Meet Our Billow Team
See what sets us apart. Our family, caring for your family.
Each funeral is deeply personal and emotional, so each time a guest walks through the Billow’s doors, they will be met with an unwavering level of kindness and courtesy— by our dedicated team of people.
Our highly-trained team is available whenever you need us—every day and every night. We offer funeral, cremation and burial services and also provide grief and bereavement counseling to fit your family’s needs.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Who We Are
Charles M. Billow
President & Chief Executive OfficerRead Bio
Charles currently serves as President of Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory, a sixth-generation family owned business serving greater Akron since 1875. An Akron native, Charles graduated from Firestone High School, the University of Akron and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
He currently serves as a member of Akron General Health System's Finance Committee and Board Member of Visiting Nurse Service & Affiliates, Inc., Hospice Care Ohio, Better Business Bureau of Akron, Summit County Historical Society and the St. Paul's Endowment Foundation. He is also an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Diocesan Council- Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Commerce Club of Akron, Leadership Akron Alumni Association, Tallmadge Rotary, WKSU Community Advisory Council and Bluecoats, Inc., and he resides in Tallmadge with his wife.
Richard T. Bissler
President Emeritus & Funeral DirectorRead Bio
A lifelong Kent resident, Rick has served as the owner and President of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home since 1988. Rick is a 1972 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and a 1976 University of Minnesota graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science. He received both his Funeral Directors and Embalmers license in 1976. In 1995, he became a Certified Crematory Operator through the Cremation Association of America (CANA). Rick and his wife, Jane, have 2 daughters, Stephanie (Shawn) Arden and Carlie Bissler.
He is a member of numerous civic organizations including: Kent Rotary Club and PARTA Board Member. He is also a Board Member of Hometown Bank in Kent where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board.
Nathanael M. Billow
Executive Vice PresidentRead Bio
In 2017, Nathanael joined the staff of Billow's, where he serves as Executive Vice President & Treasurer. Prior to joining Billow's, Nathanael worked for Ford Motor Company as a Senior Financial Analyst at Ford's Global Product Development Center in Dearborn, MI. He, along with his sister Stacy, are sixth-generation members of the family to serve at Billow's. Growing up in the family business helped shape his personal belief that working as a funeral director is not only a career but a life-dedicating vocation.
He is a graduate of Tallmadge High School, Grove City College (B.S. Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, '11) and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University (Master of Business Administration, '13). He is a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Akron and the Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children's Hospital. Nathanael is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Akron, the Akron Executives' Association, and Bluecoats, Inc. When time permits, he can be spotted on local golf courses with his brother Chris or out running the trails of Akron's Metro Parks.
"When we sit down with a family, we strive to create personal, memorable services that are tailored to honor the unique life of their loved one. Together, we explore the variety of services, ceremonies, and products available to fit all budgets, and we rely on over a century of experience to determine the best ways to deliver a meaningful and lasting ceremony," shares Nathanael.
Ann Billow Grebelsky
Corporate Secretary & Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Ann currently serves as manager of the Billow's Fairlawn Chapel and has worked for the company since 1982. Prior to joining the Billow's team, she attended Ashland College and the University of Akron.
She is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and of the Women's Board of Summa Health System. She has served as past president of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, past president of the Junior Board of Akron City Hospital. Ann currently resides in Akron with her husband, child and three grandchildren. She is passionate about dogs, loves to cook and enjoys spending time outdoors in the sunshine.
Anastasia M. Billow
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
After graduating from the University of Akron, Anastasia joined the Billow's family business as the first sixth-generation funeral director. She describes working in this industry as a deep honor, because she's able to serve her neighbors in the greater Akron community-working to create lasting memories and tributes to honor loved ones.
Outside of work, she enjoys bike rides and walks in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit County Metro Parks, gardening and baking. She also has a strong passion for animals-especially dogs, cats and rabbits.
Donald P. Taylor
Vice President & Funeral DirectorRead Bio
An employee of the Billow Co. since 1985, Donald graduated from the University of Akron and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In addition to Donald's duties as a funeral director, he has served the company as the Personnel Director and as the manager of the Billow's Falls Chapel.
Funeral Director & EmbalmerRead Bio
A resident of Brimfield, Tim is a 1985 graduate of Morehead State University with a B.S. in Biology. He received his A.S. in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991.
Tim is a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association and is a certified Crematory Operator. He attends Lake Brady United Methodist Church. In his spare time, Tim enjoys skiing, trapshooting and hunting. Tim and his wife Chris have 2 daughters, Natalie and Miranda
Brian P. Eger
Funeral Director & EmbalmerRead Bio
In 1981, Brian graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he served as Class President. In 1982, he received his Ohio funeral director and embalmer license, and shortly after, he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science from Edgecliff College of Xavier University. In 2007, he joined the Billow Funeral Homes team as the Funeral Director & Embalmer.
An active member and youth sponsor of Northwest Ave. Church of Christ in Tallmadge, he served as a Past President and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Embalmers Association, and is an active member of National Funeral Directors Association and Adoniram- Joppa Lodge # 517 F. & A. M. Brian is married with three children and enjoys reading, hiking and playing percussion in a Reggae band with his son. Enjoying and participating in music has always been a passion of mine.
"Being a Funeral Director & Embalmer has allowed me to provide an invaluable service to families in the community at a time of greatest need; the death of a loved one. To be the 'calm during the storm' and to anticipate ways to be of help when they may feel helpless is a truly rewarding experience," Brian shares.
Funeral Director & EmbalmerRead Bio
A native of Massillon, Pierce is a 2013 graduate from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a B.S. in Mortuary Science. An avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan, in his free time he can be found catching up on the teams and running alongside his wife, Jenni.
Kim J. Gravis
Veronica M. Haase
Funeral AssistantRead Bio
DeAnna Reed lives in Garrettsville on a small farm. DeAnna graduated from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville.
She is very proud of her three children. Her boys Kenny and Eddie both serve with the United States Coast Guard and her daughter, Tami, is a cosmetologist, and is married to John, who also serves with the United States Coast Guard. Tami and John have two boys, Joshua and Jackson. DeAnna loves spending time with their children and grandchildren, working on their farm and tending to their horses and dogs.
Charles A. Pardee
Funeral Service Assistant
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