The Harry Garland home circa. 1930
Although the town of Albany has seen several “undertaking establishments” since its founding in 1833, our history begins with the parlors of Harry Garland. Dunkirk native Harry Garland was Albany’s undertaker for 57 years. He was operating from the corner of Water and Cedar by 1920 and ran a successful business there with his wife, Gertrude (the first female embalmer in Delaware County), and sons Donovan & Murray, until selling to Edison M. Rust of Ridgeville in 1944. The home is now a private residence and stands to this day.
Not long after the purchase, Mr. Rust relocated to our current location operating under the name of Rust Funeral Home. He and his wife Mildred, both licensed funeral directors, operated the funeral home and 24 hour ambulance service in addition to answering the emergency fire phone. It was also their residence; together they raised two daughters there, Marilyn and Judy.
Rust Funeral Home, later known as Parson-Rust Funeral Home
Health concerns contributed to the sale of the business in 1975 to Muncie funeral home owner E. Kenneth Parson II. The name was changed to Parson-Rust Funeral Home and was operated as a branch location for several years. During 1996, the funeral home was razed, giving way to a brand new contemporary building designed specifically for serving families in their time of need. In August of 2001, the business was sold to longtime employee and funeral director Chad Anthony Meacham who re-named the business to Meacham Funeral Service in 2006.
The caring and experienced professionals at Meacham Funeral Service are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.