Our Staff


John Love

John Love

Funeral Director

In 1982, John and Mary Love purchased McCrate Funeral Home from Paul and Ann McCrate and established Love Funeral Homes.  He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974. John is also a certified crematory operator. He was a business major at Capital University, Bexley, OH and a 1973 graduate of Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis IN.  John is a Viet Nam Veteran and a member of the Ottawa American Legion, VFW and Amvets. He is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Sts Peter & Paul Church, Ottawa where he serves as a trustee on the School Endowment Committee. He is currently serving his third term as a Putnam County Commissioner.


Telephone: 1-419-286-6586


Mary Love

Mary Love

Funeral Director

In 1982, Mary and John Love purchased McCrate Funeral Home from Paul and Ann McCrate and established Love Funeral Homes. She is a licensed Funeral Director since 1990 and a certified crematory operator.  Mary attended Lima Technical college and the Lima branch of The Ohio State University. Mary is also a licensed insurance agent and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Ottawa. She is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and has been a board member of the Putnam County Chapter of the American Red Cross for over 25 years. She and her husband, John have two grown children, Heather and Robert and four grandchildren, Jeremy, Alexandria, Sean and Grayson.

Telephone: 1-419-523-6586


Jeff Heitmeyer

Jeff Heitmeyer

Funeral Director

Jeff and his brother David founded Heitmeyer Funeral Homes in 1995 after purchasing Snyder Service.  Their Oakwood Funeral Home in Paulding County was built in 1996.  He attended The Ohio State University, Lima campus and in 1987 graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1988. Jeff is also a licensed insurance agent and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Ottawa and the Glandorf Rod and Gun Club. He and his wife Dena live in Ottawa and have three daughters: Emily, Macy and Sydney.

Telephone: 1-419-523-5657


David Heitmeyer

David Heitmeyer

Funeral Director

David and his brother Jeff founded Heitmeyer Funeral Homes in 1995 after purchasing Snyder Service.  Their Oakwood Funeral Home in Paulding County was built in 1996. 
He is a 1987 graduate of Columbus Grove High School, attended Ohio State University, Lima Campus and a 1991 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1992, a licensed insurance agent and a certified crematory operator. He is active in the Leipsic community, on his 2nd term as a Village Council member and a member of Leipsic Eagles and Leipsic Rod and Gun. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church, Leipsic, Ottawa Masonic Lodge and Columbus Grove Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Rita have four children, Bryce, Brooke, Hayley and Peyton.

Telephone: 1-419-943-2040


Rita Heitmeyer

Rita Heitmeyer

Rita has worked with her husband David as a member of the funeral home staff since 1995. She is a 1988 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, attended Ohio State University Lima Campus and graduated with honors in 1993 from Northwestern College, Lima. They live in Leipsic with their four children: Bryce, Brooke, Hayley and Peyton.

Telephone: 1-419-523-6586


Heather Love Reynolds

Heather Love Reynolds

Funeral Director

Heather joined her parents at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home full-time in 2002. She is a licensed embalmer and funeral director, and a certified crematory operator. Heather is a 1995 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School; 1999 graduate of Ohio University and 2002 graduate of Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Leipsic United Methodist Church and Leipsic Chamber of Commerce. She is a dance instructor at The Dance Center in Ottawa. Heather and her husband, Nate live in Leipsic with their three children Jeremy, Alexandria and Sean.

Telephone: 1-419-943-2040


Mary Martin

Mary Martin

Mary has been an employee of Love Funeral Home and Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home since 1987 as a vital member of their staff.  She is a graduate of McAuley High School in Toledo and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Ottawa and the Altar Rosary Society of the church. She and her husband Tim live in Ottawa and have 2 grown children, Jeff and Kristen and four grandchildren, Kayley, Kelsea, Zachary and Ethan.

Telephone: 1-419-523-6586


Dianna Greer

Dianna Greer

Dianna has been employed by Heitmeyer Funeral Home and Love-Heitmeyer funeral home since 1995. She has formerly worked for Snyder Services.  She is a graduate of Holgate High School and a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Continental and the Altar Rosary Society.  Dianna is an active member of the Continental American Legion Auxiliary, Continental Lion’s Club, Continental Circle of Friends co-op food pantry and Ottawa VFW Auxiliary.  Dianna and her husband Mike have a daughter, Kimberly and a grandson, Adam.

Telephone: 1-419-596-3803


Shanda Martz

Shanda Martz

Funeral Director

Shanda joined Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home in September 2008. She is a licensed embalmer and funeral director; a 1990 graduate of Kalida High School and a 1993 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She is a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, the Hospitality New Parents organization and 4-H advisor for Ottoville Up-to-Date. She and her husband, Kirt live in Ottoville with their daughter, Carli.

Telephone: 1-419-596-3803


Brett Fry

Brett Fry

Funeral Director

Brett joined Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home in October of 2011. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and a 2005 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He graduated from Wayne Trace High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Tech.  Brett and his wife, Dunel reside in Ottawa and have two children, Chance and Sienna. He is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and  National Funeral Directors Association.  His family attends St. John Church, Glandorf.



Part Time

Jack Etter

Jack Etter

Bonnie Beining

Bonnie Beining

Carl Turnwald

Carl Turnwald

Leah Ditto

Leah Ditto

Gene Heitmeyer

Gene Heitmeyer

Marie Grote

Marie Grote

Virgil Hohlbein

Virgil Hohlbein

Don Green


Carolyn Etter



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