Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Michael Duane Matney
Mike Matney is a third generation owner of Maple Hill. He began working in the cemetery at 16 and then later bought the cemetery from his late father, Duane "Bud" Matney in 1993. In November of 2008, with the retirement of Bill Young, he was able to acquire the funeral home ensuring that the Matney family would continue to provide the high level of service that Kansas City has come to expect. Since becoming owner, Mike has expanded both the funeral home and cemetery. In 2018 to better serve families he updated the funeral home facilities, including the addition of a crematory. Mike attended high school at St. Joseph in Shawnee. Mike stays active in the community by helping sponsor local activities and functions.
Bill Stack III
Funeral Director / Embalmer / Preneed Specialist
Bill Stack III grew up in the Turner area. He later attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 2005. Bill started working in the cemetery in 2001 and helped with evening visitations during the summer of 2004 while going to college at Kansas City Kansas Community College to become a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Bill oversees pre need funeral arrangements and also manages the funeral home staff.
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Eric Batliner has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2009. Eric is a 2005 graduate of Piper High School in Kansas City. After High School he attended Kansas City Kansas Community College where he graduated with an Associate's of Applied Science in Mortuary Science in 2009.
Funeral Director / Embalmer
Evan Gorrell joined Maple Hill in 2018 after graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Evan attended Cole Camp High School in Missouri where he graduated in 2013. He then attended the University of Missouri where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management in 2017.
Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
Natalie Kreifels joined Maple Hill in 2021 after graduating from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Natalie attended Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Nebraska where she graduated in 2016. She then attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska where she received her B.S. in Disease and Human Health in 2020.
Cemetery Office Secretary
Susan Matney is the mother of Mike Matney. Susan has worked in the cemetery office since 1997 where she has assisted with all aspects of the family business.
Rita Cooper is a lifelong resident of KCK. She graduated from JC Harmon High School in 1984. She joined the cemetery staff in 2011 where she assists families in locating and purchasing burial property as well as selling monuments.
Patty Olsted is a lifelong resident of KCK. She graduated from JC Harmon High School in 1979. She joined the cemetery staff in 2020 where she assists families in locating and purchasing burial property as well as selling monuments. Patty has a son and stepdaughter that grew up in the area.
Funeral Director & Embalmer