Our History

gardner Family

Goodwin Funeral Home has served families since 1944. Ross & Mavorette Flummerfelt established the Flummerfelt Funeral Home in their residence, the Raab house. In the 50’s, Jerry Goodwin began working at Flummerfelt. He graduated from the Indianapolis Mortuary School in 1955 and after serving his apprenticeship in Northern Indiana, returned to Vincennes to continue working with Mr. Flummerfelt.

Jerry became a partner in 1968 and the name changed to Flummerfelt-Goodwin. In 1975, Jerry and Carolyn Goodwin purchased the funeral home from the Flummerfelts. Jerry’s sons, David and Tim both graduated from Vincennes University Mortuary Program before working at the funeral home. In 2000, a fellow graduate of Vincennes University Mortuary Program, Chris Sievers joined Goodwin Funeral Home. In 2004 David and Tim purchased the funeral home from their parents and in 2004,  and Chris Sievers became a partner.

Recently, Goodwin Funeral Home acquired Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home. Gardner dates as far back as 1816 when Andrew Gardner, a cabinetmaker, began making coffins in his shop. The original funeral home was Andrews Cabinet Shop, General Store and general repair shop at Third and Busseron St. in Vincennes.

George E. Gardner moved the business to its current location, the Bonner-Allen mansion at Fifth and Main, in 1915.  Built in 1815 by David Bonner, the mansion was purchased by Cyrus Allen a good friend of Abraham Lincolns. Lincoln stayed at the mansion many nights and after complaining about his bed being too short, Cyrus had a longer bed built for Lincoln. The Lincoln room still exists on the second floor of the Funeral Home and now serves as one of the two casket selection rooms.

In 1998, Keystone Group Holdings purchased Gardner Funeral Home and Brockman Funeral Home, and combined the two to become Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home.

Then in 2011, Goodwin Funeral Home purchased Gardner-Brockman making it once again locally owned. In August of 2012 Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home installed a state of art crematory and  became the only funeral home within an hour radius to have their own on site crematory.  David, Tim and Chris are all Vincennes natives and look forward to serving the people of Vincennes for many years to come.