff & Staff, Congratulations on your prestige award - A well deserved honor. Our family will never forget what you did for Darrell's funeral. A pleasure to work with you.

Sarah & Family

After the experience of the care and attention our family received during the loss of our mother, I can't imagine going somewhere else. It would be hard to find another place that would provide the kind of service you give. Thank you so much.

Dianna Eubank

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the many kind and compassionate ways you made our time of loss memorable and special. Also, being sensitive to our feelings and wishes that "if all possible" were met with a smile, a hug and compassion. Thank you again for a wonderful job that you all did and may God bless you all. The picture and tribute video were great, You all did a good job on them.

Family of Bertha Patterson

Jeff & Staff at Thoma/Rich, Lemler, Thank you, you did a WONDERFUL job with Dad's funeral and getting the Bagpipe player and American Legion to come help out. Dad would have said to not make a fuss, but he did deserve all of it. Thank you.

Len & Sue Smith and Family

Thank you again for the personal and professional way you and your staff helped to serve me and Sandy and our families. We will always be thankful for your help and friendship.

Frank Yencer

Your service was excellent in all aspects! Mom looked beautiful & would be very proud of the service. Sincere thanks for everything.

Patty Christianson

You all are the best!!! You are all angels. You all are using your God-given talents. The experience was so complete. Thank you so much for all you do!!!

Richard Kauffman Family

My brother and I couldn't have been happier with how our arrangements for both of our parents were handled. The caring staff and professionalism made a very difficult time easier. I can't thank you enough.

Terri Bollman

Dear Jeff and Company, I wanted to sincerely Thank You for your help and assistance during this time. It felt like I was being guided through these "waters" by people who cared. It gave me great peace of mind to turn over the memorial service to your capable hands and know everything would turn out all right, and it did just that.

Jeff Fuller & Family

Dear Mr. Lemler & Staff, Funeral planning is a difficult process involving emotional stress, financial decision making and uncertainty. We would like to thank you so much for your guidance through the difficult times with compassion and respect. You and your sympathy agents showed that we could depend on you to handle our funeral arrangements with pride in your service from start to finish.

The family of Josephine Elzey

Dear Jeff, Brian, Kathy, Brian C., Nancy & Jim P., Everyone was so kind and thoughtful! You took care of everything so I didn't have to think about anything else except Mom! Thank You!

Sherry Sawyer

Jeff, You and your whole staff couldn't have been more helpful, caring & professional. We are very grateful to you for guiding us through this sad time. We would highly recommend your funeral services.

The Holmes Family

I especially appreciated: Having the obit on the screen on the wall; Allowing us to throw dirt into the grave; Allowing us to follow the gurney out of the nursing home; Brian especially & all of the staff were very professional. We were completely satisfied with everything.

The Delores Joray Family

Jeff, We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for the wonderful service you performed for our mom. Your words were very comforting to us & everyone who was there. We truly appreciated your services.

The family of Joyce Noble

Thanks to all there from the Van Wagner Family. Dad had his prearrangements which made it easy. Jeff and staff were excellent and accommodating. We felt comfortable and well informed at all times.

John Van Wagner Family

Dear Jeff, Thank you is just not enough for all you have done. You made an impossible time in our lives bearable. Your ease in handling our services were very comforting to us. The services were beautiful and beyond our expectations. You and your staff made every step and stage as easy as it could be at a difficult time. You professionalism, courtesy and kindness shows that you put your heart in your work. We truly feel blessed to have had your help and assistance. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Stephen & Kay Lewis

I would like to thank Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home for the amazing way they handled everything with mom. They took extremely good care of our family and everything was marvelous for mom.

Jane Earls

Dear Jeff, I cannot express enough my appreciation for all you did to make the service so meaningful and comfortable for everyone. Thanks again! Linda


Jeff Lemler did an outstanding job for our family - we could not have had a better experience in these sad circumstances.

Ron and Jean Anderson

Jeff, My family was so moved by the care and concern you gave to each detail of dad’s “Andy” final tribute of his life. You listened to each detail as we discussed the family wishes, took mental notes of discussions that at times were lengthy, and gave my dad the most amazing tribute. Everyone was truly in awe at the depth of detail. You are a very talented director & Bluffton is fortunate to have you. Thanks again!

Jan (Steve) Yager

Dear Jeff & Staff, I would like to extend my thanks to you for all of the ways you served us during the days surrounding Dad's death. From that first morning when I found your sympathy card at River Terrace until the present time, we have felt loved and supported by your entire staff. Your willingness to accommodate our every wish was a blessing. I also appreciate the way you honored Dad as a friend and as a patriot. He would have been so pleased to see how he was honored. Your respect for our veterans, for the service they gave and the sacrifices they made is inspiring. Your service to Dad and to the entire family was always professional, yet never lacked a personal touch. You told us you would treat Dad as if he were a member of your family and we know that is exactly what you did. Thank you seems so inadequate under these circumstances. Your services, your support, your comfort and your assistance have made our difficult journey a little easier. God Bless!

Janet Heyerly (The John J. Pease Family)

To Jeff and the entire staff, Just wanted to express my appreciation for your continuing attention. The service momentos for Ralph are greatly enjoyed as are the flowers and bereavement literature. Your attention to details throughout our period of loss has made it all a bit more bearable. We find comfort in our friends. Thank you for your part in our bereavement. There is beauty in life even in sorrow.

The Family of Ralph Broman

Dear Jeff, Once again we thank you for making the funeral and committal and calling hours so easy for us. You took care of every little detail and were so caring in dealing with moms’ loss. We appreciate your sensitivity and your willingness to take care of everything so that we had no worries or concerns. You always go above and beyond with all of your special touches. We trust your good judgment and follow through so completely that it was easy to turn over to you. Bless you Jeff, for all that you do. You provide such a valuable service to people in their time of need. All of our best wishes to you – Abby Powers P.S. Your new decorating is beautiful in the whole building!!

Abby Powers