To the Editor:

I began my career in funeral service with Richard Wing in 1975. In 1979, I was hired by Richard Hamre of Hamre Funeral Home in Granite Falls as a funeral director. In 1982, Richard Hamre sold Hamre Funeral Home to Mr. Wing and me. In 1993, I became the President and owner of Wing-Bain Funeral Home, Inc. I have always been extremely proud of continuing a community business (Hamre Funeral Home) which has been in constant service since 1896. 2018 will mark my 44th year of continual service in the funeral profession.

Recently there have been numerous rumors and ‘coffee clutch’ discussions pertaining to local business dealings and I thought it prudent to set a few things straight.

First of all, I am not retiring, nor are any staff members of Wing-Bain Funeral Home. Our service to the families entrusting us with the care of their loved ones will remain at the same high standard. This includes providing at-need, pre-need and general associated advice in all aspects of funeral service. (Cremation services, traditional services, markers, monuments, educational information). Any future staffing changes will potentially involve adding a third funeral director, as we recently had one of our directors leave our employment to pursue other personal interests. This is all a normal internal business process.

Second, the funeral home is not moving or in any way changing location. The building was recently beautifully remodeled and will continue to provide service to clientele at its current location.

In conclusion, if another funeral entity is planning to enter the community, it has no connection with Wing-Bain Funeral Home, either financially or professionally. Wing-Bain Funeral Home is in no way selling any of its business interests to an outside funeral establishment. All of us here at Wing-Bain Funeral Home take the service we provide very seriously and are proud to render compassionate, dignified and professional funeral service to those so entrusting us, regardless of race, religious beliefs or means. I trust this correspondence will serve to alleviate any apprehensions or concerns folks may have pertaining to the foregoing concerns.

In Your Trusted Service,

Everett H. Bain

Wing-Bain Funeral Home