After much thought, we have decided to retire. Although we are looking forward to retirement, we are sad to be closing the family business. This has been a very difficult decision for us. We are proud to have been a part of the community for all these years. The business was started in 1886 by John H. Gebken as a livery stable and continued through 5 generations of family members.
Words can't express how much it has meant to us to be able to help so many families in their time of need. Your confidence, trust, loyalty and friendship has been such a blessing to us. Whether you came to us for the first time or we had served your family for generations, it was our privilege.
We cherished the many hugs and "thank you's" that we received, and for all the many friendships we have formed over the years. How wonderful it was to hear families tell us how we made them feel so comfortable and at home during a stressful time. We held many hands and shed many tears along with you. We truly cared about each and every family we served, and we will miss that.
The Benz family wants to sincerely thank all of our friends, relatives, neighbors and all of the families we have served over the years.
Taking care of your loved one and helping your family through a difficult time was our first and only priority. We hope we were able to achieve that goal. We strived to give each and every family our personal attention and respect.
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We hope that we have helped in some small way to lighten your burden.