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Harper Funeral Homes, Business Office, P.O. Box 466, Avilla, Indiana 46710
Josh Harper

Josh Harper

Owner & Funeral Director

Josh grew up in the Avilla area, graduating from East Noble High School.  He went on to college to pursue his degree in Funeral Service and Mortuary Management.  He graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2001.  Upon graduation, he served his internship and successfully passed his Indiana Licensing exam for Funeral Directors.  He has been active in funeral service for nearly 20 years. 

Josh managed a funeral home in Fort Wayne for nearly 8 years before having the opportunity to purchase the former Brazzell Funeral Homes in Albion and Avilla in August of 2015.  He has been active on a number of boards and organizations.  He currently lives in Avilla.  He is very pleased to be able to serve his hometown of Avilla and his adopted home of Albion with compassionate and professional care.

Email: harperfuneralhomes@gmail.com


Mitch Fiandt

Mitch Fiandt

Family Service

Mitch has been involved in the funeral service for more than 30 years. He worked part-time for an area funeral home before joining the staff of the former Brazzell Funeral Home in the late 80’s. For the first several years, he worked as needed. After Terry Brazzell passed away in 2010, Mitch became more involved in the funeral home.  When Josh Harper took over as manager of the funeral home, Mitch stayed on to assist him in the operation of the funeral home.  He continued his employment after Josh purchased the funeral homes in August of 2015. 

Mitch is very active in the Albion Community.  He is a 42 year firefighter, having served the last 31 years with the Albion Fire Department.  Prior to Albion, he served 11 years on the Orange Township Fire Department.  He served three terms as a member of the Albion Town Council, two years a president.  He served 10 years on the Albion Area Plan Commission.  In the past, he has coached Albion Youth Baseball. Mitch served on the Court House square Preservation Committee and is currently serving as one of three county representatives on the Indiana District 3 Planning Council, the Noble County Emergency Planning Committee, and Sons of the American Legion Post 381.  His service to the community also includes being an EMT and as a part-time or reserve police officer with several area police departments. 

Mitch works full time at the Noble County E-911 Communications Center. He has been employed by the 911 center for 32 years, and since 1999, has been the 911 Director.  Prior to being appointed director, he served as both a dispatch supervisor and a dispatcher. 

Mitch graduated East Noble High School in 1975 and has been married to Carla since 1977. They have a son and daughter in-law David and Jami of Avilla, and a daughter Melissa of Fort Wayne. They also have 3 grandsons Talon, Jaxson, and Rylan 

Mitch considers it an honor to serve the families of Albion and Avilla. 


Jim Coats

Jim Coats

Staff Member



Terry Brazzell

Terry Brazzell

Former Owner - Deceased

Terry was born on May 30, 1952 in Washington D.C to John M. & Janet J. (Hyde) Brazzell.  Terry passed away in May of 2010. 

He graduated from Central Noble High School in 1970 then went on to graduate from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1971. He served his apprenticeship at the Johnson Funeral Home in Plymouth, Indiana, and in 1977 returned to Avilla where he and his wife Jeanie purchased The Brazzell Funeral Home. In 1992 they purchased the Albion Chapel, and owned and operated them until his death. He and his wife built the first ground-up funeral homes in Noble County.


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