At a time where many funeral homes are owned and operated by Corporations and Stock, we pride ourselves in remaining a family owned and operated business.

James Donald Catchen I founded Don Catchen and Son Funeral home. He was born and raised in Eubanks, KY.  During his time growing up, Don worked on his family farm. His father wanted more for his son and requested that Don go into the funeral business. With his father’s help, Don started working for Barnett Funeral home in Waynesburg, KY. Don continued working for Barnett Funeral home until he graduated from high school. Don graduated from high school and joined the Army reserves becoming a tank instructor at Fort Knox. Don completed the Army reserves and enrolled into Mortuary school, graduating the fall of 1963. After graduating from Mortuary school, he started working for a few different funeral homes such as: Hugenberg, Allison and Rose, Radels and Middendorf. Don continued working for Middendorf for 13yrs. During his time at Middendorf Funeral home, he became a part-time volunteer Police Officer.  Don soon went on to become a full-time Police Officer for Fort Wright, KY and acting Chief of the Hamilton County Coroner’s office.


Don met and fell in love with Dovie Lee and was married October of 1963. Soon after marriage Don and Dovie welcomed their two children James Donald Catchen II and Latisha Gail Catchen. After his children were born Don started trade embalming work for KY, TN and WV. Don’s trade embalming work progressed, and the Embalming business grew to a full-time establishment. Don joined with Don Claire and started C&C Embalming service. After a few years of partnership, Don Claire retired and Don renamed C&C Embalming Service to C&C Mortuary Service what it is known as today. In the fall of 1987, Don lost his wife and his children lost their mother. After dealing with the loss of their mother James Donald Catchen II and Latisha Gail had a better understanding of what their father’s career was and how to help families when they lose a loved one. In 1989, Don and his two children started Don Catchen and Son Funeral home and have since opened two locations. One is located at 313 W 19th St. Covington, KY 41014 and the other is located at 3517 Dixie HWY Elsmere, KY 41018. In August of 2010, Don Catchen and his two children became the owners of Hillside Chapel in Cincinnati OH.