About Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Paola

Ren & Theresa Newcomer

Ren & Theresa Newcomer,
Owners

For more than a century, providing compassionate funeral care has been our family tradition. Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home has been serving Paola families since 2007, and we are committed to the well-being of our community.

You have our word that we will continue to work faithfully to uphold the family heritage that has served our families so well for generations.

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Learn the history of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home

  • 1893

    Kansas City craftsman D.W. Newcomer asked to make casket by a friend and begins business.

    Kansas City craftsman D.W. Newcomer asked to make casket by a friend and begins
  • 1925
    D.W.’s son David expands business and purchases land in what will become Kansas

    D.W.’s son David expands business and purchases land in what will become Kansas City’s Plaza district to build a funeral home.

  • 1936

    Newcomer’s Plaza funeral home expands.

    Newcomer’s Plaza funeral home expands.
  • 1945
    United States Navy veteran Warren Newcomer, a third-generation funeral director, joins the family business

    United States Navy veteran Warren Newcomer, a third-generation funeral director, joins the family business.

  • 1971

    Warren Newcomer steps out of Kansas City business, retains funeral home in Topeka, Kansas.

    Warren Newcomer steps out of Kansas City business, retains funeral home in Topeka, Kansas.
  • 1975
    Warren’s son Ren graduates from the University of Kansas and joins the family business in Topeka, Kansas.

    Warren’s son Ren graduates from the University of Kansas and joins the family business in Topeka, Kansas.

  • 1978
    Ren Newcomer purchases Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price and Mid-Town Chapels in Topeka.

    Ren Newcomer purchases Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price and Mid-Town Chapels in Topeka.

  • 1981
    Ren marries Theresa Cernich of Kansas City.

    Ren marries Theresa Cernich of Kansas City.

  • 1983

    Johnson & Sons Funeral Home in Hutchinson joins the Penwell-Gabel family.

  • 1988
    Memorial Park Cemeteries in Topeka and Hutchinson

    Memorial Park Cemeteries in Topeka and Hutchinson are purchased.

  • 1990
    Johnson Chapel in Junction City joins the Penwell-Gabel family.

    Johnson Chapel in Junction City joins the Penwell-Gabel family.

  • 1991
    Hutchinson funeral home moves to its new facility.

    Hutchinson funeral home moves to its new facility.

  • 1994

    Memorial Chapel in Olathe is built.

    Memorial Chapel in Olathe is built.
  • 1995

    Mass-Hinitt Chapel in Junction City joins the Penwell-Gabel family.

  • 1997
    The Southeast Chapel in Topeka is built.

    The Southeast Chapel in Topeka is built.

  • 1998

    Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka is remodeled.

    Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka is remodeled.
  • 1999
    Ren & Theresa establish the Tradition of Caring® Nursing Scholarship program with scholarships awarded annually to nursing students in each community.

    Ren & Theresa establish the Tradition of Caring® Nursing Scholarship program with scholarships awarded annually to nursing students in each community.

  • 1999
    Mass-Hinitt Chapel in Junction City moves to a newly-built facility.

    Mass-Hinitt Chapel in Junction City moves to a newly-built facility.

  • 2001

    The Flint Hills Chapel opens in Council Grove.

    The Flint Hills Chapel opens in Council Grove.
  • 2002

    Penwell-Gabel begins offering monuments, markers & permanent keepsakes.

    Penwell-Gabel begins offering monuments, markers & permanent keepsakes.
  • 2003

    Herington Chapel joins the Penwell-Gabel family.

    Herington Chapel joins the Penwell-Gabel family.
  • 2007

    The Southwest Chapel in Topeka is built.

    The Southwest Chapel in Topeka is built.
  • 2007

    The Wilson & Son funeral homes in Louisburg and Paola join Penwell-Gabel.

    The Wilson & Son funeral homes in Louisburg and Paola join Penwell-Gabel.
  • 2008

    Penwell-Gabel introduces online broadcasting of services in selected locations.

    Penwell-Gabel introduces online broadcasting of services in selected locations.
  • 2009

    Penwell-Gabel begins offering Earth-Friendly products and services.

    Penwell-Gabel begins offering Earth-Friendly products and services.
  • 2010

    The Penwell-Gabel Family Center opens in Topeka as a place for families to gather and share a meal after the funeral service.

    The Penwell-Gabel Family Center opens in Topeka as a place for families to gather and share a meal after the funeral service.
  • 2012

    The Penwell-Gabel funeral home is built in Osawatomie.

    The Penwell-Gabel funeral home is built in Osawatomie.

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