Who We Are
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
David Edwin Rousculp
General Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Meet David Rousculp, the General Manager of Harper's Community Funeral Home- Independently owned. With over 45 years of experience in the funeral industry, David leads a dedicated team of compassionate professionals committed to providing exceptional service and personalized care to families in need.
David is a seasoned expert in various aspects of funeral operations, including consulting, merchandising, and innovation. Holding licenses as a minister, funeral director, and embalmer in both Indiana and Ohio, he has collaborated with diverse and progressive funeral homes across the state, bringing valuable expertise to every endeavor.
Beyond his contributions to the funeral industry, David is a multi-talented individual. He is an award-winning playwright and entertainer known for his original screenplays and stage plays that blend humor, drama, and social commentary. His most acclaimed work, "My Dead Clown," is a dark comedy that revolves around a clown's resurrection in a funeral home, leading to a hilarious circus of events despite the undertaker's protests.
David's passion for storytelling and creativity aligns with his mission to help families commemorate the lives of their loved ones and navigate the grieving process. He is also recognized as a radio and TV personality, a public speaker, and a skilled customer service trainer, generously sharing his knowledge and insights with others.
David and his wife, Patricia, have made Harper's Community Funeral Home Independently Owned their home for the past decade, residing above the establishment. They are proud to be part of the New Haven community and are delighted to serve as the dedicated, mom-and-pop privately owned funeral home in Allen County Indiana. With four adult children and five grandchildren, their commitment to family values extends to their professional lives, ensuring that Harper's Community Funeral Home- Independently Owned remains a trusted resource for those in need during difficult times.
Office Manager / Pre-Need Consultant
Meet Chevas Hefflinger, the dedicated Office Manager and Pre-Arrangement Counselor at Harper's Community Funeral Home - Independently Owned, where she has been serving families since 2006.
Originally hailing from Ohio, Chevas spent her childhood amidst cornfields and tending to farm chores. In 1998, she made the transition to become a Hoosier and later earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Trine University. Her journey into the funeral industry was driven by a genuine passion for her work, particularly in building connections with families and cherishing the memories they share.
With nearly two decades of commitment to our community, Chevas has become a familiar and trusted presence for many of our families. Her approach to prearrangements prioritizes education and empathy over sales. She takes the time to ensure that families fully comprehend the intricacies of prearrangements and the range of options available to them. By doing so, she empowers them to make the most informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones, treating them with the same care and respect she would expect for her own family.
Returning to her small-town roots, Chevas now resides in Woodburn with her partner and her beloved dog, Ditto. Outside of her role at the funeral home, she indulges in her passion for fiber arts, enjoys camping trips, and dotes on her cherished nephew, showering him with love and attention. Chevas Hefflinger truly embodies the spirit of compassion and dedication that defines Harper's Community Funeral Home.
Meet Tony Colson: A Compassionate Leader in Funeral Care
As a compassionate leader with over 30 years of experience, Tony Colson stands at the helm of Harper's Community Funeral Home, proudly serving New Haven, Hoagland, Monroeville, Fort Wayne, and Allen County, Indiana. As the dedicated owner of Harper's Community Funeral Home, the oldest business in Allen County, Tony brings a profound commitment to excellence and a rich legacy of expertise to the community.
About Harper's Community Funeral Home:
In the heart of Indiana, Harper's Community Funeral Home stands as a pillar of support during times of loss. Under Tony Colson's guidance, the funeral home is committed to providing exceptional services with a focus on compassion and respect.
Tony Colson's Leadership:
Tony's leadership is characterized by a deep understanding of the unique needs of the community. His commitment to excellence ensures that every family receives the care and support they deserve during challenging times. Tony's wealth of experience in the funeral service industry reflects a dedication to preserving the dignity of each individual journey.
Beyond funeral care, Tony Colson is an integral part of the community. His interests include spending quality time with his granddaughters, a passion for cars, trap shooting at the Indiana Gun Club, and membership at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis. Tony finds solace in the companionship of dogs, enjoys boating adventures, and cherishes the serenity of the outdoors.
A Legacy of Compassion:
At Harper's Community Funeral Home, Tony Colson's legacy goes beyond professional expertise; it extends into a genuine connection with the community. His warmth, compassion, and respect for traditions make Harper's Community Funeral Home a place of solace and support during life's most challenging moments.
In every service provided and every life remembered, Harper's Community Funeral Home, under Tony Colson's stewardship, stands as a beacon of compassion, excellence, and community support.
Terry is a 1967 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School and went on to attend Ball State University, graduating with a teaching degree in physical education and health with a minor in sociology. He married his wife, Beth, in 1972 who also has her teaching degree and retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools. Terry retired in 2002 from Dana Corp after 31 years. He has been with Harper’s since 2003 and is also a part time shuttle driver for O’Daniel Automotive Group. Terry and Beth have two grown children, Ben and Tiffany, and six grandchildren.
A longtime New Haven resident, Tom graduated from New Haven High School in 1967. He retired in 2011 from Fort Wayne Newspapers and his wife, Susan, retired from East Allen County Schools in 2013. They have two grown children who both reside in Fort Wayne. Tom has been helping families here since 2012.
Meet Pastor Matthias Snodderly
For Pastor Matthias Snodderly, whether he’s helping families as a church Pastor or
as a Ceremonial Attendant, it’s all about providing comfort. Pastor Matthias brings
many years of experience in pastoral care and is blessed to integrate that with the 45
years of experience that our Funeral Director David Rousculp offers, and he feels that
the community has a wonderful opportunity to experience peace and comfort during
the passing of their loved ones.
Pastor Matthias, the 11th child born in Harlan IN, spent his childhood working on the
family farms tending to the entirety of all the animals. In 1978 being relocated to East
Tennessee where he graduated from Jefferson County high school. During those years
he worked for the City of Morristown as an assistant Purchasing Director and the
Hamblen County Sheriff's Dept as a Deputy Sheriff.
Pastor Matthias returned to Indiana in 1993 upon accepting an employment offer from
the City of Fort Wayne Police Department He holds a Bachler of Science degree in
Criminal Justice and a certified graduate of East Tennessee Law Enforcement, and
Indiana Law Enforcement Academies.
Pastor Matthias an Ordained Minister and President of Bible Study Ministries is
celebrating 27 years in ministry as of February 2024 with launching a new church
plant “Joy Fellowship Church” in Van Wert Ohio.
Pastor Matthias and his wife Nicki enjoy their time spending with their children,
family, and friends. Pastor Matthias enjoys being a “First Time Pawpaw” to Murphy
the most adorable little granddaughter. He is so grateful for the opportunities given
him to share Gods Love and compassion to those who are facing the uncertainties that
life sometime brings without warning. His favorite verse that has always helped him
through life’s difficulties and feels it has help countless others is found in John
Chapter 13:35 where Jesus spoke these precious words: “your love for one another
will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”