Presenting Sponsor Routsong Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Routsong Funeral Home has lasting roots here in Dayton Ohio that began in the early 1900s. They are one of the leading funeral homes in the area and we are so excited they have joined our event as a presenting sponsor for the Before I Die Festival Ohio.

During the Dayton flood of 1913, Carl T. Routsong, then a rural mailman, stood at a window in the main post office and watched as the floodwaters washed away his horse and buggy. Without them, Carl could not keep his mail route. Fortunately, his brother-in-law, George Bradford, who had recently started Bradford and Gustin Funeral Home, needed extra help. In 1918, when Mr. Gustin retired, Carl entered into a partnership with George, and the firm was founded.

Carl’s son, Thomas H. Routsong, joined the funeral home in 1952. Thomas’s wife, Martha, and son Thomas A. Routsong joined the business in 1979. Today, Thomas A. Routsong runs the business and is assisted by the fourth generation, his sons Sam and Max.

They have been awarded the highest honor of the National Funeral Directors Association (The Pursuit of Excellence Award) over a dozen times.

A lot has changed in Dayton during the last century, and the business today is completely different from when Carl started. They are one of the few local family-owned funeral homes in the Dayton area (and the very last in Centerville) but are determined to preserve their long and distinguished history well into the future.

Join us at Routsong on October 27th for our Downsizing and Legacy along with Denise Swick and Gail Rubin and also for our Death Café event!  For more details or to register for events, visit our website For more information on Routsong Funeral Home visit their website