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

Thomas B. Farmer homesteaded near Exeter, Nebraska in 1869. He farmed, but soon began to use his ability with wood and construction. For many years he was the only contractor in Exeter and built the first school and some of the current Methodist Church. He also built many of the old barns that still stand around the community of Exeter. He was soon asked if he would make coffins and assist in preparing bodies for burial. 


His son, Pauley R. Farmer, saw the work his father did and went to mortuary school. In 1917 he established a licensed funeral home (and furniture store) on the east side of the north end of Main Street in Exeter. In 1927, he moved the funeral business and began operating the Farmer Funeral Home at its current location in Exeter. 


Two of his four children became funeral directors. Burton W. Farmer, the oldest son, and Paul H. Farmer, the youngest son. Pauley R. Farmer was killed in an automobile accident just east of McCool on the old U.S. 81 in 1935. At the time of his death, Burton was licensed and was assisting his father. Paul was in college and later, in 1937, returned to Exeter and helped in running the Farmer Funeral Home with his brother, with help from their Mother. Burton left the business for a short period of time to move to Kansas City and Paul continued to operate the family business for their mother Ellen (Nellie Delaney) Farmer. 


When Paul was drafted in 1941, Burton and his wife Loy returned home and operated the business. Their Mother died in 1946. That year Burton and Loy purchased the Farmer Funeral Home from the family. Burton and Loy (and their daughter Connie) lived in the funeral home, sharing their home and their lives with those who had lost loved ones. Loy was most active in the operation of the funeral home. Upon returning from the WWII, Paul H. moved to Geneva and ran a hardware business for a short time before purchasing the Hrusbesky Funeral Home at it's current location or 242 North 10th Street, Geneva, Nebraska. 


Burton died in 1977 and in March of 1978 Loy sold the funeral home in Exeter to her nephew P. R. Farmer, a licensed embalmer and funeral director, who was in practice with his father in Geneva, Nebraska. Current owners include P.R. Farmer, John R. Brower and Shaun P. Farmer. 


Our Valued Staff

Paul H.  Farmer

Paul H. Farmer, Past Owner

Past owner from 1946-1971

Born 1912 - Died 1991


Paul R.  Farmer

Paul R. Farmer, President

P.R. is a life-long Geneva resident. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1969 and then attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science graduating in 1970. He returned to the family business in 1971. He is married to Betty Farmer and they have three children: Nathan & wife Liz Farmer and their son Liam of Elkhorn, Shaun & wife Heidi Farmer of Geneva and their daughters Ashlyn & Leah, and Paige Weedin and husband Drew of Aurora and their daughter Delaney. In his spare time, P.R. enjoys his grandchildren, concerts, riding motorcyles, and especially golf.


John R.  Brower

John R. Brower, Vice-President

John is a life-long resident of Geneva. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1973. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and then graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977. He is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. John enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding. He is married to Kathie Brower and they have two children, Nicole and Michael.


John D Steider

John D Steider, Funeral Director

John worked as a funeral director for Farmer & Son Funeral Home from 1981 until 2017.


Shaun P.  Farmer

Shaun P. Farmer, Funeral Director

Shaun is life-long Geneva resident graduating from Geneva High School in 1998. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2002 and then attended mortuary school in Mesa, Arizona graduating in 2003. Upon graduation, he worked for a brief time in Omaha before returning to Geneva in 2004. He is married to Heidi (Lightwine) Farmer and they have two daughters, Ashlyn & Leah. In his spare time he enjoys construction projects, yard work, running with his wife, spending time with his daughters, and golfing.


Michael J. Brower

Michael J. Brower, Funeral Director

Mike was born and raised in Geneva. He started a new chapter in his life when he left Geneva after graduating from Fillmore Central High School in 2004 and went on to play football at North Dakota State University for five years. After completing his schooling at NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in 2009 he continued his education in Kansas City, KS where he went to mortuary school and graduated in 2011. Mike then started his one year apprenticeship with Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln, NE in 2011 and after completing his apprenticship was hired on as a full-time member of their staff until 2014, when he returned to Geneva to start working with his father, John, and the staff at Farmer & Son Funeral Home. He is married to Heather (Carlson) Brower and they have one son, Emmitt Brower. His interests outside of work include; hunting, fishing, BBQ, sports, coaching, golfing and more than anything time with his wife, son, family and friends.