Our History

Our History

McGeehan Funeral Homes is honored to be a part of the rich history of this community. We look forward to making history alongside you for many years to come.

Our Martin Chapel in Chesaning

Our Martin Chapel is one of the oldest funeral homes in Michigan. Formerly the Walker Funeral Home, it was established in 1856 by O.F. Walker. Mr. Walker was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade, and he started out selling handmade coffins. Through this trade, he became involved in the undertaking business. His original furniture shop and undertaking trade was located in the present-day Malt Shoppe across the street from us. In 1884, Walker built one of Chesaning’s first brick buildings to accomodate his growing business. In the early 1890s, O.F. Walker’s son W.B. “Bert” Walker joined the family business. Bert received one of the first Embalmer’s Licenses ever issued in the state of Michigan in 1901. The license, numbered 15, still hangs in our office today.

Bert died in 1936, and F.B. Walker (O.F. Walker’s nephew) ran the funeral home for over 20 years. He sold it to Ray and Mary Martin in 1959, who renamed it the Walker-Martin Funeral Home. In 1983, Ray sold the business to his son, Daniel R. and Laura Martin. Dan and Laura operated the business for 32 years before selling it to the Nelson-House Funeral Homes family in 2015. At that time, Tyler and Adrianna McGeehan moved into the Martin Chapel to manage the funeral home. After 4 years, they acquired the business from Nelson-House and renamed it to match their family name and honor their predececessors, McGeehan Funeral Homes, Martin Chapel.

The original Walker Funeral Home has continuously served the greater Chesaning community for over 160 years. We could not be more honored and privileged to continue that heritage for years to come.

Our New Lothrop Chapel

The New Lothrop funeral home was first established by Raymond and Eva O’Hare in the early 1930s and operated by them for over 35 years. After Raymond’s death, Eva O’Hare sold the business to Thomas and Pearl Whelpley in 1969. They sold it to Daniel R. and Laura Martin in 1988. Dan and Laura operated the Whelpley-Martin Funeral Home for 27 years. In 2015, Nelson-House Funeral Homes purchased the business as their New Lothrop Chapel. It was managed by Tyler & Adrianna McGeehan for 4 years before they purchased it from Nelson-House. Tyler and Adrianna renamed it as McGeehan Funeral Homes New Lothrop Chapel.

We are proud to serve this small but mighty community of family-oriented hard-workers.


Our St. Charles Chapel

McGeehan Funeral Homes purchased C.M Humpula Funeral Home and Cremation Service in June 2020. The Humpula family served the St. Charles area for many years, and we are honored to continue offering exceptional funeral service care to the St. Charles residents for many years to come.

Our St. Charles Chapel was constructed in 2010.


Our Keck-Coleman Chapel in St. Johns

Founded by Joe Coleman, Curtis Keck, and Patrick Goff and constructed in 2004, McGeehan Funeral Homes acquired the Keck-Coleman Chapel in December 2020 so its founders could enjoy a much deserved retirment. These gentlemen began a great legacy of compassionate and caring service to the greater St. Johns area. We are committed to upholding and continuing that legacy.

Upon the acquisition, Ken and Ashley Kutzli made St. Johns their home when they joined our team as co-managers of the Keck-Coleman Chapel. The Kutzlis have devoted their lives to always 'being there’ for families when a death occurs, and they are honored to continue the mission of Mr. Coleman, Mr. Keck, and Mr. Goff.

McGeehan Funeral Homes Martin Chapel in Chesaning
Phone: (989) 845-3420
316 W. Broad St., Chesaning, MI 48616

McGeehan Funeral Homes New Lothrop Chapel
Phone: (810) 638-5077
9405 Butternut St., New Lothrop, MI 48460

McGeehan Funeral Homes St. Charles Chapel
Phone: (989) 865-6838
209 Entrepreneur Dr., St. Charles, MI 48655

McGeehan Funeral Homes Keck-Coleman Chapel
Phone: (989) 224-4422
1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, MI 48879

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