In 2008, W. Eric Lusain founded the Main Street Casket Store in Cincinnati, OH and sold caskets and burial vaults to the public at discount prices. Customers appreciated our quality so much, they requested funeral services. In 2012 we hired funeral directors and created Grunn Funeral Home in Cincinnati, OH.

In 2014, we expanded to Dayton, OH and partnered with Bowman and Young Funeral Chapel. This relationship became so important, we created Lusain Memorial - a funeral services company that purchased Bowman and Young and Funeral Home. Since our acquisition of Bowman and Young FH, it's volume tripled. We are the only funeral home in the city limits of Dayton that has its own Crematory! The Lusain Memorial Network proudly served over 700 families in 2014 throughout Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Middletown, and Dayton.

The Lusain Memorial Network is:

W.E. Lusain Funeral Home
825 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati - 513.421.8300

W.E. Lusain Funeral Home
2455 Stanley Ave.

Dayton, OH 45404
(formerly Grunn FH)

Dayton North - 937.443.2030

Young Lusain FH and Crematory
2060 Germantown St.

Dayton, OH 45417
(formerly Bowman FH)

Dayton West - 937.268.6869



Growing funeral home network expands in Dayton
From Dayton Business Journal - May 2, 2016, 1:13pm EDT
KaitlinSchroeder, Staff Reporter Dayton Business Journal

A busy funeral home network has expanded a Dayton location to a larger space, in order to keep up with growth.
Funeral director Eric Lusain said he moved W.E. Lusain Funeral Home from its 910 Patterson Blvd. location to 2455 Stanley Ave., after long outgrowing its original home in East Dayton.

"We outgrew it the first month we moved in there two and a half years ago," he said.
W.E. Lusain Funeral Home, formerly called Grunn Funeral Home, is part of the Lusain Memorial Network, with two funeral homes in Dayton and one in Cincinnati. It performs funerals for families throughout Dayton, Middletown, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Lusain attributes its Dayton growth to cremation services. He said they are the only funeral home in Dayton city limits with a crematory.

"We're not afraid of cremation, because we want families to have the services they want at a price they can afford. I really believe that's what exploded our growth," he said.

Between Lusain Memorial Network's two Dayton locations, he said the company get about 600 calls a year and used to serve 20 families a month in the small Patterson Boulevard location.

The funeral home network increased its staff of four in Dayton to eight to accommodate the recent expansion.

According to Montgomery County property records, the building sold for $200,000 in a sale recorded April 14. The building, a recently closed Key Bank branch, was valued this year by the county at $318,060.

After searching for a suitable site, Lusain said the former Key Bank branch on Stanley Avenue was a good fit because it will allow for an 80 seat chapel and it's three times as large as the previous funeral home spot.

He said the location also has a large parking lot and the facility was in move-in ready condition, with a few minor changes needed to open.

Todd Cochran, of Colliers International, represented Lusain in the deal. Paul Miller and Pete Nichols, also of Colliers International, represented the seller.

Along with the changes in Dayton, Lusain said he is preparing to open a funeral home in a third city. The funeral home is now looking to open a new location in Birmingham, Ala. this year. As a Birmingham native, Lusain said the location would allow him to serve his family and friends in the city.


Press Release - November 1, 2014

Bowman and Young Funeral Chapel was recently purchased by Lusain Holdings, owner of Grunn Funeral Home and the Main Street Casket Store. Bowman and Young was founded as Bowman Funeral Chapel in 1952 by Clarence E Bowman, Sr. The Bowman family business was later carried on by Mr. Bowman's son, Clarence E. Bowman Jr.

Grunn Funeral Home expanded to Dayton with a second funeral home on South Patterson Boulevard last year. "Grunn Dayton became so busy we had to look for resources to help keep pace with our growth," stated owner Eric Lusain. " Our Dayton funeral home currently averages 20 cremation and funerals per month."

"I had no idea we would be this busy in Dayton. Our Cincinnati funeral home averages 30 services per month, but the death rate is 3 to 4 times higher there. Since Grunn Dayton opened in 2013 we relied upon Bowman Funeral Home and its staff to help serve families. It only made since to combine resources."

Lusain does not plan to merge the Grunn and Bowman brands. Instead they will both be a part of the Lusain Memorial Network and maintain separate identities. "Mr. Bowman has a unique and rich legacy to maintain. We will maintain the traditional African-American Funerals instituted by Mr. Bowman," said Lusain.

Bowman will become the Young Funeral Home, a segment of Lusain Memorial along with Grunn Funeral Home and the Main Street Casket Store - a discount casket retailer open to the public. Both funeral homes will share staff and Lusain's signature Mercedes Fleet Vehicles. Lusain will keep Bowman's entire staff and add new signage during the first week of November.



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