Perry Funeral Home, a Detroit tradition for over 80 years
Perry Funeral Home
While attending Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1953-54, Jim Vermeulen lived and worked at the Perry Funeral Home in Detroit, which was owned and operated by John Locinstar. Upon graduation, Jim continued his employment there and later became a partner in the corporation. Together they purchased the Joseph Costelano Funeral Home, in Westland, which had been in operation for one year. They also operated several small funeral homes in the Detroit area before branching out to Westland in 1972, and later in Plymouth in 1977, when they purchased the former Lambert Funeral Home. John Locinstar retired in the mid-eighties, and the Vermeulens purchased his interest in the corporation.
Jim and Sylvia Vermeulen moved from their residence in Grosse Pointe Park to Plymouth in 1978. They have two daughters and two sons. Jim Sr. underwent a very successful liver transplant in 1995, and although he is officially retired, he can often be found at any of the three locations. He became a 50-year licensee in May of 2004.
Jim B. Vermeulen joined the firm in 1982, and is President of the three current locations, Perry Funeral Home in Detroit, Vermeulen Funeral Homes in Westland and Plymouth. Jim Jr. and his wife, Nancy have two sons and a daughter. Gary E. Deak is a partner in Vermeulen Funeral Homes, Inc., and is Manager of Perry Funeral Home.
Family-Owned vs. Chains
When choosing a funeral home, you may want to research whether or not the business is owned by a local family or run by a large corporation. There is a difference.
During the past twenty years, publicly-owned corporations have been consolidating the funeral business similarly to what has occurred in other businesses. Recently, this trend has reversed because the corporate-owned funeral homes have simply not measured up to the service that families receive from family-owned funeral homes.
Historically, funeral services have been provided by generations of local families who have deep roots in their community. When dealing with such an important event, turning to a funeral director whom you know and trust can make a world of difference. A family-owned firm will give you the personal attention and caring that you deserve, and the extra support that you will need after the funeral is over. You will also receive the outstanding professionalism that only generations of service can cultivate.
Perry Funeral Home has been family-owned since 1926, and is proud of the generations of families we have served.
Our Community Pledge
We promise those families who select Perry Funeral Home that they will always experience funeral service personnel who are understanding and supportive, and who endeavor to assist them in selecting services and merchandise. We pledge to provide the highest quality service within a beautifully appointed facility. Our funeral service charges and merchandise provide a range in cost that can comfortably accommodate the financial means of every family. Our families feel the services they selected were appropriate and dignified.
Every family can expect to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their financial ability. We pledge to maintain the highest ethical standards in the funeral services we provide families in the Detroit community.