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 History

H. Jack Buzard began a career in funeral service while a sophomore in high school in 1960. For years he was associated with his friend and mentor, Fred S. Bowser of Parker, PA. Following college, mortuary school, internship, and service in the U.S. Army (mortuary affairs in DaNang, RVN), a funeral home was established by Buzard in Eau Claire, Butler County, PA on Sept. 17th, 1972. Following the death of Mr. And Mrs. Bowser in a funeral home fire in 1977, a second funeral home was established on Oct. 17th, 1977 in Parker, Armstrong County, PA. In the summer of 2002, both funeral homes were incorporated under the name of H. Jack Buzard Funeral Homes, Inc.

The Buzard name has been constantly associated with service to those in need. Detail to individual requests have always been a primary goal of Buzard and his associates. H. Jack Buzard has always worked diligently with families to counsel and provide the services that they desire at the time of a loss of a loved one.

The physical characteristics of the Eau Claire and Parker facilities are individual to each town, however they share certain characteristics. Both funeral homes are kept impecably clean at all times and the grounds are well maintained year-round. Attention is given to provide books of comfort, spirtual guidance, and history to be placed throughout the facilities for people to ponder as they spend time at Buzard’s. Also, well received remarks by families to Buzard concerning art and antique collections for people to enjoy, encourage the Buzards to constantly keep adding new memorabilia.

H. Jack Buzard believes in pre-need arrangements, at-need service, and follow-up care are essential services to be provided in order to earn and retain their trust. Buzard believes that a funeral must be an experience based upon the life that has past, and a foundation for those left behind upon which to build.

Our Valued Staff

  • H. Jack  Buzard

    H. Jack Buzard, Founder

    H . Jack Buzard began a career in funeral service while a sophomore in high school in 1960. For years he was associated with his friend and mentor, Fred S. Bowser of Parker, PA. Following college, mortuary school, internship, and service in the U.S. Army (mortuary affairs in DaNang, RVN), a funeral home was established by Buzard in Eau Claire, Butler County, PA on Sept. 17th, 1972. Following the death of Mr. And Mrs. Bowser in a funeral home fire in 1977, a second funeral home was established on Oct. 17th, 1977 in Parker, Armstrong County, PA. In the summer of 2002, both funeral homes were incorporated under the name of H. Jack Buzard Funeral Homes, Inc.

  • Stephen  Buzard

    Stephen Buzard, Funeral Director

    Graduated from Moniteau High School in 2000. A graduate from Penn State University. He graduated with degrees in Communications, Labor and Industrial Relations, Dispute Management and Resolutions in 2004. He then attended the Pittsburgh Institue of Mortuary Science graduating in 2007. He has been employed at Buzard's with his dad ever since. Stephen lives in Foxburg, with his wife Sara, and his two boys, Jackson and Raylan

  • Courtney Shirey

    Courtney Shirey, Funeral Director & Supervisor

    Courtney Shirey is a Petrolia native and has been a licensed funeral director at Buzard's since 2014. She has been the supervisor for our Parker location since 2018. She is a graduate of Karns City High School as well as a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2013. She is a member of Petrolia Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

  • Cody Thompson

    Cody Thompson, Associate Director

    Cody has been employed at Buzard Funeral Home since 2007. He has attended both Penn State Erie as well as BCCC. Cody is an associate director who handles all aspects of our daily operations. Cody works diligently with the families we have the pleasure of serving, to make sure all aspects of the services are as perfect as possible. He makes sure what needs to be done is accomplished and always with a smile.

  • Mark  Viertel

    Mark Viertel, Funeral Director

    Mark is a father of three daughters and has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 years. A local of the Parker area, Mark has been a tremendous asset to the Buzard Funeral Home. Mark was the Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 52nd Masonic District.

  • Terry  Moore

    Terry Moore, Associate

    Mr. Moore was a career military man serving 4 years in the Marines and 16 in the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Military, Mr. Moore worked for the Department of Public Welfare before being fully retired and joining us at Buzard Funeral Homes. He has been an asset ever since.

  • Tom  McFadden

    Tom McFadden, Associate

    Mr. McFadden retired at J.M. Beatty Operations in Eau Claire after 40 years of service. Upon retirement Mr. McFadden joined Buzard Funeral Homes and has been an asset ever since. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge in Parker, Pa.

  • Linda Overheim

    Linda Overheim, Associate and Office Administrator

    Linda has been working at Buzard Funeral Homes since 2012. Linda lives in Foxburg and
    assist with daily operations as well as working during visitation and funerals.