Our licensed funeral directors are never too busy to meet with you. Our commitment is to always set our standards high. You can expect the highest level of professional and personal service and care.
Our staff also plays an important role in our services. They help us ensure everyone is greeted and all details have been completed.
Levi & Barb Pence - funeral director, owner
Levi Pence and his family came to Newton in 1982. He purchased the Wallace Funeral Home in 1984. Before moving to Newton, Levi had worked for Brouhard Funeral Home in Zearing, Iowa and ran a painting and construction business.
Levi, a Hardin County, Iowa native, graduated from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. He married Barbara Groeneveld in 1969. Levi served in the United States Army in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division. Upon his return, he continued his education at Des Moines Area Community College and the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He worked for Grandview Funeral Home in Des Moines before serving in Zearing.
Levi has always enjoyed carpentry and remodeling projects. Barb enjoys horticulture and taking care of the grandchildren. Barb has been a member of the Skiff Medical Center Auxiliary and Newton After Five Club. Levi has been Past President of Newton Morning Kiwanis, Past Chairman of Hospice of Jasper County, Past President of Newton Christian School Board, and Past President of Newton Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous boards in the community.
Levi has dedicated his efforts to care for and raise his family with love, compassion, concern, and caring. He and his family have transferred these same efforts to caring for the families they serve.
Jeff & Debby Pence – funeral director & pre-planning counselor
Jeff Pence, son of Levi Pence, has lived in Newton since 1982. He and his wife, Debby, met at Cedarville College, where they sang on a traveling singing team. Both Jeff and Debby graduated from Cedarville College, Cedarville Ohio, in 1992, and Jeff graduated from Worsham’s Mortuary College in 1994.
Jeff is very involved in the community. He has served on the Newton Christian School Board, Skiff Hospice Board, Newton Noon Kiwanis Club as President, American Cancer Society – Jasper County Unit Board Member, Newton United Way, and serves at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Before serving at the funeral home, Debby taught Music for grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade at Newton Christian School. Debby stays very busy with their daughter Leslie, as well as many activities in the community. She is past President of the Skiff Medical Center Auxiliary Board, a past member on the TLC (Those Loving Children) Board and the School Board of Newton Christian School. She is a Trustee at Skiff Medical Center and Sunday School teacher.
Gene J. Groeneveld - funeral director
Gene Groeneveld and his family came to Newton in 1990. Gene grew up in Eldora, Iowa. He received his Associate of Science Degree from Ellsworth Community Junior College in Iowa Falls. He attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa and he graduated from Worsham’s Mortuary College in 1983. Gene, brother-in-law to Levi Pence, had previously worked as a funeral director at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa and Clinton Memorial Park Funeral Home in Clinton, Iowa. Before becoming a funeral director, Gene had worked in construction, was a police chief, and was an ambulance EMT.
Gene is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Gene has been a member of Kiwanis International, the Newton Airfair Board for eight years and the Optimist Club. He is currently a member of Emerson Hough Izaak Walton League, F.F.D.A. – Flying Funeral Directors of America, A.O.P.A. – Aircraft Owners and Operators Association, the Newton Salvation Army Board, I.F.D.A. – Iowa Funeral Directors Association (serving on the Mortuary Emergency Response Team, the Education Committee and Continuing Education Committee).
Harold & Marilyn Reese – staff
Harold and Marilyn Reese have lived in Newton since 1975. Harold and Marilyn owned Reese Funeral Home in Estherville, Iowa, Armstrong, Swea City, Ringsted and Fenton prior to purchasing Johnson Funeral Home in Newton.
Harold died on June 23, 2006. Marilyn continues to serve at the funeral home. She has served on many boards and is very active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton.
W. Andrew Emmert – staff
Andy Emmert was born in Colfax, Iowa in 1914 and moved to Newton in 1928. He has resided here all but 45 months that he spent in the U.S. Army in the South West Pacific Theater. Andy worked for three and a half years for the Des Moines Register and Tribune, was a Service Manager for Dale Schlotfeldt Olds-Cad for 10 years, and was the Owner-Operator of Texaco & Sinclair Service Stations for 25 years before joining the funeral home. He has assisted the funeral home in various capacities since 1977. You may find his smiling face greeting families as they come to the funeral home.
Andy and his wife Carlene have been involved in the community. Andy was an early member of the Newton Development Committee, Newton Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, a lifetime member of the VFW, member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and most constituent orders, serving as Past Master of Masons, High Priest of Gebal Chapter, Illustious Master of Royal & Select Masters, also served as Rt. Eminent Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of the State of Iowa in 1995-1996. Andy has been recognized for outstanding performance as Service Manager in having fulfilled the requirements for membership in the Master Service Managers League. He is also a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church. He has served on all the church committees and was the head of most of them at some time. Andy was the President of the Untied Methodist Trustee Board for over 13 years and was a church usher for over 45 years.
In Loving Memory of
Andy Emmert 1914 ~ 2014
Carlene Emmert 1927 ~ 2015