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.
In 1898, the Southern Funeral Home opened its doors at 421 Poyntz, and in 1940 became the Courser Funeral Home operated by Roudy Courser.
In 1934, B.J. and Marie Conroy established the Conroy Funeral Home, moving at a later date to the 700 block of Poyntz.
In 1951, Courser Funeral Home opened a new facility at 1317 Poyntz with the Conroy Funeral Home to become the Parkview Funeral Home.
Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home benefits from a proud tradition dating back to 1898. This is a heritage that is not taken lightly.
The Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home is dedicated to providing high-quality funeral services with understanding and sensitivity.
Our Valued Staff
Mike and Helen Carlson, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Mike has over 30 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School; he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge, a member of Miriam Chapter OES, and is a member of the Downtown Lions in Salina, Kansas. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor.
He is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Salina Regional Health Center as a CVOR nurse assisting in the open heart department, and a surgical nurse with Salina and Manhattan Surgical Centers. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, KS; she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University.
They have 6 children together, Kelli, Amanda, Thomas, Adam, Shannon and Shauna and a grandson Nevan.
Dennis and Arlene Irvin, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Dennis and Arlene Irvin graduated from LaCrosse High School, LaCrosse, KS in 1967. Dennis then attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS and graduated from the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science in 1971. Dennis and Arlene were married in 1970.
Dennis completed his apprenticeship in Salina, KS at Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home in 1973. He then went to work for the Rindt Mortuary in Arkansas City, KS before moving to Manhattan in 1981 when he and Arlene purchased the Parkview Funeral Home renaming it the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home in 1984.
Arlene graduated from Kansas Wesleyan, Salina, KS in 1972 (BS) and Wichita State University in 1977 (MS). She taught business classes at Winfield High School, Winfield, KS, Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, KS, Manhattan High School and Manhattan Area Technical College for a total of 28 years, retiring in 2006.
Dennis is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan Catbackers, Manhattan Lions Club, Lafayette Lodge # 16 A.F. & A.M., ISIS Temple of Salina, KS, Manhattan Shrine Club where he is currently serving on the Board of Directors, Wildcat Creek Golf Course, Sheltering Embrace Campaign for Homecare and Hospice serving on the steering committee, and Manhattan Community Foundation where he serves as a Trustee.
Professionally Dennis is a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.Arlene is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan Lions Club, Manhattan Catbackers, Manhattan Chapter #209 O.E.S., Adult chapter of AFS, (past president), Fairy Godmother with the Manhattan Community Foundation, PEO Chapter DE, Flint Hills Community Clinic (currently serving as Secretary), Manhattan NEA (past member) and NEA (past member).
They have one daughter, Maggie, who is married to Guillaume Goudy and a granddaughter, Emma.