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Rush 'Bud' Eichholtz

Rush "Bud" Eichholtz

A native of Bellefontaine, Bud graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1962, attended the Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was a 1975 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon his graduation from C.C.M.S. he joined the family funeral business in Bellefontaine, where he became a third generation funeral director/embalmer. Married to the former Mona Brown, also a Logan County native, they are the parents of two children, Rush III, and Krista Adelsberger, and have four grandchildren. Bud is active in many community clubs and events, and is a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Bellefontaine and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.


Trey F. Daring

Trey F. Daring

A native of Bellefontaine, Trey is a 1997 graduate of Bellefontaine Senior High School and a 2001 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. In 2002 he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and became an Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2003. Trey also holds his Ohio insurance license. He joined the Eichholtz Funeral Home Family in 2006, after working in Loudonville for Walt Lindsey, Past President of OFDA, for four years.  Trey became a managing partner in 2012.

Trey is active with the Ohio Funeral Directors Association recently serving on the Young Funeral Director's Committee. He also belongs to the Bellefontaine Exchange Club. He has served on the Logan County Residential Homes board and on the Hilliker Y.M.C.A. board, where he was on the Board Development Committee.  He is the immediate past-president of The Order of Symposiarchs of America, Bellefontaine Chapter.

He and his wife, Kyle, who is the Assistant Principal at the Benjamin Logan Middle School, are parishioners of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, where Trey serves on the Diakonia Team.   Trey enjoys coaching his children in all of their sports and activities and following The Ohio State University Athletic programs.

Trey and Kyle have two sons, Sutton, who was born in January of 2009 and Rowen who was born in May of 2012 and one daughter, Bexley who was born in December of 2013. 


Dennis J. Sanford

Dennis J. Sanford

A native of DeGraff, Dennis graduated valedictorian from Riverside High School in 1992. He earned his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing from Edison State Community College in Piqua in 1998. In 2000, Dennis graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, receiving both the Dr. A.J. Nunnamaker Memorial Award for graduating valedictorian as well as the Charles O. Dhonau Memorial Embalming Award for demonstrating excellence in embalming. Dennis became co-owner of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes on June 29, 2012. A Past Master of Boggs Lodge #292 F&AM in DeGraff, Dennis volunteers much of his time coaching youth athletics. On November 28, 1998, Dennis married his wife Tara (Hostetler), who works as a registered nurse at the Mary Rutan Hospital Family Birth Center. They reside in West Liberty with their two children, Madelyn and Hayden.


Eric J. Tinsman

Eric J. Tinsman

Originally from Fostoria, Ohio, Eric is a graduate of Fostoria High School and has a bachelors degree from The Ohio State University. After obtaining his Funeral Director license in 1997, he worked several years in Mansfield and then relocated to Logan County. He has been associated with Eichholtz Funeral Homes since 2009. In his spare time, Eric enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Jane and their son Adam, who was born in 2009. Eric also assists the Indian Lake football program with their video support. Eric and Jane are members of the Huntsville United Methodist Church.


Kyle Van Horn

Kyle Van Horn

A native of Bellefontaine, Kyle graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 2004. He attended Edison State Community College on a basketball scholarship and earned his Associate of Arts degree. In 2014, Kyle graduated with a Bachelor’s of Mortuary Science degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. At graduation, Kyle was awarded the Arthur J. Russler Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Embalming. Kyle became a fourth generation funeral director/embalmer to serve Logan County, receiving his licenses in May of 2016. His grandfather, Myron L. Van Horn, was a past president of the Ohio Funeral Director’s and the National Funeral Director’s Associations.On March 30, 2010, Kyle married his wife, Amy (Bell). Amy is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at the Bellefontaine Middle School. They reside in Huntsville with their son Keegan, who was born in 2011.


Karla A. Haas

Karla A. Haas

Karla serves as office manager of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. She was born and raised in Jackson Center where she graduated from Jackson Center High School. She has been working in the funeral industry for 30 years including many years at Van Horn Funeral Home of Lakeview and Jackson Center before coming to the Bellefontaine location in 2010. Her family includes her husband Keith whom she married in January 1976, and two daughters, Danielle (Jeff) Davis of Fort Loramie and Tara (Adam) Rohr of Galena. They are proud grandparents of Elliott and Tatum Davis and Olivia and Tyler Rohr. She is a member of the Jackson Center United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoys watching her grandkids, going to their sporting events and watching all of their activities. She is an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds where she attends many games and enjoys watching them on TV. She also enjoys all sports including The Ohio State Buckeyes.


Susan E. O’Rielley

Susan E. O’Rielley

A native of Logan County, Susan grew up in Belle Center and graduated in 1976 from Benjamin Logan High School. In September of 1977 she married Tim O’Rielley, a Bellefontaine native and a 1974 graduate of Bellefontaine High School. Tim is an insurance agent at Hill & Hamilton Insurance. They moved to Bellefontaine where they raised two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Jill, married Matt Meighan; both 2001 graduates of Bellefontaine High School. They currently reside in Fishers, Indiana, where she is a stay home mom to their two sons, Caleb and Carson. Their youngest daughter, Becky, a 2004 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, lives in Bellefontaine and is a Guidance Counselor at Bellefontaine High School.Susan and her husband are members of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bellefontaine, where she is a member of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She is also a member of the Belle Center American Legion Auxiliary. Susan has been with Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes since September 1994 and serves as office manager of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty.


Shirley M. Sanford

Shirley M. Sanford

A native of DeGraff, Shirley graduated from Riverside High School in 1967. On December 3, 1967, she married Robert Sanford. Bob and Shirley have three sons; Dean, Jeff and Dennis and six grandchildren; Sydney, Olivia, Tyler, Lauryn, Madelyn and Hayden. On January 15, 2014, she retired as the branch supervisor from the DeGraff Branch of the Logan County District Library system after thirty four years of service. Shirley joined the staff of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes in February 2014, and serves as the office manager for the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff, Ohio.


Dane F. Daring

Dane F. Daring

Born and raised in Bellefontaine, Dane is a 1972 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and a 1976 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a degree in Business/Accounting. Married to Mindy, they have two children, Trey and Bryn, and five grandchildren. Dane retired from Honda and now enjoys spending quality time with his family at the “Daring Farm”, as well as watching all The Ohio State University athletic activities.


Janet Devine

Janet Devine

Biography coming soon!


Rush Eichholtz III

Rush Eichholtz III

A native of Bellefontaine, Rush graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1982. He is the son of Rush “Bud” and Mona (Brown) Eichholtz, and has a daughter Courtney. Rush has been a funeral director assistant with Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes since 2001. He enjoys spending time with his wife, the former Diana Buckingham, and playing golf.


John Engle

John Engle

John graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1986. He has been the maintenance supervisor for Eichholtz Daring Sanford Funeral Homes since 1996. He married Jennifer Tillman in 2014, and they reside in Belle Center. John and Jennifer have four children whom they are very proud of, Heather, Aaron, Erin and Haley. John has an appreciation for antiques and enjoys riding his motorcycles and spending time with family and friends.


Brian R. Gillespie

Brian R. Gillespie

A native of Bellefontaine, Brian was born and raised in Logan County and is a 1974 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and a 1978 graduate of Miami University in Oxford.Brian is the son of the late W. Edward “Ed” and Evelyn Gillespie. Brian holds his Ohio Insurance license and has spent thirty two years serving the funeral service profession. He is passionate about eliminating the burden of loved ones making arrangements on one of the worst days of their lives. By planning ahead of time, major decisions can be made thereby eliminating a process that families find overwhelming and for which they are utterly unprepared.


Lee Harbour

Lee Harbour

A Logan County native, Lee grew up in DeGraff and graduated from Riverside High School in 1965. He served in the United States Army from 1966-1968. In 1969, Lee married his wife Sara (Helmlinger) and they have three children, Shantel, Melissa and Todd. Lee and Sara have been blessed with five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Lee retired from Navistar in 2004 after thirty five years of service. He served thirty one years on the DeGraff Fire Department and also served on the DeGraff Village Council and the Greenwood-Union Cemetery Board for several years. Lee is a member of Boggs Lodge #292 F&AM and the American Legion Post #652, both in DeGraff. Lee has been with Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes since 2005.


Mike Kerns

Mike Kerns

Mike graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 2002. He has been an automotive technician since 2004, working at local car lots prior to opening his own business in 2008. Mike lives in Bellefontaine and has two children, Kayden and Madalyn. He enjoys spending his leisure time with his children, as well as hiking, fishing and working with his hands. Mike has been with Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes since October 2013.


Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson

Rick has been associated with Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes since 1969. He and his wife, Becky, live in West Liberty and have three grown children; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Rick is retired from his family insurance business and the Champaign County Communications Center. He is a member of Mad River Lodge #161 F&AM. He was a member of the West Liberty Fire Department for 36 years, and is an avid ham radio operator and model railroader. He is also a member of Mad River Lodge #161 F&AM.


Brandon T. Jackson

Brandon T. Jackson

A native of De Graff, Brandon is a 2014 graduate of Graham High School, where he was past Regional Vice-President and District President of Business Professionals of America (BPA). He excelled in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at local, regional and state BPA competitions. Since graduating high school, he now attends Edison Community College, where he is an active member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, traveling and spending time with his family & friends, as well as following Ohio State football.

Brandon joined the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home family in December of 2015.  Brandon is passionate about funeral service and takes pride in caring for the families we serve.  Brandon is currently attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to pursue his dream of becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer. 


Additional Support Staff

Dean Sanford, Ben Kennedy, Ryan Brown, Randy McCully, Jesse Kean, and Katrina Eversole


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