About Us

Our Staff

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Brandon R. Welch President

Brandon R. Welch, born in Ponca City, OK, and raised in Arkansas City, attended Arkansas City High School, Butler County Community College, Texas Tech University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He returned to his hometown and joined the staff in September 1997 after serving his apprenticeship in Wisconsin. In July of 2007, Brandon bought into the funeral home and served Secretary/Treasurer of the company. On September 1, 2008 he bought the controlling interest of the funeral home and continues to operate the firm under local ownership. Brandon was the past President of Rotary International, past president of the board for the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time Brandon enjoys flying, coaching little league sports, hunting, fishing, golf and attends the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City. Brandon is married to the former M. Jan Meloy. They have five children, Lauren, Parker, Gabriel, Peyton amd Maylee.

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Robert L. Ferris Funeral Director

Robert L. Ferris is an Arkansas City native. Robert graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1981, Cowley College in 1983, and Central State University of Edmond, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in funeral service in 1985. He returned to Arkansas City in the fall of 1989. Robert is a longtime member of the Central Christian Church, Arkansas City Lion’s Club, Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Ark City and Winfield Community Theaters. Robert and his wife Kathleen have two children, Abbey and Ross.

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David A. York Funeral Director

David A. York was born and raised in Arkansas City, attended Arkansas City High School, Cowley College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College. He returned to his hometown and joined the staff in December 2005. He served his apprenticeship with the firm and now is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In March of 2010, David married Nicole Mangrum. He enjoys hunting, fishing, all sporting events, and being outdoors.

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Karen K. Sparks Business Manager

Karen K. Sparks was born and raised in Arkansas City. Karen started working for Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in May of 2000. Before coming here, she was employed at the District Court of Cowley County for 24 years. Her spare time is spent enjoying her grandchildren, Jade, Peyton and Cale. At the funeral home, she handles the insurance claims and the bookkeeping along with the payroll.

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Susan Paton Office Manager

Susan was born in Clifton Kansas and graduated high school and later business college in Salina Kansas. She is married to Alan Paton who is an Ark City native and works for General Electric. She joined our team in April 2010 after working twenty-five years at local bank. Her and Alan have three grown children and six grandchildren. She is currently office manager and takes care of our register books and memorial program.

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Dan Givens Funeral Director Assistant

Dan was born in Arkansas City and has worked for this community many years. Dan was a police officer and retired as the Chief of Police in the past few years. He is married to his wife, Vickie. The couple has two children. Dan is an avid golfer and very active in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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Brandon R. Welch

President

Brandon R. Welch, born in Ponca City, OK, and raised in Arkansas City, attended Arkansas City High School, Butler County Community College, Texas Tech University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He returned to his hometown and joined the staff in September 1997 after serving his apprenticeship in Wisconsin. In July of 2007, Brandon bought into the funeral home and served Secretary/Treasurer of the company. On September 1, 2008 he bought the controlling interest of the funeral home and continues to operate the firm under local ownership. Brandon was the past President of Rotary International, past president of the board for the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time Brandon enjoys flying, coaching little league sports, hunting, fishing, golf and attends the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City. Brandon is married to the former M. Jan Meloy. They have five children, Lauren, Parker, Gabriel, Peyton amd Maylee.

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Robert L. Ferris

Funeral Director

Robert L. Ferris is an Arkansas City native. Robert graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1981, Cowley College in 1983, and Central State University of Edmond, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in funeral service in 1985. He returned to Arkansas City in the fall of 1989. Robert is a longtime member of the Central Christian Church, Arkansas City Lion’s Club, Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Ark City and Winfield Community Theaters. Robert and his wife Kathleen have two children, Abbey and Ross.

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David A. York

Funeral Director

David A. York was born and raised in Arkansas City, attended Arkansas City High School, Cowley College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College. He returned to his hometown and joined the staff in December 2005. He served his apprenticeship with the firm and now is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In March of 2010, David married Nicole Mangrum. He enjoys hunting, fishing, all sporting events, and being outdoors.

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Karen K. Sparks

Business Manager

Karen K. Sparks was born and raised in Arkansas City. Karen started working for Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in May of 2000. Before coming here, she was employed at the District Court of Cowley County for 24 years. Her spare time is spent enjoying her grandchildren, Jade, Peyton and Cale. At the funeral home, she handles the insurance claims and the bookkeeping along with the payroll.

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Susan Paton

Office Manager

Susan was born in Clifton Kansas and graduated high school and later business college in Salina Kansas. She is married to Alan Paton who is an Ark City native and works for General Electric. She joined our team in April 2010 after working twenty-five years at local bank. Her and Alan have three grown children and six grandchildren. She is currently office manager and takes care of our register books and memorial program.

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Dan Givens

Funeral Director Assistant

Dan was born in Arkansas City and has worked for this community many years. Dan was a police officer and retired as the Chief of Police in the past few years. He is married to his wife, Vickie. The couple has two children. Dan is an avid golfer and very active in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.