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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 

We are here for you in all times.

Having the funeral home on the cemetery grounds provides our families the best service possible because everything can be arranged at one convenient location. I am the manager at Worley-Luginbuel Grove Funeral Home, let me help you when you need it the most.

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Harry Worley

Harry Worley

Funeral Director

Born to Harry E Worley and Ana Marie Gonzales Worley on June 30, 1949 in Miami, OK, he have lived all his life in Grove, OK.  After graduating from Grove High School in 1967, he attended Oklahoma State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Math.  He then spent two years as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps of the U. S. Army.  He returned to Central State University in Edmond OK., graduating in 1975 with A Bachelor of Science in Funeral Services.  He came to work for the Worley Funeral Home in 1975 and continued when it became Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home.  His Dad H. E. Worley Jr. and his Granddad H. E. Worley Sr. both served the community here, his son Sean and he continue the tradition


Vanessa Morrison

Vanessa Morrison

Funeral Director

Born to Ronald and Lydia Gladbach, Vanessa is the youngest of three children raised in the small town of Mendon, Missouri.


She graduated from Northwestern High School, Mendon and went on to earn her Associates of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois. It was there she broke the record for being the youngest person to ever complete the program, earning her degree at the age of 19.

Vanessa has been employed with the Luginbuel company since May 2008. She is married to Gary Morrison and together they enjoy serving the wonderful communities of Grand Lake.


Ellen Ellis

Ellen Ellis

Administrative Associate

Ellen was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma with her four older brothers.  At the age of 12,  she moved with her parents to the Philippines where they served as missionaries. Ellen graduated from high school in the Philippines. She spent the summer of 1970 in Vietnam where she volunteered with the Red Cross at the U.S. Army Hospital. Ellen graduated from college at Bacone College in Muskogee and she attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. She lived in Utah, North Dakota and Texas before moving back to Oklahoma.

Ellen has worked for Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home since 2001. She enjoys travel, gardening and reading. 


Sean Worley

Sean Worley

Funeral Associate

Born to Jerry Springsguth and Kay Clark Koelling on September 26, 1967 in Colorado Springs, Co.  He was adopted by Harry W Worley at the age of 13 and Harry became the loving father he needed.  A long time resident of Grove, graduating in the class of 1985.  He joined the armed forces in July of 1989 and served his country for 7 years. He returned to the family business in October of 2018.


Judy Gray

Judy Gray

Visitation Associate



Rich Gardner

Rich Gardner

Funeral Associate

Rich Gardner “retired” to Grove from the “gray north” of northern Indiana so he and his wife Jeanne could be closer to their daughters and their families. Rich comes to us from a career as a public school music teacher, professional musician, and Christian minister. He continues his work in music ministry at First Christian Church here in Grove while joining us as a funeral associate and doing some outside sales for the local NAPA store. Rich and Jeanne have been married for over 49 years, and have 3 married daughters and 13 grandchildren who keep them smiling.


Donna Smith

Donna Smith

Raised on a dairy farm in Zena, Oklahoma; Donna is the oldest daughter of Wayne and Fay Smith.  She is a graduate of Grove High School.  Donna worked multiple years for the local newspaper before taking a job with Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Homes in 2006.  Donna is the proud mother of three adult children, a member of the Zena Baptist Church where she serves as the assistant treasurer and is the Chairman of the Zena Cemetery Board.  Donna along with her father still tends to the daily chores on the family farm. 


Jack Luginbuel

Jack Luginbuel

Funeral Director



Joe Faulkner

Joe Faulkner

Funeral Director

Joe Faulkner began his career in the Funeral Industry after serving 17 years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Engineer on C-141 and C-5 aircraft. He joined Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita in 1993 and was licensed in April 1996 after attending the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.  Initially Joe worked at Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma before moving to Benjamin Funeral Home, Nowata, in 2003. In November of 2017 he returned to Vinita to become the General Manager of Luginbuel Funeral Homes Inc. Joe has considered his service to his country and service to others through some of their most difficult times in their lives as a calling. His desire is to make all families feel that he is a part of their family as they work through the task of caring for their loved one that has passed. 

Joe married Marsha Marie Morris on January 11, 1975 and has three children, Joey, Jennifer, and David. He is also a proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and enjoys any time he can spend with them. He also enjoys spending time on his boat at Grand Lake, relaxing, and enjoying life.



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