Troy D. Glidden Co-Owner / Funeral Director
Troy is the youngest son of Herb and Mary (Tibbetts) Glidden and grew up in and around the funeral business. He was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas where he attended and graduated from the McPherson Schools. Troy started working in 1976 for his father, Herb who owned the funeral home and his brother-in-law Ed Ediger who was the manager. Troy’s duties at that time was mowing the lawn and keeping the grounds in order. When he received his driver’s license he added washing the cars to his duties. After high school he attended Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, Kansas with an associates art degree in Mortuary Science. He returned home to McPherson and served his apprenticeship under his brother-in-law Ed. Troy received his Funeral Directors License and Embalmers License in 1989. In 1991 Ed and Troy bought the funeral home and were co-owners until Ed's retirement in 2014.
Troy was united in marriage to Rhonda L. Peters on September 30, 1989. She too was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas where she attended and graduated from the McPherson schools. Rhonda is currently working for Venable Jewelers, and helping out at the Funeral Home. Troy and Rhonda are blessed with two sons, Jakob and Alex. Jakob graduated from KU and is working in Lawrence and Alex is attending McPherson College. Troy and Rhonda are involved in the McPherson area with many community organizations, clubs, events, and are on or have served through the years on several boards in the community. Troy is a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and The National Funeral Directors Association.
Chad Mitchell Apprentice
Chad is the youngest son of Mike and Sharon Mitchell. He was born in Winfield, Kansas and moved to McPherson when he was 3 years old. He attended McPherson Schools until 1988. He then attended and graduated Young Memorial Technical Institute in Morgan City, Louisiana for underwater welding in 1992. He worked several jobs before making a change to mortuary science. He worked at a funeral home for 15 years prior to attending Mortuary Science School at Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, Kansas where he graduated in the spring of 2016 and received his Associates Art’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He has returned home to McPherson to serve his community and serve his apprenticeship under Troy Glidden at Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home. Chad’s son, Austin Mitchell, attended and graduated from Beloit Technical College in Beloit, Kansas in 2016 and currently works at Viega Mfg.