Burley Funeral Chapel began as Bartleson’s when Wayne Bartleson purchased the business from Ben Ronhaar in 1961. At that time, the business was located in a building near the old downtown area and was handling only a couple dozen cases per year. In 1962 Bartleson’s moved into a new building at its present location. Business immediately started to grow because of the new building and a new professionalism that was previously missing in the community.
Like many funeral homes of that day, Bartleson’s became the headquarters for the local ambulance and remained so until 1974 when the business split. In the early 1970s the funeral home also became the answering service for physicians in the area, expanding to region-wide and eventually state-wide coverage. It was the actual roots of McCaw Telepage.
Mark and Merrie Burley came into the picture in the mid-1970s, ultimately purchasing the business in 1984 and moving into the little 700-square-foot attached apartment. They lived in that apartment for several years.
In 1986 the apartment was converted into much needed office space. In 1989 the Burleys did some major remodeling, which included the addition of new work areas, garage and carport. At the same time a crematory was added to the tools of the business. With the cremation rate increasing, it was time to invest in the future. Updating and remodeling the facility is an ongoing process to meet the needs of client families. A reception room called “The Gathering Place” has been added, along with modernizing merchandise displays and updating sound and video equipment.
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