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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

John Burns

John Burns

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.  In 1975, he received his masters of science in Zoology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  That same year, John and his family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska to farm the family farm. In 1994, he earned a degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Community College in Kansas City, Kansas.  He returned to Norfolk where he was employed by Home for Funerals and became the owner in 2001. 

John is a member of Sacred Heart - Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk.  He is an active member in the Norfolk Morning Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus.  He is married to Sue and has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  He enjoys his family, traveling and outdoor activities. 

John is a compassionate and kind hearted funeral director who is devoted to caring for those in need.



Erik A. Gamerl

Erik A. Gamerl

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer and Pre-Need Counselor

Erik was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. He is a graduate of Bellevue East High School. Afterwards, he attended Iowa State University, the University or Nebraska - Omaha where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and the University or Nebraska - Lincoln where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Biology. In 2002, Erik received his degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Community College in Kansas City, Kansas. He completed his apprenticeship at Home for Funerals. In 2004, Erik began work as a funeral director at Bethany Funeral Home in La Vista, Nebraska. He returned as an employee of Home for Funerals in 2015. Erik and his family are members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Norfolk. Also, he is a member of the Norfolk Lions Club.  Erik is married to Katie and has 2 teenage sons. His wife, Katie Gamerl, is an audiologist and owner of Norfolk Audiology, P.C.. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, running and golfing.  Erik is a hard working and compassionate funeral director who does his utmost to serve families.


Macey Martinson

Macey Martinson

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Macey grew up on a farm near Platte Center. In 2010, she graduated from Lakeview High School in Columbus and in 2012 from Central Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. After graduating she moved to Kansas City, Kansas and received her Mortuary Science Degree in 2013 from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Upon returning to Nebraska, Macey worked in the Wakefield area for six years. Macey married Chris Martinson in 2017 in Platte Center. The couple moved to Norfolk in October of 2019.


She enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, and going on road trips with her husband.

Macey is a warm hearted, thoughtful director with a good-natured spirit.



Dave Shoemaker

Dave Shoemaker

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Dave was born in Norfolk, Nebraska and educated in the Norfolk Public Schools. After graduating from Norfolk Senior High School, Class of 1987, he spent a short time living in Texas and Missouri primarily working in retail and grocery stores before returning to Nebraska.

In 1999, he met Dr. Monica Casey and at that time he was employed by the City of Norfolk as the water meter reader. In October 2000, the couple married and lived in Wisconsin. They later divorced in 2018. Drawn by the desire to help people in their time of need, he started working at a funeral home in Kenosha, Wisconsin as a funeral director apprentice and attending college courses at Gateway Technical College. In 2005 he entered the mortuary science program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in West

Allis, Wisconsin. In 2006, Dave earned an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. After living and working in Wisconsin for nearly 20 years, he returned to Norfolk to be closer to family and in May 2020 he joined the staff of Home for Funerals.

He enjoys listening to music, traveling to new places, and taking care of his senior cats. He attends First Christian Church in Norfolk.

Dave is an authentic person and genuinely cares for the families he assists during their bereavement.


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