Our Staff

Eric A. Barkdull

Eric A. Barkdull

Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer/ Certified Crematory Operator

Eric is a lifelong Shelby resident and a 1972 graduate of Shelby Senior High School. He attended Ohio State University and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director since 1976. He is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and is past president of OFDA District #2. Eric is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Shelby Rotary Club, Shelby Ad Club, Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 F&AM, and R.A.M. #178. Eric and his wife, Sharon, have two children. Eric enjoys music performance, skiing and tinkering with cars.


Carli Bailey

Carli Bailey

Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Carli is the daughter of Lesli Barkdull Neal and Russ Fichter and is the sixth generation of the Barkdull family to serve the Shelby Community at Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory. A 2013 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Carli has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since November 2014. She was born and raised in Shelby where she graduated from Shelby Senior High School in 2009. Carli and her husband, Kyle Bailey, also from Shelby, welcomed their son, Slayter, to the world in September of 2018. Carli thoroughly enjoys spending her free time with her family and cats, relaxing watching television & movies, and a glass of wine. She is proud to serve the community of Shelby as a board member for the Shelby YMCA. Carli is also a member of National Funeral Directors Aassociation (NFDA), Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA), OEA (Ohio Embalmers Association).


Jessica Ream

Jessica Ream

Funeral Intern

A 2016 graduate of Willard High School and a 2019 graduate of North Central State College, she is currently attending Wayne State University to obtain her funeral directing and embalming license.Jess loves her cats and spending time with her family and friends. 


Russ Fichter

Russ Fichter

Certified Crematory Operator/ Funeral Assistant/ Maintenance



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