History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The funeral home was originally founded in 1945 by J. Arvid Danielson and Glen Ball and was known as the Danielson-Ball Funeral Home. The home was built in the late 1800's as a private residence and was later converted and remodeled for funeral home use. In the mid 1950's Glen's son, Eddie, came on board and purchased Mr. Danielson's interest in the firm. They then changed the name to Ball & Son Funeral Home and operated the firm together for many years. Glen passed away in 1980, leaving Eddie to operate the business for the next several years.

In 1996, the firm was purchased by the Stockham family and they continue to operate the funeral home with some of the same old fashioned principals and traditions that were initiated by it's founders long ago. However, they also bring many fresh ideas and a new perspective to the community to insure that each family is given the finest in personalized service with special emphasis on attention to detail.



Our Staff

Kevin Stockham,  CFSP

Kevin Stockham, CFSP, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kevin Stockham is a co-owner and licensed funeral director/embalmer of Stockham Family Funeral Home. He is a graduate of McPherson High School, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and the National Foundation of Funeral Service and has lived in McPherson nearly all his life. He is one of but a few Certified Funeral Service Practitioners in the State of Kansas. He is married to Tammie and has three children; Kyle, Korina, and Stevie. Kevin is active in his church and is involved in many community groups including Optimist Club, Sons of the American Legion, VFW Men's Auxiliary, McPherson Shrine Club, and the McPherson Chamber of Commerce.


Tammie  Stockham

Tammie Stockham, Funeral Director

Tammie is a licensed Funeral Director and co-owner of Stockham Family Funeral Home. She has been on staff since 1996; on a full-time basis since July 2001. Tammie has lived in McPherson most of her life and is a graduate of McPherson College. She is married to Kevin and they have a daughter, Stevie. Tammie is active in many community and church activities and is also a member of the PEO Sisterhood. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.


Jim  Pauls

Jim Pauls, Funeral Assistant

Jim Pauls is a part-time funeral assistant. He is originally from the Inman, KS area but has been a McPherson resident for many years. He is a retired music teacher for U.S.D. 418 and was also the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in McPherson. He is very active in his church and several other civic organizations. He is married to Rene and they have three grown children.


Eddie  Ball

Eddie Ball, Funeral Director Emeritus

Eddie Ball is the former owner of the firm and though semi-retired, still serves as a part time assistant and consultant. He has lived in McPherson nearly his entire life and is a McPherson College graduate. He is very active in the Noon Kiwanis Club, the First United Methodist Church, and numerous other community organizations. He is married to Peggy and has two grown children


Gail Huddle

Gail Huddle, Funeral Assistant

Gail is a father of two grown children and is married to Donna. He was a longtime employee of Dillon's in McPherson, prior to retirement. He enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.