Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Learn the legacy.
- Original store in Lodi, Ohio, in 1906.
- Founder, H.C. Auble, circa 1920.
- Inside view of the first Orrville store in the I.O.O.F. building (Now City Hall).
- Outside the original Orrville store in the I.O.O.F. building (Now City Hall).
- Vern Halteman on the first furniture delivery wagon.
- Inside view of the second Orrville store (now Johnson Hardware).
- Al Auble, circa 1964, third generation.
- Al & Perry Auble show off their new 1970 hearse.
- Elmo Hooley co-owned the business in the late 50's and early 60's.
- Catholic Recessional.
- Al Auble, circa 1970's.
- Perry Auble at work in his later years.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Alan C. Auble
Funeral Director / EMTRead Bio
Alan was born and raised in Orrville. He graduated from Orrville High School in 1960 and received a BS from Kent State University in 1964. He received an associate degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1965 and joined the family business as a third generation funeral director and EMT.
Al lives in Orrville with his wife Suzy (Maus) Auble. He is an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and the Orrville Exchange Club.
Mark A. Auble
Funeral Director / ParamedicRead Bio
Mark was born and raised in Orrville. He graduated from Orrville High School in 1985 and received a BS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1989. He received an associate degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1990 and joined the family business as a forth generation funeral director and paramedic.
Mark lives in Orrville with his wife, Tammy, and children, Connor, Sarah, and Samuel. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Orrville Rotary Club. Mark is active in the Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club, the Wayne County Community Foundation, and many other community organizations.
Nevin C. Nussbaum
Funeral Director / EMTRead Bio
Nevin is a graduate of Dalton High School with a degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
In 1972, Nevin joined the firm as a Funeral Director and Emergency Medical Technician.
Nevin lives in Orrville with his wife Kathy (Horst) Nussbaum.
Kelly Gillman Thomas
Funeral Director/ManagerRead Bio
Kelly was born and raised in Rittman. She graduated from Rittman High School in 1989 and received a BA from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio in 1993. She received her funeral directing license in 2007 through an apprenticeship with her father, Robert Gillman, and joined the family business, Gillman Funeral Home, as a third generation funeral director. In 2014 Gillman Funeral Home was purchased by the Auble family and Kelly became the managing director of Auble-Gillman Funeral Home.
Kelly lives in Rittman with her husband, Andy, and children, Taylor and Kaitlyn.
Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bio
Jordan was born and raised in Wadsworth. He graduated from Wadsworth High School in 2004 and received a BS in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010. He joined Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in 2014 as a funeral director and embalmer.
Jordan lives in Rittman and is an active member of Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth.