History & Staff

Our History

Our History

The Ziemer family has been serving the Evansville community since 1927.  Our professional and caring staff takes pride in providing meaningful ceremonies that meet the special needs of your family.  The Ziemer Funeral Home team is detail oriented, courteous and knowledgeable.  We offer a complete range of high quality and affordable services from funerals to cremation and are experienced at honoring many faiths and customs.  It is our goal to support you through every step of your arrangements and to commemorate the special memory of your loved one.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jerry Ziemer

    Jerry Ziemer CEO

    Jerry has been serving the Evansville community for over 50 years at Ziemer Funeral Homes. He spent many years learning the funeral business from his father, Ted Ziemer. At the age of 35, his father passed away unexpectedly, leaving Jerry to continue the legacy of Ziemer Funeral Homes. He has been working alongside his son, Daniel, to ensure the highest quality of service continues for each family. Jerry and his wife, Patty, have 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Jerry has participated in many organizations in the community including Evansville Rotary, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Shriners, Youth First, Tri-State MS and Boys & Girls Club. He enjoys traveling and playing golf.

  • Daniel Ziemer

    Daniel Ziemer President

    Daniel is the third generation of Ziemers to serve the Evansville community with his family business. He started in maintenance, mowing lawns and transporting flowers when he was 15 years old. Daniel graduated from Memorial High School in 1988. He is a 1992 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. Daniel received his funeral directors degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1993 and returned to Evansville to begin working for Ziemer Funeral Home as a funeral director with his father, Jerry. Daniel and his wife, Jennifer, are members of St. Benedict's Cathedral. Two of their children (Leo and Max) attend Memorial High School while the other three (Sam, Ben, and Sadie) attend St. Benedict's Cathedral School. Daniel is involved in Knights of Columbus, Hadi Shriners, Northside Kiwanis and various other community organizations. Daniel's quiet, confident demeanor is a comfort to the families who are overwhelmed emotionally. There is no question that he is treating every family as his family.

  • Jennifer Ziemer

    Jennifer Ziemer Operations Director

    Jennifer is Daniel's wife and joined Ziemer Funeral Home in 2014. Jennifer is originally from upstate New York and moved to Evansville with her family in 1986 when her father transferred with Bristol Myers Squibb. She graduated from Memorial High School, where she met Daniel. Jennifer graduated from Ball State University in 1992 with a major in Sales and Marketing and a minor in Finance. Daniel and Jennifer have four sons (Leo, Max, Sam, and Ben) and a daughter named Sadie. Jennifer is an integral part of the day-to-day operations for Ziemer Funeral Homes, executing all marketing and accounting responsibilities. In addition, she assists families with the filing of insurance claims. Jennifer enjoys helping families organize necessary paperwork and acting as an advocate through the insurance claims process. She enjoys spending her time traveling with her family, playing golf, coaching, and watching her kids at their various sporting events.

  • Matt  Kopshever

    Matt Kopshever Funeral Director

    Matthew is a native of Pinckneyville, IL and became a resident of the greater Evansville area in 1999. Matthew has been with Ziemer Funeral Homes since 2000. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received a degree in Art Education and a 1999 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he received a Bachelors degree. When Matthew is not helping families in his community, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shanna (Voegel), and their lovely daughter Katherine Paige. He also enjoys hunting, camping, and hiking. Matthew’s sincerity, contagious smile, warm friendliness, and caring attitude are appreciated not only by the staff of Ziemer Funeral Home, but by everyone who meets him.

  • Angelo P.  Ruehmkorff

    Angelo P. Ruehmkorff Director of Family Services & Advanced Planning

    Angelo Ruehmkorff has been a member of the Ziemer Funeral Home team since 2003. Angelo is a native of Newburgh, Indiana and he graduated from Memorial High School in 1991. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 1995. Angelo has a lovely wife, Vanessa and two boys, Austin and Samuel. Angelo is a member of St. James Catholic Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, running and cycling. Angelo is the Director of Family Services at Ziemer Funeral Home. Many visitors to Ziemer Funeral Home know how special Angelo is, as part of the Ziemer team. Angelo is capable of leadership and yet possesses a friendly, outgoing spirit. His personality allows him to rise to the challenge of managing, while maintaining a gentle, peaceful ambiance —creating an atmosphere of love and kindness for those who he serves. "Every time I help a family with advanced planning, it gives me great satisfaction to know that the children will not have to make these arrangements on one of the worst days of their lives." Angelo believes that families should make these choices together rather than alone.

  • Scott Tenhumberg

    Scott Tenhumberg Funeral Director

    Scott Tenhumberg is both an Indiana and Kentucky Funeral Director and Embalmer, and has been with us since 2003. He grew up in Evansville, graduating from F.J. Reitz High School and Vincennes University. He and his wife, Amy, are members of Christian Fellowship Church and have two children Nick and Derek Hugo. Scott feels that funeral service has been an amazing and fulfilling career and ministry.

  • Lynette Willett

    Lynette Willett Funeral Director

    Lynette is a native of Valley Center California, since moving to the Tri-State area at the age of 13 she considers Indiana home. She graduated from Paoli High School in 1997. Lynette received her Associates Degree in Funeral Science from Vincennes University in 2010. “I’m a passionate and driven person with a desire to help others, taking the time to listen to each family and help guide them, so that their service is tailor-made for their loved one”. Lynette enjoys spending time outdoors, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. Her biggest joy is spending time with her family, including her children Ricky and Sadie.

  • Norm  Hunter

    Norm Hunter Funeral Director and Advanced Planning Counselor

    Update: Norman passed away May 7, 2019 and will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all of our staff here at Ziemer Funeral Home.
    Norman, a native of Lawrenceburg Indiana, has been at "Home in Evansville" since 1958. He is a graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and completed a degree in business at Lockyear College. Norman enjoys being involved in his church, Bethel Temple Community Church, where he is an assistant teacher in the Bible Fellowship Hour. He and his wife, Jo Ann assist with the church's local activities when missionaries spend some time "back home". Norman says that his two foregin mission trips to Haiti are an experiences that he will never forget. He joined Ziemer Funeral Home in 1997. Norm says that "serving and ministering to those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one" is what he finds most satisfying about his job. He is an expert in creating a detail oriented and personalized service for each family. In his spare time, Norman enjoys working with his computer, camping and going to yard sales. Norman and his wife, Jo Ann, (Daly), have four daughters; Kathryn Perdue, Deborah Goldblatt, Nanci Yetter and Leanne Kelle. Every chance they get, they enjoy being with their eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

  • David Brown

    David Brown Advanced Planning Counselor

    David has been a member of the Ziemer Funeral Home team since 2015. He is a native of Evansville and graduated from North High School and the University of Evansville. David and his wife, Bridget, have three children; Jacob, Isaac, and Carly. He is a member of St. Benedict Cathedral and enjoys spending time with his family. David's strong work ethic and organizational skills allow him to customize pre-planned funerals to meet customer needs.

  • Billy Thompson

    Billy Thompson Family Services Counselor and Certified Life Celebrant

    Billy, a native of Mt. Vernon, IN, joined the Ziemer team in 2018. Billy graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2004 with a degree in Education. Previously, Billy taught middle school Social Studies at Evansville Christian School and then served as the Area Director with Young Life in Evansville. He joined the Ziemer team excited to continue to serve families through Ziemer's After Care Program and helping them prepare for future needs with advanced planning. Billy is also a certified Life Celebrant and has been specially trained to design a service for your loved one that is completely personal. He specializes in incorporating those unique stories, songs, and experiences that defined the loved one. Billy and his wife Laura have three children, Owen, Eli, and Lydia and attend New Beginnings Lakeside Church.

  • Ellen  Gonzalez

    Ellen Gonzalez Funeral Director

    Ellen was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, University of Southern Indiana, and Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Ellen's kind and caring personality makes her the perfect person to help families through such a difficult time, "I love being able to help families in the community and getting to know different families in the process," she says. In her free time, Ellen loves to spend time outdoors hiking and gardening. She is also a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Girl Scout Troop leader at West Terrace and proud wife to Brock and dog mom to Scout.

  • Leo Ziemer

    Leo Ziemer Manager-Ziemer Pet Memorial

    Leo is a 2017 graduate of Memorial High School. He has been attending Indiana University in pursuit of his business degree from the Kelley School of Business. He has been working at Ziemer Funeral Home during the summers on property maintenance and office support. In the summer of 2019, he began managing the Ziemer Pet Memorial Center and providing support on funeral services. He loves golfing, movies and beating his younger brothers and sister at ping pong.

  • Max Ziemer

    Max Ziemer Office Support

    Max is a 2019 graduate of Memorial High School. He will be attending Indiana University in the fall in pursuit of a business degree from the Kelley School of Business. He has been working this summer for Ziemer Funeral Homes as supporting staff for funerals and administrative assistance. He spends his free time playing golf, ping pong and being at the YMCA.