David Shepard

David C. Shepard grew up in Overland where he attended and graduated from Ritenour Sr. High School in 1980, and later the University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) with a degree in Business Administration. He has served in the funeral industry since his childhood. Serving funeral families has always been a way of life for David. He is a fourth generation Shepard and he started his work here washing cars and mowing lawns. As our President/Owner, David is primarily responsible for all aspects of our administrative activities but he serves more visibly by organizing and conducting funeral services both here and at the cemetery.

Caren Shepard

Caren L. Shepard attended Bel-Ridge Elementary school, Normandy Sr. High and is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She met and married David in 1987 while working for Missouri Baptist Medical Center and soon discovered that ministering in the funeral industry was meant to be her life long endeavor. She earned her funeral director’s license and in 1990 and became a full time member of this staff. In 1993, David and Caren became the sole owners of the funeral home. Caren is Vice President/Owner but is better recognized as the primary director meeting with the most of our funeral families to arrange their desired funeral services.

Mitch Wilson

Mitchell A. Wilson grew up in Florissant where he attended and graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in 1985. He has served in the funeral industry since before graduating from high school. Shortly after taking a “part time job”, he felt a calling to be of service to those who have lost loved ones. He obtained his funeral director's license at the age of 19 and has been serving families in our community ever since.  He spent the first 28 years of his career with Baumann Colonial Chapel and chose to join our staff in October 2013. He is very active in the community including his church, Immanuel Lutheran, Olivette, a Past-President of the Overland Rotary Club, Past-President of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, founding member, President and Board Member of the Overland Business Association. He currently lives in Maryland Heights with his wife, Stephanie (nee Meyr), and two wonderful children, Alex and Mandie.

Dave Schreiber

David J. Schreiber grew up in Cahokia, Illinois and graduated from Cahokia Senior High in 1969. He has enjoyed several careers throughout his life prior to becoming a licensed Funeral Director. In his early years, he spent time traveling and performing with The Lester’s, a local Southern Gospel music group. Then, he spent the next 20 years in the floral industry working at several local shops and the wholesale market. In 1999, he began working at Baumann Colonial Chapel and discovered that his music and floral talents could be used along with his compassionate nature to assist grieving families. He was invited to become part of our new team in January of 2014 and enjoys working with us and Mitch again. He presently lives in Overland with his wife, Lois (nee Willis) and his mother, Marilyn, and is a member of Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Bridgeton.

Terry Shields

Terry Shields (our resident comedian) graduated from Southwest High School and served in the U.S. Army for 3 years, two of those in Germany. He then worked as a project manager and estimator for 33years on many significant local projects including Bush Stadium and the TWA Dome. Terry has 1 daughter and 3 grandsons. He lost his wife of 33 years in 1995 giving him a special heart for those experiencing loss of a loved one. He is an active member of Ballwin Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School, Men’s Bible Study, and Children’s Bible Study Fellowship. Terry is our Assistant Director working alongside David, Caren, Mitch and Dave during funeral and graveside services. His passion is making everyone smile.


Jim Hill

Jim Hill is originally from the small town of Lilbourn, Missouri. As a boy his residence served as the local funeral chapel.  He worked with his father at Hill’s Funeral Home until the age of 19 when he joined the U.S. Army. He spent two of his four year enlistment on  Okinawa, Japan. After an honorable discharge, he began working at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and retired after 31 years. He married his childhood sweetheart;together they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He became a member of our staff in 1994. Jim is one of our greeters and assists families during all visitations. He is a reliable, loyal, good-natured employee, always willing to lend a hand with anything he is asked to do.

Joe Slade

Joseph Slade graduated high school in 1954 the salutatorian of his class. He entered the armed forces in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1957. That year he began working at McDonnell Aircraft, later to become McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing. He retired after 42 years in June of 1999. Joe has been a member of First Baptist Church of St. John for over 50 years, actively teaching Sunday School for 50 years. Joe and his wife have 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. In 2000, he began working here as one of our greeters and has been a reliable, friendly member of our staff.  In addition to assisting families during visitations, Joe helps to maintain the building and grounds, including our beautiful fountain.

Larry Gerling

Larry Gerling was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Ritenour High School in June of 1950 and immediately began an apprenticeship in the funeral industry.  In 1952, he graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.  In August of 1955, he received his Missouri Embalmers license and brings to our staff over 50 years of funeral experience. He has also served as a church planter for his current church in Villa Ridge.  He has three sons and a daughter, all who have served as foreign missionaries, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He began working with us in 1984 and he feels privileged and honored to provide his ministry to the families that we serve.