Goodwin Family Funeral Home started serving families in 1944, when it was established as Flummerfelt Funeral Home. Ross and Mavorette Flummerfelt opened the home in their residence, the Raab house. In the 1950’s, they were joined by Jerry Goodwin. After leaving to pursue a degree from Indianapolis Mortuary School, Jerry went to Northern Indiana to complete his apprenticeship in 1955. He then returned Vincennes to work with the Flummerfelt’s once again.
In 1968, the home’s name changed to Flummerfelt-Goodwin when Jerry became a partner. Seven years later, in 1975, Mr. Goodwin and his wife, Carolyn, purchased the home from the Flummerfelt’s and renamed it Goodwin Family Funeral Home. David and Tim Goodwin, Jerry and Carolyn’s sons, both attended Vincennes University Mortuary Program before joining the family business in the 1980s. The Goodwin sons were joined by Chris Sievers in 2000, who also graduated from the Vincennes University Mortuary Program. In 2004, David and Tim acquired the funeral home from their parents and made Sievers a partner.
In 2011, Goodwin Family Funeral Homes bought Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home, which returned the home to its former locally owned status. This home started as the separate Gardner and Brockman Funeral Homes before Keystone Group Holdings purchased and combined them in 1998.
Gardner Funeral Home has a rich history, dating as far back as 1816 when Andrew Gardner started making coffins in his cabinet making shop. Andrews Cabinet Shop, General Store, and General Repair Shop on Third and Busseron Street. served as the original funeral home.
In 1915, George E. Gardner moved the business to where it is today, the Bonner-Allen mansion located at Fifth and Main. This beautiful building was built a century earlier, in 1815 by David Bonner, before it was purchased by Cyrus Allen, a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln even stayed in the home on multiple occasions, in what is now called the Lincoln Room. Reportedly, Cyrus had to order a longer bed for the President because he complained the bed was too short. The Lincoln Room can still be visited today, serving as one of two casket selection rooms on the second flood.
Today, the Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home has an onsite crematory, and your loved one never leaves our care. David, Tim, and Chris are proud Vincennes natives who are excited to serve the Vincennes community for decades to come.