The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel Inc. in Beatrice was established on September 23, 1944, when Heath and Blanche Griffiths purchased the Bergmeyer Funeral Home at 16th and Court Street in Beatrice. In 1956, we built the first new facility in Beatrice designated specifically as a funeral home at it’s current location in Beatrice at 708 North 6th Street (on the corner of U.S. Hwy. 77 and Washington Streets).
Dick Hovendick, Heath and Blanche Griffiths’ son-in-law joined the firm in 1960, and Dick’s son, Rich Hovendick, became the third generation at the firm when he joined the funeral home in 1978. Both Dick and Rich are licensed funeral directors and embalmers and licensed pre-need salesmen.
Dick Hovendick and his wife, Jackie, and Rich Hovendick and his wife, Linda, are the owners of the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel Inc. They have chapels in Adams, Nebraska, the complete facility in Beatrice, and the Venrick-Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in DeWitt, Nebraska.
They also own the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home in Wymore, Nebraska. This is a complete funeral home facility with a chapel with seating for over 100 people that was added in 2013. Jeff Nelson served as the manager of the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home for over 30 years. Paul Hubert was named manager of the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home after he joined the staff in June 2015.
The funeral home in Beatrice was fully updated and remodeled in 2015. An intergrated video system was added to the facility as well as a semi-private family room.
The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel is proud of our reputation as one of the leading providers of dignified and personal services in southeast Nebraska. The personal attention and genuine concern that we offer our families is what sets us apart from other funeral service providers, as well as:
•Full Compliment of Traditional and Cremation Service Options •Full Range of Reasonable and Affordably Priced Service Plans •Personalized Funeral Prearrangement Counseling Services •Compassionate, Caring and Competent Staff •Many Service Personalization Options, Including A Video Tribute DVD Presentation Commemorating Your Loved Ones Life That May Be Shown During Visitation and/or During the Service Which Will Also Make a Great Family Keepsake, And A 13x19 Canvass Portrait Of Their Loved One. Additional Copies Of The Video Tribute And Portraits Are Available At A Reduced Price •Beautiful and Modern Facility All On One Level •Convenient Location •Sound System Throughout Entire Facility •Convenient Parking at Front Door or off Street