Our Staff


Thomas Lange
Owner, Licensed Funeral Director


Tom-c2Tom has been a funeral director for 34 years practicing in Centerville since 1981. He was the owner of the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home & Miller-Wehrle Funeral Homes in Centerville merging them together in 1984. He is an alumn of Clinton High School, Clinton, Iowa (his hometown), the University of Iowa and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, IL. Tom is a past president of the Lion's Club, and teh Centerville Chamber of Commerce a member of Rotary. He is currently on the Centerville School Board. He is married to Dr. Kathleen (Jewett) Lange M.D. and they have four children, Justin and his wife Michelle of Johnston,Iowa, Ben (Funeral Director at the funeral home) of Centerville, Iowa, James and his wife Nicole of West Des Moines, Iowa,and a daughter Maddison at home, 3 grandchildren Charlotte and Camden of Johnston, Iowa and Oliver Lange of West Des Moines.





Ben Lange
Licensed Funeral Director


IMG_8483vigrt -copy -editBen was raised in Centerville and is a 1999 graduate of Centerville High School and a 2003 graduate of Buena Vista University with a Bachelors degree in History and a minor in Psychology. Ben grew up in funeral service and enjoys serving families at the time of need. Ben is a 2007 graduate of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa with a degree in Mortuary Science. He graduated from St Louis University Medicolegal Death Investigator course and from Fountain National Academy of Profesional Embalming Skills, Springfield, Mo. Ben is currently the president of the Centerville Chamber of Commerce and a member of Rotary.





Howard Luscan
Pastor/Licensed Funeral Director


Howard-croppedHoward is the Pastor at the Unionville Assembly of God Church and the former owner of the Luscan Funeral Home in Unionville, MO. While Howard has many years of experience in funeral service, he received his calling as a pastor. He will be a funeral director and embalmer and assist with our families, accordingly within schedule. We feel we are very fortunate to have a man of his skill and compassion available at our funeral home. Pastor Howard is a graduate of Centerville High School, Indian Hill's Community College and the Kansas City School of Mortuary Science.





Kay Hanson


Kay-croppedKay has assisted with almost everything around the funeral home. Joining the staff in 1989, she started the annual Christmas Program that has become so well known in the area. She assisted families with their pre planning and assited on funerals.






Bill Henderson
Funeral Assistant


Bill-croppedWilliam (Bill) Everett Henderson is the oldest son of the late Earl and Goldie (Ray) Henderson. Bill lived his childhood in Brazil, Iowa and later on the family farm in rural Numa, Iowa. His early education was in at a rural school in Numa and later in the Centerville Community School System.

On June 27, 1971 Bill was united in marriage with Linda Bates at the East Pleasant Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Iowa. From their marriage they have three children: Joshua Everett-engineer at Pella Corp., Travis Joseph-marketing consultant at VerMeer Corp., and Sonja Nicole-math teacher at Knoxville High School.

Bill worked for Union Carbide, his own construction business, Mercy Medical Hospital and Rubbermaid Industrial Products Inc. Since Rubbermaid has moved the Centerville factory to Winfield, Kansas in 2008, Bill works odd jobs, mowing grass and snow removal. Bill has worked for Lange Funeral Homes since 2009.

Bill enjoys his children and grandchildren: Madik Crew, 2 ½ years, and Vivie Lee, 9 months. Bill's hobbies include watching Iowa Hawkeye football games, Nascar, gardening and growing flowers.


Don Casteel
Funeral Assistant


Donnie-croppedDonald R. Casteel has been working at the funeral home since 1998. He started his working career at Jim Irelans until taking a position with Iowa Southern Utilities in 1963. He worked at Iowa Southern Utilities for five years. In 1968 Don took a position with the United States Postal Service where he continued employment for 33 years before retiring in 2001. Don became a member of the Iowa National Guard in 1964 until 1984 when he transfered to the U.S. Army Reserves until retiring in 1991. Don was born in Rockford, Illinois on July 5, 1942 to Carl and Bernice (Simmons) Casteel. They moved to Centerville in 1945. Don married Carol Eatock in May of 1968 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. In 1997 Don became a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus where he is a current Fourth Degree Member. He is currently employed by Maytag in Centerville along with the Thomas Lange Funeral Home. In his spare time, Don enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, working in his yard, and afternoon walks with his wife. Working at the funeral home gives Don a chance to see people he has missed on a daily basis since his retirment from the Post Office.


Melanie Hawkins
Funeral Assistant


Melanie-croppedMelanie graduated from Moravia High School in 1998. She is married to Steve Hawkins and they have two beautiful daughters. Melanie joined the Lange Funeral Home staff in 2006.

Her husband Steve is the Waste Water Manager for the City of Centerville and they farm near Cincinnati, Iowa. Melanie assists families with their insurance problems, social security and veterans benefits, Black Lung benefits and assists families in their monument selections.




Robert McAnelly
Funeral Assistant


Bob-croppedBob graduated from Centerville High School in 1955. He married Shirley Oden on March 6, 1953. They lived in California for 2 years and then moved to New Jersey until 1959. Bob and Shirley then returned to Centerville where they owned and operated trucks for several years. In 1971 he started working for GROWNMARK System as Assistant Manager at Moravia Farm Service. In 1980 he served as General Manager at Jersey County Farm Supply. In 1990 he became Manager at Mason Company Service in 1993 managed at Cal Car Service Company in Rockwell City, Iowa. Bob retired in 2000 and moved back to Centerville and has been working for Lange Funeral Homes and Farm Service in Moravia.

Bob and Shirley have two sons, Doug (Barb) of Indianola, Iowa, Bruce (Sallee) of Glasgow, Missouri; five grandsons, Drew (Meredith) of Altoona, Iowa, Wade of Dubuque, Iowa, Britt of Glasgow, Missouri, Joe of Columbia, Missouri, and Ben; three great grandsons, Zane, Justin and Jameson; and one great granddaughter, Madison.


Pastor Ken Martin
Funeral Assistant


Kenny-croppedKenneth Martin was born May 11, 1937 in Barnesville, Ohio. His parents are the late John and Leota Martin. Ken is the youngest of four children.

Ken graduated from the Barnesville, Ohio High School in 1955, and then began a career with Bell Telephone Company. In 1958 he felt called into the ministry and enrolled at Olivet Nazarene (College) University in Kankakee, IL. He graduated from O.N.C. (now O.N.U.) with a Bachelors of Theology Degree in 1964.

In 1962 Kenneth married Carol Main, daughter of Forrest & Doris Main of Moravia, Iowa. Ken began his new career as a pastor in 1964 during his senior year of college. His pastorates were in Illinois for 12 years, Iowa for 7 years and in Missouri for 17 years. He retired from full time ministry in September of 2000.

In the fall of 2000, Ken and his wife moved back to Moravia (Carol's century old farm home) where he continues his ministry in other ways. He is presently minister of visitation at the Moravia Church of the Nazarene, Chaplain for Market Place Ministries at Johnson Machine Works and Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, and works for Lange Funeral Home in Centerville and Moravia.

Ken and Carol are the parents of four children and have ten grandchildren.


Doug Johnson
Greeter, Centerville




Haley Cowan
Greeter, Centerville


Haley-croppedHaley  graduated from Centerville High School in 1987.  Haley joined the Lange Funeral Home family in 2009.

Haley married Brian in 1991.  Together they have 3 wonderful children, Cody, Sammi Jo and Colton.  They have made their home in Cincinnati, Iowa.  Haley is also employed with the Centerville Community School District and Brian is the Welding Supervisor at C & C Machining and owner/operator of Brian Cowan Trucking.





Deana Dagle
Greeter, Moravia




Marilyn Kaster
Greeter Moravia


Marilyn-croppedMarilyn is a Centerville native, having been raised on a farm near Exline. She graduated from Centerville High School and began a career at the Appanoose County Court House. In 1975, Marilyn joined the team at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank where she worked for twenty years. She and her husband, Jack, have lived in Moravia since their marriage in 1961. Marilyn is active in the Grace United Methodist Church and enjoys her role as greeter for the Moravia Lange Funeral Home location. Her daughter and son-in-law live in Cedar Rapids with her two-year-old granddaughter, Emma.






Linda Ware
Greeter Moravia




Shelly Frasher