Kevin makes funeral arrangements in a comfortable, no-pressure atmosphere. The expert care provided is guaranteed to be in concert with your family's traditions. The entire Kearney Funeral Homes' staff understands the importance of choice and personalization to make the service meaningful. Your involvement is welcome to ensure that the ceremony is a representation of the person for whom the arrangements are made.
"From arranging an aerial flyover for the deceased pilot to orchestrating the departed's favorite band to play while graveside, we have been able to honor a family's loved one in just about every way possible. I'm passionate about what I do, and that passion transcends to each and every member of our team. Annually serving the most families in our area is something we're proud of, but we're even more proud of the trust and loyalty we continue to build each day." -Kevin P. Kearney.
Kearney Funeral Homes specializes in prearranged funeral arrangements. With zero obligation, either Kevin or Timothy Kramer, F.D., will schedule a meeting with he or she interested. The two-part meeting will consist of gathering information, especially one's funeral wishes, before explaining the benefits of prepaying for the aforementioned arrangements. Also, the funeral team is often speaking at various local venues explaining the process so simply call for scheduling information. The staff is always available to help in any way possible. Do not hesitate to inquire with questions.
Our History ~ Sincere & Dignified Service
The Old Forge location was started in 1954 by the late Thomas P. Kearney (1925-1994). He was a graduate of the former Eckels Mortuary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and prior to entering Mortuary School, Thomas served with the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He was assisted in the operation by his late wife Janice (1926-1995) and his late father Thomas J. Kearney (1898-1981) who was an Army Veteran of WWI and a coal miner by profession. Thomas was an active member of the community during his years as owner.
In 1975 his son, Kevin K. Kearney, president and supervisor, joined him upon graduation from the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York. Prior to Simmons, Kevin attended Penn State University. Kevin is also a very active member of the community in numerous clubs and organizations.
In 1979, Tom and Kevin acquired the former Durkan-Cuff Funeral Home of West Scranton, Pennsylvania, from John Cuff, a licensed Funeral Director and son-in-law of the former owner, Margaret Durkan, also a licensed Funeral Director and daughter of the former owner. The Scranton operation was started in 1895 by the late Honorable John F. Durkan, also former Mayor of Scranton. Durkan Funeral Home operated funeral homes in three seperate locations: West Scranton, Central City Scranton and its third location in New York City. The latter two locations were closed some years before the Kearney's purchase.
Around the turn of the century horse drawn hearses and horses were kept on the 2nd floor of the current Scranton Funeral Home when wakes were always held in the family residence.
In 1984, Tom and Kevin also opened the Kearney Monument Company.
After attending both Villanova University and the University of Scranton, in 2006 the third generation of Kearney's, Kevin P. Kearney, joined the firms as a Pennsylvania Licensed Funeral Director after graduation from his father's alma mater, Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, New York. Upon his father's retirement in 2012, Kevin took over daily operations as corporate president while serving as Supervisor of the West Scranton branch office, the former Durkan Cuff Kearney Funeral Home. While growing the funeral homes' service area and serving an ever-increasing number of new families annually, he also expanded the monument company to offer everything from full service engraving to family crypt/mausoleum sales while also beginning a floral boutique to meet all of a family's needs. Also an active member of the community, he serves on the board of the Boy's and Girl's Club of NEPA, belongs to both Divine Mercy and Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parishes and has never passed up an opportunity to trek around the globe. He and his wife, the former Natalie Wilchinski of Laflin, welcomed their first son, Greyson Kearney, on November 15, 2016. Their tribe recently moved from downtown Scranton to West Pittston.