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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1967

As a proud member of the Richmond & Centerville community since 1967, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

The name "Doan" has been associated with funeral service in this community since 1891, when Walter J. Doan formed a partnership with Henry C. Shaw. The firm was known as Doan & Shaw until Mr. Shaw's death.

Walter Doan then formed a partnership with Edward Klute, and the firm continued as Doan & Klute for a number of years. In 1901, Walter Doan was in the first class of funeral directors to be licensed in the state of Indiana. (His license number was 77.) Later, Walter Doan was joined in the business by his son, Harry. The name was changed to Doan & Son.


In 1909, Walter Doan moved the business from 18 South 8th Street to a home at 1106 East Main Street. At that time, most funerals were held at the family residence. Mr. Doan was interested in progress and constant adaptation of facilities and methods to meet ever-changing customs and conditions. He realized funeral service was changing and much more complete.

The Doan family lived on the second floor of the home. The whole first floor was used as the funeral home. There was a casket reposing room used for the casket and flowers, a chapel, family room, and another reposing room that could be used in different ways. There was also a Wurlitzer pipe organ. The number of funerals held at the funeral home increased. The chapel could accommodate more people, and it was not necessary to disarrange the family's home. The family was also assured of privacy if requested.

Walter Doan died February 13, 1939. Harry Doan had several employees, including Orville Williams and John Edwards, to assist him. In 1956, Lindley Johnson was employed by Harry and later became a partner which changed the name to Doan & Johnson. The firm name had changed several times, but the name of Doan has always been retained.


The Welfer Funeral Home at 15 North 10th Street in Richmond was owned and operated by William A. Welfer. Upon Mr. Welfer's retirement in 1952, Harry Doan purchased the firm. In 1957, the Welfer Funeral Home was moved to 220 East Main Street in Centerville. In 1964, the firm was moved to its present location at 405 East Main Street in Centerville.


In 1957, Ernest Mills became associated with the funeral homes while attending Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis.

In 1963, Harry Doan retired and turned the business over to Lindley Johnson. Harry died in 1966.

On November 17, 1967, Ernest and Betty Mills purchased both funeral homes which became Doan & Mills Funeral Home in Richmond and Mills Funeral Home in Centerville. Doan & Mills was moved to the new building designed as a funeral home on January 29, 1974.


Most people reading this history, probably know Ernie Mills from his many years serving your family and friends. He has dedicated his life to this ministry and enjoys providing respectful and meaningful service with integrity, helping families and getting to know them, and being involved in the community.

He has been blessed with a very experienced and professional staff of thoughtful, caring funeral directors. In 2002, Ernie and Betty's daughter Beth and her husband David Lydick, who graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2003, moved back to Richmond to be involved in the family business.

In April 2021, the Mills/Lydick family transferred the ownership of Doan & Mills Funeral Home and Mills Funeral Home to David A. Sullivan, who is a man of integrity, has a passion for funeral service, and is continuing the legacy that Ernie and Betty built while also blending in changes to serve our community even better.


Legacies Honored


Years in Business

Moments Remembered

Our Locations

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the Doan & Mills Funeral Home facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and memorialization plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Hear from the families we've served

“Best funeral home in Wayne County Indiana! Took care of my family’s needs. Thank you for your service”

Author: Logan Runs rated with 5 stars

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Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

Doan & Mills is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Doan & Mills Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.