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Steve Farus

Steve Farus

Steve is a native of Chandlersville and is a 1971 graduate of Philo High School. He graduated in 1979 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, after which he worked for Clyde Thompson until he bought the Funeral Home in January 1985.

He is married to DuAnne (Duvall) and they have three children, Scott (Alicia) Farus, Matt (Autumn) Farus and Stacey (Sam) Smith. They have six grandchildren Cody, Madisyn, Brandon, Austin, KyAnne and Conner.

Steve is a Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He is a  member of Chandlersville United Methodist Church, is Assistant Chief of the Duncan Falls Volunteer Fire Department, clerk of the Duncan Falls Cemetery Association, a member of F&AM Anchor Lodge # 283 where he has served as Master, an honorary member of Gage & Gavel Lodge # 448, a member of Olive Branch Chapter #251 OES,and Amrou Grotto #52.  He is a past President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, District 13. He was honored with the Sertoma Service to Mankind award for the Zanesville Sertoma Club.


Matt Farus

Matt Farus

Matthew and his wife Autumn were married in 2000, they are the proud parents of two boys, Austin and Conner.

Matt is a 1992 graduate of Philo High School, he attended Ohio University in Athens and graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Matt is a member of the Duncan Falls United Methodist Church, Philo-Duncan Falls Lions Club, Anchor Lodge #283 F&AM and he has served on the Wayne Township Fire Department since 1990.

Matt joined the Thompson-Farus Funeral Home in May of 1995 and took over ownership of the funeral home in 2012 when it was renamed the Farus Funeral Home.


Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson

Funeral Director

A military brat, Ray was born on an Army base in Würzburg, Germany.  He was raised in East Liverpool, Ohio; and lived there until 2008.  He and his wife, Carrie Scherfel Johnson, were wed in 1999, and have three wonderful children together.  His daughter, Alexis, lives and works in Pennsylvania, and his sons, Logan and Thane, attend school in New Concord.

Ray Attended Kent State University, and graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology.  He also graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning the Mu Sigma Alpha Award as well as his Mortuary Degree.  Ray served his internship at the Pippin Funeral Home in the State of Delaware and remained there as a Funeral Director until returning home to Ohio in 2013.  He is proud to have become a part of such a wonderful community and a member of so prestigious a funeral home.



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