Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Ren Van Gilder Funeral Director

Ren Van Gilder was born in Plymouth, Indiana.  He graduated from Plymouth High School and Indiana College of Mortuary Science, in Indianapolis. 

He married the former Beverly White, also from Plymouth.  Ren proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and spent several months in Vietnam.  They have a daughter, Hillary (Craig) Hopple, who live in Plymouth, and have been blessed with three grandchildren, Hanna, Hayden, and Halle.

Ren is a member of Kiwanis, Tyner I.O.O.F. Lodge, V.F.W., American Legion, and the Covenant Church in Donaldson.  He has served on the Church Council, Board of Directors of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the Humane Society.

Ren said, "I was born and raised in the funeral home and with the funeral business.  It is a part of my life and I'm very grateful to be able to serve others".

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Toni Foote Pre-Need Counselor

In 2005, Toni joined the dedicated staff at theVan Gilder Funeral Home who believe there is nothing more important than helping you create a personalized, memorable experience and pay tribute to your loved ones in a variety of ways. Upon completion of her Resident Producer Life License in 2006, she has been professionally assisting our families with pre-planning their funerals. Toni compassionately assists our families with all their insurance needs. And she invites you to contact her anytime to learn more about how pre-planning can provide your family with peace of mind and allow you to take your time in designing a unique and meaningful service.

 

“My mission is to reduce the financial and emotional burden on families by assisting them in making informed choices regarding pre-arranged funeral plans. It is my honor to assist in carry out every family’s wishes.” Toni

 

 A native of in Hammond, Indiana, graduate of Morton Sr. High School, the Foote’s have resided in Plymouth since 1995. Toni and her husband, Rick have been married since 1977, they have a son and daughter in law; Brad and Asha Foote, six grandchildren; Brodi , twins, Jaiden and  Jaime,  Olivia, Ruben and Seara  and a special niece; Jennifer Jacobs. Toni is a member of the Marshall County church of Christ.

John 3:16

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Alex Jack Chaplain

Alex joined the Van Gilder Funeral Home staff in September, 2012.  After serving 8 ½ years on active duty as a USAF chaplain, he transitioned into the Reserves and moved to Plymouth.   

While on active duty, Alex deployed to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Afghanistan and was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX, Hill AFB, UT and Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.  He continues to serve our nation’s Airmen as a chaplain assigned to the 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom, IN.  We are glad to have someone with his skills and experience on staff. 

 Alex now provides funeral services for those who do not have a pastor, heads up our pastoral care program, is our IT “expert,” and develops our family tribute videos, among other things.

“I’m grateful to Ren (the Marine) and Beverly Van Gilder for giving this ‘fly guy’ a chance to serve by bringing me on staff.  I never thought, 4 years ago, when I knocked on the front door that I would be doing what I am doing today.  As we say in the Air Force, ‘Proud to be here, proud to serve.’  I’m here to serve our families in their time of need in any way that I can.” -Alex

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Joan Eckstein Visitation Hostess

Joan Eckstein has been a valued member of our support staff since 2011.

Joan professionally assists our families during the visitation process, making sure all their needs are met.

Joan was born and raised in the Marshall County area. She owned and operated the Mundy’s restaurant for nearly 40 years. There are not many “folks” that Joan doesn’t know!

Joan has been blessed with a nephew, Richard, his wife, Kari Vancza and their family; a niece, Deborah, her husband, Tim Denlinger and their family; Joan has been further blessed with four children she claims as her own and loves with all her heart, Duane, Debbie, Elizabeth and Jessica; and three grandchildren, Trenton, Gabrielle and Victoria.

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Ren Van Gilder

Funeral Director

Ren Van Gilder was born in Plymouth, Indiana.  He graduated from Plymouth High School and Indiana College of Mortuary Science, in Indianapolis. 

He married the former Beverly White, also from Plymouth.  Ren proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and spent several months in Vietnam.  They have a daughter, Hillary (Craig) Hopple, who live in Plymouth, and have been blessed with three grandchildren, Hanna, Hayden, and Halle.

Ren is a member of Kiwanis, Tyner I.O.O.F. Lodge, V.F.W., American Legion, and the Covenant Church in Donaldson.  He has served on the Church Council, Board of Directors of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the Humane Society.

Ren said, "I was born and raised in the funeral home and with the funeral business.  It is a part of my life and I'm very grateful to be able to serve others".

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Toni Foote

Pre-Need Counselor

In 2005, Toni joined the dedicated staff at theVan Gilder Funeral Home who believe there is nothing more important than helping you create a personalized, memorable experience and pay tribute to your loved ones in a variety of ways. Upon completion of her Resident Producer Life License in 2006, she has been professionally assisting our families with pre-planning their funerals. Toni compassionately assists our families with all their insurance needs. And she invites you to contact her anytime to learn more about how pre-planning can provide your family with peace of mind and allow you to take your time in designing a unique and meaningful service.

 

“My mission is to reduce the financial and emotional burden on families by assisting them in making informed choices regarding pre-arranged funeral plans. It is my honor to assist in carry out every family’s wishes.” Toni

 

 A native of in Hammond, Indiana, graduate of Morton Sr. High School, the Foote’s have resided in Plymouth since 1995. Toni and her husband, Rick have been married since 1977, they have a son and daughter in law; Brad and Asha Foote, six grandchildren; Brodi , twins, Jaiden and  Jaime,  Olivia, Ruben and Seara  and a special niece; Jennifer Jacobs. Toni is a member of the Marshall County church of Christ.

John 3:16

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Alex Jack

Chaplain

Alex joined the Van Gilder Funeral Home staff in September, 2012.  After serving 8 ½ years on active duty as a USAF chaplain, he transitioned into the Reserves and moved to Plymouth.   

While on active duty, Alex deployed to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Afghanistan and was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX, Hill AFB, UT and Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.  He continues to serve our nation’s Airmen as a chaplain assigned to the 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom, IN.  We are glad to have someone with his skills and experience on staff. 

 Alex now provides funeral services for those who do not have a pastor, heads up our pastoral care program, is our IT “expert,” and develops our family tribute videos, among other things.

“I’m grateful to Ren (the Marine) and Beverly Van Gilder for giving this ‘fly guy’ a chance to serve by bringing me on staff.  I never thought, 4 years ago, when I knocked on the front door that I would be doing what I am doing today.  As we say in the Air Force, ‘Proud to be here, proud to serve.’  I’m here to serve our families in their time of need in any way that I can.” -Alex

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Joan Eckstein

Visitation Hostess

Joan Eckstein has been a valued member of our support staff since 2011.

Joan professionally assists our families during the visitation process, making sure all their needs are met.

Joan was born and raised in the Marshall County area. She owned and operated the Mundy’s restaurant for nearly 40 years. There are not many “folks” that Joan doesn’t know!

Joan has been blessed with a nephew, Richard, his wife, Kari Vancza and their family; a niece, Deborah, her husband, Tim Denlinger and their family; Joan has been further blessed with four children she claims as her own and loves with all her heart, Duane, Debbie, Elizabeth and Jessica; and three grandchildren, Trenton, Gabrielle and Victoria.