On June 1, 1984, the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse was purchased by Kevin J. Dusenbury, Sr., continuing a long tradition of proud service to the Shinglehouse and surrounding areas that was started many years ago by Howard D. Morton and continued by Virgil L. Howard. As we mark 30 years of ownership and service to Shinglehouse and the surrounding communities, our pledge is simple. We will continue to provide the honored and dignified services that we offer to the families that choose our funeral home establishment. With the addition of our son, Kevin J. Dusenbury, Jr., we will be providing the finest in services and facilities that you expect from our funeral home for many, many years to come. We would like to express our greatest appreciation for all of those who have trusted upon us to help in your greatest hour of need. As Albert Einstein stated, “Only a life lived in service to others is worth living.” Like Mr. Einstein, our greatest purpose in our funeral establishment is to help you at your greatest hour of need.
When we lost our baby prematurely in October 2013, we were devastated and numb. Kevin and Patty were so sensitive and understanding, they handled everything so perfectly and with such compassion, we didn’t have to have any anxiety or worries about the funeral arrangements or burial. We were and still are so grateful for their care during that horrible time. They truly care about the people they serve. We are so happy to know that we have Kevin and Patty to be here for these times, as they are honestly the very best anyone could ever ask for in times of extreme grief and high stress. The last thing anyone wants to worry about is funeral arrangements and they are so thorough, discreet, thoughtful, and prepared that one doesn’t have to stay on top of anything in that regard, which is very comforting. Kevin even called months later to check in on us and just see how we were holding up. He truly cares. Thank you so much for your dedication to your community.