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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

McHenry Funeral Home has been providing funeral services to area residents for more than 60 years. This tradition began in 1945 at what was then known as Keeney Funeral Home, which operated in an old converted house on the corner of 5th and Jackson Streets in downtown Corvallis. In 1959 the existing building was constructed. Through several additions, the current facility boasts nearly 6,000 square feet of space dedicated to providing the highest-quality funeral services to area families. 

Building a Tradition of Service 

Our Founder 

Joe B. McHenry was born in Corvallis on August 17, 1924 to Fred and Georgia Blevens McHenry. Joe attended Roosevelt Elementary and Corvallis Junior High School before graduating from Corvallis High in 1942. After graduation, Joe entered the U. S. Army Air Corps and flew in B-24s in the Fifteenth Air Force out of Italy. When he returned to Corvallis at the end of the war, he went to work at Keeney Funeral Home, which began the McHenry family's long tradition of providing funeral service to mid-valley residents. 

Joe and partner Frank Warner opted to buy the business, a decision that sent Joe to the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in March of 1946. He completed his certification in December, having been a co-owner of the new Warner McHenry Funeral Home while in school. Joe became the sole owner of the business in 1953, and soon renamed the establishment McHenry Funeral Home. 

McHenry Funeral Home continued operation under Joe's leadership until 1986, when he retired and his son, Jay M. McHenry purchased the firm. Jay carried on the family tradition for more than 25 years before retiring in turn in 2012.

Continuing the Tradition 

Now, after more than 60 years of family ownership, McHenry Funeral Home continues under the leadership of owner Kevin Precht, who adds his own family's multi-generational history in funeral service to that same tradition of compassionate and dignified care you've come to expect from the McHenry family. 

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Kevin  Precht

Kevin Precht

Owner ~ Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer
Drew Lundgreen

Drew Lundgreen

Funeral Home Manager ~ Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer
Margie Davenport

Margie Davenport

Pre-Need Consultant
Mary Conner

Mary Conner

Administrative Office Assistant
Larry Black

Larry Black

Licensed Funeral Director
Ryan Fiero

Ryan Fiero

Funeral Director Assistant

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