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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Allen L. Dugan Owner / Licensed Funeral Director

Allen grew up in Adams County in the family funeral business which has been in continuous operation since the mid-1800’s. Allen attended Penn State Mont Alto and Shippensburg University before earning his degree in Mortuary science from Catonsville Community College in 1985.

 

Considering the funeral profession their calling, Allen and his wife, Kitty feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work together doing something they find very meaningful; offering comfort for people at a difficult time. They feel privileged to guide and provide support to families at this sensitive and meaningful time in life. They have four children and reside at their Shippensburg location.

 

Allen has been a member of Bendersville Fire Company since he was 16 years old and is also a member of Vigilant Hose Company. He was a member of Union Fire Company in Carlisle where he served 10 years as Deputy and Assistant Chief. A member of Rotary Club of Shippensburg and Masonic Lodge 336, Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336 F.&A.M, Gettysburg, Allen has previously served as a Deacon at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church.

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Kitty A. Dugan Owner / Business Manager

Kitty grew up in Chambersburg and attended Goucher College in Towson, MD before entering the field of advertising. Later, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Fine Arts: Studio Art at Wilson College. She worked as a licensed financial advisor helping Allen with the funeral business during evenings and weekends. In 2009 she left her business to work with Allen full-time.

 

Kitty has served as an Elder on Session at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church. She is a member of Rotary Club of Shippensburg, Adams County End of Life Committee, The Franklin County Art Alliance, Shippensburg Township Zoning Board, Caring Continuum, and PEO (a women’s philanthropic organization).

 

Kitty loves the role of motherhood and sees her work, caring for others, as an extension of that. She enjoys travel, cooking, writing letters, reading, and artistic endeavors. Her favorite thing of all is spending time with their four adult children, and her new role of "Grammie". Not to worry, she continues to lavish their "baby", brindle boxer, Chappo with love and cuddles.

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Gabriella C. Bieber Licensed Funeral Director

Death and burial became very personal to Gabriella after one of her best friends, Mark, took his own life. During Mark’s viewing, Gabriella had a realization that she would like to help others who are grieving. By becoming a funeral director, she could comfort others as she had been comforted at that difficult time. Gabriella graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Management and from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Service.

 

When asked, “What do you enjoy most about working at Dugan Funeral Homes” Gabriella replied, “Dugan Funeral Homes truly is a family funeral home, drastically different from those in previous communities I have served. I feel appreciated and part of the family and the people we serve are so appreciative as well. It is an honor to walk with families through a trying time as they plan a tribute to their loved ones and to reward their trust with dignity, knowledge, and respect. A funeral service career is something to be proud of. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my personal experience to help people who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, and to serve the greater Shippensburg community.”

 

In her spare time, Gabriella enjoys hiking at National Parks with her family.

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Dave "Davey" Heller Certified Crematory Operator / Maintenance

Davey is happy to reside in a quiet neighborhood in North Middleton Township where he has lived for 28 years. He and his wife of 35 years, Sandra have two children; a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Jessica. They enjoy babysitting for their five grand-dogs.

Davey is the kind of easy-going person that gets along with everybody. "What do you enjoy most about working at Dugan Funeral Homes?" Davey related that he does not miss the corporate life and very much appreciates the family atmosphere at Dugan where everyone works together. He had no idea how much work there is to be done behind the scenes. Davey enjoys that every day brings something different and he is frequently able to be outside for part of the day. As someone who places great importance on true friendships, Davey's personal interests include spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys exercising and some of his best buddies were work-out partners.

 

 

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Chappo Dugan "Unofficial" Comfort Canine

By request only, Chappo will be more than happy to meet you and greet you with his special tail wag and unconditional love. He specializes in letting you know just how special you are, always intending to help brighten your day.

Allen L. Dugan

Owner / Licensed Funeral Director
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Allen grew up in Adams County in the family funeral business which has been in continuous operation since the mid-1800’s. Allen attended Penn State Mont Alto and Shippensburg University before earning his degree in Mortuary science from Catonsville Community College in 1985.

 

Considering the funeral profession their calling, Allen and his wife, Kitty feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work together doing something they find very meaningful; offering comfort for people at a difficult time. They feel privileged to guide and provide support to families at this sensitive and meaningful time in life. They have four children and reside at their Shippensburg location.

 

Allen has been a member of Bendersville Fire Company since he was 16 years old and is also a member of Vigilant Hose Company. He was a member of Union Fire Company in Carlisle where he served 10 years as Deputy and Assistant Chief. A member of Rotary Club of Shippensburg and Masonic Lodge 336, Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336 F.&A.M, Gettysburg, Allen has previously served as a Deacon at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church.

Kitty A. Dugan

Owner / Business Manager
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Kitty grew up in Chambersburg and attended Goucher College in Towson, MD before entering the field of advertising. Later, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Fine Arts: Studio Art at Wilson College. She worked as a licensed financial advisor helping Allen with the funeral business during evenings and weekends. In 2009 she left her business to work with Allen full-time.

 

Kitty has served as an Elder on Session at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church. She is a member of Rotary Club of Shippensburg, Adams County End of Life Committee, The Franklin County Art Alliance, Shippensburg Township Zoning Board, Caring Continuum, and PEO (a women’s philanthropic organization).

 

Kitty loves the role of motherhood and sees her work, caring for others, as an extension of that. She enjoys travel, cooking, writing letters, reading, and artistic endeavors. Her favorite thing of all is spending time with their four adult children, and her new role of "Grammie". Not to worry, she continues to lavish their "baby", brindle boxer, Chappo with love and cuddles.

Gabriella C. Bieber

Licensed Funeral Director
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Death and burial became very personal to Gabriella after one of her best friends, Mark, took his own life. During Mark’s viewing, Gabriella had a realization that she would like to help others who are grieving. By becoming a funeral director, she could comfort others as she had been comforted at that difficult time. Gabriella graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Management and from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Service.

 

When asked, “What do you enjoy most about working at Dugan Funeral Homes” Gabriella replied, “Dugan Funeral Homes truly is a family funeral home, drastically different from those in previous communities I have served. I feel appreciated and part of the family and the people we serve are so appreciative as well. It is an honor to walk with families through a trying time as they plan a tribute to their loved ones and to reward their trust with dignity, knowledge, and respect. A funeral service career is something to be proud of. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my personal experience to help people who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, and to serve the greater Shippensburg community.”

 

In her spare time, Gabriella enjoys hiking at National Parks with her family.

Dave "Davey" Heller

Certified Crematory Operator / Maintenance
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Davey is happy to reside in a quiet neighborhood in North Middleton Township where he has lived for 28 years. He and his wife of 35 years, Sandra have two children; a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Jessica. They enjoy babysitting for their five grand-dogs.

Davey is the kind of easy-going person that gets along with everybody. "What do you enjoy most about working at Dugan Funeral Homes?" Davey related that he does not miss the corporate life and very much appreciates the family atmosphere at Dugan where everyone works together. He had no idea how much work there is to be done behind the scenes. Davey enjoys that every day brings something different and he is frequently able to be outside for part of the day. As someone who places great importance on true friendships, Davey's personal interests include spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys exercising and some of his best buddies were work-out partners.

 

 

Chappo Dugan

"Unofficial" Comfort Canine
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By request only, Chappo will be more than happy to meet you and greet you with his special tail wag and unconditional love. He specializes in letting you know just how special you are, always intending to help brighten your day.