Funeral home builds community involvement

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By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home decided to treat local residents for Senior Citizens’ Day on Friday. In honor of the special occasion, four members of the Belton team visited the Belton Senior Activity Center during lunch to provide treats for the seniors’ desserts.

“We’re just trying to be a more active business in the community,” John Burgess, Funeral Director In Charge, said. “I think it’s the right thing to do, especially with folks like this. They’re the foundation of our community.”

Burgess and three of his coworkers supplied the event with ice cream and several flavors of pie to show their appreciation for the community built by Belton’s senior citizens. The group also gave away three $10 Starbucks gift cards during the celebration.

“I was raised to just be a part of the community, especially with something like our industry. People need to know that we’re not doing anything other than loving and supporting our community,” Burgess said. “If it’s not senior citizens’ day, it’s volunteering with Feed My Sheep, being active in the Rotary Foundation. It’s a belief system and it’s a way of letting our community know who we are, what we’re about and the wonderful people we have with us.

Harper-Talasek, formerly Heartfield Funeral Home, also has several events planned for the coming months, including teaming up with the Harris Community Center to host a National Night Out block party on Oct. 6.

“Yes, these activities reflect on our business, but it’s just service. As someone who is all about involvement, this is what we should be doing, especially with the name change,” Burgess said. “We want people to know that we are not a major corporation; we are a corporation, but not huge. We’re just folks who serve our community. “

For more information on Harper-Talasek Funeral Home or their upcoming activities, visit or call (254) 939-2411.