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Garrett Lee Anderson

Owner/Supervisor/Funeral Director

Telephone: 1-814-886-8051
Email:
info@andersonfamilyfuneralhomes.com
Garrett Anderson is the owner, licensed funeral director, supervisor and licensed insurance representative at Anderson Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. Garrett was born on the base hospital in Okinawa, Japan as his dad was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps.  He spent most of his childhood in Manheim, Lancaster County, PA before his father took a job in western Pennsylvania. He is a 2006 graduate of Purchase Line Junior-Senior High School, Indiana County, PA. He went on to attend Westminster College, located in New Wilmington, PA for two years before transferring to Thiel College, Greenville, PA. He graduated in 2010 majoring in Biology, with minor concentrations in Medical Biology and Business Administration. After graduating from Thiel College, Garrett continued his education at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) with intentions of becoming a Funeral Director. After graduating from PIMS, he completed his internship by working for a funeral home in Altoona. Afterwards, Garrett worked in both Altoona and the Johnstown area as a licensed Funeral Director.

He purchased the former Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson in January of 2018 and changed the name to Kennedy-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, then renamed it late in 2019 to Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services.  Garrett then purchased the former Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union in July of 2019 and changed the name to Heath-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, thus forming Anderson Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. Garrett has over 10 years of experience to date in funeral service, and vows to serve the families of this area with the dignity and compassion that they deserve.

Garrett married Madison Kendera in June of 2012. Together, they have a son, Colt; a daughter, Davanee; and a Weimaraner, Modi. They reside in Cresson. When he isn’t at the funeral homes, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, hunting, watching his favorite sports teams or working with his favorite charity, Operation Toy Soldier.

Member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Pennyslvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA), Cresson Lions Club, Eastern Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, and Son's of the American Legion - Cresson Post 238.

crematory

As we observed an increasing interest in cremation by the general public and also learned that people feel more secure when cremation is done on-site at a funeral home's own crematory. We are committed to providing the best service to families who choose cremation. That is why we have built our own, privately owned crematory facility at our Mount Union location in May of 2021. Most other funeral homes have cremations performed by a third party, high-volume facility, however we do not. Your loved one is always under the care of our licensed funeral directors, who personally supervise every step of the cremation process.

“Why Having our own Crematory Separates Us from the Others”

  • Your Loved One Never Leaves Our Care. While most funeral homes offer cremation services, they transfer your loved one to a third-party crematory and never witness the cremation. At Anderson Family Funeral Homes, we personally perform all cremations at our crematory that is located in our funeral home.
  • Certified Operators. All cremations are performed under the care of a staff operator, certified by CANA (Cremation Association of North America).
  • Our cremations are worry-free. To ensure families are highly confident about our cremation process, we developed our “Worry Free Cremation™ Process.” Our cremation experts follow this meticulous step-by-step process before, during and after the cremation to guarantee the entire process is dignified, accurate and secure.
  • Your family can witness the cremation. Unlike other cremation providers, we welcome families to witness the cremation of their loved one. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow relatives to be present when their loved one’s body is placed into the cremation chamber.
  • Individual Cremation. All cremations are performed on an individual basis.
  • Recovery of Cremated Remains. After each cremation, manual sweeping and industry-specific mechanical means are employed to recover the cremated remains from the cremation chamber.
  • Disposition of Cremated Remains. 100% of the recovered cremated remains are prepared for disposition as directed by the Authorizing Agent.
  • We DO NOT do cremations for other funeral homes, hospitals, laboratories, nor is it used for the cremation of animals. We currently do not offer pet cremations, however if you need assistance with pet cremation, we can refer you to local animal crematories.