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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Brad Yazel

Brad Yazel

Managing Partner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brad Yazel comes to Carlson & Kirby-Morris Funeral Homes with over 20 years of funeral home operations experience. He is a resident of El Dorado with four "nearly-grown" children. Brad is a graduate of Ohio State University and The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Kansas and Michigan. Brad is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club and El Dorado YMCA and is actively serving on several El Dorado Chamber of Commerce committees. Brad is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He served as a recovery team leader with the National Funeral Directors Association in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, golf, crosswords and reading.

Chris Karn

Chris Karn

Assistant Funeral Director/ Kirby-Morris Funeral Home Lead

Chris Karn moved to El Dorado in 2016 to pursue his funeral director and embalmer license in Kansas. He has worked with families in funeral service in Michigan for several years but came to Kansas to work with his old boss Brad Yazel at Carlson & Kirby-Morris. Chris has a wealth of experience and brings much creativity, dignity and respect to the people of Butler County. He is an Order of Arrow member of the Boy Scouts of America and an Eagle Scout.

Debbie Hall

Debbie Hall

Ambassador

Debbie joined Kirby-Morris in 2009; she helps with services and visitations. Debbie also helps with community outreach and recognition. She is retired from 30 years in education, serving 28 of those years at Grandview Elementary. She now works at Oil Hill Elementary. Debbie is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and is married to David, who works for the Butler County Sheriff's Department. She has two sons, Josh (and his wife Amy) and Justin, and two grandchildren, Paxton and Harper Ellison.

Dick A. Morris III

Dick A. Morris III

Community Ambassador/ Consultant

After over 40 years at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, Dick Morris retired on June 1, 2013, though that does not mean that he is gone. He is still a member of our family and willing to visit with anyone if he is available. Dick has served families at the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home since 1970. In 1970, Mr. Kirby sold the Kirby Funeral Home to Dick and Ted Morris, who were third generation funeral directors. Since that time, Dick has been active in the El Dorado community, as well as in the national arena, promoting national campaigns to thank U.S. Veterans. His involvements include: member, the First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, Kansas; National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA); Kansas Funeral Directors Association; Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Academy of Professional Service; VFW National Americanism Award, 2005; Chairman of the NFDA Communications Committee; Chairman of the Liberty Project with the NFDA; Celebration of Freedom Committee; mentor to more than 200 firms nationwide in Pursuit of Excellence program; Volunteer of the Year Award, El Dorado, Kansas; Commodore, El Dorado Prairie Port Festival; Past President, Rotary Club International; El Dorado Main Street Board; El Dorado Development Corporation; Volunteer, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Cancer Society, American Heart Association.  

Dick has also led many outstanding local and national projects, which include United We Care, the Commemorative Garden honoring the victims of the 911 attack on the World Trade Center, and the Gordy Park Project. Dick has also founded the Let's Help the Homeless Foundation to encourage individuals to donate their time and money to curbing homelessness in America.

Dick is married to Denice and has three grown children, Dana (Garry) Shanks, Jennifer (Trevor) Hinz, and Rich (Renee) Morris, and many grandchildren.

Email: dick.morris@carriageservices.com


Frank Kratzer

Frank Kratzer

Lead Funeral Assistant / Ambassador

Frank has been an Ambassador for Carlson & Kirby-Morris for several years, and we are glad to welcome him as one of our full-time staff. He has recently retired as the Community Resource Officer for the El Dorado Police Department. Frank's position at Carlson & Kirby-Morris has him assisting with celebration of life services, making night calls, and working evening visitations. Frank enjoys participating and assisting with community festivals and parades and is a member of the Elks.

Frank is married to Kay and lives in the community of El Dorado.

Larry Maus

Larry Maus

Funeral Assistant / Evening Visitation

Larry has been caring for families during visitation hours and at services since early 2000. Larry is always willing to assist whenever the staff or the families he serves asks and never hesitates to make sure the job is done correctly. Larry is the President of the nighttime Kiwanis Club in El Dorado and enjoys singing weekly at the Park Avenue Baptist Church. He also participates in Butler 2000, the Water Festival at BCC, and BCC Life Enrichment. His avid hobbies include working with wood, repairing electronics, and teaching a Sunday School class for young people in his church.

Larry is married to Lorraine, retired third grade teacher, and has two grown children.

Loretta Whitney

Loretta Whitney

Aftercare/ Community Outreach

Loretta Whitney has joined the staff of the Funeral Homes as the After-Care Coordinator.  She is responsible for the care of the family after the Tribute/Celebration of Life Services. 

She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, and serves on the volunteer team of Congregation Care Ministers. Participation with this team has given her the opportunity to resume the ministry life she experienced during her early years as the daughter of a Methodist Minister.

 Loretta is a graduate of Central Missouri University, Warrensburg, MO where she received a Master of Science Degree in Business Education.She recently retired from the field of Education where she spent nearly 30 years teaching business and computer classes in high schools in Missouri and Kansas.  She was also an adjunct faculty member for Butler Community College where she taught business classes and continues to occasionally teach computer classes for Bradford Memorial Library.  In addition to Loretta’s experience as an educator, she has been involved in the community through her participation in community based organizations including the Prairie Port Festival, Friends of the Lake, and the Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Homes Tour. Loretta is married to Darrell, a retired banker.  They have a daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren.


Telephone: 1-316-321-2260

Email: loretta.whitney@carriageservices.com


Phil Wickwire

Phil Wickwire

Ambassador

Phil Wickwire joined the staff in 2016 after retiring from a distinguished career with the Butler County Sheriff's Department. He is a member of the First Christian Church in El Dorado, serves on the church board of directors as chairman, and is active in the Benevolent Protector Order of Elks Lodge in El Dorado, serving as the Exalted Ruler. Phil is excited to be able to continue to serve Butler County in his new role as an ambassador for the funeral home.

Sandi Megli

Sandi Megli

Assistant Funeral Director/Carlson Colonial Funeral Home Lead

Sandi Megli joined Carlson & Kirby-Morris Funeral Homes as one of our Assistant Funeral Directors. Sandi is the wife of Roger Megli. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she brings to Carlson & Kirby Morris Funeral Homes.

Email: sandi.megli@carriageservices.com


Stephen Shearburn

Stephen Shearburn

Facilities and Grounds Lead

Lifelong El Dorado resident Stephen Shearburn has been with Carlson & Kirby-Morris for many years, making sure that the grounds, buildings, vehicles and landscaping around the historic funeral home buildings in downtown El Dorado are maintained. Stephen loves spending time with his three grandchildren and attending their many activities.

Tierra Ehrlich

Tierra Ehrlich

Administrator

Tierra is a graduate of Circle High School and joins our staff as the office support for the Kirby-Morris chapel. Tierra is married to her husband Darren and has two beautiful daughters.

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