Our Staff

Carli Bailey

Carli Bailey

Owner/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 first son, Slayter, to the world in September of 2018, they then welcomed their second son, Roman in December of 2020. 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 Association (NFDA), Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA), OEA (Ohio Embalmers Association).

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Eric A. Barkdull

Eric A. Barkdull

Retired 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. After over 40 years of serving the Shelby community, Eric entered retirement in December of 2021. 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.


Russ Fichter

Russ Fichter

Certified Crematory Operator/ Funeral Assistant/ Maintenance



Anabel Montgomery

Anabel Montgomery

Funeral Director/Embalmer/ Certified Crematory Operator

Anabel Montgomery, a former resident of Michigan, who has been living in the Tiffin area for the last six years, moved to Shelby in August of 2021, to be near family.

She graduated in 2009 from Clinton High School in Clinton, Michigan. Anabel received her Bachelor of science in Forensic Biology, Spanish, and Chemistry Summa Cum Laude at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She continued her education at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where she was Class President of 2014, Summa Cum Laude, and received the OFDA Leadership Award. Anabel has been a licensed funeral professional for the last 7 years.

She married Dylan Montogomery in 2015, they welcomed their first son Quinton Michael in 2017, and their second child, Cassius Micah in 2019, they are currently awaiting the arrival of their third child in April of 2022.  



Christina Jones

Christina Jones

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Chris is a lifelong resident of Galion. She graduated Galion Senior High School in 2008. She then went on to complete 3 associate degrees and her bachelor's degree. Starting out at North Central State College in 2008 studying psychology and science, Chris finished her college career at Cincinnati College and graduating Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in mortuary science. She was awarded the Charles O. Dhonau recognition of outstanding achievement in the combined theory and practice of embalming in 2017. 

She is a member of the OFDA, NFDA, and OEA. 

Chris and her spouse, Sean, welcomed their daughter, Kylah in May of 2014. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. 


Whitley Ramey

Administrative Assistant

Whitley is a lifelong Shelby resident. A graduate of Shelby Senior High School in 2009, and also studied at North Central State College.

She has served the Shelby community at various businesses in town, most notably Cornell's IGA from 2005-2017. As office manager at the Barkdull Funeral Home, Whitley is happy to assist with all secretarial functions within the funeral home. She began working at the funeral home in June of 2021 and is eager to learn and grow in this role at Barkdull's. 

Whitley and her husband, Josh Ditmars, welcomed their first child, Joel Adam in 2014. She also has a stepdaughter Heaven and enjoys spending time with her family. She likes studying genealogy, music theory, art, plants, reading, photography, and essential oils. In her spare time, she loves hiking, going to Lake Erie, and anything involving being outdoors. 







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