Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Jeremy Vanderbol Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Jeremy was born in Joplin, MO. He attended schools in Seneca, MO and graduated with the class of 1996. He then furthered his education at Crowder College in Neosho, MO. Following his schooling in Neosho, he began a short career with the Newton County Sheriff’s Dept. In 1999, through efforts of a close friend, Jeremy was hired by a funeral home in Joplin, MO. By 2003, he had obtained his Funeral Director’s license and had made funeral service his sole career. That same year, he decided to also obtain his Embalmer’s license. In November, he moved to Dallas, TX to begin studying at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Upon returning to Missouri, it was just a short time later that he met the love of his life and his soon to be wife, Angi. After this union, they made their home in Diamond, MO. In July of 2009, an opportunity was offered to him to Monett and manage the Buchanan Funeral Home. In July of 2021, with much support from his wife, Angi, and the Goodwin Family, Jeremy and Angi was able to purchase the business. Since living in Monett, he has been involved with the Monett Lion’s Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce. When he is not working, he enjoys watching his kids play sports and spending time with his family. He has a daughter, Brelynn and a son, Konnor.

It was taught to him years ago that there is so much that one can do, you just have to put forth the effort to do it. That has been his philosophy during his twenty years in funeral service. No two funerals should be alike, because no two people are alike. Personal touches, awareness of the family’s wishes and certainly care and compassion are what he strives to give each family that places their trust in Buchanan Funeral Home.

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Jeff James Licensed Funeral Director

Jeff James is a lifelong resident of Monett, Missouri. Following graduation from Monett High School, Jeff went to Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. While there, he obtained his Associates Degree in Business Management. He continued his education at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. In 1999, Jeff began his career at Buchanan Funeral Home. Through the years, he has come to recognize that each family has unique and specific needs. Jeff enjoys being able to identify those needs in order to assist families through their difficult time.

Jeff is married to Mechele (Tharp) James and they enjoy living in Monett. He has one son, Nic and wife Rachel; a daughter, Katy. He is an active member of Gunter Methodist Church in Butterfield, Missouri. Jeff is also a member of the Monett Lions Club and past president of the Monett Jaycees.

During his time at the funeral home, Jeff counts it an honor and a privilege to serve families in their time of need. He has enjoyed developing relationships with people in the community that the funeral home has served.

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Rex Budd Licensed Funeral Director

Rex has been a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri and a 1969 graduate of Jasper High School. He furthered his education at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin Missouri. Rex and his wife Rita are blessed with 3 daughters and nine grandchildren, who keep them very entertained and busy.

Rex has enjoyed serving the people of Southwest Missouri and has had the privilege to do so for many years. He has been a licensed pre-need agent and a funeral director for many years, able and with great knowledge, to assist in your pre-arrangements including insurance policies. 

Rex and Rita make their home in Neosho, Missouri, and maintain strong ties to Monett and the surrounding area.

He is proud to be associated with Buchanan Funeral Home and the staff. Rex has been a big part in making the families that Buchanan Funeral Home serves feel like family.

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Duane Garren Licensed Pre-Need Agent & Funeral Associate

Duane joined the Buchanan staff in December of 2017, assisting with visitations and funeral services. He is a 1988 graduate of Neosho High School in Neosho, MO, and a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri.

When he is not serving families at Buchanan, Duane works tirelessly to promote his passion of gospel music. He is a successful concert promoter, events emcee, and radio host.

Throughout the year, Duane can be found emceeing at the nation’s top Southern Gospel concerts stages, such as The National Quartet Convention, Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, The Memphis Quartet Show and The Lebanon Gospel Music Get-Together He has also emceed such corporate events as Taste of Home Cooking School traveling road show, sponsored by the national magazine of the same name. Since 2000, Duane has hosted a weekly gospel music radio program called “Gospel Music Get-Together,” which airs locally every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on KRMO Radio 990 AM.

Duane and his wife, Micki, have three children--Andy, Allie & Macy. Since 2004, The Garren Family has called Monett, MO their home. They are all active members of the Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church near Purdy.

Of his work at Buchanan, Duane says, “Helping people pay tribute to their family member is indeed an honor that I do not take lightly. I am glad to be working with the great staff at Buchanan Funeral Home, and hope you will consider calling us to assist in honoring your loved one. It is our privilege to serve you.”

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Bobbie Hunnell Secretary

Bobbie has been part of the Buchanan Funeral Home team since early 2021, working as a Part-time Secretary. She recently retired from a long career with Head Start in Monett. She is married to Doug Hunnell, of Pierce City, and is the mother of Angi Vanderbol, of Monett, Kristi Matthew, of Cassville, Scott Hunnell, of Pierce City and Heather Hunnell, of Strafford, MO. 

 

In her spare time, Bobbie enjoys her flower gardens, going to flea markets and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. 

Jeremy Vanderbol

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Jeremy was born in Joplin, MO. He attended schools in Seneca, MO and graduated with the class of 1996. He then furthered his education at Crowder College in Neosho, MO. Following his schooling in Neosho, he began a short career with the Newton County Sheriff’s Dept. In 1999, through efforts of a close friend, Jeremy was hired by a funeral home in Joplin, MO. By 2003, he had obtained his Funeral Director’s license and had made funeral service his sole career. That same year, he decided to also obtain his Embalmer’s license. In November, he moved to Dallas, TX to begin studying at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Upon returning to Missouri, it was just a short time later that he met the love of his life and his soon to be wife, Angi. After this union, they made their home in Diamond, MO. In July of 2009, an opportunity was offered to him to Monett and manage the Buchanan Funeral Home. In July of 2021, with much support from his wife, Angi, and the Goodwin Family, Jeremy and Angi was able to purchase the business. Since living in Monett, he has been involved with the Monett Lion’s Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce. When he is not working, he enjoys watching his kids play sports and spending time with his family. He has a daughter, Brelynn and a son, Konnor.

It was taught to him years ago that there is so much that one can do, you just have to put forth the effort to do it. That has been his philosophy during his twenty years in funeral service. No two funerals should be alike, because no two people are alike. Personal touches, awareness of the family’s wishes and certainly care and compassion are what he strives to give each family that places their trust in Buchanan Funeral Home.

Jeff James

Licensed Funeral Director
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Jeff James is a lifelong resident of Monett, Missouri. Following graduation from Monett High School, Jeff went to Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. While there, he obtained his Associates Degree in Business Management. He continued his education at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. In 1999, Jeff began his career at Buchanan Funeral Home. Through the years, he has come to recognize that each family has unique and specific needs. Jeff enjoys being able to identify those needs in order to assist families through their difficult time.

Jeff is married to Mechele (Tharp) James and they enjoy living in Monett. He has one son, Nic and wife Rachel; a daughter, Katy. He is an active member of Gunter Methodist Church in Butterfield, Missouri. Jeff is also a member of the Monett Lions Club and past president of the Monett Jaycees.

During his time at the funeral home, Jeff counts it an honor and a privilege to serve families in their time of need. He has enjoyed developing relationships with people in the community that the funeral home has served.

Rex Budd

Licensed Funeral Director
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Rex has been a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri and a 1969 graduate of Jasper High School. He furthered his education at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin Missouri. Rex and his wife Rita are blessed with 3 daughters and nine grandchildren, who keep them very entertained and busy.

Rex has enjoyed serving the people of Southwest Missouri and has had the privilege to do so for many years. He has been a licensed pre-need agent and a funeral director for many years, able and with great knowledge, to assist in your pre-arrangements including insurance policies. 

Rex and Rita make their home in Neosho, Missouri, and maintain strong ties to Monett and the surrounding area.

He is proud to be associated with Buchanan Funeral Home and the staff. Rex has been a big part in making the families that Buchanan Funeral Home serves feel like family.

Duane Garren

Licensed Pre-Need Agent & Funeral Associate
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Duane joined the Buchanan staff in December of 2017, assisting with visitations and funeral services. He is a 1988 graduate of Neosho High School in Neosho, MO, and a lifelong resident of Southwest Missouri.

When he is not serving families at Buchanan, Duane works tirelessly to promote his passion of gospel music. He is a successful concert promoter, events emcee, and radio host.

Throughout the year, Duane can be found emceeing at the nation’s top Southern Gospel concerts stages, such as The National Quartet Convention, Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, The Memphis Quartet Show and The Lebanon Gospel Music Get-Together He has also emceed such corporate events as Taste of Home Cooking School traveling road show, sponsored by the national magazine of the same name. Since 2000, Duane has hosted a weekly gospel music radio program called “Gospel Music Get-Together,” which airs locally every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on KRMO Radio 990 AM.

Duane and his wife, Micki, have three children--Andy, Allie & Macy. Since 2004, The Garren Family has called Monett, MO their home. They are all active members of the Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church near Purdy.

Of his work at Buchanan, Duane says, “Helping people pay tribute to their family member is indeed an honor that I do not take lightly. I am glad to be working with the great staff at Buchanan Funeral Home, and hope you will consider calling us to assist in honoring your loved one. It is our privilege to serve you.”

Bobbie Hunnell

Secretary
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Bobbie has been part of the Buchanan Funeral Home team since early 2021, working as a Part-time Secretary. She recently retired from a long career with Head Start in Monett. She is married to Doug Hunnell, of Pierce City, and is the mother of Angi Vanderbol, of Monett, Kristi Matthew, of Cassville, Scott Hunnell, of Pierce City and Heather Hunnell, of Strafford, MO. 

 

In her spare time, Bobbie enjoys her flower gardens, going to flea markets and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.