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.

  • Ernest W. Mills

    Ernest W. Mills, Owner/Funeral Director

    Ernest W. Mills, a native of Georgetown, Illinois, graduated from Georgetown High School in 1953 and from Earlham College in 1957. Following graduation, he married Betty Eckler. He then became associated with Doan & Johnson Funeral Home and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1959.

    In 1967, Ernest Mills and Betty purchased the Doan & Johnson and the Welfer-Johnson Funeral Homes. In 1973, they announced the building of a new funeral home at 790 National Road West. The new funeral home was opened in January 1974.

    Ernie belongs to Central United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Richmond Masonic Lodge #196, Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, and Murat Shrine. He was a long-time member of Richmond Elks #649 and Forest Hills Country Club. Ernie has served on the Board of Friends Fellowship Community for 23 years and on the board of the former People’s Savings and Loan for a number of years. He also has served on committees of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA).

    Ernie and Betty have one daughter, Beth, who is married to David Lydick, and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew.

  • Betty L. Mills

    Betty L. Mills, Deceased

    In Loving Memory.....

    Betty L. Mills graduated from St. Charles High School in 1953 and graduated from Earlham College in 1957, having also completed Medical Technology training at Reid Hospital. Following graduation, she married Ernest Mills. She worked in the lab at Reid Hospital for 13 years, and also at the funeral home. Ernie and Betty purchased the two funeral homes in 1967. She was instrumental in designing and implementing the building of the new funeral home at 790 National Road West in 1973.

    Betty was a member of Central United Methodist Church and Richmond Altrusa Club. She was a life-time board member for Widowed Persons and an honorary member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. Betty was a long-time member of Richmond Elks #649 and Forest Hills Country Club, where she enjoyed playing golf.

    She spent a lot of her time in fundraising for organizations such as Genesis of YWCA and Riley Children’s Hospital. While she served on the boards of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the former Richmond Symphony Women’s Association, and the Whitewater Opera Company, she was in charge of fundraising and membership. She also served on the board of the YWCA.

    Betty and Ernie have one daughter, Beth, who is married to David Lydick, and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew.

  • Beth Mills Lydick

    Beth Mills Lydick, Owner / Treasurer

    Beth Lydick began her involvement in the funeral business at birth, as she is the daughter of Ernie and Betty Mills. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1981. After graduating from DePauw University in 1985, she married David Lydick and lived in Indianapolis working as a Systems Engineer for EDS for fourteen years. Beth, David, and their two sons (Michael and Andrew) returned to Richmond in 2002 to join in the family business and be closer to family.

    Beth is a member of First English Lutheran Church, where she has played in the Bell Choir and has served on Church Council; P.E.O., Chapter AU; and the Woman's Club. She serves on the Friends Fellowship Community Board of Trustees. Beth loves spending time with her family and friends. When Michael and Andrew were younger, Beth enjoyed volunteering at their schools, being involved in the Seton Home and School, actively leading the PTO at Test Middle School, and being their biggest fan at their baseball, basketball, and football games. She also enjoys walking, cooking, traveling, and attending cultural events.

  • David S. Lydick

    David S. Lydick, Owner/Funeral Director

    David was born in Richmond and graduated from Richmond High School in 1981 and Anderson University in 1985. He married Beth Mills in 1985, and they lived in Indianapolis where he worked for Hook Drugs as an In-Store Computer Analyst for four years and then for American Express Financial Advisors as a Certified Financial Planner for 12 years. David began his funeral career in 2002 with Doan & Mills and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

    David is a member of First English Lutheran Church and Richmond Noon Kiwanis Club. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, and music.

    David and Beth are the proud parents of two sons, Michael and Andrew, and also have a wonderful granddaughter, Averie.

  • Bob Clark

    Bob Clark, Funeral Director

    Bob is a 1984 graduate of Delta High School and a 1988 graduate of Anderson University. He grew up in Delaware County, Indiana, and now makes his home in Greens Fork. After working in the banking industry for 20 years, Bob began his funeral service career by joining the Doan & Mills staff in October 2008. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March 2010, where he served as Class President. Bob became a licensed funeral director in March 2011.

    Bob attends New Testament Church of Christ in Hagerstown. He enjoys singing, listening to music, hunting, and fishing. He also serves on the Board at the Nettle Creek School Corporation.

    Bob has been married since 1989 to Alissa, who also works at the funeral home. They have two sons, Bradley and Jonathan.

  • Whitney Lantz

    Whitney Lantz, Embalmer/Restorative Artist

    Whitney is a 2002 graduate of Delta High School in Muncie, Indiana, where she played multiple sports. She worked for Lab Corp. before finding her calling in funeral service. Whitney graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2012 and served her internship in Indianapolis before joining the Doan & Mills staff in 2014.

    Whitney is a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity. She enjoys reading, traveling, music, live theater, and spending time with her family and her dogs, Honey and Kazu. Whitney and her family are very active in the Relay For Life of Delaware County. Whitney married Donald Lantz in 2017 expanding her family to four children and eight grandchildren (with one on the way).

  • Ward W. Colson

    Ward W. Colson, Funeral Director

    Ward was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He was a 1976 graduate of Taft High School. Ward attended Miami University (Hamilton Branch) and earned his associate degree from Cincinnati State. He had several jobs, starting with the Journal News and Ohio Casualty, and then working with computers and information technology with Champion Paper, the Department of Energy at the Fernald Nuclear Feed Material Plant run by National Lead, the Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory of the Environmental Protection Agency, Hill-Rom, and Hillenbrand Corporate. He decided to make a career change, went back to school, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Ward has worked at the Paul Young Funeral Home and Kreitzer Funeral Home, both in Ohio, before joining the Doan & Mills staff on May 2, 2016.

    Ward enjoys camping, gardening, canning, and spending time with his family.

    Ward has been married to Mary Morgan Colson since 1979 and they have six children, including Bethany, Nathaniel, Noah, Rebekah, and Josiah. They have been foster parents to many children, and one child stole their hearts and became their sixth child, Shawn. Ward and Mary have seven grandchildren.

  • Jeffrey D. Spencer

    Jeffrey D. Spencer, Embalmer/Restorative Artist

    Jeff grew up in Belpre, Ohio, and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March 1986. He worked at his family’s funeral home in Belpre and Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington, Ohio, before joining the staff at Doan & Mills Funeral Home on November 27, 2017.

    Jeff enjoys playing guitar, music, fishing, and spending time with his family.

    Jeff and his wife, Paula Culley Spencer have been married since February 14, 1980. They have two sons, Daniel and David and two granddaughters, Ella and Molly.

  • Alissa Clark

    Alissa Clark, Administrative Assistant

    Alissa was born in Richmond and has lived here almost all of her life. She was a 1985 graduate of Richmond High School. Alissa was a 1989 graduate of Anderson University, where she majored in elementary education. She married Bob Clark, who also works with us, and they currently live in Greens Fork. Alissa worked for Hagerstown Elementary for ten years, and joined our staff on June 14, 2016, working part-time.

    Alissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and cats.

    Alissa and Bob have two sons, Bradley and Jonathan.

  • Michael S. Lydick

    Michael S. Lydick, Assistant Until March 2020

    Michael is a 2011 graduate of Richmond High School and a 2016 graduate of IUPUI. He previously worked for Resorts and Condos International in Indianapolis until finding his place at Doan and Mills Funeral Home.

    Michael enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling. He is a member of First English Lutheran Church.

    Michael is David and Beth's son and Ernie's grandson, so he has grown up in funeral service. He has one daughter, Averie.

  • Sherri Furst

    Sherri Furst, Embalmer/Restorative Artist - Retired from Funeral Service

    Sherri grew up in Milton, Indiana, and is the daughter of Marilyn Harmeyer Schunk and the late David Keith Schunk. She is a 1984 graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City and a 1986 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Sherri has worked as an embalmer in southeastern Indiana and Connersville, Indiana, for 35 years. She was with our Doan & Mills team from September 2018 until January 2021.

    Sherri resides in Milton and enjoys fishing, spending time outdoors, and helping with the family concession business, Schunk’s Concessions.

    She and Jack have three daughters and five grandchildren.

  • Brad Berner

    Brad Berner, Assistant - Retired

    Basking in the Florida sun and missed by all!

    Brad graduated from Richmond High School in 1974 and then graduated from IU East in 1978 with a degree in Criminal Justice. In 1980, Brad joined the Richmond Police Department where he served the community for 31 years until his retirement in March 2011. Brad joined the staff of Doan & Mills on September 18, 2012.

    Brad is an active member of the local Fraternal Order of Police where he served as president for 2 years. An avid Indianapolis Colts fan, he was presented in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts Community Quarterback Award for his volunteerism in the community. Brad enjoys watching pro football and writing. His first novel, Blood on the Irons, was published in 2010.

    Brad has been married to Carla since 1987, and they have one son, Trey; three daughters, Amber, Sarah, and Stephanie; and seven grandchildren, Hayley, Kelsey, Emily, Gavin, Bryce, Michael, and Adam.

  • Ron Smith

    Ron Smith, Funeral Director - Retired

    Ronald L. Smith began his funeral career after graduating from Indiana College of Funeral Service in 1975. He was a former employee of NATCO and has been a member of the Doan & Mills staff since 1977.

    Ron is a member of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, Gideon’s International, and the Richmond Emmaus Community.

    Ron married Carolyn S. Bailey in 1967, and they have two sons, Dennis and Eric; one daughter, Lisa; and three grandchildren, Eric, Brooklyn, and Andrew.

  • Sue Firth

    Sue Firth, Administrative Assistant - Retired

    May Be In A Different State, But Always In Our Hearts!

    Sue was born in Richmond, Indiana. She was a 1966 graduate of Williamsburg High School and attended Ivy Tech and IU East. Sue was Office Manager and Assistant to the Senior Pastor at Fountain City Wesleyan Church for 17 years.

    Sue likes to read, sew, fish, and watch football. She is a former member of the Advisory Committee of Ivy Tech, Treasurer and member of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, and attends Bible Study Fellowship.

    Sue has two daughters, Denys Harrison and Margaret Burkhart; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Emily, Chelsey, Skylar, and Bailey; and four great-grandchildren, Mason, Lynyx, Declan, and Sienna.

  • M. Chad Olmsted

    M. Chad Olmsted, Embalmer/Restorative Artist - Deceased

    In Loving Memory.....

    Chad began his funeral career after graduating from high school in 1985. He was a 1988 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. After working for several firms throughout Indiana and the Louisville metro area, Chad joined the Doan & Mills staff in 1995 until his death on January 8, 2018.

    Chad was a member of Webb Lodge #24 F&AM, the former American Society of Embalmers, and Pi Sigma Etta Fraternity. He enjoyed hockey, fishing, playing guitar, and road racing.

    Chad married his wife, Laura, on Valentine's Day in 2010. He had two sons, Michael and Jordon Olmsted and two grandsons, Kaleb and Mason.

  • Hugh C. Yount

    Hugh C. Yount, Funeral Director - Retired

    Missed By All & Wished Much Happiness In Retirement.....

    Hugh C. Yount’s career in funeral service began in 1970 shortly after graduating from Richmond High School in 1969. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in October 1973 and worked in funeral service in Daleville, Indiana, for eight years. He came back home to Richmond and joined the staff of Doan & Mills on February 16, 1981.

    Hugh is a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder. He has also been a member of the Richmond Y’s Men’s Association and was president for 2 years.

    Hugh has been married to Diana since 1972. He enjoys golf, walking, and traveling throughout the United States. Hugh’s other interests include visiting lighthouses and seeing lighthouse restoration.

    After 33 years of service with Doan & Mills, Hugh has retired as of February 16, 2014. Hugh and Diana have moved to St. George, South Carolina.

  • Gordon Krick

    Gordon Krick, Funeral Director - Retired

    Retired in Richmond so we still get to see him.....

    Gordon L. Krick Sr. began his funeral career after graduating from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1966. He was an Illinois Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director for 12 years. He then became Sales Manager for the hearse & ambulance division of Wayne Corporation. Gordon came to Richmond with Wayne Corporation and helped Doan & Mills part-time until joining the staff in 1988.

    Gordon is a member of the First Baptist Church of Richmond, was with the Wayne County Coroners office for over 12 years, and became one of the first 40 Deputy Coroners in the state to obtain mandatory certification.

    Gordon has been married to Alice since 1966 and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

  • Tom Daugherty

    Tom Daugherty, Deceased

    In Loving Memory.....

    Tom graduated from Whitewater-Fountain City High School in 1966, attended IU East, and had continued his education through many training programs, seminars, and courses through the years in various fields. He had 33+ years experience in the auto industry including 22+ years ministering to the vehicle needs of ministry and missionary clients. Tom joined the staff of Doan & Mills on October 20, 2008, and worked with us until his unexpected death on June 4, 2012.

    Tom was a member of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he served with the 1st Impressions Ministry, singing in a quartet, and often as a member of the Worship Arts Team. He was a member of the Emmaus Community, where he had served in the past as a board member and had attended Bible Study Fellowship. Tom enjoyed Bible study and Christian books, photography, golf, swimming, and family activities and vacations.

    Tom had been married to Mara Jan since 1966, and they had two daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and two grandsons.

    Tom was always helping other people, spreading God's word in just the right way, encouraging others during their ups and downs, and always had a kind word to share. He was a true example of a loving, caring Christian man, who will be with us always in our hearts!