Griffiths-Hovendick Beatrice Location

The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel Inc. in Beatrice was established on September 23, 1944, when Heath and Blanche Griffiths purchased the Bergmeyer Funeral Home at 16th and Court Street in Beatrice. In 1956, we built the first new facility in Beatrice designated specifically as a funeral home at it’s current location in Beatrice at 708 North 6th Street (on the corner of U.S. Hwy. 77 and Washington Streets).

Dick Hovendick (and late wife Jackie Griffiths) joined Heath and Blanche Griffiths at the firm in 1960, and Dick’s son, Rich Hovendick, became the third generation at the firm when he joined the funeral home in 1978. Both Dick and Rich are licensed funeral directors and embalmers and licensed pre-need salesmen. Samantha Thompson, the fourth generation of the family, joined the funeral home in 2016 as a licensed funeral director, embalmer and licensed pre-need salesperson.

The funeral home in Beatrice was fully updated and remodeled in 2015. An integrated video system was added to the facility as well as a semi-private family room.

Venrick-Griffiths-Hovendick DeWitt Location

The Venrick Funeral Home in DeWitt was purchased by Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in 1972 from the family of Virginia (Venrick) Petersen of Petersen Manufacturing of DeWitt.

This location features a chapel for visitations, gatherings, and services.

Griffiths-Hovendick Adams Location

The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Adams was established in 1972. It is located on Main Street in Adams in the original Adams State Bank Building.

It features a chapel for visitations, gatherings, and services.

Laughlin-Hoevet Wymore Location

Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home was purchased by the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel family in 1978. Before becoming a part Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, the funeral home was owned and operated by Wallace “Wally” Laughlin and then William “Bill” Hoevet. The property was deeded by Sam Wymore (the town’s namesake) in 1900. Jeff Nelson served as the manager of this facility for over 30 years. In 2016, Samantha Thompson (the 4th generation of the Griffiths and Hovendick family) became the manager of the funeral home.

Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home is a complete funeral home facility featuring a chapel with seating for over 100 people.