Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
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 Hrubesky Funeral Home in 1948 at it's current location on 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 Shaun P. Farmer and Mike J. Brower. Since 2007, Farmer & Son Funeral Home, in partnership with Kevin Perrien, also has an interest in the Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, Nebraska and the McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center serving the families of Clay County.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Shaun P. Farmer
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 the 5th generation of Farmer's to be involved in the Funeral business. He is married to Heidi (Lightwine) Farmer and they have two daughters, Ashlyn & Leah, and a son, Dane. He is a member of the United Methodist Church in Geneva and is actively involved in the community serving on the Fillmore Central School Board, Fillmore County Foundation, and Lions Club. Outside of work he enjoys all outdoor activities.
Michael J. Brower
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 college football at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota for five years. After completing his schooling at NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in 2009, he continued his education in Kansas City, Kansas, 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, Nebraska in 2011 and after completing his apprenticeship was hired on as a full-time member of their staff until 2014. Mike returned to Geneva to take over for his father, John, as a 2nd generation funeral director in the funeral business. He is married to Heather (Carlson) Brower and they have one son, Emmitt Brower and one daughter, Everly Brower. His interests outside of work include; hunting, fishing, BBQ, coaching, golfing and time with his family and friends.
Kevin grew up in Sutton and graduated from Sutton High School in 1993. He graduated from Midland Lutheran College in 1997 and then attended mortuary school in Kansas City, Kansas graduating in 1998. Upon graduation, he worked in the Nebraska Panhandle before returning to Sutton in 2004. He is married to Tonya Perrien and they have four children, Jackson, Dayvie, Garrison and Kennedy. In his spare time he enjoys sporting events and keeping up with his family.
Kevin, along with Shaun and Michael, is a partner in the Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton and the McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, proudly serving the communities of Clay Center, Sutton, Deweese, Fairfield, Harvard, Saronville, Stockham and Glenvil. This partnership was formed in 2008. Kevin will be working out of Farmer & Son Funeral Home some of the time, while still presiding over operations in Sutton and Clay Center. If you see Kevin, please welcome him to the community.
Paul R. Farmer
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 daughters Delaney & Henley. In his spare time, P.R. enjoys his grandchildren, concerts, riding motorcyles, and especially golf.
John R. Brower
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.
Paul H. Farmer
Past owner from 1946-1971
Born 1912 - Died 1991
Bob & Pat Becker
Bob, along with his wife Pat, assists us in maintaining the Exeter location along with helping with Funeral Services when needed. The Becker family has been associated with the Funeral Home for over 50 years.
Larry & Dorothy Smith
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