Who We Are
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.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
History: Maple Hill Cemetery
Originally started as "Arlington Cemetery" in 1865 for Union soldiers of the civil war. After deciding the cemetery would be more suitable in Leavenworth, the cemetery was given back to the Bluejacket Family. The new name being "Argentine / Junction Cemetery". It remained in the Bluejacket family until the late 1800's. In 1905 a group of prominent citizens in the area, including the Gibbs, Steele and Holsinger families, bought the cemetery, some of the surrounding farm land, and renamed it Maple Hill Cemetery Company. The Argentine and Junction cemeteries remain sections within Maple Hill.
In 1945 Lewis Matney bought Maple Hill Cemetery from his sister Anna and her husband TC Payne. Making many improvements and expanding the cemetery to almost 90 acres, ensuring enough space for many years to come. His son Duane "Bud" Matney co-owner of the cemetery, worked along side his father learning since childhood how to operate a cemetery and more importantly, how to treat and help people in their time of need until his father's death in 1987. Like their father, Mike and Danny Matney (Bud's sons) started summer work in the cemetery at a young age. Mike in 1978 and Danny in 1981. Learning the operations from Lewis (Grandfather) and Bud (Father) as well as other family members and dedicated co-workers. Around 1993, Mike and Danny started the succession of the cemetery from their father. Bud Matney was active in the business until his death in 2008.
History: Maple Hill Funeral Home
In January of 1973 the Matney family opened Maple Hill Funeral Home and began providing quality funeral services to the families in the Kansas City area. Conveniently located in Maple Hill Cemetery, which the Matney family also owns, the funeral home was under the direction of William H. "Bill" Young, Ethel Matney's son.
In November of 2008, with the retirement of Bill Young, his nephews Mike and Danny Matney who also own the cemetery, bought the funeral home ensuring that the Matney family will continue to provide the high level of service that Kansas City has come to expect.
Currently there are four licensed Funeral Directors/Embalmers on staff.
Gary Simmons has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1989. In December 2007, following the purchase of Simmons Funeral Home, Gary joined our staff.
Bill Stack III, started working in the cemetery in 2001 and helping with evening visitations during the summer of 2004 while going to college to become a Funeral Director/Embalmer, since completing his degrees has been a full time staff member.
Paul Wasinger started working in the Funeral industry in 2008 working services and received his Funeral Directors License in 2011. He moved from Victoria, Kansas to join our staff in 2012.
Travis Farwell is back with Maple Hill after wondering the earth for several years. Welcome back grasshopper!
We are extremely blessed and grateful to have such loyal and caring staff.