- About Us
John Pontius, a member of the Genda Funeral Home family since 2015, grew up in Blackford County where he acquired over 20 years of experience in the funeral profession working the majority of his years with Glancy Funeral Home. He is a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Science.
He is a member of Faith Family Church and the Kiwanis Club.
John and his wife Amy have five children, Andrew and wife Allie of Indianapolis, Mary and husband Clinton of Lebanon, Lauren, Benjamin, and Jenna and one grandson, Lincoln. They enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.
Certified Pre-Need Consultant/ Aftercare Specialist
Rita J. Betts was born and raised in Clinton County. She was employed at an air filtration plant for five years, a plastic manufacturer for 15 years, and a local financial institution for 15 years. She joined the Genda Funeral Home Family in April of 2006. Rita obtained her Certified Pre-Planning Consultant designation in 2007, becoming the first certified pre-planner in Clinton County.
She is currently active in the Frankfort Optimist Club, The Zonta Club of Frankfort, and Rossville Business Association, Flora Main Street and Paul Phillippe Resource Center Board. In the past Rita has served with Frankfort Main Street, Clinton County Chamber Board, Wesley Manor Board of Directors, and as a member of COACH Kids. She attends Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mulberry and is involved with several activities, including serving as Financial Secretary.
She is married to Mel and has two step-children, four step-grandchildren, and a special fur baby, Mandy.
Melvin “Mel” Betts has been employed with Genda Funeral Homes since 2006. He was born and raised in Grant County and moved to Clinton County in 1984. Before coming to work with Genda Funeral Homes, Mel was employed with AT&T where he retired in June 2006 after almost 39 years of service.
Mel gives of himself for the betterment of others which began with the Frankfort Optimist Club where he has served as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board member. He also served at the district level as Lt. Governor and Governor, and the international level as Foundation Board member and President of the Board. He has also served with the Clinton County Boys and Girls Club, Clinton County Foundation for the Youth Board, Frankfort Main Street, Frankfort Airport Authority, Frankfort Utility Service Board and is currently serving as President of the Rossville Lions Club. Mel attends Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mulberry where he is involved with many activities, including President of the Church Council.
Mel is married to Rita, has two children, four grandchildren, and a special fur baby, Mandy.
Atlee Oyler is a resident of Flora and has been a member of the Genda Funeral Home Family since June of 2013. Atlee, son of the late Glenn and Mary Oyler, grew up on the family farm and farmed with his dad and brother. After farming, he worked in the banking industry for 25 years, and retired from Lafayette Bank & Trust as the Sr. Vice President of Carroll County Market.
He has been active in the community his adult life serving in several clubs and organizations and is a member of Living Faith Church of the Brethren.
Atlee has been married to his wife Doris since March 25, 1961. He has three children, Alan and wife Debbie of Noblesville, Mike and wife Caroline of Louisville, and Julie and husband Dean Orem of Dalton, Georgia. His family also includes eight grandchildren, two sisters, Sarah Orem and Betty Hufford Sander, and brother Ed Oyler.
Atlee currently works for the Flora Park and volunteers at Maple Lawn Cemetery. He enjoys going to Florida in the winter, spending time with children and grandchildren, especially their sporting events, and golfing as time allows.
Don Hinesley is a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He graduated from Rossville High School in 1958. Don worked for Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo and retired after 35 years. He started with Bodine Funeral Home in 1999 and has continued working with Genda Funeral Homes.
He is a member of Rossville United Methodist Church, has served on the Rossville Town Counsel, Rossville Area Transit Board of Directors, Rossville Volunteer Ambulance Service for 14 years as an E.M.T., and served on their Board of Directors.
He and his wife, Connie, have lived in Rossville for 56 years, and have two sons, Mark and Robert. Don enjoys golfing, working on his cars, and spending time with his family in his free time.
Deb Walker, a lifelong Frankfort native, is the daughter of Omer and Ramona Sears. She is a 1975 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School. She has been employed with Community Schools of Frankfort, Manpower, and Subaru of America.
Deb has served families of Genda Funeral Home for 22 years through assisting with special details for families, Senior Olympics, Grandma’s Cook-off, serving the community, and supporting the staff here at the funeral home.
She has two sons, Aaron and wife Erin Walker of West Lafayette, and Brock Walker of McCordsville, and is the proud “Mimi” of three granddaughters, Lolly, Kaylee, and Stevi. Deb enjoys going to the YMCA, DIY projects, craft time with her granddaughters, going on walks, and spending time with her family and friends.