History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Burial Service

Our History

Gering Memorial Chapel was founded by Edward and Otto Prohs in 1914 as Prohs Brothers Hardware, Plumbing, Furniture and Undertaking. William Prohs joined the firm later when the location was at the north end of Prohs Furniture Gallery on 10th Street. 

Rosella Boley purchased the funeral home in 1944. A new facility was constructed at our present location on the corner of 11th and R Streets in 1947. C. Stewart and Ruth Dennis purchased the firm in 1953 and owned it until the merger with Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in 1970. The facility was extensively remodeled in the early 1990s.

Rick Allnutt and Susan Hughes purchased the business in January 2014 and now actively carries on the over 90 year old tradition of serving Gering and the surrounding communities.   Rick's company has been serving Western Nebraska since 1998 when he purchased the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Tammy  Lutz, CFSP

    Tammy Lutz, CFSP, Managing Funeral Director

    Tammy Lutz is originally from West Point, Nebraska. She attended Midland Lutheran College and Kansas City Kansas Community College, where she received her Mortuary Science Degree. Tammy is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Nebraska and has obtained certification of Funeral Service Practitioner. She is active in the Gering Business Club, Morril County Hospital Foundation Board and Chamber of Commerce Scottsbluff-Gering Ambassodors. She served on the Board of Directors of the Scottsbluff Senior Center, Business and Professional Womens, Oregon Trail Days. She is an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff.

  • Mary Beth Mau, CFSP

    Mary Beth Mau, CFSP, Funeral Director

    Mary Beth Mau is a native of Winside, Nebraska but has lived in Bayard since 1993. She attended Wayne State College and Northeast Community College before graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College with an Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University in Nebraska. She is a licensed Nebraska Funeral Director and Embalmer and has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc.

    Mary is married to Stacy who is a salesman for 21st Century Equipment in Bridgeport. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic in Bayard and board member of the Morrill County Community Hospital Foundation, Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center (NP-AHEC), Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN), Scotts Bluff/Morrill County Extension Board, and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Scotts Bluff County. Mary is a volunteer for Regional West Hospice and is on the City of Bayard Planning Commission.

  • Kierstin Szymanski

    Kierstin Szymanski, Apprentice- Funeral Director

    Kierstin Szymanski was born and raised in Kearney Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated from the Kansas City Kansas Community College with her mortuary science degree. Her parents are Jennifer and Edward Szymanski, and she has three siblings- Libby and husband Mitch Mathews, Jack, and Chloe. She is currently serving her apprenticeship and recently moved to Scottsbluff.

  • Pat  Stricker

    Pat Stricker, Business Support Administrator

    Pat is a life-long resident of the Scottsbluff-Mitchell area and has worked with Gering Memorial Chapel and Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel since 1982. She attended Scottsbluff High School and Scottsbluff Beauty Academy. She is a member of Zion Evangelical Church, a board member of Widowed Persons, active with Festival of Hope and the Red Hat Society. Pat has one son, two grandchildren.

  • Jessica Clark

    Jessica Clark, Pre-Planning and Aftercare Counselor

    Jessica, a 1996 Graduate of Gering High School, lives in the Scottsbluff-Gering community with her husband Justin, a teacher and coach with the Gering Public School system. The couple are partners with Mitchell Berean Church where they also help with the Youth Ministries. Justin and Jessica have four children, Alex, currently attending Midland University and working on a Business Administration Degree, Dylan currently in the United States Navy where he is stationed in Texas and studying to be a corpsman, Ethan an 8th grader, and Nicolas a 5th grader. Jessica enjoys watching her children in their various events. Jessica received her Life Insurance License in early 2015 and is the newest advanced funeral planning counselor and life insurance agent with our company.

  • Gene Frizzell

    Gene Frizzell, Support Staff

  • Thomas Keller

    Thomas Keller, Support Staff

  • Renee Kautz

    Renee Kautz, Support Staff

  • Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson, Support Staff

  • Liz Bernal

    Liz Bernal, Office Support

  • Patricia Broderick

    Patricia Broderick, Support Staff

  • Linda Landrigan

    Linda Landrigan, Support Staff

  • Pete  Marez

    Pete Marez, Support Staff

  • Ron Cacek

    Ron Cacek, Support Staff

  • Patricia Halley

    Patricia Halley, Kitchen Angel

  • Myrna McCabe

    Myrna McCabe, Kitchen Angel

  • Jean Olinger

    Jean Olinger, Housekeeper