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

Founded in 1869 as the Walley Funeral Home, presently know as the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, this facility has been family owned since its inception. In 1961 Maurice A. Mills, Sr. and Robert W. Zimmerman became partners and then the present name change occurred. After several downtown Elkhart locations the funeral home moved to its current location, 700 East Jackson Blvd. in 1964. Since then there have been several additions, including two building additions and three parking lot additions to help better accommodate our families. We offer off street parking that is handicap accessible throughout the building, with no stairs or ramps. In 2001 William W. Zimmerman became the new and present owner. 

Our Valued Staff

William  Zimmerman

William Zimmerman, Owner, Funeral Director

Bill Zimmerman, an Elkhart native is the current owner of Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home and is proud to be a U.S. Army Veteran. He is married to Annie Zimmerman and has been in the funeral industry for over 40 years. Bill enjoys bowling, spending time with his family and his 3 dogs. He is a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, serves as a chairman of the trustee’s, is a liturgist and he also helps run the sound system there. Bill is also on the Elkhart Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission, a member and trustee of the Elks Lodge # 425 and the Elcona County Club. Serving his local community is an honor.

Tara  Cooper-Hatton

Tara Cooper-Hatton, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer and Pre-arrangement Counselor

Has been with the funeral home since 2010 and is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer and is also a Licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor. Married to Bryan Hatton they have 1 daughter, two dogs and a cat. She spends her free time with her family, camping, kayaking, and volunteering. Tara enjoys volunteering opportunities, helping in her community, and is a member of Elkhart Evening Optimist Club.

“ I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, helping others in their time of need is what life is truly about”.

Bryan M. Hatton

Bryan M. Hatton, Maintenance

Bryan Hatton does the maintenance and care of the funeral home and has been here since 2012. He is married to Tara Hatton and together they have 1 daughter, 2 dogs and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys camping, kayaking, fishing, video games and comic books. He also participates in a monthly euchre club and is a member of the NRA. Much of his free time is spent with the family.

"Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons"
~Bryan's Inspiration

Ashley E. Zimmerman

Ashley E. Zimmerman

Ashley Zimmerman has been with Elkhart Cremation Services for 7 years. Born and raised in Elkhart, IN, she graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 2002, and continued her education in college earning a bachelor of arts degree in Broadcasting & Journalism from Butler University in 2006. She is a Licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor, earning her certification in 2014. Ashley enjoys playing volleyball, gardening, volunteering for CASA, and spending time with her young daughter.

John  Ramsey

John Ramsey, Funeral Home Assistant

Bill Vellekoop

Bill Vellekoop

Bill Vellekoop assists with the maintenance and care of the funeral home and its grounds. He is of Christian reformed faith and has 2 sons and 10 grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing, golfing, and bowling.