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Funeral service in the Independence area has a long history.
H.M. Lines, funeral director & undertaker, advertised in the 1889 publication of the West Side Newspaper. How long he had been in business or who preceded him is not known. He was followed by H.H. Jasperson, funeral director and undertaker, until his death in 1910.
Keeney Brother Mortuaries served Independence and Corvallis. Arthur L. Keeney was the funeral director in Independence, and operated the mortuary until 1929.
In 1926, Walter and Alda G. Smith opened the Smith Mortuary in Monmouth. Three years later, Smiths and Irvin Baun bought the Keeney Mortuary in Independence and renamed it as Smith-Baun Mortuary.
In 1953, Stanley B. Krueger managed the Smith-Krueger Mortuaries. They were still owned by Alda Smith. Mr. Krueger died in 1963 and the funeral homes were then sold to Carman and Donna Parmenter. When the Parmenters bought the Mortuaries in 1963 they built the present facilities and consolidated the funeral business into one location know as Smith-Parmenter Mortuary, and later as Parmenter Mortuary, Independence.
Mr. and Mrs. Parmenter retired from the funeral service and sold their interest in the mortuary to Maurice and Starla Farnstrom in 1978. Members of the Farnstrom family continued to own and operate the funeral home until July 2012.
Today, the Farnstrom Mortuary staff continues the long-standing tradition of personal and caring funeral service to Polk County families.