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Steen Funeral Home Central Ave Chapel in Ashland, KY

Meet Our Staff - Ashland, KY

Our Steen Funeral family works hard to serve each family with the highest level of service & professionalism.

We have decades of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures, and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff provide kind, caring, professional service. We are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to providing a model of excellence in service with heartfelt care and exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

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Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, wherever and whenever you need it.

Brian L. Binion

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 Holy Family Catholic Church, Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 350, the Ashland Morning Kiwanis Club where he served as president and  board member, he serves on the board of directors of the C.B. Nuckolls Community Center & Black History Museum, and formerly served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross North East Kentucky Chapter. Brian chairs the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon each year during the Veterans Day celebrations.


Paul Russell Vanhoose

Paul Russell Vanhoose

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Rusty joined the staff of Steen Funeral Homes in 2005. He is a 1982 graduate of Russell High School and 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 Gerahart Vanhoose and father to Samantha Vanhoose and Kevin Vanhoose.


Patricia L. Steen

Patricia L. Steen

Funeral Director

Pat has been a licensed funeral director since 2002. Pat is Past President of the Ashland Lions Club and formerly a King's Daughters Medical Center Volunteer and Community Hospice Board Member. She currently is a member of the Ashland Rotary Club and serves on the Dining with the Past Committee, PWA and is a former Ashland City Commissioner. Pat is a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Pat is married to Stephen Graham and has three sons, Jason Gullett and Will and Zack Steen.


Mary L. VanHoose

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  VanHoose. She has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Rusty Jordan

Rusty Jordan

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Rusty is a lifelong resident of Ashland. He is a graduate of Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School and Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He is married to Missy Stele Jordan and has two daughters, Holly Caudill and husband, Shane and Emily Jordan and one granddaughter, Ivy Caudill.


Mike Moore

Mike Moore

Funeral Director

Mike is a lifelong resident of Boyd County. He joined the staff of Steen Funeral Homes in 2011. He is the current Pastor of Bear Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church where he has served since 1992, and is on the Pastor Care Team at King’s Daughters Medical Center.  He was a 1983 graduate of Paul Blazer High School and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.

He married his wife Cheryl Renea Craig Moore in 1989. Together they have four children, Hannah Moore Jenkins, Micah Moore Roberts, Lydia Moore Marcus and Caleb Moore. He has four grandchildren, Jaelyn Jenkins,  Coen Jenkins, Caspian Marcus and Walker Roberts.

Mike views his time with Steen Funeral Homes as an extension of his ministry.


Evan Rice

Evan Rice

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Evan is an Ashland native, and is a second-generation Funeral director and Embalmer. He is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer, class of 2006 and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, class of 2010.

 

He is the son of David W. Rice and Beth Hambrick Rice Colley and Larry Colley.

 

Evan joined Steen Funeral Homes in September 2021.

 


Art Handloser

Art Handloser

Ambassador

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 and 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

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 40 years of service as teacher and administrator. He is a World War II U.S. 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 Association and Ashland-Boyd County Retired Teachers Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Clay McCann, in 1984. He has one daughter, Arland (Greg) White, a grandson, Evan (Lisa Mueller) White, and a great-grandson, Knox Oliver White.


Pastor Acy J. Gibson

Pastor Acy J. Gibson

Ambassador

Acy has been an ambassador for Steen Funeral Homes since February 2015.

He is a graduate of Ashland High School. He and his wife Joyce (Van Horn) have been married for 53 years. They have two sons, Greg (Michelle) Gibson and Barry (Darlene) Gibson, and five grandchildren.

Acy has been in the ministry for 51 years and has pastored in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. He enjoys the ministry and spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.


Bill Fields

Bill Fields

Managing Partner 1944 - 2017

William J. "Bill" Fields, 73, of Ashland, died peacefully Saturday morning, Dec. 2, 2017, in Community Hospice Care Center.

He was born April 14, 1944, in Perry County, a son of the late Raymond A. Fields Sr., and Arbutus Farler Fields.

Bill was former co-owner and operator of Steen Funeral Homes. He was a 1964 graduate of Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and devoted over 50 years of service to the Ashland Community. He was a member of Ashland Elks Lodge 350 B.P.O.E. and Ashland Area Business Boosters. He formerly served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Boyd County Chapter and Ashland Cemetery.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Pebble Kiser Fields of Ashland; three sons, Brad Fields and wife Julie of Danville, Jason Fields of Morehead and Michael Fields of Louisville; two brothers, Raymond A. Fields Jr. of Husser, La., and Thomas J. Fields of Bulan; three granddaughters, Maddie Fields, Emma Fields and Katelyn Fields of Danville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel with The Reverend Dr. Isaac W. Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.

Bill has been with the Steen Funeral Homes since 1967. He is a 1964 Graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, is a member of the First Baptist Church and 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.


Marshall Steen

Marshall Steen

1952 - 2018

Marshall Lane Steen, 65, of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, following an extended illness. Marshall was the son of the late William Miller and Jo Frances Rayburn Steen. He was born Feb. 11, 1952, in Ashland, grew up over the family funeral home and eventually took over the family business. He was a 1970 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School. After high school, he attended Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville and joined his parents in the family funeral business. As a young boy, he became interested in the American Civil War. At age 12, he was the youngest member of the North-South Skirmish Association of America. While in the N.S.S.A., he enjoyed shooting in competitions with muzzle-loading rifles and doing re-enactments of Civil War battles. Marshall was a proud Boy Scout and obtained the highest rank of Eagle Scout. He also represented the Tri-State Area Boy Scout Council by attending the World Jamboree in the State of Idaho, the only time the World Jamboree has ever been held in the United States. When he was able to get his driver’s license, he found a passion for cars, especially fast cars. He spent many weekends at Riverside Drag Strip and Ravenrock Drag Strip racing cars and winning many trophies. He always had a love for horses. In his younger days, he participated in horse shows and loved long trail rides. Those who knew him well will have fond memories of his rope lassoing shenanigans. Marshall was a well-known and successful entrepreneur. By the age of 28, he had assumed the position of president of the family funeral business. After the sale of the funeral business, he remained on as a consultant. While in the funeral industry, he started a custom home construction business, Colonial Builders, where he built several custom homes. He and his wife reopened Ashland Porter Paint Store. Their first day of sales totaled $3.33, but by the end of the first year, the Steens had brought the store to top in sales in the state. By the third year, the store was number 11 in the nation. During that time, he and his wife formed a company that complemented the paint store. It would be known as Ashland Interiors. In 1993, Marshall started Steen Cannon & Ordinance Works, a company that reproduced and refurbished historic muzzle-loading artillery. All over the United States and places around the world, the name Steen is known as the finest producers of historic artillery. The cannon business was his passion and love. Today, you can go to any battlefield and see his work. In addition to the funeral business, he and his wife, Pat, own and operate the Old Post Office. Marshall was a proud member of Jaycees, Ashland Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 350, Poage Masonic Lodge F&AM 325 and The Rotary Club. He served in various positions in the Rotary club and finally became a “Paul Harris Fellow” and president of the club, which he was most proud of. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat Creech Steen; three sons, Jason (Mary) Gullett, William Steen and Zachary (Ginger) Steen, all of Ashland; one brother, John William and wife Jean Steen of Ashland; two nieces, Amy (Earl) Twinam and Sallie Boyd; three furry family members, his beloved German shepherds Stormy, Zack and Sunny; and his first grandson due in June. 


Harold Riffe

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 regularly visits Veterans at the Virginia Hospital in Huntington. 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.


Rebecca Daniels Caniff

Rebecca Daniels Caniff

Ambassador

Rebecca is a lifelong resident of the Ashland and Flatwoods area. She has been employed 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.


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1501 Central Ave
| Ashland, KY 41101
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| Ashland, KY 41102
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