Bittles & Hurt Funeral home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN 46135 | 765-653-6511 | MAP

 
 
 

History of Bittles & Hurt Funeral home

The heritage of Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home goes back at least to the early 1900s. One of the early owners was Jake McCurry, who operated the business prior to World War I until the late 1930s. He was succeeded by his nephew, Charles McCurry, and his wife, Naomi.

Charles and Naomi operated the McCurry Funeral Home on East Washington St. in the former St. Paul’s Academy, a school that was operated by the Sisters of Providence until it closed in 1921. This building was located directly east of St. Paul’s Catholic Church at the corner of Washington and Spring Streets. In 1953, the business was purchased by John and Frances Whitaker and renamed Whitaker Funeral Home. The Whitakers continued operations at this location until moving the business to its present site in the former Delta Zeta sorority building at 602 E. Washington Street in 1963, following extensive renovations to the building and grounds.

This location has significant historical significance to the Greencastle community, dating back to the 1800s. A marker placed on the front lawn of the funeral home by the local historical society states, "This site marks the home of John Clark Ridpath and later the home of Jesse Weik, authority on Abraham Lincoln." Mr. Weik , along with Lincoln’s former law partner, William Herndon, co-authored a biography of the life of Abraham Lincoln.

In 1976, the Whitakers sold the funeral home to Terry and Patty Bittles and Mike and Stephanie Hurt. Mr. and Mrs. Bittles sold their interest in the business to Mr. and Mrs. Hurt in the 1980s. The Hurts continued as owners and operators of the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home until September 1999

Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Dignity Memorial providers offer exclusive benefits, including National Transferability of Prearranged Services, the Bereavement Travel Program, the 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® and access to an acclaimed grief management library. As North America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, the Dignity Memorial brand is your assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction.

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