Welcome to Kerrville Funeral Home
Gene and Katie AllenGene Allen, CFSP, CPC
After spending almost 20 years as second generation in the oil and gas industry with most of his time spent in Management and Administration, Gene made a drastic career change.
Raised in rural West Texas, Gene graduated from Plains High School, South Plains College with a degree in Criminal Justice and afterwards continuing his studies at Wayland Baptist University. Upon making the career change to the Funeral Service Profession, he graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with a degree in Mortuary Science. Gene became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas after successfully passing the exams of the International Conference of Examining Boards.
Gene has spent most of his adult life in community service having served on numerous boards, committees, and civic organizations. He was elected to three terms on the Levelland City Council before his move to the Dallas Metroplex. Prior to that, he served on the City of Levelland Planning and Zoning Commission for two terms.
Starting in a Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas, Gene's career continued for three years in the Dallas area. On December 18, 2001, the purchase of Kerrville Funeral Home became official. Independent ownership and service to others in the community became reality. On September 1, 2010, Kimble Funeral Home in Junction, Texas became a part of the KFH family, ready to serve the families in the Junction area.
Community service continues to be a high priority for Gene. He has served , and currently serves many organizations, and on several boards in the Kerrville area and the State of Texas which include: Texas Governor appointed Commissioner of the Texas Funeral Service Commission 2009 - 2015, serving as Chairman from 2012 - 2015, President of the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association for 2003 - 2004, Membership Resource Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association for 2005 - 2007, Professional Development Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association for 2007 - 2008, Pursuit of Excellence Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association for 2011 - 2012, Board Member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association for 2007 - 2009, a Director of the TFDA South Central Region for 2005 - 2006, Secretary - Treasurer of the TFDA South Central Region for 2006 - 2007, Vice-President of the South Central Region for 2007 - 2008, and President of the South Central Region for 2008 - 2009, the Funeral Ethics Association, the American Society of Embalmers, a past member of the Sciences Exam Committee of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards for 2007 - 2010, a member and President (2004-2005) of the Kerrville Host Lions Club, a member of the City of Kerrville Planning and Zoning Board for 2008-2011, currently serving the City of Kerrville as Councilmember, Place 4 and Mayor Pro-Tem (2011 - 2012), former Chairman and Advisory Board member of Kerrville Main Street, Advisory Board member for The Haven Alzheimer's Care Center, former Board member for the K' Youth Shelter, former Board member for the Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, former Board member for the Dietert Senior Center, and a member of the Starkey Elementary Campus Improvement Team for 2005 thru present. He is also a former member of the Kerr County Ambassadors, a member of the 20th Anniversary Class (2005) of Leadership Kerr County, a current member of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, the Kerrville Networking Group, and the West Kerr County Chamber of Commerce.
Gene is a 32deg. Master Mason with membership of Kerrville Masonic Lodge #697, A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite Valley of San Antonio, a Past President of Hill Country Scottish Rite Club, the York Rite Chapter #305, R.A.M., Council #240, R. & S.M., the Llano Commandry #54, the Alzafar Shrine Temple of San Antonio, TX, the Hill Country Shrine Club, the Hi-12 Club, and the Kerrville Order of Eastern Star #24, Medina Lodge #1319, Center Point Rising Star Lodge #429, Junction City Lodge #548, and the Tranquility Lodge #2000. Gene currently serves on the Committee on Credientials for the Grand Lodge of Texas.
The fall of 2004 brought additional professional certifications and recognition for Gene. He completed the requirements for certification in the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice to become a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), and successfully completed the course work offered by the National Funeral Directors Association to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC). Gene has been published in the TFDA magazine, "Texas Director" with his authored article titled, "Personalization: Here Today, Tomorrow, and Forever." He was also featured in the "Texas Director" in the July 2005 edition with an article titled "Caring for the Departed." Gene has been a continuing education presenter for the Spring 2005, the Fall 2005, and the Spring 2008 "Continuing Education Symposium" sponsored by Texas Funeral Service Commission in Austin. The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association hosted Gene to present at the March 2006 Convention that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite all of these activities, Gene does find time for his family. His lovely wife Katie, a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Elementary School Counselor, is also a Licensed Funeral Director and the Director of After Care and Grief Recovery for Kerrville and Kimble Funeral Homes. They have four children, although their nest is now empty. Their furry babies make up for the kids being gone! They are both members of the First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, Texas.
In the daily management and ownership of the Funeral Homes in Kerrville and Junction, Gene has a basic guideline that he and the staff follow, which is: "Treat all families with dignity, pride, and honor." Service is also a major issue, with the constant reminder that Kerrville and Kimble Funeral Homes "serve one family at a time." Each family is as important as the other, and they should be treated with the same respect.Katie Allen, M.Ed., LPC, CT
Coming from a background of social work and education, Katie Allen is well experienced in working with people.
As a child of an Air Force family, Katie grew up in various locations, but considers San Angelo, TX her home town and attended Angelo State University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Kate continued her education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX earning a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling.
After years of social work, Katie had the opportunity to begin a rewarding career as a school counselor, focusing on Special Education. During this time she became licensed in the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and opened a Private Counseling Practice in which she offers counseling to individuals and groups. Katie currently serves as the Counselor for Starkey Elementary School in Kerrville, and serves as the lead Elementary Counselor for KISD, where she enjoys her responsibilities.
Certified in Trauma and Loss, Katie currently serves as the Director of Grief Recovery and After Care for Kerrville and Kimble Funeral Homes. She continues to further develop the After Care programs for the families served by both Funeral Homes as well as others in the communities who might need these services. Katie is a Licensed Funeral Director, having completed her Funeral Director studies through St. Louis Community College, and is willing to serve families along with the rest of the KFH Team. Katie is also certified through the American Death Education Council in Thanatology Counseling.
Katie is active in the Kerrville community in many different areas. She has previously served on the Advisory Board for The Haven Alzheimer's Care Center, the Advisory Board for Any Baby Can, a Board Member of the Hill Country Crises Council, currently volunteers as a trainer and facilitator for Peterson Hospice through the "Bridging the Gap" children's grief program, has played for the Hand Bell Choir of First United Methodist Church, a member of the Kerrville Order of Eastern Star #24, Texas Counseling Association, and the Hill Country Counselors Association in which she is served as President (2011 - 2012). Katie is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Hill Country Funeral Directors Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association, along with membership in Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the West Kerr Chamber of Commerce.
As the wife of a Funeral Director and being a Funeral Director herself, along with the credentials that she brings with her to the Funeral Homes, Katie feels that she clearly understands the importance of the needs of family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Her compassion for people and their emotions are a valuable asset to compliment the many areas of service that Kerrville and Kimble Funeral Homes have to offer.