History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Dear guest,

After starting in the funeral business in 1955, working with two of Anderson's well respected funeral establishments, and with many prayers and sleepless nights, my family and I decided to put out our own little shingle, take what we had learned and put it to good use.

It seems like yesterday when we first opened our doors, way out on 53rd Street. We suppose it was a little daring because at that time, all the funeral establishments were centrally located in the downtown area. We felt and hoped the south side of town would soon be growing and if we were going to do things right, we would need a little room to accomplish our goals.

We wanted to offer a funeral home that was conducive to the whole community. A funeral home all on one level with no steps, with spaciousness and a homey-like atmosphere. A place where one could just let us tend to their needs so they could visit with their consoling family and friends.

It wasn't long before we needed to expand. At this time, not only did we add on to our existing building, but we also decided that we would give the families a place to make their arrangements away from the hustle and bustle of the main funeral home. We utilized the old buffalo barn on the northeast corner of the property and converted it into what we now refer to as , "The Carriage House".

The Carriage House was well received. It incorporated our arrangement room, the casket and vault selection room and much needed storage. We designed it to look like one's family room or den at their home, with a fireplace and a game table for us to sit around while making arrangements rather than a desk in an office setting. At this point, we were also able to add some needed personnel, additional funeral directors and secretarial assistance. Prearranging funerals was becoming more and more accepted so we needed to have the staff to not only tend to the current funeral business but also to the future business.

In 1986, we expanded both the main building and the Carriage House and we also implemented a chaplaincy or aftercare program to help the families with their grief process and adapting to their losses. This program was the first of its kind in the area and has strived to help not only each family we serve but also several school classrooms, church groups, senior citizen groups, other grief support groups through seminars, tours, and a very extensive grief support library.

In 1991, we built the first and what remains the only crematory in the area. We wanted to be able to handle all aspects of the cremation process "in house" so we would not have to rely on an outside source and also to alleviate any additional transportation costs to the families desiring that type of service. Each year, the cremation rate increases throughout the United States. We offer a variety of cremation services, caskets specifically made for the cremation process, urns, cremation vaults, keepsakes and even cremation jewelry.

We also implemented another program which means a lot to me and my family. Since there are so many women and men who put their lives on the line for my family and this community each and every day, we wanted to give back. In 1996, we offered to each Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Management Team, and State Police Department, paid or voluntary, which serve Madison County, that if any of those would die in the line of duty, we would provide a service with full honors including a Stainless Steel or Cherry Hardwood casket, and a 12 gauge Galvanized Steel Vault at no charge to the family. This would allow any benefits or pensions to be used for the surviving family rather than the funeral services of those who devoted themselves to the community's well being.

In November of 2000, we began to utilize the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson as the backdrop of our first annual Remembrance Service. Our goal for this service is to bring family and friends together to remember their loved ones and to celebrate a life through special music and encouraging words. We know that grief has its own set of seasons and its own timing. For many people, memories comfort, empower, enrich, and honor those we love so dearly. Our hope was that the service was a source of strength and comfort throughout holidays.

It was 2001 when we had a fire that completely destroyed our Carriage House. After two years of building, in 2003 we completed our current Carriage House. The new Carriage House includes the Arrangement Offices, a selection area for all types of funeral and cremation merchandise, our Community Room where events can be held by the families we serve and also rented by general public for any type of event, and our Cremation Center with public viewing room.

Our pet cremation division began in 2007 and has evolved into Loyal and True Pet Cremation Services which is also housed in the Carriage House. We have a large selection of pet related items in our pet arrangement office which is dedicated to the pet families of our community.

In June 2010, the Robert Loose Family donated our North Chapel facility to the growing Ivy Tech Community College. The former North Chapel will now house new classrooms, an educational laboratory, a conference center and offices.

This donation allowed Ivy Tech the ability to transfer approximately eight acres of ground which is attached to our South Chapel property on 53rd Street. The additional acreage will allow us to opportunity to add many services and to increase the Memorial Gardens at our South Chapel. We are currently working on the development of this beautiful area behind our South Chapel.

We are continually striving to expand and improve upon the services we offer to this community. We hope that you would let us know if there is anything that we could implement to better serve.

Sincerely,

Robert Loose

Our Valued Staff

  • Rob Loose

    Rob Loose, President

    Rob is the President of Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory, Loyal and True Pet Cremation Services by Loose Funeral Homes and also The Gardens at Willowcrest Park.
    He was born in Anderson, was a 1981 graduate of Madison Heights High School, attended Indiana University and DePauw University and a 1985 graduate of Mid America College of Mortuary Science.
    He is a life member of the Central Christian Church; and often attends First Presbyterian Church, Anderson; a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge #77, F. & A. M.; the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis; the Murat Temple Shrine; the Madison County Scottish Rite Club; the Madison County Shrine Club; the Madison County Funeral Directors Association; the Indiana Funeral Directors Association; the National Funeral Directors Association; Cremation Association of North America; the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Pet Loss Professional Alliance, Anderson Noon Rotary International Club; a member of the St. Vincent's Anderson Regional, St. Vincent’s Anderson Regional Foundation Board of Director’s, serving as Chairman; the Madison County Community Foundation's Board of Directors. He served as member of the Hopewell Center Board of Directors for nine years and the Ivy Tech Executive Committee for several years while raising money for the new campus.
    Rob has been married to Jane Moneyhun Loose since 1987. Jane retired from Moneyhun's Fine Gifts and Furnishings which she owned with her mother and sister from 1982 - 2013. Jane is now the Event Coordinator at The Community Room of Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory. They have a very active son, Mark A. Loose, who has worked at the funeral home since 2005, graduated from Anderson High School in 2009, from Ball State University in December 2012 and Mid-America College of Funeral Service in March 2014. Upon graduation, Mark returned to Anderson and is serving as a third generation funeral director in the family business.

  • Mark A. Loose

    Mark A. Loose, General Manager

    Mark is a 2009 graduate of Anderson High School. He then received both an Associate and Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University graduating in December 2012. Mark furthered his education by attending Mid America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN, where he graduated salutatorian and received another Bachelor's Degree in March 2014. He is the third generation of his family to care and support the community he loves.

    Mark married his wife, Abigail (McLean) Loose, in December 2015, and in December 2016, they welcomed their daughter, Josephine Grace, to the world. Most recently in June 2018, their son, Gabriel Ralph, was born. They are parishioners of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Anderson. Mark is a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Madison County Funeral Directors Association, and the Anderson Knights of Columbus #563. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors playing with his dogs, Sunny and Tex, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Joe Nelson

    Joe Nelson, Crematory Manager

  • Austin Stevens

    Austin Stevens, Pet Specialist

  • Chris Cangany

    Chris Cangany, Pet Specialist

  • Stevie Harmon

    Stevie Harmon, Pet Specialist

  • Katelynn Lovins

    Katelynn Lovins

  • Eddie Amalfitano

    Eddie Amalfitano, Pet Specialist

  • Dan McLaughlin

    Dan McLaughlin, Pet Specialist

  • Larry Mercer

    Larry Mercer, Pet Specialist

  • Gail Dimmett

    Gail Dimmett, Pet Specialist

  • Braden Krick

    Braden Krick, Pet Specialist