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Legacy Funeral Chapel rolled out a fresh identity in 2017 when it unveiled a new name for one of Gillett’s oldest businesses. Kuehl Funeral Home, a Gillett business serving families since 1907, was renamed Legacy Funeral Chapel in February 2017.

Funeral Director James Beaton said it was bittersweet to change the name from Kuehl Funeral Home to Legacy Funeral Chapel because he was sensitive to the imprint Kuehl Funeral Home has made in the Gillett community. Three generations of the Kuehl family managed the funeral home, ending in 1997 when Armin Kuehl sold the business.

Various funeral directors have managed the funeral home since, with James coming on board at Kuehl Funeral Home in January 2016. James now operates two funeral homes under the umbrella of Legacy Funeral Chapels, at 108 E. Main St., Gillett, and 838 S. Fisk St., Green Bay.

Although the name has changed, the commitment to families remains the same: to provide personalized funeral services to those who are grieving. Legacy Funeral Chapel in downtown Gillett provides a clean and welcoming atmosphere where people can gather to remember a loved one in a traditional and peaceful setting.

Families are encouraged to create a send-off that is unique and meaningful, whether with traditional hymns, prayers and a formal remembrance service or a more casual gathering, with a time to mingle and share stories.

The staff of Legacy Funeral Chapel believes every person’s life is unique, and every person deserves a personalized farewell.


New look, new name, new approach

A funeral home typically isn’t a place you want to visit, but what I saw at Legacy Funeral Chapel on Green Bay’s west side made me feel welcomed and comfortable.

Changes are afoot at the funeral home, with its new look, new name and a broader scope of services. The funeral home has provided funeral services to the Asian community since 2007 and now provides personalized funeral services to people of all faiths and of any heritage.

Funeral director James Beaton purchased the funeral home in October and has spruced it up to make it more appealing and welcoming. By modernizing the layout, James made the building more convenient for visitors and families who have lost a loved one. In addition, the funeral home now has first-floor restrooms. That may not seem like a big deal, but the handicapped accessible bathrooms and no-stairs entryway make Legacy Funeral Chapel convenient to grandma and grandpa and anyone else with mobility issues.

As an added bonus, there’s a commercial kitchen and 100-seat dining room which offers the opportunity for a tailor-made remembrance and farewell experience all under one roof. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Every person is unique, and James believes every person’s funeral service should be as unique as their personality. The staff of Legacy Funeral Chapels helps families create a tailor-made send-off for each individual.

James and his staff also run a Legacy Funeral Chapel in Gillett, Wisconsin, formerly named Kuehl Funeral Home. James said it was bittersweet to rename the funeral home which is one of the city’s oldest businesses. Three generations of the Kuehl family managed the funeral home, ending in 1997 when Armin Kuehl sold the business. Various funeral directors have managed the funeral home since, with James coming on board in January 2016.

Stay tuned: There are more changes ahead for the Green Bay location of Legacy Funeral Chapel.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Joan Koehne is the owner of Writer to the Rescue Writer to the Rescue, a Green Bay-area company offering professional writing services to individuals, organizations and businesses.

ABOUT LEGACY FUNERAL CHAPELS: Legacy Funeral Chapels provides highly personalized funeral services at two locations: 108 E. Main St., Gillett (formerly Kuehl Funeral Home) and 838 S. Fisk St., Green Bay (formerly Schauer and Schumacher Funeral Home). Funeral Director James Beaton can be contacted at 920-366-9107 or james @kuehlfuneralhome.com.


What are veterans eligible for at time of death?

Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who passed away bravely serving their country. For those of us in the funeral business, Memorial Day comes more than once a year. At Legacy Funeral Chapels, it’s a privilege for our staff to attend to veterans and their families at their time of loss.

That privilege often begins when we receive notification that a veteran has passed away. It’s heartwarming to see the respect we encounter when we carry a deceased veteran from a nursing home, hospital or private home. We drape an American flag over the deceased, instead of the usual quilt, and everyone we pass stops and takes notice.

In my career, I’ve handled hundreds of veterans’ funerals, and I’ve witnessed powerful and touching farewells that fittingly recognize the military service of the deceased.

When I speak with families of veterans, they’re sometimes unclear about funeral benefits. Just what are veterans eligible for at the time of death, and how much will it cost?

Eligibility is determined by the DD Form 214 – the military discharge papers, which can take time to receive if you don’t already have them filed away. Our staff can help with this process, or you can check with the county’s veterans service office. Everyone’s military service is different, so it’s important to talk with someone who’s an authority on military benefits to see what’s available.

Generally at no cost, each veteran is eligible for:

  1. An American flag, made to drape over the casket, but often folded and given to the family as a keepsake.
  2. A Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by the sitting president. The family of the deceased veteran can request multiple copies.
  3. Military honors as a funeral service concludes. These may include a flag ceremony, taps and firing detail. The Gillett area has a good group of veterans who take these duties very seriously.
  4. A veterans’ marker for placement at a burial site.
  5. A no-cost burial at a cemetery for veterans. The nearest cemetery is in King, Wisconsin.
  6. And possibly, a burial allowance. We work with families on a case-by-case basis to find out if funding is available.


Not everyone has served in the military, yet everyone can connect with the sentiments of patriotism and sacrifice that we recognize each Memorial Day. We at Legacy Funeral Chapels salute our veterans, past and present, and thank them for their service to our country.

James A. Beaton and the staff of Legacy Funeral Chapels