Our Family

Joseph B. Horan III – Funeral Director, Owner/Manager

Joseph Horan (Joe) is a native of Rensselaer, NY. Joe attended the Simmons School of Embalming from March of 1964 until March of 1965, and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1966 after serving his one-year apprenticeship. Prior to beginning a career in funeral service, Joe actively served as a medic in the United States Army from 1966 until 1968. After that time, he began his work at Perrott Funeral Home located in Newburgh, NY where he served hundreds of families each year until 1975. During this time, Joe married his wife, Anne, in 1971. In 1975, two years after SCI purchased the entire Perrott firm, Joe knew it was time to look for a place to call his own. Joe and Anne purchased the old Gridley Funeral Home building located at 39 Orchard St., Walden, and have provided funeral services there ever since. Both Joe and Anne have put countless hours into making the funeral home what it is today. Joe also served as Orange County Coroner from 1983 until 2006. In 2016, Joe has been a licensed funeral director for 50 years and has served the communities of Walden, Maybrook, Montgomery, Wallkill and the greater Hudson Valley for 42 years in this location.

Joe has been active in several civic and community organizations including: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Walden; Life Member of the Orange Hose Company, Walden Fire Department; American Legion; Wallkill Masonic Lodge No. 627; Town of Montgomery Lions Club; Board Member of the Walden Federal Savings and Loan Association; Charter Member of the Wallkill Valley Health Center; Board Member of the Valley Central School District; Board Member of the Josephine-Louise Public Library.

Jason J. Trafton – Funeral Director

Anne F. Horan – Secretary/Treasurer
William Palmer – Funeral Home Assistant
Anthony Trapini – Funeral Home Assistant
Christopher D. Wynkoop – Funeral Home Assistant & Mortuary Sciences Student