History & Staff

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.

Our History

Our History

Over 100 years ago the Heflebower family settled in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado.  In 2013 the family opened their own family funeral and cremation service in the south Denver metro.  Serving their friends and neighbors like family is the purpose behind their company.  Heflebower Funeral & Cremation Services is a heart based, "family" business.  The photo is of my grandfather, Charles L. Heflebower, in front of the family home in Fowler, CO.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mike Heflebower

    Mike Heflebower, Funeral Director/Owner

    Mike Heflebower has over 30 years of funeral service experience in all facets of the industry. Mike has led his work in large corporate locations, as well as small-town, family-owned and operated sites. He has served families in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.

    Mike has many years of multi-cultural experience and a vast knowledge of most of the world’s religions.

    Mike has experience in managing funeral homes, cemeteries, pre-need trusts companies along with markers and monuments.

    He is a 1990 Graduate of Kansas City, Kansas School of Mortuary Sciences. Mike obtained his national board certification in 1990 and has held the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 1997.

    Mike and his wife Dr. Tammy (Saville) Heflebower have been married for 30 years. Tammy is a highly sought after presenter, author and educational consultant. She is CEO and President of Inspire Consulitng. Mike and Tammy have adult sons that live in and go to school in Colorado. Mike’s parents, Lee and Betty Heflebower, are also involved in the company. Both his parents were born and raised in southeastern Colorado.

  • Abby Ortmeier

    Abby Ortmeier, Funeral Director

    Abby Ortmeier is a licensed funeral director from West Point, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hastings College before moving out to Littleton, Colorado. There, she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College. In March of 2019, Abby passed her board exams and became a nationally licensed funeral director. She has multiple years of experience at a handful of funeral homes in both Colorado and Nebraska. Abby also has experience working at Seven Stones Botanical Gardens Cemetery as a family advisor.

    One of Abby’s favorite things to do is go on hikes and explore this beautiful state with her fiancé, Reid, and their pup, Baer, who regularly keeps them on their toes. Although she adores mountain life, she misses her family and friends back home. Her parents, Warren and Joyce, and sister, Kristine, always send their love from Nebraska.

    In the next few years, Abby hopes to expand her knowledge and experience as a funeral director. She is excited to watch the industry grow and change, and looks forward to many more years of serving families on the Front Range.

  • Jessica Faust

    Jessica Faust, Funeral Director

    Jessica Faust is a 4th generation native to Colorado, born and raised in Littleton. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a B.S. in Sociology emphasizing on death, dying & bereavement. Jessica has been working in the funeral service industry for over 11 years in the Denver Metro area. Her passion is working with the families and helping them through a difficult time in their life.

    For fun, Jessica enjoys the rambunctious energy of her 4-year-old daughter that keep her and her husband, Christopher, constantly entertained. They have two Labradors as well. Christopher and Jessica have been married for over 7 years and living in the Littleton area. As a family they enjoy 4-wheeling, going to Moab, spending time in the mountains and entertaining and cooking for family and friends.

  • Kobie Schmitt

    Kobie Schmitt, Director of Operations - The Law Paws Pet Funeral and Cremation

  • Dr. Lee Heflebower

    Dr. Lee Heflebower, VP

    Dr. Lee Heflebower, Mike's father, has his PhD from the University of Nebraska in Educational Psychology. Lee and Betty (Higby) Heflebower were both born and raised in Colorado. Lee has his undergraduate degree from Western State College in Gunnison. He has worked in the funeral industry for over ten years and manages the Highlands Ranch office. He and his wife live in Littleton.

  • Betty Heflebower

    Betty Heflebower

    Betty is Lee's wife and Mike's mother. She is a Colorado native from the Fowler and Pueblo area.
    If you ever have a homemade cookie at the office, it was made by Betty!

  • Paul Dwyer

    Paul Dwyer, Associate

  • Jim Moon

    Jim Moon, Funeral Director

    At the time of his father’s death in 1988, Jim's professional life was in corporate relocation and residential real estate sales, and the experience he had in making his father's arrangements told him there had to be a better way to do this. Finally, in 1995, Jim decided to find that better way and entered funeral service as an advance planner helping families plan their funerals in advance of need with a large funeral home in Orlando, Florida. Working side-by-side with the funeral directors, he saw many similarities in what they did as to what he did as a project manager in corporate relocation, and in 1996 Jim applied to and was accepted into the Funeral Service Program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    After graduating, he worked as an embalmer for five years in Orlando with the same funeral home. Then came 1999, and Jim and his family vacationed in Colorado and fell in love with it! Thirty days later he had a job, they moved and he began working solely as a funeral director.

    He met Mike Heflebower when they worked together at a large Denver funeral home before Mike opened his own. After Jim retired from that funeral home, the two met up, and Mike invited Jim to join Heflebower Funeral Service. Jim's work in funeral service has been the most personally rewarding experience of his life, and he is very pleased to be affiliated with Heflebower Funeral Service.

  • Al Germain

    Al Germain, Associate

  • Maureen Herzog

    Maureen Herzog, Associate

  • Merv Leaman

    Merv Leaman, Associate

  • Ron Mitchell

    Ron Mitchell, Associate

  • Kathleen  Lennon

    Kathleen Lennon, Associate

    Kathleen has been in the funeral industry for many years throughout the Denver metro.

  • Milt  Jensen

    Milt Jensen, Associate

    Milt is a retired Pastor and educator. Milt lives in Castle Rock.