Our Story


Since the start of our funeral business in 1906, the Behm family has been committed to providing the highest quality of care to the neighbors in our community. Our story begins with Walter C. and Alta E. Behm, who operated a furniture store in Madison before moving their funeral assistance services to our present Madison location. At just 11 years old, Thomas Stanton began helping out at the funeral home after school, eventually leading him to become our dedicated embalmer and funeral director.

In 1940, Walter and Alta’s son, Wilford N. Behm, received his degree from the Cleveland College of Embalming and joined the family in the business of serving the community. His wife Betty took over the helm after Wilford’s death at the young age of 41. Wilford and Betty’s sons, Michael, Timothy, and Ford, also became deeply involved in operating the family business after receiving their funeral director and embalming licenses. Ford’s son, Trevor, now humbly serves as the President of Behm Family Funeral Homes. Along with a talented and devoted staff, he works tirelessly to uphold the state-of-the-art quality of services that Behm Family Funeral Homes has provided Madison and Geneva families with for four generations.

Our Roots in the Community

We have cultivated strong relationships for over 100 years with local businesses small and large, making it easy for us to provide solutions for our families, from meals to hotels to travel concerns.

Our annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance cultivates support and solace among the members of our community, even in the toughest seasons of grief and mourning.

This is what we believe – that to serve a community, you must be a part of it. The care our team members have for our neighbors in Madison and Geneva stems from generations of committed service, and though times may change, that never will.