Our Story

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.

100k
legacies honored
100
years in business
300k
moments remembered

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

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 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.

In 1918, Edward C. Young, Sr. and his wife Adelheit, started Young and Sons Funeral Home, now Ford and Young Funeral Home. A company that has steadily grown and continues its growth and service to Perry County.

Edward's four sons later joined him in the business: Wally in 1933; Earl in 1935; James in 1945; and Edward C. Jr. in 1954. Their wives also became affiliated with the business. Ford and Young now continues with its third generation of Youngs plus other valuable employees.

Robert Young, son of Edward C. Young, Jr., joined the firm in 1974 as an embalmer and funeral director. Due to an illness, he retired in January, 2000. His wife Lois became a funeral director in 1988 and is still with the firm. Wayne Ochs, a funeral director, has been with the firm since 1972. Michael Sutterer, an embalmer/funeral director, joined the firm in 1980. and Phil Norman, an embalmer/funeral director, joined the firm in 1992. 

John Young, the youngest son of Edward C. Young, Jr., is the manager and funeral director along with his wife Pamela, secretary and funeral director.

As of May 31, 2019 John and Pam Young alongside Kevin Ford and his son, Josh Ford formalized a business relationship and renamed Young and Sons to Ford and Young Funeral Home. "We have worked together for several years and felt it was the right time to develop a formal arrangement", said John Young. "This is an exciting time for our company and community." Few changes are planned in the near term aside from the name and a few cosmetic modifications at the Perryville location. No staffing changes are anticipated at this time, Kevin Ford says." 

We are very proud to carry on the tradition that John's grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and brother started. It is truly an honor to serve our friends and families of Perry County.

Kevin Ford, Josh Ford and John Young

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

John M. Young

John M. Young

Manager/Funeral Director
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Pamela M. Young

Pamela M. Young

Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant
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Wayne  Ochs

Wayne Ochs

Funeral Director
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Michael L. Sutterer

Michael L. Sutterer

Embalmer/Funeral Director
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Lois  Young

Lois Young

Funeral Director/Administrative Assistant
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Phil L. Norman

Phil L. Norman

Embalmer/Funeral Director
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Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford

President/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Josh Ford

Josh Ford

Vice President/Funeral Director
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Walter Ford

Walter Ford

Past President/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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