History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

The Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home evolved from two sources - two businessmen owning two funeral homes within the city of Greensburg. The first was a man named William G. Schultz, originator of what was known as the Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home. Schultz was born in the late 1800's, employed his son Edward G. Schultz, in the family undertaking and furniture store business from 1899 to 1937. After his father's death in 1906, Edward hired Eugene A Rankin who worked for him until 1912. Henry Oliger, in 1925, joined Edward G. Schultz Furniture and Undertaking and eventually bought the business changing the name to the Oliger Funeral Home. In 1945 Howard Pearson began working for Oliger and, like his predecessor, purchased the business (1953); thus, the name Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home. A second businessman, mentioned above, Eugene A. Rankin, began his own funeral home in 1912, Rankin Undertaking and Furniture Business. His business was located on North Franklin Street on the east side of the downtown square. One of Rankin's first employers was Henry Oliger, who later left and joined the Edward Schultz Establishment. In 1935 Paul Wenning and Rankin became business partners, which prompted a name change - Rankin and Wenning. John H. Porter's association with the business began in 1936 and later he became part owner.

The business at this time was called Wenning and Porter Funeral Home and furniture Store. It was moved to its present location of 302 North Franklin in 1946. After the death of Paul Wenning in 1957, the name was again changed to J.H. Porter and Sons. The younger of John's two sons, W. Thomas Porter, began in the funeral home business in 1959 after graduating from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. Most funeral homes at this time were involved in ambulance service and J.H. Porter and Sons was one providing such a service until 1977. John Porter's death in 1973 left his sons with ownership of the business. W. Thomas' interest was in the funeral home and J. Richard's was in the furniture store; thus, the funeral home/ furniture store establishment was now two separate businesses. The merger of the Oliger - Pearson funeral Home and the J.H. Porter and Sons Funeral Home took place in 1977. In 1978 Michael W. Porter, W. Thomas' son, joined the Porter - Oliger - Pearson Funeral Home after completing his degree in Mortuary Science at Vincennes University. Matthew Porter, Michael's son has also joined the firm as a fully licensed funeral director after receiving his degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. The business is currently family owned and operated.

Our Valued Staff

  • Michael  Porter

    Michael Porter Funeral Director/Manager

    Mike is the third generation of the Porter family in the funeral business. Mike is a 1976 graduate of Greensburg Community High School and 1978 graduate of Vincennes University with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. He is the son of Tom & Glenda Porter. Mike is a former District 8 Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. He is a former Coroner of Decatur County.
    He is married to Nancy and they have two children, Matt (Leann) Porter and Joni (Keith) Krieger, along with 4 grandchildren, Stella, Adeline, Ruby, and Louie.
    When not serving families at the funeral home, Mike enjoys golfing with his friends, taking walks with his wife, and spending time with his family.

  • Matt  Porter

    Matt Porter Funeral Director

    Matt is the fourth generation of the Porter family in the funeral business. Matt is a 2000 graduate of Greensburg Community High School. He then graduated from Indianapolis University with a bachelor’s degree in business. He is the son of Mike & Nancy Porter. Matt is additionally a graduate from the prestigious Outlook Academy of Advance Funeral Planning in Franklin, Ohio. Matt graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has passed his National Funeral Directors Board. Matt is directly responsible for assisting families with all their funeral prearrangement planning needs.

  • Logan  Alloway

    Logan Alloway Funeral Director Intern

    Logan is a 2014 graduate of Milan High School. He then attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He is a certified crematory operator and funeral celebrant. He is now serving his apprenticeship and will become a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Logan currently lives in Indianapolis with his fiancé, Erin. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family. He has been employed with Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home since 2018.

  • Russell  Beckner

    Russell Beckner Funeral Director

    Russell is a 2008 graduate of Waldron High School. After high school he attended IUPUI and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Russell then returned back to school and graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. He then went on to serve as a Funeral Director in Indianapolis for several years. Russell is glad to be back home and honored to be serving the community he lives in.

  • Sandra  Meyer

    Sandra Meyer Office Manager

    Sandy provides administrative support as the Office Manager for Porter-Oliger-Pearson funeral home. Sandy is meticulous and task-driven with many years of administrative experience in managing office operations. She has the ability to facilitate all aspects of internal and external communication and offer day-to-day financial and operational functions by working collaboratively with the funeral directors. Sandy prides herself on efficiency in achieving maximum operational functions. She lives in Greensburg with her husband, David and enjoys spending time with her 3 children, their spouses and 5 grandchildren.

  • Ed Dwenger

    Ed Dwenger Assistant

  • Gary  Solgere

    Gary Solgere Assistant

  • Tiffiannie  Buening

    Tiffiannie Buening Assistant/Removal Specialist