History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
The Reger Funeral Home was founded in 1903 in Martins Ferry, Ohio by Henry Reger (1881-1968). During his years a funeral director, he was also the coroner of Belmont Counts, Ohio. After serving the people of Martins Ferry for 10 years he decided to move to Spencer, West Virginia where he practiced as a licensed funeral director.
In 1924 the decision was made to come to Huntington, West Virginia where Henry established the Reger Funeral Home on Jefferson Avenue. Two years later, a move was made to the current location of Adams Avenue. Henry’s son, James H. Reger (1903-1986) became licensed a year after the move to Adams Avenue, in 1927. Thus, James became the second generation of Reger’s to serve the people of Huntington. The two quickly established ties to the community and continued to improve the funeral home. In 1948 the Reger’s decided to build a 250 seat chapel that still stands today, improving the quality of service offered to their families.
The third generation of funeral directors was established when George E. Reger (1932-1999) attained his funeral directing license in 1957. George served as the President of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association in 1986 and was named “Funeral Director of the Year” by the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association in 1995.
In 1987 the fourth generation of Reger’s began when Patrick J. Reger became licensed. Patrick followed in his father George’s footsteps by serving as the president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association in 1996. Starting in 1999 George Michael Reger became a licensed funeral director and joins his brother Patrick on the staff of the Reger Funeral Home.
The Reger’s have always enjoyed serving the community in many different ways. Beginning with Henry and continuing down the line of succession they have donated vehicles to the local emergency services and police department. Their community involvement continued in 1998 when the members of the funeral home dedicated a memorial park for veterans, which is located adjacent to the funeral home. Throughout the intervening years, we have made many improvements to the park, in honor of our community's veterans. The oldest family owned and operated funeral home in the Tri-State area, The Reger family still own and operate the funeral home for over four generations.
Our Valued Staff
Patrick Reger, Funeral Director / Owner / LIC
30 Years as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Former president of WV Funeral Directors Association. Former Board of Directors with Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
George Michael Reger, Funeral Director
17 years of experience as a licensed funeral director.
Sonya Noble, Funeral Director
27 years of experience as a licensed funeral director
Hubert Compton, Funeral Director
47 years of experience as a licensed funeral director
Jesse Simmons, Funeral Attendant
Employee since August 6th, 1988
Tim Porter, Funeral Attendant
Employee since October 1st, 1991
Brad Keenan, Funeral Attendant
Employee since June 21st, 2004
John Harrah, Funeral Attendant
Employee since October 9th, 2006
Sharon Gothard, Secretary
Employee since August 7th, 2000
Andrew Reger, Funeral Attendant
Employee since February 1st, 2014