Derek and Eshelle Bales
Derek grew up in Middletown and moved to
Preble County in 1996 while working for Hueston Woods State Park. He then
was a Corrections Officer at the Preble County Jail where he met Eshelle, who
was also a Corrections Officer. They married in 2001.
After 10 years of
service at the Sheriff’s Office, Derek decided a change was needed and in 2009,
he started classes at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he was a Lab
Assistant and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2010. After completing a yearlong
Apprenticeship in Fostoria, Ohio, Derek became a licensed funeral director and
embalmer and worked at Rogers' Funeral Home in New Lebanon and Trotwood.
In September 2016,
he and Eshelle purchased the R.C. Nein and Sons Funeral Home in Camden,
Derek and Eshelle
Bales became the owners of the Preble Memory Gardens Funeral Center and
Cemetery at the end of December 2020.