Why Choose Us
Whether it is the historic location on 23rd street or our newest location on North May, Smith and Kernke Funeral Directors are available to serve you with two of the finest and largest facilities in the Edmond and Oklahoma City area. At Smith and Kernke, the term family owned has special significance. Each person on our staff believes that conducting the final arrangements for a loved one is a treasured responsibility. Here are just a few of the other unique benefits we offer:
Over 75 years of expertise: Smith & Kernke has been serving Oklahoma residents since 1939, providing compassionate care and unparalleled service to many families.
Family owned and operated: In this region, which is dominated by huge chains and corporations, we proudly remain independent. We are accountable to you, not to stockholders.
Professional credentials: Smith & Kernke maintains the highest credentials within the industry. As a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, we are recognized as a leader in this field of service. Membership in this elite organization is by invitation only, which also monitors and enforces its Code of Ethics.
On-site crematory: Because we offer cremations at our very own crematory, your loved one will never leave the shelter of our expert care.
Our facilities: We offer 2 convenient locations throughout the area. Our beautiful facilities were designed to provide a sense of warmth, peace, serenity and closure. Both facilities can be configured for large or small ceremonies.
Personalized services: Our caring professionals will listen, suggest, organize, and carry out ceremonies that are comforting and full of meaning. Each life is unique and should be honored in a unique way.
Inviting reception center: Our warm, inviting reception center has been the setting for countless gatherings where friends and family have laughed, cried, reminisced and started the healing process together.
Serving all faiths and cultures: We care for families of all faiths and are able to assist those without a spiritual leader.
"My father-in-law died recently; Smith & Kernke was recommended by his church. Though I am a professional writer, it is somehow difficult to fully describe in words how appreciative I am for the work of Smith & Kernke. They made a very difficult time in the life of me and my family go as smoothly and trouble-free as possible. I was the primary contact with them for our family. I dealt with nearly every one of their staff. To a person, they were empathetic, caring, and professional. Each of them conveyed their support in a way that was genuine, not canned or rehearsed. They helped us decide how to handle our loved one's remains, where to do the burial, and how to go about honoring him in 2 services and with an obituary. Each step they walked us through they were helpful but not intrusive. They knew and remembered several things we never would have thought of. They hired a limo for the day of the memorial service so we wouldn't have to drive. They interfaced with the burial site and made sure everything was done with respect. They delivered the flowers from the funeral to us at home the next day so we could enjoy them. They were at the hospital within 45 minutes of our first call to them -- when we knew my father in law would pass soon. I find them so impressive I will actively encourage others to use them in the future. Though I hope we don't need them again soon (would like my other relatives to stick around a long time) I will be sure that people I know in the area are informed of this highly valuable, caring, and extremely reasonable service. They are worth every penny we paid them, and in fact, they charged much less than I ever would have expected. When you need a funeral director, you may find as good but I am sure you could never find any better. I will forever be grateful to them."
- John F. (Edmond, OK)