Middletown businessman honored for 60 years of service

Family, friends and Middletown residents came together Saturday to mark 60 years of service for Donald Jordan Sr.

The 81-year-old who opened his first funeral home in Middletown in 1953 was front and center for the afternoon of celebration at Bethel AME Church that included music and speaker the Rev. Elmer Martin.

“Sixty years of service, we just had to do something,” said funeral assistant James Singletary.

After opening the business in Middletown, he expanded to Hamilton in 1959 and then to Cincinnati, purchasing the Lee Funeral Home in 1966, the Houston Funeral Home in 1972, the Pierce and Peoples Funeral Home in 1974, the Wrassman Funeral Home in 1976, and the Denman-Radel Funeral Home in 1988. Green Funeral Home in Hamilton was purchased in 1990, Thompson Funeral Home in Cincinnati in 1997 and Jones & Simpson Funeral Home in Covington, Ky. in 1999. He recently acquired two funeral homes in Indianapolis.

“A visionary,” is the way Singletary described his boss. “He has given so much to the community and this (Middletown) is his home,” Singletary said.

While Jordan wasn’t keen on the idea of a party, Singletary said he and friends from throughout the area insisted.

Rain forced postponement of the cookout and games for children and families, which Singletary said would be rescheduled for the parking lot of Hall Jordan & Pretty Memorial Chapel on South Main Street.