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Funeral home purchase underway

The facility located at 201 South Market will be known as Hope Chapel.

Gallatin native David McWilliams completed the purchase of Hope-Eldringhoff Funeral Home Monday from former owner Mike Eldringhoff. Gallatin’s oldest funeral home will be renamed as McWilliams Family Funeral Home, and the facility located at 201 South Market will be known as Hope Chapel.

The total transaction is still underway, and more complete details will be announced in next week’s edition. Mr. McWilliams did say that Ruth Gay will continue to be employed at Hope Chapel.

Hope Funeral Home is among the oldest continuously operated funeral homes in Northwest Missouri. Founder Harry A. Hope came to Gallatin in 1917 and purchased the inventory of what was then the Gallatin Undertaking Company. Lenna Hope assisted her husband, and became the first lady embalmer in Daviess County.

The business flourished during succeeding generations of the family. The late Stub Richesson married Harry and Lenna’s daughter, Gretchen, carried the business forward. In 1969 the third generation of Hope’s starting serving Daviess Countians when Jan (Richesson) and her husband, Steve Helton, returned home and eventually purchased the business in 1982.

More recently, the funeral home was purchased by Mike Eldringhoff who came to Gallatin from King City. Mr. Eldringhoff has moved to Kansas City where he has business interests.

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