Who We Are
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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, 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.
It was January 29th, 1910 – close to a century ago – when Frank H. Bailey opened the doors to Bailey Mortuary for the first time.
Mr. Bailey, a native of Huntington County, was born in 1877 to John B. and Mary C. Wise Bailey. He was educated in the county schools and went on to receive his license in funeral service. Frank served in firms around the area until he launched his own business in 1910. He was the first to open a 'funeral home' in the city, having purchased the Dr. J. M. Hicks residence on West Park Drive for that purpose.
It was thirty years later, in 1940, when Frank and his son, Carl, built the new, state-of-the-art Bailey Mortuary. We are located in the same building to this day.
Frank passed away unexpectedly in 1952. His duties in the firm were taken over by his son, Carl, who retired as owner of Bailey Mortuary in 1984.
Much like his father, Carl was very active in service organizations and within the musical community here in Huntington.
His extensive community service in the Masonic Amity Lodge #483 F & AM and the Scottish Rite Temples earned him the 50-year Award of Gold in 1993. He was also a proud member of the former Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge 837, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. He served his country as a Colonel in the Army during WWII.
Since 1990, when Christopher B. Love & family purchased the mortuary, it has undergone several renovations to make sure that our facility is large, attractive, and welcoming.
Today, amid all of the large, conglomerate funeral homes today, we remain a family-owned and family-operated mortuary. We work closely with our families to make things as easy as possible for them. There is never any pressure; families make all the decisions based upon their needs and their finances. We certainly do not want you to spend anymore than your pockets can afford.
Our promise to you is a simple one. We’ll help you create a ceremony that is meaningful and completely affordable. Whether burial and/or cremation, our staff can take care of all the arrangements, relieving you of unnecessary burdens.
Our Valued Staff
Christopher B. Love, Funeral Director/Owner
Chris has 32 years of experience as a licensed funeral director, and well over 40 in the funeral service field. Families who come to Bailey-Love benefit greatly from the depth of his knowledge and expertise. He is the third generation of the Love family to enter funeral service. Chris was born and raised in Marion and graduated from Marion High School as a member of the class of 1974. Chris went on to earn his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science in 1977 from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He worked alongside his father, Edwin R. Love, and his grandfathers, Maurice Kimball, and Earl Love, at Diggs Funeral Home. In 1977, Chris married his lovely wife, Janelle. Their son, Brian, was born in 1983, and in 1992, they were blessed with a daughter, Lesley. This was just two years after they moved to Huntington, and acquired the historical Bailey Mortuary. Chris is the past President and a current member of the Bippus Lions Club, the Indiana Funeral Director’s Association, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Brian Love, Monument Specialist, Tech support
Brian has extensive experience in funeral service, having lived in a funeral home all his life. He began working with his father in 1999, when he was responsible for mowing the lawns at Mount Hope Cemetery. He represents the fourth generation of the Love family in funeral service. Brian graduated from Huntington North High School, in the class of 2002. After graduation, he began full-time employment with Bailey-Love Mortuary, and became the firm’s monument specialist in 2004. Just two years later, Brian married his high school sweetheart, Amber. They are the proud parents of Brady, born in 2008. He is a member of both the Huntington Lions Club and MINICCI (MINI Cooper Club of Indiana). Brian is also proud to serve his community as an Extrication Technician for Huntington County Rescue.
Don Adkins, Funeral Director/Pre-Need Specialist
Don brings his extensive experience in funeral service to the Bailey-Love Mortuary, helping us to serve Andrews, Huntington, Roanoke and surrounding communities. “I am glad that Bailey-Love Mortuary has chosen to remain independent of consolidators and remain locally-owned and family-operated for over 95 years. I feel I can personally serve families better through a funeral firm which its owners have stayed strongly active with Huntington and the surrounding communities. I share their philosophy of funeral service; to serve each family with dignity, integrity, and neighborly understanding.” Don is available for those persons wishing to establish pre-arrangement plans, and those who wish to transfer their plans to us at Bailey-Love Mortuary. Cost comparisons are most welcome as well as no obligation consultations. He can be reached at Bailey-Love Mortuary, (260)356-1710.