The history of the funeral home goes back to 1906, when J.B. Farris moved from Harris to Colony and established a funeral home there. He and his wife, Maude, served the people of Colony for four years before selling it to his brother, Orville Farris, and moving to Garnett in 1910. Here, J.B. Farris joined with Leeper Adams and Adams Funeral Home, when the name changed to Farris-Adams Funeral Home. Eventually, Farris purchased the business from Adams and changed the name again, this time to Farris Funeral Home.
J.B. and Maude were the parents of Dick Farris. In the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, Dick purchased the funeral home from his parents. In the 1960’s, Farris changed the name once again to Farris Memorial Chapel.
The Farris family “adopted” Reuben H. and Marie Feuerborn as their own, and were employed having active roles at the funeral home. He was a funeral director and embalmer working for the Farris’s until his death in 1956. Following the death of her husband, Marie then began working full time at the funeral home as bookkeeper and other tasks until her death in 1971. Their son, Dudley R. Feuerborn worked at the funeral home part-time through high school, graduating in 1969 from KU Medical Center of Mortuary Science. In 1975, he purchased the funeral home from Dick Farris and added Feuerborn making it as we knew it, Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel. In 1995, Dudley built a new facility at the Garnett location and in 1997 they built a new one in Colony. After 31 years, Dudley retired selling the businesses to his son, Reuben D. Feuerborn in January 2007. Reuben began working at the funeral home in 1989 as a sophomore in high school, while also working on the farm at home. After graduating from Garnett High School in 1992, Reuben went to Kansas City Kansas Community College and earned his degree in mortuary science. He worked his apprenticeship in Marion, Kansas, moving back to his hometown in 1999. In July 2005, Dudley and Reuben purchased the funeral home at Moran, now operating under the name Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.
After 31 years, Dudley has chosen to retire, with Reuben purchasing all three locations. He changed the name in July 2007 for all locations to reflect Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.
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