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.

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Our History

The funeral home has quite a history in Kimball dating back to 1886.  In the early years the funeral home occupied several different locations in town.  In 1948 H.C. Craig purchased the business and Gordon Wisda was the resident manager.  On July 13, 1949, S. Gilbert Allen became the licensed manager, assisted by his wife Betty, who was also a licensed funeral director.  They purchased the funeral home in 1958.  In 1966 they built a new funeral home at it’s current location at 609 S. Walnut Street.  On May 25, 1986, after thirty-nine years of service, the Allen’s retired and sold the business to Jim and Kim Cantrell of Calloway, Nebraska.  In November  1998, the Cantrell’s sold the funeral home to Rick Allnutt of Ft. Collins, Colorado.  The Allnutt family has been in funeral service in Greeley and along the front range of Colorado since 1886.  At the time of the purchase from the Cantrell’s, John Berg was the resident manager along with the help of his wife Carol.  Keith Jones, a licensed funeral director from Sidney, worked with John on a part-time basis from 2000 until 2005.  On February 1, 2005, John retired and Keith and his family moved from Sidney and he assumed  management of the firm.  Keith currently has twenty-five years experience in funeral service.  He and his family continue to enjoy being part of the Kimball community.

Our Valued Staff

  • Rick Allnutt

    Rick Allnutt

    A funeral director of 28 years, Rick is dedicated to being a leader in his profession and community.

    Rick is a fifth-generation funeral director; he and his wife Susan have five children in colleges around Colorado. They enjoy the Colorado outdoors.

    He has been on numerous boards including Hospice, Rotary, Better Business Bureau and the Boy Scouts Council.

  • Keith Jones

    Keith Jones, Location Manager

    Keith Jones has been involved with funeral service since 1986. He attended Kearney State College and completed the requirements in pre-mortuary science for the state of Nebraska. He attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in 1991 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Keith has been a licensed funeral director in the State of Nebraska since 1991. Keith is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He is an active member of the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce, Kimball Eagles, and the Kimball Country Club. He has served on the board of directors of Kimball Health Services and is currently on the board of directors of the Kimball County Manor. Keith has served as the District 5 President of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, spending time at the lake jet skiing and with his family. Keith and Melissa have three daughters, Brittany, Brooke and Brianna. They also have one grandson, Noah.

  • Carol  Hemker

    Carol Hemker, Funeral Service Assistant

  • Larry Sterling

    Larry Sterling, Funeral Service Assistant

  • Mark Anderson

    Mark Anderson, Funeral Service Assistant

  • Steve  Watson

    Steve Watson, Funeral Service Assistant