Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home

1490 B Street, Merced, CA 95340 | 209-722-4191 | MAP

History of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home
Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home was a continuation of the first funeral establishment in Merced County, dating back to 1876. J.E.P. Williams was listed as the first funeral director, with G.E. Nordgren listed in 1904. At the time, the facility was named J.E.P. Williams Funeral Home & Furniture Store, on 17th and K Street in Merced, California.

Around 1917, Chester Welch took over the funeral home, partnered with the Nelson family and formed Welch & Nelson Funeral Home. They moved into the new Masonic building on 18th and M Street in Merced. In 1930, Mr. Welch sold the business to W.E. Bradford, who ran the business until 1940, when the Hann family purchased the Mortuary. The Hann family changed the name to Hann Brothers Chapel. In 1954, the business was sold to Loyd Jordan and Howard E. Reed.

After returning from military service, Stratford Evans attended mortuary school in San Francisco, where he met Howard E. Reed. In 1957, Mr. Evans and his wife Helen purchased 50 percent of the funeral home. In 1958, they took over the other 50 percent and changed the name to Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Chapel. They remained in the Masonic building until 1968, when they purchased property from a local cemetery and built the current funeral home at 1490 B Street in Merced.
In 1994, they purchased additional property and built a multipurpose room to hold receptions and Asian services. In 2007, the name was changed to Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.

Since 1957, Stratford and Helen Evans have had a strong commitment to the people of Merced, and that continues today with our high standards of service to Merced and the surrounding communities. Everyone at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home is proud to uphold this heritage and commitment to our community.

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