By HEIDI HERTENSEN
New owners of Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Marty, and Kristy Rieken, were introduced to the public at an open house Wednesday, Jan. 29. Riekens purchased the business at 208 W. Clarinda Ave. in Shenandoah from Vaughn and Joan Livingston.
Originally from Griswold, Riekens reside in Oakland with their five children. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home will be number three for the Riekens. They own Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland and Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold.
Marty serves as the district four governor for the Iowa Funeral Directors’ Association.
Marty said he will be as involved in the day to day running of Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home as his schedule will allow but is confident the business is in good hands with Matt Livingston and Staci Shearer. He said there are no plans to change how the business is run.
Matt and Staci are both funeral directors and PreNeed Sales Agents at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home.
“We are looking forward to continuing to serve the families of Southwest Iowa along with Marty and Kristy,” said Shearer. “We feel blessed to be a part of a partnership with them.”
Fred Hackett, Sr. started Hackett Funeral Home in 1951, and the tradition was carried on by his son, Fred Hackett, Jr. In 1983 they brought Vaughn on board and Vaughn and his wife Joan purchased the funeral home in 2002.