A Little History

Coldren Crates funeral home

The Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home in Kenton, Ohio has been serving area families for over 140 years. Originally founded in 1868 by Theodore Schindewolf, the business has continued to operate at the same location it originated.

Upon the death of Theodore in 1916, his son, Frank Schindewolf, owned and managed the business until his death in 1965. James Stevens, who was associated with the funeral since 1951, became the owner/manager until his retirement in 1986. Thomas Stout, an associate at the funeral home since 1970, purchased the business from James.

With the acquisition of the adjacent property in the early '90s, a major renovation project expanded the funeral home offering a spacious chapel, separate lounge area and street-level entry, making the facility handicapped accessible. The chapels in the funeral home have space for funerals small or large, allowing for comfortable visitations and services.

In the fall of 2013, the Stout family merged their operation with the Crates family. The Crates family has been in the funeral business since 1968 and has locations in Findlay, Arlington and North Baltimore. Amanda, Scott and Andrew Crates are second generation funeral directors.

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