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.