David G. Luczak
David was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan, graduated from All Saints High School in 1985. He then went on to attend Delta College to complete his prerequisites in Mortuary Science, then went on to attend Wayne State University and served his class as Student Faculty Representative, graduating with his degree in Mortuary Science in May 1990. He then returned home to join his father, Jerry and brother, Doug in the family business, making his a second generation funeral director. In 2015 David received recognition from the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for being licensed for 25 years. Upon his father’s death in 2001, he and his brother purchased the funeral home creating a partnership, then following his brother’s death in 2017 David is now the sole owner of the business. David and his wife of 26 years, reside in Bangor Township. They have two sons, Brandon a 2015 graduate of John Glenn High School and a 2019 graduate of Michigan State University who is now applying to Vet School and Tyler who is a junior at John Glenn High School and they also have a fur baby, Oliver who they rescued.
David is the past president of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #7, former Board Member of the Finance Committee at Our Lady of Peace Parish, former Board Member of the Bay County Historical Society. Current memberships include, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Bay City Lions Club, Bay City Moose Lodge #169, Board member of the Toni and Trish House, Wenona Lodge #169, Elf Khurafeh Shriner, National Funeral Directors Association, Michigan Funeral Directors Association. David and his family have always been supporters of this great community that we live in, helping in any way we can. One thing that David and Doug continued was what their father stared back in 1976 sponsoring Little League Baseball Teams at Northwest and Southwest Little League.
David has a passion for yard work, and many times you will see him outside the funeral home maintaining the grounds, he also developed a passion for Stock Car Racing at an early age, his mother would drop him off at Standish Speedway on Friday Nights on the way to the family cabin then pick him up after the races were over. That passion still exist today, on most Friday nights you will find him at Tri City Speedway and over the years he has sponsored, Figure 8 cars and now currently has three cars he sponsors at Tri City. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, loves to bow hunt, going snowmobiling with his son Tyler, going out on the boat and going on family vacations.
Wayne B. Walton
Wayne B. Walton joined the Gephart Funeral Home in the early 1990’s. Born and raised in Bangor Township, he is a lifelong resident of Bay County. Wayne is a John Glenn High School graduate from the class of 1995, he then attended and Receive an associate’s degree from Delta College in 1996. He went on to graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2000, located in Wheeling, IL. Wayne then returned back to the Gephart Family as a Licensed Funeral Director and Pre Arrangement Counselor. Wayne and his loving wife Patricia of 18 years have one daughter, Skyler. Wayne is very active in his daughters schooling and sporting events as well as a dedicated funeral director. He handles and is very dedicated to the Stockings for Soldiers program and every year he has a better turnout. When away from the Funeral Home he enjoys tinkering in his garage on his vehicles, or taking trips to the Upper Peninsula. Wayne is a member of the MFDA (Michigan Funeral Director Association) and NFDA (National Funeral Director Association).
Tyler T. Walton
Tyler T. Walton joined back into the Gephart Funeral Home family in June of 2017 as a Licensed Funeral Director and Pre Arrangement Counselor. For many family and friends that have known Tyler over the years, he began working at the funeral home in his early high school days. Tyler is a 1998 graduate of John Glenn High School, he attended and received an associates degree from Delta College and went on to and graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2004 located in the Chicago land area. As Tyler received many awards and accomplishments, he also served as Vice-President of his graduating class at Worsham. After serving the Genesee County community for many years, Tyler came back to Bay City to join his brother Wayne B. Walton at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc., in addition to serving Bay County together alongside Owner/Manager David G. Luczak. Upon Tyler’s return back to the Gephart Funeral Home, his can-do attitude and willingness to always go the extra mile for families remain the same today and stronger than ever. Tyler resides in Essexville and has two wonderful children, Jackson and Haiden. He is very active in his children’s many sporting events, including BASA Soccer and Essexville schooling events. Tyler is a member of the MFDA (Michigan Funeral Director Association) and NFDA (National Funeral Director Association).
Rico J. Fierros
Rico Jacob Fierros is a recent graduate from Wayne State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science in 2017. Throughout his time at Wayne State, he worked at a Funeral Home in Taylor and in Dearborn, where he had the opportunity to become fully immersed in the career of a funeral director. Not only was Rico busy working at the funeral home, but he was also a Chicano-Boricua Studies (CBS) Scholar and a member of CHAMPS where he received the TIP Scholarship and was a very active representative at events like Fostering Success Michigan, which is an initiative that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care, all throughout his time there. Once he graduated from Wayne State, he began his apprenticeship at Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. and was offered a position as a licensed funeral director upon the completion of this (July 2018). Rico is a Michigan native and originally from Caro, where he attended Caro High School, graduating in 2012. He became very interested in the mortuary field through experience with a Funeral Home in Caro, during his time in middle school. Rico’s father passed away early in his college career and his entire experience with the funeral home and directors confirmed that this was what he truly wanted to do with his life. He wanted to serve families with compassion, respect, and consideration for all of their own unique needs and ensure a memorable experience. When Rico is not working, he enjoys playing video games, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and television, playing guitar, and attending concerts.
Kate is a native of Bay City and a graduate of Bay City All Saints High School. She earned her BBA from Northwood University in Business and Marketing and went on to obtain an MBA from DeVos Graduate School. Kate is a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She is married to Paul Gaiser and has three girls. Kate enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, going up north and running.
Gerald A. Luczak
In Memory Of
April 27, 1937 - July 7, 2001
Douglas J. Luczak
In Memory of
January 26, 1963 - February 22, 2017