Staff

Staff members of Oltmann Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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Ralph & Lois Oltmann Owners

Ralph Oltmann, Owner/ Funeral Director/ Embalmer, is a graduate of St. Louis Mortuary College. Ralph was in graves registration during World War II. He is the third generation of the Oltmann family involved in the business.

Lois Sudholt Oltmann, Owner/Funeral Director, married to Ralph since June 2, 1950.She was one of the first women to receive her funeral directors license in the State of Missouri. Lois passed away January 11, 2019. While she is gone her legacy will live on in her son and granddaughter and the staff of the Oltmann Funeral Home.

Ralph & Lois have one son, Keith, making him the fourth generation serving families at the Oltmann Funeral Home.

 

Ralph and Louis Oltmann are members of Zion United Church of Christ in Union, Missouri.

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Keith & Theresa Oltmann Owners

Keith Oltmann is the fourth generation of the Oltmann family serving loved ones and families  at the Oltmann Funeral Home. Keith is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Keith is married to Theresa Oltmann and the two have one daughter, Jessica. Keith is a graduate of Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He is a Board Member of United Bank of Union and a  retired volunteer firefighter with Union Fire Department. Keith has previously served as a Board Member for the Union Fire District, Board Member of Union Development Corporation, Member of the Union Kiwanis, and Past President of Union Jaycees.

Theresa Oltmann is a licensed  Funeral Director. She is a member of the Immaculate Conception Daughters of Isabella in Union, Missouri, past president of the Union Jayceetes and Women of Today.

Keith and Theresa Oltmann are both members of Immaculate Conception Church in Union, Missouri.

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Jessica Oltmann Funeral Director/Pre-Need Counselor

Jessica Oltmann is the fifth generation of the Oltmann family to serve families in the Franklin County Community since 2007.She grew up in Union, MO and currently resides there today with her children, Mario and Anayelli. 

Jessica graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 2004, she then attended East Central College. In 2007 she graduated from St. Louis Community College-Forest Park's Mortuary  Science Management Program. 

Jessica currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. She has been a member of the Washington Optomist Club since 2008 and served as their president from 2012 to 2014. She has also served her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Jessica is also a Past President of the Union Jaycees and Union Women of Today, and previously served on the Franklin County Walk for Diabetes Board and Franklin County Fair Board.

She is also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Jessica enjoys spending time with her children and attending their activities. 

 

 

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Jeff Kessels Funeral Director Apprentice / Embalmer Practicum Student

Jeff Kessels grew up in Union, MO and currently resides in Washington, MO. He joined the staff at Oltmann Funeral Home in 2016 as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Practicum Student Embalmer. Jeff is a graduate of Union High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Theology from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. He studied Mortuary Science at  Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Prior to joining the funeral service, Jeff was a social worker and worked primarily with children and families involved in the foster care system and with at-risk youth. His academic and professional background is a great asset to families who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one and to those preparing the final arrangements to celebrate a loved one's life.

 

Jeff Kessels chose to answer a vocational calling to join the funeral service as a way to serve the families in his community during difficult and, oftentimes, traumatic periods of their lives. He is proud to follow in the footsteps of his late uncle, who enjoyed a successful career serving families  for 25+ years as a funeral director and embalmer. Jeff's grandfather also worked in the funeral service, making him the third generation to serve families in the funeral industry.

 

Jeff is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Union, MO. He is an alumnus member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, an Eagle Scout, and a member of the Board of Directors at Loving Hearts Outreach.

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Brooke Carter Funeral Director and Pre Need Counselor

Brooke Carter has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home since 2018. She grew up in Union, MO and currently resides there with her sons.  Brooke is a graduate of Union High School and East Central College. She earned her Bachelors Degree as a double major in Sociology and Psychology from Maryville University in St. Louis, and Masters in Education Counseling Degree from Missouri Baptist University. She went on to earn both her Funeral Director and Pre-Need Agent licenses in 2020. 

Before joining the staff at Oltmann Funeral Home, Brooke worked as a High School Counselor for many years.  Her counseling background is a great asset to families who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. 

Brooke is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Union, MO and the Daughters of Isabella - Union Circle #391. 

 

 

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Steve Schmaltz Funeral Director and Embalmer

Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. In 2004 He enlisted in the United States Army and served for 6 years with 2 tours in Iraq as and X-Ray Technician. He then used his GI Bill to go to school at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, where he earned his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. He then obtained his Embalmers and Funeral Directors Licenses in the summer of 2012. He serves as an embalmber and funeral director at both the Union and Washington Locations.

He met his wife, Carmen, in the fall of 2015 and they were married in 2017. In his time off he enjoys model building, bowling and playing video games. 

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Melanie Story Funeral Director Assistant washoltmann@yhti.net

Melanie Story has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home since March 2020. She graduated from Union High School. She enjoys spending with her three children, Kirk, Aiden and Olivia. Melanie also enjoys watching documentaries, music and traveling. 

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Rick Breitenbach Funeral Director Assistant

Rick Breitnebach has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home in 2018. He assists families during visitations and funeral services. Rick and his wife Jane live in Washington, MO and are members of St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington. Rick and Jane have two children and five grandchildren.

Rick enjoys camping with his family in his free time. He also enjoys gardening and sharing vegetables from his garden with his family and friends.

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Debbie Groff Visitation Assistant

Debbie Groff has been employed as a visitation assistant for several years. She assists families during visitation and write memorials for attendees at services.

Debbie has been employed full time at Strubberg Hardware and Plumbing for many years. She is a member of St. Joseph Neier Church in Union, MO.

Debbie is married to Steve Groff. They have three children. She enjoys spending time with her family in her time off.

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Wanda Zeitzmann Visitation Assitant

Wanda Zeitzmann has been employed as a visitation assistatnt with Oltmann Funeral Home for several years. Wanda is a member of St. Francis Borgia Church and Choir. She is employed full time with Bank of Washington. In her time off she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

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Sharon Stausing Visitation Assistant

Sharon Stausing has been employed as a visitation assistant with Oltmann Funeral Home for serveral years. Sharon is retired from work in the insurance industry. She is a member of the Zion Unite Church of Christ and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #297. Sharon has two sons and three grandchildren and reisdes in Union, MO.

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Gene Wissmann Funeral Director

Gene Wissmann was a licensed Funeral Director with the Oltmann Funeral Home for 26 years. While he is no longer with us we are grateful for his years of service with us. 

He was married to Donna Wissmann and the father of two children, Vicki  and Kevin Wissmann. Gene was also a loving grandfather to  three grandchildren--Kayla Herman, Nathan Hoeft, and Alex Wissmann--and four  great-grandchildren.

 

Gene attended East Central College and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company before becoming a full-time, licensed Funeral Director.

 

Gene Wissmann was a retired member of the Union Fire Department and retired Fire Chief for the Union Fire Department.  

 

Gene was members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Union, Missouri.

Ralph & Lois Oltmann

Owners
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Ralph Oltmann, Owner/ Funeral Director/ Embalmer, is a graduate of St. Louis Mortuary College. Ralph was in graves registration during World War II. He is the third generation of the Oltmann family involved in the business.

Lois Sudholt Oltmann, Owner/Funeral Director, married to Ralph since June 2, 1950.She was one of the first women to receive her funeral directors license in the State of Missouri. Lois passed away January 11, 2019. While she is gone her legacy will live on in her son and granddaughter and the staff of the Oltmann Funeral Home.

Ralph & Lois have one son, Keith, making him the fourth generation serving families at the Oltmann Funeral Home.

 

Ralph and Louis Oltmann are members of Zion United Church of Christ in Union, Missouri.

Keith & Theresa Oltmann

Owners
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Keith Oltmann is the fourth generation of the Oltmann family serving loved ones and families  at the Oltmann Funeral Home. Keith is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Keith is married to Theresa Oltmann and the two have one daughter, Jessica. Keith is a graduate of Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He is a Board Member of United Bank of Union and a  retired volunteer firefighter with Union Fire Department. Keith has previously served as a Board Member for the Union Fire District, Board Member of Union Development Corporation, Member of the Union Kiwanis, and Past President of Union Jaycees.

Theresa Oltmann is a licensed  Funeral Director. She is a member of the Immaculate Conception Daughters of Isabella in Union, Missouri, past president of the Union Jayceetes and Women of Today.

Keith and Theresa Oltmann are both members of Immaculate Conception Church in Union, Missouri.

Jessica Oltmann

Funeral Director/Pre-Need Counselor
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Jessica Oltmann is the fifth generation of the Oltmann family to serve families in the Franklin County Community since 2007.She grew up in Union, MO and currently resides there today with her children, Mario and Anayelli. 

Jessica graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 2004, she then attended East Central College. In 2007 she graduated from St. Louis Community College-Forest Park's Mortuary  Science Management Program. 

Jessica currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. She has been a member of the Washington Optomist Club since 2008 and served as their president from 2012 to 2014. She has also served her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Jessica is also a Past President of the Union Jaycees and Union Women of Today, and previously served on the Franklin County Walk for Diabetes Board and Franklin County Fair Board.

She is also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Jessica enjoys spending time with her children and attending their activities. 

 

 

Jeff Kessels

Funeral Director Apprentice / Embalmer Practicum Student
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Jeff Kessels grew up in Union, MO and currently resides in Washington, MO. He joined the staff at Oltmann Funeral Home in 2016 as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Practicum Student Embalmer. Jeff is a graduate of Union High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Theology from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. He studied Mortuary Science at  Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Prior to joining the funeral service, Jeff was a social worker and worked primarily with children and families involved in the foster care system and with at-risk youth. His academic and professional background is a great asset to families who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one and to those preparing the final arrangements to celebrate a loved one's life.

 

Jeff Kessels chose to answer a vocational calling to join the funeral service as a way to serve the families in his community during difficult and, oftentimes, traumatic periods of their lives. He is proud to follow in the footsteps of his late uncle, who enjoyed a successful career serving families  for 25+ years as a funeral director and embalmer. Jeff's grandfather also worked in the funeral service, making him the third generation to serve families in the funeral industry.

 

Jeff is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Union, MO. He is an alumnus member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, an Eagle Scout, and a member of the Board of Directors at Loving Hearts Outreach.

Brooke Carter

Funeral Director and Pre Need Counselor
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Brooke Carter has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home since 2018. She grew up in Union, MO and currently resides there with her sons.  Brooke is a graduate of Union High School and East Central College. She earned her Bachelors Degree as a double major in Sociology and Psychology from Maryville University in St. Louis, and Masters in Education Counseling Degree from Missouri Baptist University. She went on to earn both her Funeral Director and Pre-Need Agent licenses in 2020. 

Before joining the staff at Oltmann Funeral Home, Brooke worked as a High School Counselor for many years.  Her counseling background is a great asset to families who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. 

Brooke is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Union, MO and the Daughters of Isabella - Union Circle #391. 

 

 

Steve Schmaltz

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Steve was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. In 2004 He enlisted in the United States Army and served for 6 years with 2 tours in Iraq as and X-Ray Technician. He then used his GI Bill to go to school at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, where he earned his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. He then obtained his Embalmers and Funeral Directors Licenses in the summer of 2012. He serves as an embalmber and funeral director at both the Union and Washington Locations.

He met his wife, Carmen, in the fall of 2015 and they were married in 2017. In his time off he enjoys model building, bowling and playing video games. 

Melanie Story

Funeral Director Assistant
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Melanie Story has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home since March 2020. She graduated from Union High School. She enjoys spending with her three children, Kirk, Aiden and Olivia. Melanie also enjoys watching documentaries, music and traveling. 

Rick Breitenbach

Funeral Director Assistant
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Rick Breitnebach has been employed with Oltmann Funeral Home in 2018. He assists families during visitations and funeral services. Rick and his wife Jane live in Washington, MO and are members of St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington. Rick and Jane have two children and five grandchildren.

Rick enjoys camping with his family in his free time. He also enjoys gardening and sharing vegetables from his garden with his family and friends.

Debbie Groff

Visitation Assistant
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Debbie Groff has been employed as a visitation assistant for several years. She assists families during visitation and write memorials for attendees at services.

Debbie has been employed full time at Strubberg Hardware and Plumbing for many years. She is a member of St. Joseph Neier Church in Union, MO.

Debbie is married to Steve Groff. They have three children. She enjoys spending time with her family in her time off.

Wanda Zeitzmann

Visitation Assitant
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Wanda Zeitzmann has been employed as a visitation assistatnt with Oltmann Funeral Home for several years. Wanda is a member of St. Francis Borgia Church and Choir. She is employed full time with Bank of Washington. In her time off she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Sharon Stausing

Visitation Assistant
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Sharon Stausing has been employed as a visitation assistant with Oltmann Funeral Home for serveral years. Sharon is retired from work in the insurance industry. She is a member of the Zion Unite Church of Christ and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #297. Sharon has two sons and three grandchildren and reisdes in Union, MO.

Gene Wissmann

Funeral Director
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Gene Wissmann was a licensed Funeral Director with the Oltmann Funeral Home for 26 years. While he is no longer with us we are grateful for his years of service with us. 

He was married to Donna Wissmann and the father of two children, Vicki  and Kevin Wissmann. Gene was also a loving grandfather to  three grandchildren--Kayla Herman, Nathan Hoeft, and Alex Wissmann--and four  great-grandchildren.

 

Gene attended East Central College and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company before becoming a full-time, licensed Funeral Director.

 

Gene Wissmann was a retired member of the Union Fire Department and retired Fire Chief for the Union Fire Department.  

 

Gene was members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Union, Missouri.