Gorden Funeral Residence hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome new owners, Tim and Casey Ofield, and Allegan Funeral Directors, Tim and Theresa Zollars to Allegan. The event was also an opportunity to wish longtime owner and Funeral Director, Steve VanderVeen well in his, and his wife Mary’s retirement. Larry Ofield was in attendance in lieu of his son, Tim, who was unable to attend due to a funeral at the Ofield’s Kentwood location.
Tim Ofield is a fifth generation funeral director, completing his degree in Mortuary Science in 2013. His father, Larry, while enjoying semi-retirement, still serves as a funeral director, as he has for over 40 years. Tim Zollars received his funeral directors license in 1992, and his wife, Theresa, received hers in 2007. The couple met in Elizabeth City, NC when Theresa, then Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer Third Class at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, inspected military burials at Twiford Funeral Home where Tim was the director.
While much has changed, the Zollars and Ofields are pleased that the staff has not, and the entirety of the Gorden’s has remained at the residence. To honor their team’s longtime commitment to the Gorden Funeral Residence and the community, the Zollars had the staff cut the ribbon marking the transition. Addressing those in attendance, VanderVeen spoke of his confidence that the Ofields and Zollars will continue to provide the level of care and service the Allegan community has come to expect during his family’s 63-year tenure at Gorden’s, stressing the importance of their longtime employees who remain at the residence.