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.
Since 1983, Allen Funeral Home, Inc. has continuously provided professional and compassionate funeral service in a home-like environment to families in the Susquehanna Valley. For 25 years, our family owned and operated funeral home has purposed to serve area families with dignity and respect during their time of greatest need. Helping families arrange personalized services has become the hallmark of Allen Funeral Home, Inc..
" Providing Traditional, Contemporary, and Cremation Services to all faiths regardless of means."
" A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be."
- Thomas Lynch, author, poet, and funeral director
During the year 1955 Harry and Ida Mae Rishel purchased the elegant and inviting family residence of Harry and Bernice Keller at 745 Market Street, Bloomsburg and began serving Columbia County as Rishel Funeral Home. Harry Rishel distinguished himself by providing compassionate service to families experiencing loss due to the death of a loved one.
In 1983 ownership of the funeral home was transferred to Roger and Martha Allen. Allen Funeral Home, Inc. has continued to serve the Susquehanna Valley with personal funeral services emphasizing compassionate understanding to those suffering bereavement. The full-time and part-time staff of eight employee’s place primary emphasis on providing funeral service tailored to specific family needs and desires. Based upon a 30 year career as a funeral director in Columbia, Lycoming and Tioga Counties, Roger Allen has become convinced that " cookie cutter" funeral services provide little, if any, consolation or comfort. Characterized by comfortable and relaxing home-like facilities, Allen Funeral Home, Inc. is an environment where grieving individuals can find solace and begin the necessary adjustments following great loss. Rather than allowing a funeral to become one day within a lifetime, Allen Funeral Home, Inc. purposes to memorialize a special lifetime within a given day.
The many services provided by Allen Funeral Home, Inc. are greatly varied and intricate. Most families which place their trust in Roger and Joshua Allen request traditional funeral services which are distinctive for each family. Some families request services which culminate with cremation as a means of final disposition. Many services closely resemble traditional funerals but ultimately conclude with cremation and graveside memorial services. Personalized features of funeral and memorial services can be portrait enhanced memorial folders, personal memento displays, DVD presentations of family memories, memorial banners and much more. The staff of Allen Funeral Home, Inc. has learned that limitations exist only in the desires and imaginations of the families served.
Another often less known service that Allen Funeral Home, Inc. provides is that of Funeral Pre-Planning. Every year more individuals and couples pre-plan their own funeral services. Having the foresight to make their wishes and desires a matter of permanent record can spare surviving loved ones much uncertainty during a time of great emotional confusion. Additionally, when pre-planning a funeral service, forward-looking individuals can save their survivors financial hardships and preserve resources. As a funeral director, Roger and Josh Allen, encourages people to consult with him prior to making decisions regarding final matters. Although not a part of services he provides, Roger regularly counsels consumers in cemetery and monument or memorial purchases with the goal of enabling informed decisions which would not be available from a detached sales force.
The year of 2008 brings two factors which are very significant for Allen Funeral Home, Inc.. This year marks the 25th year of continuous service to the Susquehanna Valley by Roger Allen as a Pennsylvania Licensed Funeral Director with Allen Funeral Home, Inc. Also, this year will conclude the formal funeral service education of Roger and Martha’s son, Joshua E. Allen, who resides in Bloomsburg with his wife, Jenna Stackhouse Allen. Josh became a full time funeral service student at Northampton County Community College, Bethlehem, in 2006 and has been on staff at Allen Funeral Home, Inc. since that time. His education complete, Josh will become a Resident Intern of Funeral Service in the fall of 2008 and anticipates obtaining his Funeral Director’s License in 2009.
For the past 53 years, a level of compassion and personal service which is often rivaled but not duplicated has been provided at 745 Market Street in Bloomsburg, originally as the Rishel Funeral Home and presently by Allen Funeral Home,Inc. According to funeral director owner, Roger Allen, more than ever before there exists a driving force within the funeral home staff which the is commitment to get the deceased where they need to go and the survivors where they need to be.
Our Valued Staff
Roger W. Allen, Owner
Roger is the owner of both locations with one located in Bloomsburg and the other in Millville. He is also the listed supervisor of the Bloomsburg Location.
Joshua E. Allen CFSP, Embalmer/Funeral Director/Postmortem Reconstructive Specialist
As an embalmer and native to the state of Pennsylvania, Joshua has devoted his career to exploring ways to improve the quality of modern embalming skills and encouraging others to raise the standards of embalming in the funeral profession.
Following his education, he became a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania, Joshua then began the process of honing his skills in embalming, after attending the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills in Springfield, MO. At this moment in life, he began to understand and personally see the healthy benefits for families traveling through the experience of losing a loved one. Through changing the way he cared for the deceased as an embalmer, he is able to provide a positive viewing and memory for families and the public.
In 2015, Joshua was awarded a certificate of achievement, by Fountain National Academy. He was the 38th embalmer to ever have completed the required 130 contact hours of specialized education in 25 years of Fountain National Academy history. In 2016, at the 4th annual FNA International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference, he offered a keynote speech to embalmers from 26 states and 7 countries. At this conference, he was also awarded the Distinguished Professional Service Medallion, by FNA founder, Vernie, R. Fountain for his continued advancements of his professional embalming skills. He was also awarded the recognition of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Service Practice.
Joshua is a member of the CPFDA, PFDA, NFDA, the former ASE, the AIE and a life member of the APFSP.
Through sharing his personal perspectives, experience and passion, Joshua continues to positively educate professionals and the general public in the value and benefits of a positive viewing experience. "A leader does not become a leader because he has followers, but because he raises his standards" Tony Robins.
Maurice J. McDonald, Funeral Director
Maurice was called into the funeral service industry shortly after his 1984 graduation from North Schuylkill High School, Fountain Springs. He completed the required courses and graduated in 1987 from Northampton Community College, Bethlehem with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education.
Since that time he was employed locally with a funeral home in Bloomsburg since October 1988, and has been serving the community for more than 29 years. He joined the staff of the Allen Funeral Home in July of 2017, and is dedicated in continuing to serve families with care and compassion. He is reaffirming the mission of the Allen Funeral Home by serving our families as if they were our own.
He is a past president of the Benton Lions Club and the Bloomsburg Kiwanis Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Benton. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors.
Maurice is married to his wife Cheryl with whom he has three sons: Connor, Kieran and Cullen. He and his family currently reside in the Benton area, where they are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.