Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, Inc. has been serving Cadiz area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.
What is now Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, Inc., was founded by J. Lyle Clark in Deersville, Ohio in 1886. It is one of the oldest funeral homes, indeed, one of the oldest continually operating businesses in Ohio today. In 1896, Mr. Clark moved the business to Cadiz. The funeral home office was first located a block south of the current funeral home on South Main Street. He eventually acquired the McFadden Building on the corner of South Main and East Warren Streets. At that time, visitations occurred at home and funeral services were held in church, so the funeral business was comprised of an office and an embalming room. A large commercial room contained a furniture store.
In the early 1930s, Clark's son, J. William Clark and his wife, Esther Long Clark, took over the business. They expanded it to include a funeral "home",where visitations and funerals could occur, and filled the vacant lot with over seventy dump truck loads of dirt to make the current drive. The furniture store was maintained as well. They eventually employed Richard Kirkland of Cleveland, formerly of Freeport, Ohio in the 1940s and their son, J. Richard Clark in the 1950s. Each had graduated from the Cleveland School of Embalming.
Upon Bill and Esther Clark's retirement in 1962, Dick Clark and Dick Kirkland purchased the business and ran it as a partnership. In the late 1960s, they closed the furniture store and expanded the funeral home into that area, moving the office to the front of the building, where it remains today.
In 1978, Jonathan Kirkland was employed as a funeral director and embalmer by the partnership. He had graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science two years prior and had interned and was an employee of a large funeral home in the Cleveland area. Upon incorporation in 1985, Jon purchased an interest in the business. After Dick Kirkland retired in 1992 and Dick Clark retired in 1995, Jon Kirkland became the sole owner of Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, Inc. until his retirement on July 1, 2020.
Clint Barr began working in the funeral home in 1987. He, too, graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and returned to Cadiz in 1993, first as an intern, and has continued to this day as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Clint, along with his wife Alice, purchased the funeral home from Jon upon his retirement. Alice is currently serving her funeral director's apprenticeship. The future holds promise with their daughter, Joyce Barr being currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is on target to graduate in the fall of 2023. The Barr family wants to continue the funeral home as a family owned and operated business.
The firm employs others as well, who assist with callers at visitations and funerals, including several young people, who exemplify the company's Commitment to Youth slogan, making the firm both old and young.