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Original Stroyan & Crellin Funeral Home

Stroyan & Crellin Funeral Home was established in 1946 by Duncan MacLennan Stroyan and Harlan James Crellin. Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc. has been independently owned and operated for the past 64 years.

Duncan was born and raised in Milford, PA. Attended the Cincinnati School of Embalming, graduating in 1940. He then served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic during WWII until 1946.

Upon his return to Milford, he opened the Duncan Stroyan Funeral Home, located on West Harford Street.

Harlan James "Jim" Crellin, also a WWII veteran, joined Duncan in a successful partnership spanning more than three decades.

These men, one a republican, one a democrat, served their community as Pike County Coroner. Serving the public in charitable, civic, community, and political organizations. Each held, kept, and promoted respect for their fellow veterans.

Stroyan and Crellin Funeral Home also ran an ambulance service until 1956 when they donated their equipment to the Milford Volunteer Fire Department.

In 1972, Duncan assumed sole ownership when Jim left to explore other ventures. James J. Martin joined the firm as a valuable employee, until his death in 1997.

Lucille Hess Stroyan, Duncan's wife, took ownership upon his death in 1976. Jim Crellin rejoined the firm until she remarried, and she sold the business to her son, Kevin T. Stroyan in 1980.

Stroyan Funeral Home became incorporated in 1986.

Kevin T. Stroyan, of Milford, PA, owner / supervisor, became a licensed funeral director in 1978, and is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New York. He is currently the Pike County Coroner, elected since 2000. Active with the Republican Committee, Milford Borough Architectural Review Board, Child Death Review, Masonic Lodge, and Veteran's Park, on the executive board of the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association. He also enjoys his team of horses, Jacob and Caleb.

Heather Stroyan Martin, Milford, PA, is the longest standing employee, having collected 49 years of diversified experience.

Christopher Patrick Brighton, Westfall Twp., joined the firm in 2001, also a duly licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania and New York. He is the Chief Deputy Coroner of Pike County. He is active with the local Cal Ripken Baseball and Boy Scouts of America.

Though things have changed over the years our belief is the same: to serve our families in a dignified manner, with compassion, concern, and professionalism.
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