Funeral Directors

Ron and Cindy Overlease have been in the funeral business for over thirty years. Ron began his career in the funeral business in Hutchinson and later Lawrence before moving to Rooks County where he met Cindy Axelson. They have been married for over 20 years. Cindy was the owner of the Cutting Edge hair studio in Stockton. They had been in Rooks County, Kansas for 16 years until having the opportunity to purchase the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in 2012. A year later they welcomed their nephew Aaron Overlease to join them.

Aaron Overlease has been in the funeral business for over 10 years joining Ron & Cindy in 2013 moving from Pittsburg, Kansas. Since arriving in the Abilene area, Aaron has gotten married to Laurol Schmidt and they have a little boy Reid. Laurol is a fitness instructor at Impact Health and Fitness in Abilene.

Andy J. De Lay was born and raised in Holton, Kansas where he graduated from Holton High School in 1977. He went on to graduate from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1979 with an Associate in Arts Degree in Mortuary Science followed by an apprenticeship in Topeka, Kansas. He has been associated with the Danner Funeral Home since 1980. Andy's professional memberships include the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Louise A. Ryan has been associated with the Danner Funeral Home since 2009. She serves as our matron.