Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Welcome to the Steen Funeral Homes web site. We hope you find our services helpful and reassuring as you make funeral arrangements, either for your loved one or for pre-planning your own service.
For over 80 years our local funeral family has been providing care and expertise to families at their time of great loss. We are committed to service and excellence and will strive to make each service a very personal and meaningful celebration of a life well lived.
Our experienced staff and beautiful facilities offer every family affordability and dignity to families of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. It is our goal to meet your specific needs and wishes.
In 1925, John Steen came to Ashland from Cincinnati, Ohio to open up a new funeral home because of the growing community. Here he met Ethel Miller and they were wed and together operated the funeral home until they retired. The funeral home begain to grow and a new facility was needed. The Steen's moved the facility from 15th Street to 20th Street and Carter Avenue and in 1943, moved to their current location at 1501 Central Avenue.
The Central Avenue Chapel
The Central Avenue Chapel serves as the main location of the Steen Funeral Homes. Founded in 1925 by John A. Steen. The chapel moved to its current location on Central Ave. in the mid 1940's. The funeral home has undergone many renovations during its years. The most recent being in 2006. Well equipped with a large funeral chapel, beautifully decorated visitation parlors & a family lounge all of which are ADA compliant. A setting was created with soft soothing colors, thoughtful design, every detail planned with our families in mind. You will feel at ease even during a most difficult time.
The 13th Street Chapel
Opened in 1999 to better serve our families as a branch of the Steen Funeral Home. Visualized and constructed with utmost care. Located just 2 blocks from Rose Hill Burial Park. A state of the art facility which is ADA compliant with beautifully decorated visitation parlors, large funeral chapel, family lounge, and children's activity room.
Brian L. Binion, Managing Partner
Brian is a lifelong resident of Ashland, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Boyd County High School and Mid-America College of Funeral Service where he served as Tyler of the Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity Lambda-Kappa Chapter and has been with Steen Funeral Homes since 1996 . Brian is a member of the Ashland Morning Kiwanis Club where he served as president and currently serves on the Board, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross North East Kentucky Chapter. He attends Holy Family Church. Brian chairs the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon each year during the Veteran's Day celebrations.
Bill Fields, Managing Partner
Bill has been with the Steen Funeral Homes since 1967. He is a 1964 Graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, a member the First Baptist Church, Ashland Area Business Boosters and formerly served on the Board of directors for the American Red Cross Boyd County Chapter. Bill is married to Pebble Fields and has three sons, Michael, Brad and Jason.
Patricia L. Steen, Funeral Director
Licensed funeral director since 2002. Pat currently serves as President of the Ashland Lions Club, Community Hospice Board of Directors and PWA. She is a former KDMC Hospital Volunteer. Pat is a member of the First United Methodist Church where she has served on various boards. Also the wife of Marshall Steen. Pat has three sons, Jason Gullett and Will & Zack Steen.
Paul Russell Vanhoose, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Rusty joined the staff of Steen Funeral Homes in 2005. He is a 1996 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service and has worked in the funeral industry since 1980. He is the husband of Marsha Gearhart Vanhoose and father to Samantha & Kevin Vanhoose.
Marshall Steen, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Consultant for Steen Funeral Homes. Marshall is a lifelong resident, Third generation funeral director and embalmer and a graduate of Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, Class of 1974. His involvements include Ashland Rotary Club, currently serving as the Boyd County Magistrate, Board of Directors of Friends of Ashland Cemetery, Board of Directors of the Ashland Alliance and is a member of the Poage Masonic Lodge #325 F & AM and the Ashland Commandry of the Knights Templar , as well as the BPO Elks Lodge #350. He is President of Steen Cannon and Ordnance Works a company which reproduces artillery for the National Park Service. He is member of First United Methodist Church where he has served on various board & formerly served on the Board of Directors of Ashland Cemetery. Marshall has three sons, Will & Zack Steen and Jason Gullett.
Mary L. VanHoose, Funeral Director
Mary has been a Licensed Funeral director since 1986. She is a member of the Cannonsburg Trinity United Methodist Church where she serves as Trustee, Ponderosa Homemakers Club, a Charter Member of the Greenhill Eastern Star #567 and a graduate of Boyd County High School. She is married to Ray VanHoose and has three children, Phyllis "Roger" Stevens, Terri "Chris" Hensley and Mark "April" VanHoose. She has five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Art Handloser, Funeral Attendent
Art has been with Steen Funeral Homes since 1999. He is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and attends the First Church of God, Ashland. Art is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation, National Home and Garden and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ashland Shelter of Hope. He is married to Linda Handloser and has one son, Nathaniel.
Ray Lester McCann, Ambassador
Ray has been an ambassador with Steen Funeral Homes since 2004. He retired from the Ashland Public Schools in 1987 following 40years of service as teacher and administrator. He is a WWII US Navy Veteran. Ray served for twelve years as tour director for a local touring company. He has served as a volunteer with King's Daughters Medical Center since 1998 and is a long time member of South Ashland United Methodist Church, Gideons International, Kentucky Retired Teachers Assoc and Ashland-Boyd County Retired Teachers Assocation. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Clay McCann in 1984. He has one daughter, Arland (Greg) White; grandson, Evan (Lisa Mueller) White and a great grandson, Knox Oliver White.
Harold Riffe, Ambassador
Harold R. Riffe is an ambassador for Steen Funeral Homes and has been employed by us for several years. Harold is a retired career service man and served in the United States Army for 34 years. He attends Cannonsburg First Baptist Church and visits Veterans at the VA Hospital in Huntington regularly. He enjoys time with his family and loves to fish. He has been married to Ann Grimes for 42 years and they have two children, Chris and Stacie and four grandchildren.
Charles S. Bush, Ambassador
Charles S. Bush, an ambassador for Steen Funeral Homes, is retired from the Home Improvement business and is a licensed insurance agent. He pastors Riverview Baptist Church and is a member of the Ashland Kiwinas Club. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married to Betty Bevins Bush for 57 years and they have three children, Anita Busky, Cheryl Gallion and Tom Bush. They also have six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Rebecca Daniels Caniff, Ambassador
Rebecca is a lifelong resident of the Ashland and Flatwoods area. She has been employeed with Steen Funeral Homes since 2010. Rebecca graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in 1967 and retired from Ashland Oil Inc. as Executive Meetings Coordinator following 23 years of service. She is a member of Bridges Christian Church. Rebecca is married to Greg Caniff, they have three children; Steve, Kim and Terri and eight grandchildren.