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Fairmount Chapel
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415 S. Main St
| Fairmount, IN 46928
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Tel: 1-765-948-4178
| Fax: 1-765-948-3210
College Park Chapel
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4601 South Western Avenue
| Marion, IN 46953
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Tel: 1-765-573-6500
Jones-Smith Chapel
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259 N. Main St.,
| Upland, IN 46989
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Tel: 765-998-2101

Our Staff


Gayle Armes

Gayle Armes

Owner/Funeral Director

Gayle is a Grant County native and is the fifth of seven children of the late George E. “Gene” Armes and Mary Lois (Spangler) Armes. He was raised on a farm just outside of Jonesboro where he and his siblings milked cows, raises hogs, and crop farmed. He attributes his work ethics to growing up and working on his family farm. Gayle and his wife purchased the Hunt Funeral Home, January 1, 1998. The Hunt Funeral Home was established in 1903 and remained in the Hunt family until they purchased the business. Prior to Armes-Hunt, Gayle worked at Hutchins Family Funeral Home in Kendallville and Wolcottville, Indiana and later was a partner at Haggard and Armes Funeral Home in Decatur, Indiana. While in Decatur, Gayle served for five years as the Adams County Coroner, having been a deputy coroner prior to that.


“We have been blessed to serve Fairmount and the surrounding communities. We are now extending our service into the Marion area and are looking forward to serving those communities as well.”


Gayle is a graduate of Mississinewa High School, where he met his wife of forty years and fellow Mississinewa graduate, Becky (Bradford). After high school, Gayle attended Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1975. He and his wife have two children, Shaun (wife Kelly) Armes and Staci (husband Chad) Topper, and six grandchildren, Avree, Sydnee, and Brogan Armes and Hunter, Carly, and Savanah Topper. Gayle and his wife are active members of Fairmount Wesleyan Church and he is a member of the Fairmount Lions Club. In addition to his civic activities, Gayle enjoys collecting vintage farm tractors, camping and spending time with family.

Email: garmes@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Danielle Nelson

Danielle Nelson

Funeral Director


Email: dnelson@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Kathi Solms

Kathi Solms

Pre-Arrangement Counselor

Kathi has been an integral part of the Armes-Hunt Funeral Funeral Home and Cremation Services staff for over fifteen years. Among many other responsibilities, Kathi is a licensed pre-arrangement counselor.


"I love guiding our families through the process of pre-arrangement and educating them on the emotional, as well as the financial, benefits to the individual and their family. I enjoy and value the relationship bond that happens during the process."


Kathi is a Grant County native, growing up in Gas City and spending the last twenty-three years living in Fairmount. She is the proud mother of two children, and daughter-in-law; David (wife Katy) and Sarah, and grandmother of Cadence.  In addition to spending time with her family, Kathi enjoys working around her house and in her gardens. She is an active member of Fairmount Wesleyan Church and enjoys being involved in community events.

Email: ksolms@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Keith Allen

Keith Allen



Reta Boyer

Reta Boyer



Dennis Caudell

Dennis Caudell



Angela Laughner

Angela Laughner



Janice Mahoney

Janice Mahoney



Shari Wallace

Shari Wallace

Grief Therapy Dog Handler - Pet Services Coordinator


Telephone: 1-765-573-6500

Email: swallace@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Dennis R. Smith

Dennis R. Smith

Director/President- Jones-Smith Chapel

Dennis was born in Lebanon, Indiana graduated from Lebanon High School. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1972 with an Associates Degree and later graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Business. He married Teresa in 1980. After working many years in funeral service and business his life long ambition of owning his own funeral home was realized in 1990. They raised three children upstairs in the funeral home as did the Jones' before them. 

Dennis is active in the community. Formerly served on the board of the Grant County Community Foundation. He is a member of the Matthews Lions Club, Upland Chamber of Commerce, Gideons International Hartford City Camp, Matthews Chamber of Commerce, and attends the Upland Community Church where he enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir, and the Epworth United Methodist Church, Matthews. 

He is passionate about serving others. He is dedicated to serving the Upland, Matthews, and Monroe Township families of Grant County. He strongly supports the Gilead Ministry of Grant County, Pregnancy Help Center of Grant County, and Lightrider Ministies.


Helen L. Jones

Helen L. Jones

Director's Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Helen has been active in funeral service since 1951. She was Bob's faithful wife and assisted him in operating the funeral home for 40 years. She grew up in Monroe Township on the Spencer farm and graduated from Jefferson High School. She was employed with Taylor University in the Development Office for many years until her retirement in 1999. 

Helen enjoys being active in the community. She is a member of the Upland United Methodist Church, Upland Historical Society, and Upland Chamber of Commerce. 

Helen has dedicated her life to putting the needs of others above her own and feels honored to be of service.


Rick A. Jones

Rick A. Jones

Director's Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Rick is an Upland native, raised in the funeral home and graduated from Eastbrook High School and has a bachelors degree in Music from Taylor University. He also has a Master of Arts degree and certification in Media Services from Ball State University. He assists part time at the funeral home, having been active with all aspects of the business. He is also the Library Media Specialist at Eastbrook Junior/Senior High School and is Director of Music at Upland Community Church. 

Rick often times is asked to play the organ or piano for funerals as well as other occasions and is an accomplished soloist. He enjoys being of service to others.


Renée C. (Smith) Glass

Renée C. (Smith) Glass

Administrative Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Renée grew up in the funeral home since she was 2 years old. She is a 2006 graduate of Eastbrook High School and furthered her education at Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University. She attends Epworth United Methodist Church, Matthews, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She was a former substitute teacher for Eastbrook Community Schools, and has been employed with the funeral home since 2010. She is the wife of Jason E. Glass and together they have two children, Simon and Molly.


Dick & Peggie Howard

Dick & Peggie Howard

Assistant/Pianist- Jones-Smith Chapel

Jefferson Township High School graduates, the Howards are Upland natives. 
Dick owned and operated the Standard Station and Ford Dealership for 25 years and later retired from the Indiana State Police after 20 years. 
Peggie retired after 37 years with Star Financial Bank. 
They were active in the Gas City Christian Church for over 50 years where Dick sang in the choir and Peggie was church pianist. They presently attend the Upland Community Church, where Pegie sings in the choir. 
Peggie represents the third generation of her family to work at the funeral home since its beginning in 1950. Her grandmother, Blanche Miller assisted Bob in the very beginning as receptionist and lady attendant. Peggies' mother, Lavonne Owen followed as organist, and John Paul Owen assisted Bob with funerals. 
Peggie has been playing the organ and piano at the funeral home since 1998. Dick has been with the funeral home since 2001. Dick & Peggie are dedicated in giving of themselves and caring for others.


Cliff Bottoms

Cliff Bottoms

Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Cliff was born in Pierce, Ky and graduated from high school in Sonora, Ky. He moved to Grant County in 1956, where he worked at Delta Electric Marion, IN for 8 years.He served active duty in the US Army where he was stationed in Fort Knox, KY, Fort Sill, OK. and Darmstadt, Germany. Cliff was active in Army Reserve for 2 years in an Engineering group based in Kokomo, IN. He went annually to summer camp in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, and spent several years in Paducah, KY, working as an insurance agent with Lincoln Income Life Insurance Co. 
Cliff married Marilyn Stuart in 1974 and they moved to Upland at that time. He has been active in United Methodist Church for over 60 years, and retired from The Pierce Company, Upland, after 32 years of serving in positions of buyer, purchasing agent and purchasing manager. He has assisted at Jones - Smith Funeral Home since 2004. He currently spends a great deal of time volunteering with Heart to Heart Hospice, visiting nursing homes and providing respite care in patient's homes. However, the joy of his existence is his grandchildren. 
Cliff enjoys extending a compassionate hand to those going through an extended illness as a volunteer, as well as during the funeral process.


N. Dee Ballinger

N. Dee Ballinger

Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Dee has been with the funeral home since June 2013. He is an Upland native, retiring in 2013 from his position as Counselor at Eastbrook High School. He attends the Upland Community Church.


Rex Hiatt

Rex Hiatt

Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Rex has been at the funeral home since 1995. He is an Upland native. He retired in 1995 from owning his own water softening business for many years. He also served as town manager. He enjoys mowing yards and many garage projects as well as gardening. He is married to Valentina. He volunteers with Grant County Cancer Services of Grant County and enjoys hepling others. He also has worked with the Jefferson Precinct 1 Elections for over 40 years. He served on the Upland Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, seven years town board, Eastbook Band Boosters and is an Army Veteran. He is a member of the Upland Friends Church, and Upland Historical Society.


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