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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


Amy Downing

Amy Downing

Pre-Arrangement Counselor


Email: adowning@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Shari Wallace

Shari Wallace

Grief Therapy Dog Handler - Pet Services Coordinator


Telephone: 1-765-573-6500

Email: swallace@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Kathi Solms

Kathi Solms

Administrative Assistant - Fairmount Chapel

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

Assistant - All Chapels



Dennis R. Smith

Dennis R. Smith

Funeral Director- 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.


Renée C. (Smith) Glass

Renée C. (Smith) Glass

Administrative Assistant- Jones-Smith Chapel

Renée grew up in the Jones-Smith Chapel 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 actively attends Epworth United Methodist Church, Matthews, and enjoys running, spending time with family and friends and being active in the community. She has been employed with the funeral home since 2010. Renée is the wife of Jason E. Glass and together they have two children, Simon and Molly.


N. Dee Ballinger

N. Dee Ballinger

Assistant- All Chapels

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.


Jim Neal

Jim Neal

Assistant - All Chapels



Kari Sheets

Kari Sheets

Administrative Assistant - College Park Chapel


Telephone: 1-765-573-6500

Email: ksheets@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


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