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.

Our History

The Rodenberger Funeral Home has been owned and operated by the Rodenberger family since 1958. Over the years, C.C. “Bud” Rodenberger and his wife, Evelyn have gathered around them a staff of caring, compassionate funeral professionals, dedicated to serving local families in their time of need.  Since Mr. Rodenberger's passing in 2005, the business is now owned and operated by his daughter, Jerrie.

Our Valued Staff

Jerrie Rodenberger  Gray

Jerrie Rodenberger Gray, President and Licensed Funeral Director

Jerrie strongly believes in giving back to the community that has made her the woman she is today. Although most of her time is spent with the family business, she is dedicated to her community. She is on the National Funeral Director Association and the Ohio Funeral Director Association. She graduated from Napoleon High School and Findlay College . She is married to Kenny Gray, who retired from at GM Powertrain in Defiance . Together they have two children, Brent and Brooke. Brooke is involved in the current operation of the funeral homes, and Brent works for as a Construction Analyst for Mel Lanzer Construction in Napoleon. She spends most of her free time with her five grandchildren.

Jerrie takes great pride in the fact all three funeral homes continue to carry on a great tradition of service while maintaining independent ownership. With a tremendous support staff, the Rodenberger Funeral Home is able to provide services unmatched by any others.

Brooke  Gray

Brooke Gray, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brooke began working with his mother in 1995, and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1999. He attended St. Paul Lutheran school in Napoleon and graduated from Napoleon High School. He received his degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1998. Active in the community and in his profession, Brooke is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Director's Association, and the National Embalmer's Association. He is a current member of the Henry County Community Foundation and former member of the Rotary Club of Napoleon and the Henry County United Way . Brooke has been involved in the funeral business since college while he worked with his mother, Jerrie, part-time. It was during this time that he became interested in the business as a possible career for himself. As he continued to work he realized that working with families and ministering to people in need was very rewarding for him personally and he has been here ever since. He considers working with the people of Henry County to be a family tradition, and one he is proud to continue…and looks forward to many generations of his family serving this community. Brooke was married in April '06 to Cathy, who is a Science teacher at Holgate Local Schools, and they reside next to the funeral home in Napoleon, Ohio with there children, Jaxson and Lilah.

Bruce Sonnenberg

Bruce Sonnenberg, Funeral Director

Bruce is a graduate of Liberty Center High School and the Bowling Green State University where he earned is business degree. After managing several businesses, he began working families that were interested in prearranging their funeral plans. Recognizing his true calling; Bruce served his apprenticeship with Walker Funeral Homes in Toledo and received his Funeral Directors license in 2014. Not only is Bruce involved in the community, serving on various boards, public speaking and volunteering; but also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, trustee and past president of Northwest Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Bruce is dedicated to serving families in their time of need and focuses on personalizing the celebration of each person’s life. He is the son of Ervin and Trudie Sonnenberg of Liberty Center and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Center.

Dea Plummer

Dea Plummer, Office Manager

Dea (Rudolph) Plummer, daughter of Deborah Altherr and Doug Rudolph, grew up in Napoleon and attended Napoleon Area Schools until eighth grade. She then went to and graduated from Springfield High School, in Holland, Ohio. She is a 2004 graduate of Muskingum College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business and Economics. Dea and her husband Brian Plummer reside in Rural Henry County with their daughter, Hannah and sons, Jacob, Ethan, and Carey II. They are members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon. Dea has served on the finance board at Emanuel as well as on the Napoleon Elementary School PTO board as Vice President. In her free time, Dea enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and attending her children’s events. Prior to joining the Rodenberger Family, Dea was a department manager with Menards for over ten years. Dea is honored to be the newest addition to the Rodenberger family and proud to be working back in her home town. She looks forward to providing assistance to area families in their time of need, as the Rodenberger Family has for the last 60 years.

Ruth Ann  Gray

Ruth Ann Gray, Greeter

Ruth Ann (Schuette) Gray is more than a Greeter, she is family! Ruth Ann was married to Charles "Chuck" Gray, who died on May 30, 2000. Chuck was a one of eleven Gray boy's and is a brother to Ken. Ruth Ann worked for 21 years in the Farm Service Agency in Napoleon, retiring in 1998. She has three boys, Tom (Charlene), Jerry, and Tim; and 2 grandson's, Chad & Jacob. She is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Napoleon and is the Treasurer for Fulton-Henry NARFE. Ruth Ann can always be found at the front door with a smile on her face!

Keith Sonnenberg

Keith Sonnenberg, Greeter

Keith has been working as a greeter since 1998. He and his wife, Judy were born and raised in Henry County. He had 3 sons, Barry (Deceased), Mark, and Dan, and daughter, Jennifer. He is a life member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, where he is a usher and helps on the funeral services. He is also an active member of the Bert G. Taylor American Legion post.