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Staff members of Derfelt's Baxter Chapel are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Kyle Wade

Kyle Wade

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: derfeltchapel@embarqmail.com
Phone: (620) 856-2345

Kyle has been on staff with us since 2005. In 2009, when all shares of the company were purchased by Jerry and Peggy Derfelt, Kyle became the manager of our Baxter Chapel.

With Kyle's commitment to the community through civic organizations, his involvement in the Baxter Springs Fire Department, and lifelong friendships established throughout the town, we trust that you'll be pleased with the service you receive, and the respect you'll be given.

Jerry and Peggy Derfelt

Jerry and Peggy Derfelt


Email: info@derfeltfuneralhome.com
Phone: 620-783-1371

In 2009, Jerry and Peggy Derfelt acquired all of the shares of Derfelt Funeral Homes Inc making them the owners and officers of the business.

Their family consists of five children and nine grandchildren.

They pledge to continue the legacy that began several decades ago. They wish to be known for their compassionate service at a time they are needed the most.

Stephen Derfelt

Stephen Derfelt

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: sderfelt@yahoo.com
Phone: (620) 783-1371

Stephen is the son of Jerry and Peggy Derfelt. A lifelong resident of Galena, he attended Galena Schools, graduating in 2009.

He earned an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College, graduating in December of 2012.

Stephen and his wife, Danielle (Dugan) Derfelt were married in June of 2013, and they make their home in Galena.

Stephen received his funeral director and embalmer licenses in February of 2014 after serving his one year apprenticeship. He is also a preneed life insurance agent.

He is active with the community, being a volunteer Firefighter/EMT, and being Co-Emcee of the annual Galena Days Celebration.

Stephen's employment with us represents the fourth generation of Funeral Directors in our family business.

Jenny Henderson

Jenny Henderson

Preneed Counselor

Email: jderfelthenderson@yahoo.com
Phone: 620-429-2795

Jenny Henderson, daughter of Jerry and Peggy Derfelt, works with our staff at all of our locations. Along with performing secretarial duties, housekeeping, and serving families at need, she also acts as our pre-need counselor here at the funeral homes.

Jenny grew up in Galena, graduating from high school in 2001. From there she attended college at Central Baptist College, in Conway, AR as music major for 2 years.

“I always said that I would never work in a funeral home when I grew up, as it is a difficult profession to work in, while raising a family. While in Conway, I worked for Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, and learned so much about the business and ministry that the funeral business is. I knew that although there are sacrifices involved, this was what I wanted to do.”

She moved back home to Galena to work with the rest of the family, and now has three children, Preston, Madelyn, and Eleanor.