HUNTERTOWN — Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is expanding into Huntertown.
As the oldest continuing business in Churubusco, Sheets and Childs has served the town and its surrounding communities in both Whitley and Allen counties for nearly 150 years. When the current director, Miles Wilson, purchased the funeral home in July 2017, he knew that he wanted to expand into one of the towns in which Sheets and Childs already served.
“We’ve always had a presence in Huntertown, so it was really just a natural expansion,” Wilson said.
Wilson has plans for the new Sheets and Childs Huntertown location to be one of the more welcoming and up-to-date funeral homes in the area.
Plans for the new Huntertown funeral home include a chapel that can hold 299 people, a large family lounge, a soundproof kids room, a digital registry book and the ability to webcast funerals for mourners who could not make the journey.
In addition to the new funeral home, Wilson plans to engage in the community. In 2016, Wilson and his wife formed the Churubusco Youth Foundation with the intent to focus solely on the youth of the area. Their first big project was to build a new ADA-accessible playground.
In Huntertown, the Wilsons plan to become more involved in Huntertown Days and expand the local park.
“We want to go into Huntertown and make it better than it was when we came,” Wilson said.
The new Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Huntertown is currently under renovation with an expected opening date for the end of 2018.