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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 - All locations~

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/Monument Representative - All locations~

Danielle was born and raised in Grant County.  A 2002 graduate of Madison-Grant High School, Danielle swore off college and went straight into the work force, working for more than 10 years in the medical field.  In 2012, Danielle finally decided what it was she wanted to do and applied for the mortuary science program at Vincennes University.  After being accepted into the program, she worked extremely hard to keep up her grades while taking on a full course load and working full time.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015, an accomplishment that she is very proud of.  Danielle joined the Armes-Hunt Funeral Home team in 2015, shortly before her internship started.  She has felt at home here ever since.  Meeting with families, getting to know them, and walking them through what can be a daunting process is what she loves most about her job.

Danielle married Adam Young in August of 2015.  Upon marrying Adam, she became the proud bonus mom to Gavriel Young.  When she's not working, Danielle loves to spend time with her family.  She enjoys the quality time they get to spend together, mostly spent laughing.

Email: dnelson@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


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.


Amy Downing

Amy Downing

~Pre-Arrangement Counselor - All locations~


Telephone: 1-765-661-8796

Email: adowning@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Shari Wallace

Shari Wallace

~Grief Therapy Dog Handler - Pet Services Coordinator - All locations~


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


Kari Sheets

Kari Sheets

~Administrative Assistant - College Park Chapel~

Kari has been a Grant County resident her entire life. She takes pride in serving the people in her community. Kari graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1999 and she furthered her education at Indiana Tech where she received her degree in Business Management/Administration. Kari has three daughters and her family is very important to her.

Kari had never been in a funeral business setting before joining our team in 2017. She told us that she had never loved a job nor really took pride in what she has done until now. Kari has suffered many losses of family members and friends. She understands what they are going through and has a compassion for being able to be there for them during difficult times in their lives. 

Telephone: 1-765-573-6500

Email: ksheets@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


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.

Telephone: 1-765-998-2101

Email: rglass@armeshuntfuneralhome.com


Keith Allen

Keith Allen

~Assistant - All locations~



N. Dee Ballinger

N. Dee Ballinger

~Assistant- All locations~

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 locations~



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