Family service is what Haut Funeral Homes continues to focus on in its family-owned business, said Truman Haut, licensed funeral director.

“My great-great-grandpa started the funeral home in 1909 so that would make me fifth generation and it’s been family owned and operated since then,” he said. “We started in Gackle then moved up to Jamestown.”

Haut Funeral Homes has funeral homes in Jamestown, Gackle and Wishek.

Haut said the focus on family service is one reason why they added the Celebration of Life Center at the funeral home in Jamestown in 2019. People wanted a place to gather and eat following a service at the funeral home in Jamestown, he said. Before, if they wanted to eat after a service they would have to go elsewhere.

“... so we saw the need for that, to have the service here and then be able to offer a place to have lunch and fellowship here as well,” Haut said. “And we’re able to keep it all on one level so you can walk in the door and it’s handicap accessible throughout the entire building.”

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The Celebration of Life Center, like the chapel, seats about 125 to 130 people comfortably, he said. It can also be used for overflow from the chapel for a service. The chapel has a projector screen for tribute videos and a television is set up in the Celebration of Life Center for videos or for an overflow service.

Haut said they’ve had good feedback from people on the Celebration of Life Center.

“That’s why we’re here is to serve the families and give them the most options or help in any way we can to help them through that time,” Haut said.

Haut’s father, Roger, and uncle, Gary, are also licensed funeral directors on staff. Truman Haut said Haut Funeral Homes has adapted to changing times that include a shift from traditional casket services to memorial services. The funeral home is not the “dreary traditional funeral home vibe, he said.

“It’s more, a little more vibrant and uplifting, I want to say. And we’re constantly doing things, updating our facilities here just to keep up with the times and ... offer our families as much as we can give back to them,” he said.

This story is advertorial content that appeared in the 2020 Progress Edition of The Jamestown Sun.