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Eddy Funeral Home and Williams-Lisko Funeral Home merge

The merger is less confusing for customers and serves them better, says Mike Williams, owner.

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Eddy Funeral Home in downtown Jamestown has three licensed funeral directors including Garin Martin, left, Charlotte C. Wunderlich, and sitting is Mike Williams, owner.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

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Eddy Funeral Home and Williams-Lisko Funeral Home merged in October of 2021 to better serve customers, said Mike Williams, owner.

Eddy Funeral Home is located at 621 1st Ave. S in Jamestown.

“The opportunity presented itself that it would be most economical and less confusing,” Williams said of the merger. “Economical in the sense that instead of operating out of two facilities on Main Street, it would be best just to operate out of one and thus keeping costs down for families, so that was a big reason.”

He said more space was needed when most people were having traditional funerals but the cremation rate today is about 50 percent. It also was better to have the funeral home’s livestreaming equipment in one place rather than being mobile.

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Williams said he thought for a long time there was some confusion with having two funeral homes on Main Street located two blocks apart.

“For the public, having the Williams-Lisko funeral directors and the Eddy Funeral directors under one room is convenient for them,” Williams said.

Williams said he believes having one location makes it easier on the staff to provide the level of service that they want to provide families from one location rather than two.

Eddy Funeral Home has three licensed funeral directors. In addition to Williams, they are Garin Martin and Charlotte Wunderlich. Williams and Martin have almost 30 years of experience and Wunderlich has 10.

Merger brings positive changes

Having one facility also presents advantages for customers, Williams said.

“I felt that the Eddy facility was - there was more expansion for room and improvement including a new sound system, which we just had installed,” Wiliams said. “And other modern conveniences are coming.”

That includes paving the parking lot and improvements to the Eddy building, he said.

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“I’m confident that the Eddy Funeral Home facility can accommodate the volume and the need of all the families that we serve,” Williams said.

Williams Funeral Chapel in Edgeley also is owned by Williams and remains unchanged by the merger.

Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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