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Benjamin Funeral Home of Nowata

Benjamin Funeral Service has proudly served the families of Nowata and surrounding communities since 1920. As one of the oldest businesses in Nowata, Benjamin Funeral Service began as a furniture and undertaking company in the 1890's. The Moore family established the business solely as a funeral home in the early 1900's. R.W. Benjamin, the Moore's son-in-law, bought the business in 1920 and changed the name to Benjamin Funeral Service, which today still operates under the same name by the Luginbuel Family.

Helping families celebrate cherished lives

Here at Benjamin Funeral Home, we believe a funeral is not just a time to reflect and mourn—it's also an opportunity to pay tribute and celebrate a cherished life. That's why we offer incomparable Life Celebrations. These meaningful services allow you to tell your loved one's story and celebrate their one-of-a-kind life.

By adding personal touches like music, photographs, memory tables and video tributes, our expert staff can help you plan a truly memorable service. Whether you are planning a burial or cremation service, we can create an unforgettable Life Celebration as unique as your loved one.

Our family is here for yours

As you browse through the pages of our website, we hope you'll find the answers you need to begin the funeral planning process. However, if you need additional information, feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to answer your questions or arrange a personal consultation with you.

As soon as you're ready to honor your loved one's memory and celebrate their cherished life, we're here for you—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just give us a call at 918-273-2700 or email info@honoringmemories.com.

Our Staff

Jack Luginbuel

Jack Luginbuel

Funeral Director



Joe Faulkner

Joe Faulkner

Funeral Director

Joe Faulkner began his career in the Funeral Industry after serving 17 years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Engineer on C-141 and C-5 aircraft. He joined Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita in 1993 and was licensed in April 1996 after attending the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  Initially Joe worked at Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma before moving to Benjamin Funeral Home, Nowata, in 2003. In November of 2017 he returned to Vinita to become the General Manager of Luginbuel Funeral Homes Inc. Joe has considered his service to his country and service to others through some of their most difficult times in their lives as a calling. His desire is to make all families feel that he is a part of their family as they work through the task of caring for their loved one that has passed. 

 

Joe married Marsha Marie Morris on January 11, 1975 and has three children, Joey, Jennifer, and David. He is also a proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and enjoys any time he can spend with them. He also enjoys spending time on his boat at Grand Lake, relaxing, and enjoying life.


Tim Howell

Tim Howell

Funeral Director



Jack Adams

Jack Adams

Funeral Director



Tom Willis

Tom Willis

Funeral Director Pre-Arrangement Counselor



Cheryl Tallman

Cheryl Tallman

Administrator

Cheryl has been with Benjamin Funeral Service since July of 2018. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma and  from Waukomis, Oklahoma, she graduated from Afton, Oklahoma.  My parents survived having the only daughter in the family of all boys but Cheryl.  Have worked in several different areas in life having moved around as a youth.  Coming from the Adults with Disabilities field, I have grown in patience, understanding, compassion and how necessary it is to just listen to the needs of a person or family.  Cheryl is the proud mother of 5 beautiful children and Grandmother as well.


Brandon Watters

Brandon Watters

Apprentice

While Brandon Watters has not always knew what career he wanted to pursue, after working at Benjamin Funeral Service since February of 2017 as a funeral associate, he knew without a doubt that a career as a funeral director was something that he was passionate about and wanted to pursue for his lifelong career. Brandon is dedicated to serving and comforting the families he works with, providing them with kindness, respectful service in their most difficult times. Currently, Brandon is currently a full-time student at Rogers State University and will begin mortuary school in August of 2019 at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. 

Brandon was born and raised in Nowata, Oklahoma where he graduated with the class of 2003. He is a home town guy who loves his town and is very active in his community. Brandon loving spending time with his wife, Skyler and their daughter, Rumer. As a family, they enjoy raising cattle, gardening, thrifting, enjoying their time with family and friends and always eager to lend a helping hand to one in need. The Watters family are informed and inspired by faith and spirituality.


Shena Guthrie

Shena Guthrie

Funeral Associate

Shena is a funeral home associate at Benjamin Funeral Service of Nowata and has been since 2012. She is one of thirteen children combined. She was born and raised in Southern California where she moved to Oklahoma during her high school years and has made Nowata her home for the last 17 years.

She is the mother of four children Haili, Cooper, Hoyt and deceased daughter Bridget. She is the daughter of the late Kathaleen Kinder of Nowata, OK  Roger and Jackie Taylor of Lake City, MI. Shena came to us after working for the City of Nowata as Deputy Clerk and Cemetery Caretaker where she learned that dealing with families at the time they need it most was her calling. Her and her children attend the First Church of God in Nowata where they serve the lord with close friends.

She is active in her community and the wellbeing of the youth and has taken steps to become a foster parent for grouped children. She is currently enrolled in schooling to better serve her community as a Funeral Director and Celebrant along with furthering her skills at facial reconstruction to better help the families of fatality victims with their closure.

Shena's daughter, Haili, has been raised around the funeral home and has a deep passion to follow her mother's footsteps in serving the Families and become a funeral director herself.


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