Our Story

Treasuring Memories for Five Generations
Did you know Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service is the oldest continuously operated business in Geauga County? For five generations, our neighbors have trusted us to serve them with professionalism and compassion, crafting farewells that tell the story of a life.

A Family Business is Born
In 1859, John Burr began his funeral business in the community when he hitched a buggy to his horse and offered to help with the preparations for a neighbor’s funeral and burial.

The Torch is Carried Another Generation
Henry Burr spent years helping his father, John, in the business before attending the Barnes School of Embalming in New York in 1908. When he graduated, he became one of first credentialed embalmers in this area.

A Legacy Builds
Henry’s son, Hal Sterling Burr, followed in his father’s footsteps, serving families at Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service for many years.

A War Hero Takes the Reins
Marc Burr, Hal’s son, was injured in France while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII and returned home. He soon followed in his father’s footsteps and carried on the family business.

Five Generations of Faithful Service
Marc H. Burr, our current owner, is a fifth-generation funeral director. He joined the family business after graduating from Mount Union College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Marc and his wife, Nan, carry on this rich family heritage of service in Chardon.

Community Involvement
Chardon has offered the Burr family so much love and support over the years. They feel it’s only natural for them to want to give back to the community. They do so by supporting local organizations with fundraisers and sponsoring many local clubs/events, including:

  • VFW Auxiliary
  • Fire Department Fundraiser
  • Rotary Club
  • School Athletics
  • School Theater
  • Local Theater
  • Lions Club
  • Church Functions