Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Wallace-Thompson Funeral Homes was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Funeral Director / Owner
Bob, born in West Union, Ohio, to Robert and Deloris Wallace, was raised on a farm in the rural community of Locust Grove, near Peebles. Bob attended school at the Locust Grove Elementary until he reached junior high, when his class joined the junior high students in Peebles. He graduated from Peebles in 1975.
Robert and Deloris instilled in Bob the understanding that hard work brings its own rewards. All throughout his school years, Bob worked primarily on his family’s farm, but also helped other local farmers by baling hay, cutting and hanging tobacco, and caring for livestock. Bob got his first “non-farming” job at the age of seventeen, when he was hired to work in the factory in Rarden, Ohio, producing wooden frames for furniture. After high school, Bob spent his time farming and worked at various construction jobs. He was working on his family’s farm, when he decided to go to college. He continued to work there while enjoying taking a wide variety of classes through Southern State Community College.
While earning an Associate’s Degree from Southern State, Bob also helped his cousin Steve Thompson, who had purchased the funeral home in Hillsboro. It was at Steve’s urging that Bob attended the open house held at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and enrolled in classes. He graduated from the college in 1986, and completed his apprenticeship at Thompson Funeral Home, in Hillsboro, Ohio.
After his graduation from mortuary school, Bob became a co-partner, along with Steve Thompson, in owning and operating the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Homes in Peebles, Seaman and Winchester. Bob has served on the Peebles Town Council, and is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Bob is also a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. When he has a rare free afternoon, he enjoys spending his time shooting. His most important pastime, however, is watching his daughter Baylee play basketball, especially enjoying the college games in which she plays.
Bob and his wife Bobbi (Daniels) will celebrate their thirtieth anniversary in 2017. They have three children, Brade, Brevan, and Baylee.
Funeral Director / Owner
Born June 25, 1953 in West Union, Ohio, the son of Ronald A. Thompson of Grove City and Maxine (Wallace) Kratzer of Hillsboro. Steve was raised on a farm at Locust Grove and attended Franklin High School in Locust Grove thru the 9th grade when Locust Grove, Sinking Spring and Peebles Schools consolidated. He graduated from Peebles High School in 1971. While in High School, Steve worked for Charlie Thompson who owned the Trefz Funeral Home In Peebles. After graduation, he attended the Tri County Academic Center in Macon, OH. and received his Associate Degree. While attending College, Steve worked for the Ellis Funeral Home in West Union, Ohio. Upon graduation from Tri County, he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1974.
Steve returned to West Union where he served his apprenticeship under the guidance of Edmund Ellis. In 1977 he moved to Columbus, Oh and worked for the Schoedinger Funeral Homes for 2 years. Being raised in the country, country life was calling him home. He returned to Locust Grove and a short time later went to work for good friend Don Edgington who owned and operated the Rhoads-Edgington Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Winchester and Mowrystown. While working for Don, Steve met Susan L. Davis on a blind date, election day in November, 1980. Steve and Susan were united in marriage on July 11, 1981. Susan is the daughter of Judge Richard L. and Kathryn (Tolle) Davis of Hillsboro. Steve and Susan have two daughters, Allison L. Thompson and Andrea L. Thompson.
Steve owns and operates Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hillsboro and Sinking Spring, and is a partner in the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Homes in Peebles, Seaman and Winchester, and the Thompson-Meeker Funeral in West Union. He also has served as a director of the First Star National Bank fka Farmers and Traders National Bank nka US Bank in Hillsboro. Steve and Susan own and operate the Masterpiece Farms where they breed and raise quarter horses. He is a member and the Past President of the National Snaffle Bit Association, member of American Quarter Horse Association and the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Member and Past Master Highland Lodge #38 F.&A.M., Hillsboro Chapter #40 R.A.M., Hillsboro Council #16 R.S.M., Highland Commandery #31 Knights Templar, Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Cincinnati, Aladdin Shriners, Columbus, OH., F.O.E. Aerie 1161, Hillsboro. Steve is currently the Past Chair of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce.
Meghan was a graduate from West Union High School and continued her education at Shawnee State University and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Funeral Director and Embalmer; she also has successfully completed training as a Certified Cremation Arranger through the ICCFA and joined the Thompson Funeral Home staff in the fall of 2012.
Meghan enjoys spending time with family and friends.
David Hare joined Thompson Funeral Home, as our Family Service Professional in 2013, after working for three years in a similar position in the Cincinnati area. As a Family Service Professional, David assists community members in preplanning their funeral arrangements. Preplanning allows individuals to be certain their final wishes are met, and helps to remove the financial burden on surviving family members.
David is no stranger to the funeral profession, since he grew up working in his family’s business, and spent his early career as a funeral director in his family’s firm in Northwest Ohio. David graduated from Cincinnati Mortuary College in a 1987, and later completed his Marketing degree at the University of Findlay. In 1995, he left his career as funeral director to pursue a career in financial services and moved to Cincinnati. He spent the next 14 years, working for Northwestern Mutual Life, 5/3 Bank and Ameriprise Financial in a corporate role, before the company down sized. David is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and prides himself in staying current on the changes affecting the finance industry.
Today, David is able to use his funeral directing and financial planning experience, as he works to develop the best preplanning experience for individuals and families in our community. Advanced planning is a large part of funeral services today, as more people wish to reduce the decisions and financial burdens placed on their surviving family members.
David and his wife, Linda, have two college aged children and are active members of their church.
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