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Our goal is to be worthy of your friendship.

The Atkins-Shively Funeral Home and the Suber-Shively Funeral Home have each been serving the Piqua, St. Paris, Fletcher and our surrounding communities in Miami and Champaign County for over one hundred and twenty years.  You can be assured that our staff are always compassionate and professional and will work their hardest to make sure your experience is as stress-free as possible.

The histories of these homes are long ones involving local people like yourself.

First, the original structure of the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home in Saint Paris, Ohio was built in 1905 by Attorney Charles E. Buroker and purchased in the 1930's by Bert Richeson who converted it into a funeral home.  In 1946 Lowell Wickham joined the firm.  Mr. Wickham was originally from Sycamore, Ohio, and he was a graduate of the Cleveland School of Embalming. He worked for two years at Sanders Funeral Home in Richwood before joining Bert Richeson in St. Paris.  In 1950 Mr. Wickham purchased the funeral home and it became Richeson and Wickham Funeral Home. In 1967 John Atkins joined the business.  John was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  In 1974 Mr. Wickham sold the business to Mr. Atkins. Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home would operate until 2005 when Bart and Roxanne (Zerkle) Shively purchased it and it became known as it is today - the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home.

Secondly, the history of the Suber-Shively Funeral Home in Fletcher, Ohio began in 1882, when John C. Suber founded the funeral business and a hardware store. During this period, funeral services were conducted either in a church or in the home of the deceased. The present funeral home building was purchased in 1932. Original deeds for the land transfer were recorded in 1830 and the original structure was among the first houses erected in Fletcher. In the ensuing years, various additions and improvements were made to the accomodate changing funeral customs of the era.

William D. Suber, John's son, joined the firm in 1924. Following the death of John in 1938, William and his wife Hazel continued operating the business.

In 1948, the third generation joined the business; Howard E. Suber and his wife Betty.

All three generations of Suber funeral directors were graduates of the Cincinnati College of Embalming. These three generations maintained the motto "Our goal is to be worthy of your friendship". In 1982, Bart Shively joined the Suber Funeral Home as a director and embalmer, assisting Howard and Betty in the operations of the business. Bart is a 1981 graduate Cincinnati College of Mortuary Sciences. After fifty years of working together, Howard and Betty sold their cherished business to Bart and his wife Roxanne (Zerkle) Shively. Bart and Roxanne, a 1982 graduate of Wittenberg University, vow to continue the tradition of the Subers, keeping the motto:

"Our goal is to be worthy of your friendship."

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