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Jennings Farley installs county’s only crematory

As more Americans are beginning to choose cremation over burial, owners of the Jennings Farley Funeral Home in West Liberty saw the need for a local crematory and opted to invest in the only unit in Logan County.

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Funeral director Rick Farley and intern Katie Dauber stand beside the Jennings Farley Funeral Home’s new crematory Tuesday at the funeral home north of West Liberty. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

“The percentage of cremation is growing as more and more families are choosing this option,” funeral director Rick Farley said. “It ties in with our traditional offerings. Whether it’s traditional burial or cremation, families will know they never have to leave the community.

“Families will have the peace of mind to know that their loved one never leaves our care.”

Previously, the funeral home was transporting bodies to Springfield for cremation, but the new unit, which cost in excess of $100,000, allows them to tend to the process in house, and families who wish to see the unit are invited to do so, although witnessing the actual cremation is discouraged, Mr. Farley said.

“Families can tour the facility to see where their loved ones will be,” he said. “Our outlook is very positive about this. We want to be able to remove the question of where is my loved one going to be.”

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