History & Staff

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.

Our History

The Boyd Funeral Home has its roots in LaRue, Ohio in western Marion County where William Clarence Boyd (known as Posey) opened a furniture and mortuary business there in 1922. Working with him was Andy Ford who later became a partner in the LaRue operation of Boyd's Funeral Home in LaRue. Later, the Ford family purchased and operated it until 1970. 

In 1929 Posey moved his mortuary business to Marion on Columbia Street behind the Lust Property on Main Street. In 1935 he purchased the Lust property and joined the two houses to provide more room for his growing business. During the depression the site of the Lust home was sold and a Sohio Filling Station occupied it. 

After 1950, Posey's son, Phililip Fraber Boyd, operated the funeral home with the help of his wife, Phyllis Hecker-Boyd. The former Lust property was repurchased and now is the parking area. 

By 1979 they were serving between 250 and 300 families a year and also operating an ambulance service. Phil Boyd passed away in 2006. Today, Boyd-Born Funeral Home remains one of Marion's finest funeral homes and is an outstanding addition to Marion Downtown under the management of Larry Born.

Our Valued Staff

  • Carole Boyd

    Carole Boyd, Owner

    Carole Boyd, pictured with her husband, the late Phillip Boyd is the owner of the Boyd-Born Funeral Home. She lives in Marion and attends Dayspring Wesleyan Church. She enjoys quilting, writing, and fishing.

  • Mr. Larry A. Born

    Mr. Larry A. Born, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Larry Born, nephew of the late Phillip Boyd, was practically raised in the Boyd Funeral Home. So it's only natural that he wanted to follow in his uncle's footsteps and pursue a career as a funeral service professional. He graduated from Marion Harding High School, attended the Ohio University and eventually earned his Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1973. It was also in that year that he passed his national board. He has worked in the funeral service industry for the Boyd Funeral Home ever since. He currently serves as the manager of the now Boyd-Born Funeral Home. He and his wife, Jan, have raised a beautiful daughter, Brittany. Their nest has never been empty though, for they share a soft spot for God’s furry creatures. They are affiliated with the 1st Church of the Nazarene in Marion, OH. Larry enjoys sports car racing and auto restoration in his spare time.

  • Vickie C. McClellan

    Vickie C. McClellan, Vice President/Funeral Directing and Embalming Apprentice

    Vickie, daughter of Carole Boyd, vice president of the funeral home has recently finished her course of study in Mortuary Science at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is currently serving an apprenticeship in Funeral Directing and Embalming at Boyd-Born Funeral Home.
    A Marion native, she graduated from Marion Harding High School, attended OSUM prior to receiving her registered nursing degree from Owens Community College in Toledo, and her Bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Toledo. Prior to becoming the vice president, Vickie worked as a surgical nurse at Marion General Hospital and continued her career in Toledo at St. Luke's Hospital while receiving her BSN. She is the proud mother of two grown boys, Michael and Marcus who are also working in the family business.

  • Mr. Michael W. McClellan

    Mr. Michael W. McClellan, Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice

    Michael McClellan is the oldest grandson of the owner, Carole Boyd and the late Phillip Boyd. He attended St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo where he graduated in 2008. He then graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2013. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and a 6th year Reservist in the United States Marines. The sound of a trumpet playing "Taps" at military funerals and working at the family funeral home during the summers was Michael's personal introduction to the funeral service profession. While living in Toledo, OH he worked security at a large hospital and moonlighted for a local removal service. It was then that he decided to get serious about the funeral business and has recently finished his course of study in Mortuary Science through the distance learning program at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is gaining valuable experience in his apprenticeship with Evan's Funeral Home in Columbus, OH while continuing to work with the family business on a part-time basis.

  • Mr. Marcus A. McClellan

    Mr. Marcus A. McClellan, Funeral Director Assistant

    Marcus McClellan, grandson of Carole Boyd and the late Phillip Boyd, joined the staff in late 2015. He graduated from St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo before attending Owens Community College. He graduated in the spring of 2017 with an associate degree in Music Business Technology. Prior to relocating to Marion, his introduction to the funeral industry began when he worked for a removal service in Toledo.

    Marcus, in adition to working part-time for Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home and Buckeye Cremation Services, is currently attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio full-time. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Communication. He also continues to work with the family business when he is not studying, producing music, or working out.

  • Cheryl Grimes

    Cheryl Grimes, Office Manager

    Cheryl is the niece of the late Phillip Boyd. She is a graduate of Marion Harding High School and has been employed with the Boyd Funeral Home since 1967 where she manages the business office of the Boyd-Born Funeral Home. She and her husband, Al, share a variety of interests including horseback riding, bird dogs, kayaking, and motorcycling. Traveling to any one the National Parks is where they can be found in their spare time.

  • Mr. Randy L. Gilbert

    Mr. Randy L. Gilbert, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Randy Gilbert, originally from Mansfield, OH, graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1976. It was then that he joined the staff of the Boyd Funeral Home where he has been employed ever since. During this time, he and his wife, Lauren, raised two sons, Christopher and Andrew, in Marion, OH. They have been members of the Emanuel Lutheran Church for over 30 years where they serve as ushers. They are involved in the church outreach programs, and have served on various church committees over the years. Randy is also a 30+ year member of the Marion Elks Lodge #32. When he is not at work or church he can found fishing, shopping flea markets for antiques, or taking pictures of his new grandson, Asher Lee.

  • Mr. Jeffrey N. Schertzer

    Mr. Jeffrey N. Schertzer, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Jeff Schertzer, a native of Upper Sandusky, began working for the Boyd Funeral Home in 1997, immediately graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is the proud father of two boys, Jesse, and Easton. He is a member of the Ridgedale Athletic Boosters and the Elks #83. He loves spending time on the golf course, hunting, or coaching his sons’ athletic teams.

  • Miss Alysse Morgason

    Miss Alysse Morgason, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    We are pleased to announce that Alysse Morgason, a 2015 graduate from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, has completed her apprenticeship and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. A native of Marion, Ohio, she is excited about working with the people of her hometown. She is the daughter of the late Tommy Morgason of the Marion Cemetery. Her hobbies include writing and playing the violin.

  • Rev. Nathan R. McBeth

    Rev. Nathan R. McBeth, Funeral Director Apprentice

    Rev. Nathan McBeth, born and raised in Marion, has recently completed a 2-year apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director and will be sitting for his state and national boards in the very near future. A graduate of River Valley, class of 1993, he continued his education at the Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian Ministries. In 1997 he married his high school sweetheart, Gale James, and they now have three beautiful daughters, Abby, Annie, and Alli. Over more than 20 years of ministry, Rev. McBeth has served as pastor to two churches and is ordained through the Wesleyan Church. He and his family are active in the Dayspring Wesleyan Church of Marion, and Rev. McBeth is looking forward to serving the Marion Community in the years to come. His other interests include woodworking, crafts, and DIY projects.

  • Mr. Kenneth Kneisley

    Mr. Kenneth Kneisley, Funeral Assistant

    Kenny Kneisley is well known at the funeral home and around Marion as being a very knowledgeable history buff. He certainly knows the history of the funeral home as he has been employed with us for over 30 years.

  • Mr. Fred Schenk

    Mr. Fred Schenk, Licensed Funeral Director/Certified Pre-need Specialist

    Fred Schenk has been a licensed funeral director for nearly 25 years now while focusing on Advanced Funeral Planning with families for the last 20 years. He has met with over 8000 families during this time and has achieved the reputation of being a knowledgeable, caring, honest and helpful professional in the pre-need area. He has achieved the title of "Certified Pre-need Consultant" as bestowed by the National Foundation of Funeral Service. Over these same years, he has developed and nurtured a monument company that offers clients high quality memorials for a great value. Fred is a proud Ohio State University graduate from 1989, and resides in North Central Ohio with his family.

  • Mr. Doug Wilson

    Mr. Doug Wilson, Licensed Funeral Director/Cerified Pre-need Specialist

    Doug Wilson, a licensed funeral director, is in charge of the pre-arrangement services for Boyd-Born Funeral Home. Although he is new to our facility, he has been serving the families of central Ohio for over 25 years. Doug is a graduate of The University of Dayton and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and daughter.

  • Mr. Carl Sawyer

    Mr. Carl Sawyer, Funeral Assistant

    Carl “Butch” Sawyer, a native of Marion, OH and graduate of Marion Harding Harding High School, class of 1960, has over 45 years of experience in the funeral profession. He has been associated with the Boyd-Born Funeral Home as a member of the support staff for the past 20 years. Involved also in the casket industry, he continues to serve as territory manager for a major casket manufacturer. He is also the owner of his own distribution company for specialized funeral products and promotional advertising merchandise. Butch and his wife, Sue, are members of Salem Evangelical Church in Marion and reside in Union County.