Denzer Funeral Home

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home Announces Partnership with Snyder Funeral Homes

Serving Marion and the surrounding community since 1866, the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home is proud to announce their plans for the continuation of their family operated funeral home.


Gene Farison and Jack Hottinger acquired the Denzer Funeral Home from Harold Denzer Sr. and Harold Denzer Jr. in 1975, and for the past thirty one years they have continued the Denzer’s rich tradition of funeral service. Originally known as the Schaffner Funeral Home, the business later became the Schaffner-Queen Funeral Home, and then the Shaffner-Denzer Funeral Home when Harold Denzer Sr. bought into the business after joining the firm in 1913.

The oldest ongoing funeral establishment in Marion, their firm held the historical funeral services of President Warren G. Harding. The spacious brick funeral home, located at 360 East Center Street, was originally the home of the Marion Steam Shovel Company co-founder Henry Barnhart. It became the Schaffner-Denzer Funeral Home in 1927, and after several additions and modifications the funeral home has become accessible to those of all abilities.

As Jack Hottinger looks toward slowing down from the funeral business in the future, he and Gene Farison determined it was time to partner with the Snyder family to ensure their compassionate funeral service would be continued. Clay and Chad Snyder will assist Gene Farison and their existing staff in the operation of the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home, as Jack and his wife Marilyn Hottinger look forward to spending more time with their grandchildren and traveling.

In 1966, the young man from Portage, Ohio, Jack Hottinger, began his funeral service career. After 40 gratifying years, he decided it may be time to slow down, though not entirely. Jack will continue to be available to meet with families when requested for funeral arrangements and pre-planning arrangements, and he will remain an active part of the Marion community.

Originally from Forest, Ohio, Gene Farison has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1970. Serving as President and board member of numerous Marion civic and philanthropic organizations, some of Gene’s highlights include involvement with the Marion Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and ADAM boards. He and his wife, Jan, continue to be active members of Epworth United Methodist Church and the surrounding community.

Not strangers to the Marion community, the Snyder family previously operated the former Hughes-Hyle Funeral Home in Marion from 1974 until 1985. Also rich in the tradition of funeral service, the Snyder family business dates back to 1922, when their grandfather Ora O. Snyder began serving the village of Johnsville. The Snyder family now operates 10 funeral homes in the communities surrounding Marion; including Mount Gilead, Delaware, Marengo, Sunbury, Mansfield, Bellville, Fredericktown, and Mount Vernon.

Clay Snyder, who is a third generation member of the funeral directing family, directs the operation of the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Homes in Delaware, Sunbury, and Marengo. As a graduate of Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1981, the Ohio State University Marion Branch, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he looks forward to a return to his Marion roots. Clay married the former Jacqueline Ridge, and together they currently reside in Delaware with their two children.

A native of Mount Gilead, Chad J. Snyder is the second member of the fourth generation to join the Snyder family business. He was a graduate of Mount Gilead High School, Miami University of Ohio, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and now is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In addition to assisting Gene Farison in Marion, Chad will continue to oversee the Craven and Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Gilead. He also currently volunteers as the Board Chairman for HelpLine of Morrow and Delaware counties.

With an increasing request for different funeral service options and choices, some of which include cremation, this new partnership will make the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home the only funeral home in Marion County with its own crematory. The Snyder family has owned and operated their own crematory since 1997. Clay Snyder also added that “trust is a very important aspect of our services, and by operating our own crematory those families requesting cremation can rest assured knowing their loved one will never leave their care.”

Advances in technology will also be a benefit of this partnership, as the Marion community and the families served at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home will be able to use their partner’s website: The Snyder’s website offers to the Marion community a chance to read any current obituaries and has a continuous archive of obituaries and pictures to be viewed at any time in the future. Friends and family will also have the ability to access directions for service locations, florist information, offer condolences, provide pre-arrangement information, and even “subscribe” with one’s email address to receive obituary notifications automatically through their website.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home will also begin offering a “Facets of Life” video program. The Facets of Life production transforms cherished family photographs into a video tribute to be viewed during calling hours, funerals, or memorial services. This program takes a collage of photos to the next level, allowing small picture prints to come to life, becoming a lasting keepsake for family and friends. The Facets of Life program will also be available for each of life’s celebrations, such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Gene Farison and Jack Hottinger want to ensure the Marion community the ideals and standards they have established will be maintained with the help of the Snyder family. Together they will continue to honor lives well lived, as the Snyder family has with integrity and compassion for the past four generations.