The Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home enjoys a rich and esteemed history that dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Bert C. Ballinger purchased the present day location from C.W. Lane in January of 1902 and established the Ballinger Funeral Home and Furniture Business. His son, Cletus, joined in the operation of Ballinger & Son Funeral Home and carried on their honorable traditions after the death of Bert in 1941. Cletus was assisted in business by his son, Bertice Ballinger II, who also operated funeral homes in Richwood and Prospect. Cletus died in 1966, and Bertice II died in 1969.
The Ballinger family sold the funeral home in 1971 to John and Marie Schnurrenberger. The Schnurrenbergers raised their 3 children, Linda, John Jr., and Susan in the funeral home and were highly regarded for their devotion to the funeral business and their deep compassion for the families they served. John and Marie remain active members of the West Mansfield community and are still held in high regards for their years of service to this town.
Roger and Becky Becky Mannasmith purchased the Schnurrenberger Funeral Home on March 1, 1996, to complement their already established business in Marysville. Roger’s early training allowed him to work closely with the Ballinger family in Richwood, and he was extremely honored to be able to purchase one of their former businesses. The establishment of Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home allowed the hiring of another funeral director and embalmer. Derric Brown was hired to fill this role on October 7, 1996, and now serves both funeral homes in this capacity and is the listed manager of the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home.