Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Homes celebrated 75 years of providing service to the Grove area under a big tent Tuesday.

The celebration included a ceremony by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team to dedicate the new flag pole placed in front of the Grove location. During the ceremony Jeff Brown and Jack Luginbuel revealed a plaque that states “This beautiful flagpole is dedicated in honor of all veterans of the Worley-Luginbuel

Funeral Home. August 2, 2011.

The dedication was performed by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team. Many from the community came to the ceremony and to eat lunch cooked by the family and staff despite record heat under the tent with fans blowing.

According to family members the name of the funeral home has quite a history. In 1936 the Luginbuel family hired Harry Edward Worley Sr. to run their facility in Grove.

In 1940 Worley and his son H.E. Worley Jr. purchased the funeral home from the Luginbuels and change the name to Worley Funeral Home which is how it stayed until 1991.

The Worley’s decided to sell the funeral home when H.E. Worley Jr. retired and the Luginbuel family wanted it back. Worley sold the home back to the Luginbuel and the name Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home was born.