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.

Our History

For over a century since 1892, Lamb Roberts Funeral Homes have served Kansas families. We are proud of our long tradition of providing the highest quality of professional services at that very special time of need. Take a stroll with us as we share with you our community through the decades.


Ottawa, KS

At Lamb-Roberts Funeral Homes, we provide a range of services for grieving families, including assisting with funeral arrangements and private, individual & communal pet cremation.  Gathering after a loss enables families to remember their loved ones and support each other, as they begin the grieving process. We have funeral services, burial services, cremation, and pre-planning services available for families in Ottawa, KS and surrounding areas. 

A funeral offers a place for friends and loved ones to gather, honor the life of their loved one, and begin the healing process. The many options we provide for funeral arrangements help create a meaningful service that will honor your loved one. We work with families to create an appropriate burial service, whether you want burial or cremation, a relaxed memorial, or formal funeral service. 

Funeral pre-planning gives families the opportunity to make rational choices about important end of life decisions. A growing number of people are working with a funeral planner during their lives. There are many reasons people choose to plan ahead, including having a say in what will happen at the end of their lives and taking the burden of making funeral arrangements away from family members. Our online pre-planning tool allows you to create an account and begin creating an end of life plan. 

You can learn more about our funeral services and funeral pre-planning, send sympathy flowers & gift baskets or memorial jewelry and gifts, and find grief support resources on our website. Please contact our Ottawa, KS location at (785) 242-3550 for assistance with funeral arrangements for a loved one, or to learn more about the advantages of planning your own funeral in advance. 


Baldwin City, KS

Lamb-Roberts Funeral Homes serves the needs of grieving families in Baldwin City, KS and surrounding communities. Our funeral home provides crematory & burial service with sensitivity to the needs and wishes of each family. We guide you through the planning process, work with individuals to create an end of life plan, and offer resources and support, as loved ones begin the grieving process. 

Each individual and family is unique and has its own customs, traditions, and religious beliefs that influence their wishes for a burial service or memorial service. We support and honor these traditions with crematory & burial service that is tailored to the needs of each family. If your loved one was a veteran, we provide services in tribute to veterans to honor them for their service to our country. 

Whether you prefer a formal funeral or simple and relaxed memorial service, we will help you create a service to honor the life of your loved one. We offer services for memorial service & keepsake gifts are available, such as sympathy gift & sweet baskets, funeral flowers, and other gifts. While some families choose to scatter the ashes of their loved ones, others prefer a more lasting memorial. There is cremation jewelry, which serves as an option for a permanent memorial. 

Additional information about our services, what makes our funeral home unique, funeral preplanning, flowers and gifts, and resources for grief and healing can be found on our website. If you have lost a loved one or want to begin designing your own funeral, we are here to provide the assistance you need. Please contact our funeral home in Baldwin City, KS at (785) 594-3644 for immediate assistance.


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Michael L. & Jami L. Piper, Owners

Our Valued Staff

Eric D. Price

Eric D. Price, Managing Partner / Funeral Director / Embalmer

I have been a licensed embalmer and funeral director for sixteen years, all sixteen of those years serving the families of Franklin County. I graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College where I earned my degree in Mortuary Science. I add this degree to a B.S. in Business Finance and Economics earned from Baker University.
I am a third generation funeral director. My father, Steve, and two uncles, Jud, Jr. and Chris, operate the Price & Sons Funeral Homes in Leoti, Scott City, Garden City and Tribune. The family tradition was started by my grandfather, Jud Price Sr., who is now retired.
While at Baker University I met my wife Danita. She teaches at Baldwin City Intermediate Center. We have three wonderful daughters, Paige, Sadie, & Natalie. We attend the Grace Community Fellowship Church in Ottawa. I am also a member of the Ottawa Masonic Lodge, Ottawa Optimist Club, Ottawa Rotary and currently serve on the Board of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. In my free time I am also very active as a coach in various youth sports in the community.


Brian Dean Janssen

Brian Dean Janssen, Funeral Director / Embalmer

I grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1989. I attended Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Neosho County Community College and Kansas City Community College. I became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1998.

I began employment at Lamb-Roberts in the summer of 1988 while still in High School.

In 1999, I married Wendi Vrbas and we reside in Ottawa with our two children, Ethan and Emma.

We truly enjoy our involvement in the Ottawa Community and cherish our many friends.


Scott A. Schoenberger

Scott A. Schoenberger, Assistant Funeral Director

I started employment with Lamb-Roberts Funeral Homes in August, 2013.

Previously, I worked in the construction industry for eighteen years.; The last four years, I owned and operated a remodeling / handyman business.

I have resided in Baldwin City for twenty-one years.

I graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, while earning NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors in Football.

My wife, Cheryl, is a Licensed Master Social Worker. We have two children, my stepdaughter, Alexia and our son, Leo.

We attend Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

My hobbies include fishing, participating in triathlons and a variety of other physical activities including The Tough Mudder. I am also active with Baldwin City Community Theatre.


Ron  Kimes

Ron Kimes, Assistant Funeral Director

I began working for Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in 1998 as a grief counselor for the community; the group met weekly for seven years. Also at this time I was a licensed pre-need representative for the funeral home. For families that do not have a minister, I conduct the services and I help with the funerals and occasionally help with visitations.

I was a counselor at Ottawa High School for twenty years and worked as an English and Speech teacher for ten years prior to that. Golf is one of my great passions. Being deeply involved in my church, the First Assembly of God, is very important to me and at one time I was the Associate Pastor for thirty years.

Serving in the Kansas National Guard for twenty one years was my way of serving my country. Another love I have is teaching Speech and Comparative Religion at Neosho Community College on the weekends.

I have been a part of the Ottawa community for forty five years and I enjoy meeting and working with people. DeeAnna and I have one daughter, Patricia and two grandsons, Geoff and Zach.


DeeAnna  Kimes

DeeAnna Kimes, Funeral Ambassador

I started working at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in May of 1997.

My main job is working the family visitations but I also help with funerals and various jobs around the funeral home.

I graduated from Ottawa High School in 1959 and from Evangel University in 1963. I taught English, typing and computers at Ottawa High School from 1964-1997. Basically I am an Ottawa original.

First Assembly of God is my home church and I am very involved there. I am an avid gardener and love my flowers. Being an animal lover I couldn’t do without my dog or cat. Any spare time I find I am reading, scrapbooking, making cards or walking.

I love working at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home because I love people. As a resident of Ottawa for almost 55 years, I know many hometown people and enjoy getting reacquainted with so many of my former students. Ron and I have one daughter, Patricia and two grandsons, Geoff and Zach.


Elaine  Roberts

Elaine Roberts, Funeral Ambassador

As a long time resident and respected leader of the Ottawa community and have served the Ottawa community as a funeral director for numerous years.

I am a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Soroptimist Club, RMH Auxiliary, Chapter GL of P.E.O. a member of Beta Sigma Phi and numerous other community organizations.

I volunteer at the Visitors Information Center, Ransom Memorial Hopsital and deliver Meals on Wheels. I am also a strong supporter of the Ottawa Suzuki Strings. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Bob and our two children and two grandchildren.

In the winters we travel to the Phoenix area and return to our home in Ottawa in the springtime.


Craig A. Davis

Craig A. Davis, Funeral Ambassador

I began working for Lamb-Roberts Funeral Homes in May, 2016. I assist with visitations and funerals and maintain part-time office hours at our Baldwin City location.

I have resided in the Ottawa area my entire life. I graduated from Ottawa High School, attended Ottawa University and graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in education and business administration.

I taught school for several years at Baldwin and worked for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for over thirty-five years, serving the last ten years as Sheriff, retiring in 2010. Following retirement, I worked for Douglas County Sheriff's Office before joining Lamb-Roberts.

My wife and I live near Baldwin City and attend church in Wellsville. Together, we have ten children and twenty-six grandchildren. We enjoy being around our grandchildren and traveling.


Jere  Justice

Jere Justice, Administrative Support

I started working for Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in 1997 to supplement my retirement.

Prior, I have held various positions with a government agency and several private companies.

I have three grown daughters and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.