Rick Allnutt and Susan Hughes, owners of Allnutt Funeral Service, are expanding the 130-year-old family-owned and operated business with the purchase of Howe Mortuary & Cremation Services, located at 439 Coffman Street, Longmont, Colorado. Geoff Howe will continue in his role as Funeral Director to serve the community with the expanded resources and support of Allnutt Funeral Service. In addition, Howe will serve as a director on Allnutt’s board of directors. Staff members, Barbara Weber, Patrick Atencio, Eric Johnson, Shera Quincannon, Chuck Bowland, Jan Sciacca, Connie Wills, Christy Angevine and Pat Casey will continue to serve the community with the same quality of care they have provided for a decade, spanning four generations. The mortuary will also retain the Howe name.
“The decision to sell a multi-generation family business is significant. Rick Allnutt and I have known each other for more than 30 years. Our great grandfathers and fathers knew and respected each other. Coming together with Allnutt Funeral Service is like bringing family members together to see how we can increase our contributions to the community together. Choosing Allnutt was the best option to protect our family name and reputation in the Longmont area, which was paramount in our decision,” Howe says. Howe has owned the mortuary since 1986 and has been involved with many local organizations and supported efforts that enhance the fabric and well being of the community.
Together, Howe Mortuary & Cremation Services and Allnutt Funeral Service represent 10 generations and 250 years of continuous service to the families of Northern Colorado. Howe Mortuary & Cremation Services has been associated with funeral service since 1898, and in ownership of the Howe family since 1909.
Allnutt Funeral Service offers funeral, cremation, pre-planning and cemetery services in several locations throughout Northern and Western Colorado, including Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory in Grand Junction, Grant Mortuaries in Meeker and Craig, and Resthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens in Fort Collins. Allnutt Funeral Service has also been serving families in Western Nebraska since 1998.
As a family-owned and operated company, Howe’s personalized approach to family service and care reflects the core values of Allnutt Funeral Service. The location has earned an exceptional reputation within the community, which has been established by providing the highest quality service and support possible in a facility among the finest in Northern Colorado. “Their approach to serving families matches ours,” says Rick Allnutt. “We are growing as a company and are seeking quality funeral, cremation and cemetery opportunities that allow us to further our mission of ‘family serving families.’ It’s not just something we say; it’s the core mission of our business.
We treat our families as if they were our own, which distinguishes our service within the community. It’s what families experience when they allow us the privilege of taking care of their loved ones. We are proud to expand our capabilities with the addition of this exceptional community-oriented funeral establishment,” Allnutt emphasizes.
Allnutt ensures that families who have existing relationships with Howe Mortuary will continue to be served with the same quality service and personalized care. Families who have pre-arrangement plans with the location will continue to have those plans honored. “What families may find different, perhaps, are more options to consider. If families have already pre-arranged, they may wish to review their plans with us to see if there are additional options to consider,” says Howe.
Howe’s family roots in the community date back to 1889 when Albert Edward (A.E.) Howe came to Denver at the age of 21. He moved his family to Boulder and entered the funeral business with Benjamin A. Holley. The partner purchased the interests of Bucheit and operated a mortuary under the name of Holley and Howe on the main floor of the Odd Fellows Lodge Building at 16th and Pearl.
In 1977, Geoffrey W. Howe joined his father, George Jr., as the fourth generation to represent the business. Over the years, members of the Howe family have been active contributors to their communities and each of the family’s four generations of leadership has also served as president of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association.
“One of the most important aspects of bringing this location into our business is honoring the traditions and expectations of the community that has been served for generations by these professionals. Combining their commitment to community with ours and continuing their care and unprecedented service will continue their legacy moving forward,” comments Allnutt.
Families will soon have access to free educational seminars that will cover every aspect of today’s funeral experience. From financing to choosing the right service and memorialization, community members will have more choices and more information, which will help them to make the best decisions possible.
Allnutt is also excited about expanding the community experience at the location. “We embrace a simple philosophy – connecting people, through life, through loss. Our locations are active in all aspects of the community, from volunteering and offering educational programs, to hosting events throughout the year for the sole purpose of bringing our communities together. Whether it is a traditional holiday service or a community event at the location, we enjoy bringing families together. It has enriched the lives of those we’ve touched and the lives of our staff as well,” Allnutt says.
Allnutt Funeral Service was founded in 1886 and is the oldest family operated business in Northern Colorado. Allnutt Funeral Service Colorado locations include: Fort Collins, Estes Park, Greeley, Loveland, Grand Junction, Craig and Meeker. Nebraska locations include: Scottsbluff, Gering, Bridgeport and Kimball. Most locations feature reception centers and all locations offer preplanning services and a full range of funeral, cremation, burial options and end-of-life resources, providing exemplary, ethical service built on five generations of funeral experience. For more information visit www.Allnutt.com.