For many years Nevada has been a two-funeral home town, but recently, that changed.


Justin Rasmusson, who purchased Bacon Funeral Home on Jan. 1, 2016, from Rob Bacon, has now purchased the Ryan Funeral Home, most recently owned and operated by Scott and Connie Huffman. Rasmusson plans to consolidate both funeral homes, and keep the funeral home and crematory operations headquartered at the 1418 Fawcett Parkway location on the south side of Nevada.


“The Huffmans and I began talks in late January and the closing took place March 22,” said Rasmusson, who first started working in the funeral business in Nevada when he came to Bacon Funeral Home in March of 2010.


“It has always been a goal of mine to join the two funeral homes in Nevada,” Rasmusson shared. “It just so happened that the Huffmans were looking to pursue other opportunities and had approached me about purchasing Ryan Funeral Home.”


He said the purchase made sense.


“I think the timing was right,” he said. “Also, this type of opportunity doesn’t come along every day. Every business is looking for ways to grow and expand; this acquisition meets that goal and also preserves the history and tradition of the Ryan Funeral Home.”


The purchase of Ryan Funeral Home does not include the property and buildings that it has occupied as part of the sale. “These were retained by the Huffmans, who plan to sell (the property) at a later date,” Rasmusson said.


The newly combined funeral home business will have a new name: Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory.


“The Ryan name has been a staple in funeral service in Nevada since the ’40s. It was no question that I wanted to continue that name into the future,” Rasmusson explained. “Our signs and website will be changing in the coming weeks to reflect that.”


Rasmusson also wants to assure those who had pre-arranged services with Ryan Funeral Home that those will be honored. “We will also be reaching out to each person that has a pre-arranged funeral plan on file,” he said.


Other than new signage to go with the new business name, and moving all services to his present facility on Fawcett Parkway, Rasmusson doesn’t foresee a lot of other changes.


Continuing to do business in his newer facility made sense, because it is all one level, handicap-accessible, has a large parking lot able to accommodate parking for 90 cars and has a community room that can accommodate luncheons for up to 50 people comfortably.


“This (Fawcett Parkway) facility also houses our on-site crematory, giving families that choose cremation peace of mind knowing that their loved one will not leave our care,” Rasmusson said.


He added that he hopes whoever buys the Fifth Street property that housed Ryan Funeral Home has an appreciation for older homes and will maintain that property’s character. “It has always been well cared for. It has very spacious rooms and with a little re-configuring, would make someone a very nice home.”


Judy Chance will continue to be the day-t0-day office person for Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home, and Rasmusson said he has a great part-time support staff, as well. “I have great support from family and colleagues that are always willing to help however they can.”


Most important, Rasmusson said, is that he continues the rich traditions that have been created by both funeral home establishments.


“Though the buildings may be changing, the service that people have come to expect will remain. We are dedicated to providing the personal, professional and caring service many have come to know and expect.”