History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Story

The Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home, L.C. traces it's beginnings to the late 1920's when L.B. Jones operated the first funeral home in Buffalo, Missouri, the Jones Funeral Home at the corner of Missouri and Pine. In 1962, Jerry and Marlene Cantlon came to the Buffalo community where they owned the Jones-Cantlon Funeral Home, later dropping the Jones name.  In 1978 they purchased the Parrish-Beckner Funeral Home and moved the business to the current location on Main St.  In 1982 they purchased the Vaughan Funeral Home in Urbana and in 1988 they built a new facility on Broadway St. in Urbana.

Eric and Kay (Cantlon) Otterness returned to Buffalo in 1986 following Eric's graduation from mortuary school.  When the Cantlon's retired in 1998, Eric and Kay purchased the funeral homes, adding the Otterness name in 2000.

Neal Oglesbee joined the business in 1987 and retired in 2013, followed by Milan VanHoutan in 2016. Currently the staff is composed of Jarod Campbell (2009), Brad Lewis (2013), Mike Lewis (2016) and Gladys Reser, who was an important part of the Vaughan Funeral Home before the Cantlons purchased it.

Our Valued Staff

  • Eric and Kay Otterness

    Eric and Kay Otterness Former Owner/Ambassador

  • Jarod  Campbell

    Jarod Campbell Funeral Director

    Jarod grew up in Dallas County, Missouri and graduated from Buffalo High School. He married his high school sweetheart Brooke, and they have three amazing boys, Peyton, Braden, and Gavin. Jarod graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Wildlife Management. He and his family are members of Calvary Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Buffalo. He has been with Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home since April of 2009 and is a licensed Funeral Director.

  • Brad  Lewis

    Brad Lewis Funeral Directors Assistant

    Brad Lewis is a resident of Buffalo, Missouri and is a graduate of Buffalo High School, class of 2012. He is married to Rachael Elisabeth Lewis and together they have one daughter, Aliah Grace Lewis. He is a member of Calvary Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Buffalo. Brad enjoys bowling and fishing. He has been an employee of Cantlon Otterness Funeral home since November 1, 2013.

  • Mike Lewis

    Mike Lewis

  • Gladys Reser

    Gladys Reser

  • Jerry & Marlene Cantlon

    Jerry & Marlene Cantlon