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Brad Billings

Brad Billings

Licensed Funeral Director

30 Year Pin Recipient, 2013
Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) 

The Billings family has served the greater Elkhart community for over seventy-six years in care- giving capacities, and we intend to continue for many years to come. Our vision at the funeral home is to continue building lasting relationships with families. After twenty one years, I am increasingly grateful for the new family and friends that walk through our doors. We become so involved at such a critical and sensitive time in people’s lives, that true friendships are formed between us all. 

Since my mother and father passed away, I have a greater respect of the sacrifices they made and what he as a physician accomplished in his lifetime. What an honor and privilege I have serving my families, in the city I love, and the many neighbors and friends I care about.  Every single day I am enriched by these life stories.  I have one-on-one and face-to-face contact with amazing people; people who are stronger than they realize. People who possess conviction and a desire to remain on course. That’s where we come in - I want Billings to be known for being fair, honest, and having a can-do attitude. There is nothing that we won’t do to go the extra mile in providing service and treating you as we would our own family.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most reasonably priced funeral homes in the area, although many expect our charges to be much higher given our level of professionalism, the quality of our facilities, and our ethical standards. Consumers and families finally can learn first hand that there is a difference in the service we provide and they do not need to fall into the trap of traditional loyalty many funeral homes attempt to count on. Today, being good is not good enough.    

In addition, we are so proud to be chosen a Veterans Funeral Care provider; to be able to serve our veterans, our heroes, is an honor!

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: brad@billingsfuneralhome.com


Jo B. Johnston

Jo B. Johnston

Licensed Funeral Director

It is hard for me to believe that more than twenty years have gone by since I became a licensed funeral director graduating from Franklin College and Mid-American College of Funeral Service after my early years at Culver Military Academy. I am originally from southeastern Indiana and have lived in Elkhart since 1990. It is my calling day in and day out to be attuned to the sensitive needs of a family suffering the loss of a loved one and be responsive when they turn to us.   

One of the positive attributes of being a director at Billings is that we have the freedom to do whatever it takes to address the unique needs of each and every family, both emotionally and financially. This higher standard of care is much easier to achieve with a family-owned and operated funeral home rather than a larger corporation. Each family has specific needs and expectations, and it’s easier to fulfill their requests when you’re not restricted by corporate guidelines. Billings’ families are cared for on an individual basis, and the celebration of a life lived is paramount to the Billings’ philosophy.   

I am blessed to have a family of three children and have found an even greater respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform having a son now in the U.S. Army. To serve our veterans with an honored last service is such a privilege.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: jo@billingsfuneralhome.com


Carla Forgey

Carla Forgey

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, I typically am the first person people see when they enter our funeral home. In this position, I have found that my love for people is even deeper than I had ever experienced before. It is partly the environment of the funeral home, but mostly the people coming to us in their time of need or for pre-planning. If they need a wink, a hug, or just someone to listen, I am there for them. I am an extension of the business and the services provided by Billings and so glad to serve in this capacity! 

Sadly to say, several years ago Billings Funeral Home took care of my fiancé’s death. Brad Billings and his staff helped me every step of the way with their attention to detail, and they were exactly what I needed to lift many burdens. 

I reside in Bristol, and graduated from  Elkhart Memorial High School. 

I cannot tell people enough how happy I am to be here!

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: carla@billingsfuneralhome.com


Brad McIntire

Brad McIntire

Altera Cremation Manager

I have followed Brad Billings over the years of what he has accomplished here at Billings Funeral Home. I like what I see in terms of their relationship with all those who come to them at a time of loss.  He has served the community and given back and continues to expand and change the business for the better. The environment is respectful, professional, and friendly focused on a mission that every funeral service deserves to be truly personal and memorable, affordable and dignified. 

My new role, after working as a Pre-Need Counselor and At-Need Counselor in other area funeral homes for 12 years, is Altera Cremation Manager. Altera  is a subsidiary of Billings for those preferring cremation - some 38% of Indiana residents. I'm a compassionate person offering services that are needed to people who gather together at this time. As of July, 2014, I am happy to announce that I have successfully completed the CCO Program™ of The National Funeral Directors Association of Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am a designated Certified Crematory Operator and can better serve the needs of families that desire cremation. 

I was born and raised in nearby Shipshewana and graduated from International Business School in Fort Wayne. I have spent the last 30 years happily married to Pam, and we have raised two children and enjoy our four lovely grandchildren.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: bradmac@billingsfuneralhome.com


Gary Sheets

Gary Sheets

Associate

Growing up the son of Elkhart’s beloved Pastor Oscar Sheets, it was instilled early on in our home the importance of caring for people. Daily I witnessed compassion and understanding toward people in all types of situations. 

I am proud of the fact that I eventually followed in the footsteps of my father as well as my two brothers and became a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene back in 1994. I followed a calling that seemed only natural to also become professionally involved within the funeral industry. 

As a pastor, I have had the chance to help many local families during their time of loss, and now working with Billings Funeral Home will give me added opportunities to be of service. Brad Billings and Jo Johnston have been personal friends of mine for many years. They, along with the entire staff at Billings, hold to a very high spiritual, moral and ethical standard, one of many positive reasons I choose to fulfill my calling here. 

When you come into our funeral home, you can count on me to greet you with a smile, handshake, and hot cup of coffee. I will also do my very best to offer you words of encouragement and direction no matter what your faith background. 

I reside in Bristol with my wonderful wife and three children. We love to fish on Lake Michigan in our boat when we have some spare time. I have served as a police officer for the town of Bristol and am currently proud to serve as Bristol Police Chaplain.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425


Beryl Billings

Beryl Billings

Beryl Billings Stone, sister to owner Brad Billings, has resigned from the business at the end of 2014, after 16 years. She wished to put more of her time to focus on and support Faithful Friends Pet Aftercare Services, with her husband Randy Stone.  We will miss her, and wish her well in growing her business.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425


Lyndal Wolf

Licensed Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Jonesboro, Indiana where I graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1974. Upon graduation, I joined the United States Air Force and served 14 years active duty. I’ve also served in the United States Air Force Reserve and the Indiana National Guard.

I am a passionate and dedicated funeral director serving the needs of all families and have been since graduating from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in 2001. Being passionate about serving families makes it a great desire to see that families get the services that honor the life of their loved ones. Being an Air Force Veteran it is extremely important that all veterans receive the honors they deserve for the sacrifices they made for our country. Here at Billings Funeral Home I have the latitude to meet and exceed the needs of each and every family I serve.  

I have been married to my wonderful wife Lorraine for 39 years and am blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.  In my free time, I enjoy camping, fishing, and hunting. I also enjoy auto racing, motorcycle riding, and baseball.  

To continue serving my community our veterans and families I am an active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: lyndal@billingsfuneralhome.com


Liz Garcia

Family Service Advisor

Although I was born in Chicago and raised in Detroit, I have always had strong ties to the Elkhart area. My mom was raised in Elkhart as was my grandma and I have a large extended family here, as well. We came to Elkhart to visit often when I was younger and I’ve always felt at home here, so in 1996 I made it official and I don’t think I could have chosen of a better place to raise my girls.

In late 2002, my mother died having never talked to me or my sister about how to handle things, this left my sister and I responsible for everything from picking a funeral home to deciding whether to do a burial or cremation to paying for all of it. We were lost, we didn’t know what she would have wanted, we didn’t know anything at all. We did the best we could but neither one of us knows if we did what she would have wanted. As often happens, my grandma died within months of my mom. I went to the Funeral Home to make her arrangements, this time feeling more prepared than I had been with my mom. The funeral director only had two questions for me, one was what day I wanted her services and the second question was what color flowers I wanted for her. No gathering of information, no picking out a casket, no wondering what she wanted, because my grandmother had gone in years earlier and made all her own decisions, she even prepaid for everything she had chosen. I was so relieved and thankful, I never knew that was an option

Fast forward 5 years, while looking in the classifieds, I saw an ad with an 800 number and a single question “Do you think you could sell funerals?” I thought I could so I called and was hired, trained and placed in a local funeral home. It was difficult at first, there was a lot to learn but I enjoyed it. That was over a decade ago, I have been helping families with funeral arrangements and cemetery needs in our community since 2007. I teach people how simple it is to spare their loved ones the emotional and financial burdens placed on them at the time of a death. Whether I am giving a presentation to the public, meeting with people in the comfort of their own home or sitting with them at the funeral home, my message remains the same; prearranging can and should be done, it is simple and it is truly a gift to your loved ones. It costs nothing to make prearrangements, although, prepaying is an option and payments are available, doing it provides a price lock guarantee, can spare your family from a possible heavy financial burden, and most of all, makes certain no one is left wondering if they did the right thing. It is the final gift you can give your loved ones.

Contact me and I will work with you to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Telephone: 1-574-264-2425

Email: liz@billingsfuneralhome.com


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