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Hargrove-Marker Brings Ministry of Service to Jenks

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OFFERING FUNERAL SERVICES: Ken Hargrove, left, and Mike Marker, owners of Hargrove-Marker Funeral & Cremation Services, 815 W. Main St., stand with their wives, D’Ann and Pam. Hargrove and Marker opened the business in Jenks last year due to the community need and their local ties.

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Jenks native Ken Hargrove and Mike Marker opened Hargrove-Marker Funeral & Cremation Services, 815 W. Main St., last year in order to fill an unmet need in the city of Jenks and to carry on their mission of service.

Since 1992, Marker has owned Leonard & Marker Funeral Home in Bixby.

After Marker handled the funeral services for Hargrove’s father years earlier, Hargrove recognized the high level of service involved in the industry. “That helped me to see that this really is a ministry and that this was something I could see myself doing,” says Hargrove.

Last year, the business partners opened their Jenks funeral home, renovating a home that had previously belonged to one of Hargrove’s sixth grade teachers, which well illustrates Hargrove’s deep ties in the community.

Both he and his wife, D’Ann, grew up in Jenks and are Jenks High School graduates. Her parents are both retired Jenks educators, and she currently teaches vocal music at Jenks West Intermediate. Hargrove’s mother grew up in Jenks, and his father served on the Jenks school board for a number of years.

“Our decision to raise our family in Jenks was a given,” Hargrove says. “We were going to stay here and serve the community.”

Marker’s path to becoming a funeral director began in high school when the owner of a local funeral home visited and spoke to his classroom.

Marker, who grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma, went on to earn his certificate in mortuary sciences from the University of Central Oklahoma and then worked for that same funeral director for five years.

He has spent more than 35 years in the profession.

Yet, the job isn’t exactly what many people envision it to be, Marker notes.
“The majority of my time is not dealing with those who have died but working with the living,” he says. “I get a lot of opportunity to help people.

“When people experience a death, most don’t know everything they need to do.”
Hargrove and Marker are aware that Jenks has lacked a sustainable, trustworthy funeral home within its city limits, and they plan to change that.

“We understand that a lot of people have grown accustomed to going outside of Jenks for funeral services,” says Marker.

“However, we want the community to know that we plan to remain here for a long time. We have a multi-generational history in this community, and we have a history in this business.”

Updated 10-09-2017

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