Experience the Difference
We invite you to discover who has made Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center the ultimate provider of creating healing experiences in the community. This section contains the heritage, vision, and the people behind Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center's reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust.
Robert L. Crooks
Bob has been a continual part of funeral service since 1974. A 1974 graduate of Ashland College with an Associate Degree in Biology, he entered into funeral service in June of that year in his hometown of Niles, OH. After graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977, he earned his funeral director and embalmers licenses from the State of Ohio.
In 1982, Bob continued his career with Rogers Funeral Homes, Inc in New Lebanon and Trotwood, OH serving there until 1997. A father of 4, grandfather of 6, Bob and wife Margaret have called New Lebanon home since 1982.
In 1997, Bob's career moved to the funeral home at Preble Memory Gardens in West Alexandria. In September of 2002, he went into partnership with Dan Appenzeller and Doug Rausch and began operating and managing the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center at Preble Memory Gardens.
Charles D. "Dan" Appenzeller and Caralynn Appenzeller
Originally from Akron, CO, Dan began his career as a cemetery sales person in 1971 in Kansas City, MO. Dan and wife Caralynn moved to Brookville, OH in 1975 and are parents to 4 children numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery opened in 1970 and Dan and Caralynn assumed ownership in 1981. Dan's vision extended beyond the cemetery and he built a funeral home on the premises in 1989, adding a community center, meeting rooms and offices several years later. The funeral home operated under another funeral home's license until 2002 when he and business partners Robert L. Crooks and Douglas K. Rauch opened the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center at Preble Memory Gardens. Dan and wife Caralynn remain vital and integral parts of the funeral homes operation.
Douglas K. Rauch
Doug was originally from Brookville, OH and has had a long career in both the cemetery and funeral business. Doug worked for various corporate owned cemetery and funeral home operations in Indiana, Texas, Ohio and Kentucky. Doug, along with partners Charles D. Appenzeller and Robert L. Crooks opened the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center in 2002. Doug continues to work as the Office Administrator and Accountant for the funeral home.
Doug was widowed in 2003 by wife Vicky and is the father of 3 children and grandfather of 8. He moved back to Ohio in 2003 after Vicky's passing and has called Eaton his home since.
Rosalynn M. Sever
Roz is a 2003 graduate of Brookville High School, and a 2012-13 Graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She has a Bachelors of Mortuary Science, and an associates of Applied Science. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Ohio, as well as a licensed Life Insurance Agent. Roz has one young daughter, and moved to Eaton in 2011. She has been a great asset to our business; and genuinely loves serving our families here at the Funeral Home.