Visitors can still see the outside siding, windows and doors of the original home (which is now over 90 years old) in the grand hallway of the funeral parlor where guests are greeted.
The Hempels struggled in the beginning like all new business owners do. From running the ambulance service to washing windows, caring for the lawns, the building and the clients, it was all personally taken care of.
As time has passed and relationships with families of Lorain County have grown so has their business. With Gods blessing and a commitment to excellence the business has conducted over 4,400 funerals, tripling its annual size. In 1987 their son Eric and his wife Deborah joined them in the tradition of caring for the families of Amherst. Their daughter Heidi married locally Steve Morrow and they chose to make Amherst their residence as well.
Betty in 2017 went home to be with her Lord and Savior and is missed dearly by the family. Bill has slowed his involvement in the funeral home as his son Eric takes the helm. Alongside Eric, his wife Debbie faithfully serves in the business. Hempel Funeral Home is also enjoying the addition of Eric's two boys Ryan and William Hempel into the business. William and Ryan are both married and live locally in the area and seek to continue the legacy of compassionate and professional care to the community.