Our Staff

Staff members of Brenner Mortuary are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors. Our staff has learned to go beyond the expectations of the families that we serve. This means being available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. This also means being available at all times, before, during, and after the funerals. At Brenner Mortuary, we want to be the one source that families rely on, offering affordable options, and treating each family with dignity.

Contact our funeral directors by simply calling us with any questions you may have at (620) 231-5600. Our funeral directors are available to the families we serve for preplanning and at need services.

Steve Ward

Steve Ward

Licensed Funeral Director

Steve, owner of Brenner Mortuary, follows a tradition of Funeral Service that his father, Chester Ward, instilled in him even as a child. Chester devoted his life to quality Funeral Service at Brenner's. Steve strives to continue the same quality service to every family that trusts Brenner Mortuary. Steve and his wife, Chris,and have two sons Jason and his wife Theresa and Craig and his wife Jill. They also have three grandchildren Zach, Dylan, and Lilli.

Telephone: 1-620-231-5600

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Glenn White

Glenn White

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Glenn has been with Brenner Mortuary since the year 2000 and has been in Funeral Service since 1987. Glenn's empathy provides the families he serves with great understanding and consideration. His wife, Michele, is a 5th grade elementary science teacher at Central Elementary in Columbus. His son, Zach and daughter-in-law, are Physical Therapists in Rogers. Glenn is an avid horseman and enjoys roping and rodeos in his spare time.

Telephone: 1-620-231-5600

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Ryan Wietharn

Ryan Wietharn

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Ryan joined Brenner Mortuary in 2006. Ryan brings to Brenner's a sincere desire to assist families in grief.His attention to detail is valued by everyone he serves. Ryan is married to Krissy (Cudney) Wietharn, who is a claims representative at the Social Security Office in Joplin, together they have a daughter, Kynsey. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Telephone: 1-620-231-5600

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Craig Ward

Craig Ward

Licensed Funeral Director

Craig is the son of Steve Ward, and the grandson of the late Chester Ward.  He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Zach and Dylan. Craig will continue the traditions set down by his father and grandfather in the funeral business.

Telephone: 1-620-231-5600

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David Friskel

David Friskel

Assisstant Funeral Director

David continues a lifelong commitment to Funeral Service at Brenner Mortuary. After his retirement from his family's second generation funeral home, Friskel's in Frontenac, David's love of people and Funeral Service brought him out of retirement to Brenner's, where he continues serving the public. 

Telephone: 1-620-231-5600

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