History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
2015 will mark Weigel Funeral Home's 89th anniversary in Hamilton. The firm was founded in 1926 by Robert L. Klaus, grandfather of the present owner Robert L. Weigel II (Bob) and great-grandfather of Director Robert W. (Rob) Weigel. The firm was known for many years as the Robert L. Klaus Funeral Home. In 1960 the firm, at N. F Street and Elvin Avenue, became known as the Klaus-Weigel Funeral Home and was owned and directed by Robert L. Weigel until his death in 1975. Bob Weigel continued operating the business throughout the 1970's and 1980's. In January 1986 the funeral home moved to its current location on Washington Boulevard. The modern 8,000 square foot brick facility was designed by Steed-Hammonds-Paul Architects and was the first funeral home in Hamilton to be built exclusively as a funeral home in Hamilton. The firm shortened its name to Weigel Funeral Home in the 1990's. In 2008 Rob Weigel and Barry Richardson joined the company. Rob Weigel is proud to be the fourth generation of his family to serve as a funeral director in his hometown.
Our Valued Staff
Robert L. Weigel, Owner and Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Robert L. "Bob" Weigel is a graduate of Taft High School (1965), Miami University, Oxford (1969) and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati (1970). He received his funeral director and embalmer licenses form the State of Ohio in 1972 after serving his apprenticeship under his father in 1971. Bob has managed the funeral home since 1972. He married Rebecca (Becky) Stitsinger on December 28, 1968. They are the parents of four children. The youngest, Rob, works with his father at the funeral home and he is the fourth generation in this family business. Becky is a speech-language pathologist. She worked over forty years with the Hamilton City Schools with multi-handicapped children. She continues to work with children in a pre-school program.
Bob has been involved with a number of local organizations including the Hamilton Rotary Club, New London Hills Club, Hamilton-Fairfield Heart Association, Westover Retirement Community-Colonial-Community First Solutions and Fort Hamilton Hospital ,serving as chairman of each of these organizations. Additionally, he served five terms on Hamilton City Council including four years as Mayor of Hamilton. He is a member of Washington Lodge, #17, F&AM, Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He is an avid golfer and a member of Hamilton BPO Elks. Bob was honored in 2011 as Hamilton’s "Citizen of the Year" for his part in keeping Fort Hamilton Hospital a full service community hospital in Hamilton. In 2012, He was honored by Junior Achievement by being named to the Greater Butler County Business Hall of Fame. Bob continues to work full time at the funeral home and considers his highest calling to be "helping families in a time of need".
Robert W. Weigel, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Robert W. Weigel is a life long resident of Hamilton, Ohio. He is a 2003 graduate of Hamilton High School and a 2008 graduate of Wright State University. After graduation Rob enrolled in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS). In January of 2011 Rob became licensed as an Ohio Funeral Director and Embalmer. Rob is the fourth generation of his family to graduate from CCMS and work in the funeral profession. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Rob is also involved in several community organizations including the Hamilton Rotary Club, Partners in Prime, The Fitton Family YMCA, The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and most recently sits on the board of education for Hamilton City Schools.
Barry A. Richardson, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Barry was raised on his family farm in Oxford and a graduate of Talawanda High School. He has been working in the funeral industry since his graduation from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1973. Barry married the former Marla Cook, of Hamilton, in 1976. Marla, a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Miami University and currently works at Fort Hamilton Hospital. Together they have two sons, John and Todd, and six grandchildren.
Barry and Marla are active members of The Presbyterian Church focusing on missionary work. Barry is also a member of Kiwanis, and Benjamin Franklin Lodge #719 of Hamilton. Barry considers him self a true "People Person" and receives a great deal of satisfaction working people. His hobbies include working on the family farm, enjoying family, and traveling.