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Mike and Helen Carlson Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.

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Ed and Amanda Groh Assistant Funeral Director, Office Manager, Pre-need Counselor

Amanda Groh is the daughter of Mike and Helen Carlson and the wife of Ed. Amanda joined the staff on September 1, 2006 and Ed joined the staff on January 5, 2018. Both were raised in Emporia, graduated from the Emporia High School, and attended Emporia State University. Amanda and Ed have a son, Adam and a yellow lab named Penny. She is an Assistant Funeral Director, has her pre-need insurance license, and is the office manager. Amanda is also Past President of the Noon Network of Ambucs in Salina. Ed  is an avid hunter and loves to fish. He is an EMT/Firefighter with Saline County Fire District 1.

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Barbara Royse Funeral Attendant

Barbara joined our staff in 2018. She hosts evening visitations at the funeral home, assists with funeral services, as well as many other things to support our full time staff. She is a graduate of Wichita State University. Prior to joining us in Salina, she owned and operated a gift shop called Bittersweet in Derby, Kansas for many years. Barb volunteers for Altrusa International, is a member of PEO, and is very active in her church. Barb is married to Kevin Royse, the Salina fire chief.

Mike and Helen Carlson

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.

Ed and Amanda Groh

Assistant Funeral Director, Office Manager, Pre-need Counselor
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Amanda Groh is the daughter of Mike and Helen Carlson and the wife of Ed. Amanda joined the staff on September 1, 2006 and Ed joined the staff on January 5, 2018. Both were raised in Emporia, graduated from the Emporia High School, and attended Emporia State University. Amanda and Ed have a son, Adam and a yellow lab named Penny. She is an Assistant Funeral Director, has her pre-need insurance license, and is the office manager. Amanda is also Past President of the Noon Network of Ambucs in Salina. Ed  is an avid hunter and loves to fish. He is an EMT/Firefighter with Saline County Fire District 1.

Barbara Royse

Funeral Attendant
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Barbara joined our staff in 2018. She hosts evening visitations at the funeral home, assists with funeral services, as well as many other things to support our full time staff. She is a graduate of Wichita State University. Prior to joining us in Salina, she owned and operated a gift shop called Bittersweet in Derby, Kansas for many years. Barb volunteers for Altrusa International, is a member of PEO, and is very active in her church. Barb is married to Kevin Royse, the Salina fire chief.