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Breit Hawkins at 816-324-3166
Gladden Stamey at 816-232-2722

About Us

Breit Funeral Home began operations at 408 West Market Street in Savannah, Missouri in 1926 under the ownership of Ellis and Mary Breit. Similarly, in 1934 Roy and Blanche Stamey at 2335 St. Joseph Avenue in St. Joseph, Missouri established the Stamey Funeral Home.

The two separate businesses served neighboring communities without any idea that anything more than providing funeral services to their local families would ever link the two establishments.

Both funeral homes underwent ownership changes prior to this link being made. In 1956, Roy Stamey died, leaving Mrs. Stamey to carry on with the operation of the business until 1974 when she sold an interest to Bill and Billie Lindsey. In 1980, Mrs. Stamey retired and sold her remaining interest to the Lindseys and the name was changed to Stamey-Lindsey Funeral Home.

In 1958 James and Phyllis Hawkins bought an interest in the Breit Funeral Home and became sole owners in 1968 upon Mr. & Mrs. Breit’s retirement. Ron Crouse joined Breit & Hawkins Funeral Home as an embalmer and funeral director in 1974. Ron and Virginia Crouse purchased the business in 1984. As the local community grew, Mr. and Mrs. Crouse designed and built the current location at 1010 South 71 Highway. The Crouse’s personalization and care eased the burden of grieving families until their retirement in 2005.

Terry Gladden purchased the Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home in April, 2005, and the name was changed to Breit-Hawkins & Gladden.  Mr. Gladden served Andrew County with personalized, caring services that have always been associated with Breit & Hawkins as well as with Gladden-Stamey.

In November of 2011 John and Christine Grisamore purchased both Breit-Hawkins & Gladden Funeral Home in Savannah and Gladden-Stamey Funeral Home in St. Joseph from Mr. Terry Gladden.  In April of 2012, the Grisamore’s decided to return to the former name of Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home.

John grew up farming with his family and grandparents northeast of Trenton, MO.  In the mid to late 1980’s when farming was tough, John’s family relocated to the Moberly/Huntsville, MO area.  John is a 1999 Graduate of Kansas City Kansas Community College with his degree in Mortuary Science and is privileged to serve this great community as a Missouri licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  John enjoys his family, hunting, and anything that goes fast and is loud.

Christine grew up in Columbia, MO.  After attending Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO she went on to nursing school in Springfield.  She has worked as a Registered nurse for fourteen years in the Psychiatric field and most recently in Oncology/Palliative Care.  John and Christine met in Columbia on a blind-date and the rest is history.  They were married in 2001 and have one son, Easton.

Breit Hawkins and Gladden Stamey Funeral Homes offer a comfortable, home-like atmosphere, one-on-one personal service, grave markers and monuments.  Our desire is to help you and your family decide what is appropriate for you at your time of need with only your best interests in mind.   You matter to us and we want to build our business on your friendship and satisfaction.

We are a family of faith and are thankful to the Lord to be in the midst of these two communities serving you.

   John and Christine Grisamore

Breit Hawkins Funeral Home

1010 Highway 71 South
Savannah, MO 64485
ph: 816-324-3166
fax: 816-324-6539

Gladden Stamey Funeral Home

2335 St. Joseph Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64505
ph: 816-232-2722
fax: 816-232-2735