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.

Mr. Gordon D. McCarty

Our History

Our funeral home has a long rich history dating back to its inception in 1948. 

After being employed at various funeral homes in Texas and Pennsylvania, Mr. McCarty returned home to Hughesville to open, what was originally known as, the Gordon D. McCarty Funeral Home. 

On July 30, 1949, Mr. McCarty married the former Lois E. Whitmoyer. Mr. and Mrs. McCarty continued to be active in the business until their retirement on January 1, 1983. 

As the business grew and Mr. McCarty began to think of his future plans, it was time to introduce another funeral director. This person had to share the same values and have the same attention to detail as he did. On July 1, 1972, the idea became reality when Richard G. Thomas joined Mr. McCarty as a partner and the current McCarty~Thomas Funeral Home was established. 

Mr. Thomas was born November 24, 1936, in Williamsport, a son of George and Reba Marcus Thomas. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School, Class of 1954 and a graduate of the former Eckels College of Mortuary Science, Class of 1962. 

Prior to Mr. Thomas joining Mr. McCarty, he was employed with the former Knight Funeral Home, Williamsport. 

In 1992 Mr. Thomas’ son, Kenneth G. Thomas, joined his father as a licensed funeral director and successor to the McCarty~Thomas Funeral Home. Ken would continue to work with his father until Mr. Thomas’ retirement in 2007. 

In 2002 Michael L. Hacker joined the McCarty~Thomas Funeral Home as an intern. Following his internship, Mike continued to work for the Thomas family as a licensed funeral director until July 1, 2009, when Mike purchased the funeral home. 

As a native of Sullivan County, Mike was given the opportunity to expand the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in 2014 when he acquired the former McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore. The funeral home was completely remodeled and officially opened in January of 2016.

Michael L. Hacker

Michael L. Hacker, Supervisor / Owner

Mike was born and raised in Muncy Valley, Sullivan County, a son of Marvin and Arla (Hunter) Hacker.

A graduate of Sullivan County High School, Class of 1993, he earned a degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Mike started his career with McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home as an intern in 2002. He continued working for the Thomas family as a licensed funeral director until purchasing the funeral home on July 1, 2009.

He is a member of the Valley United Methodist Church, Muncy Valley, the Muncy Lodge 299 F. & A. M., the Irem Temple Shrine, a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 601, Sonestown, is past president of Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and currently serves as a board member and District 4 Governor for the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.

In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Adrienne and Madalyn, and step-son, Garret. He also enjoys golfing, hiking, and volunteering with his wife Corri.

Kenneth G. Thomas

Kenneth G. Thomas, Funeral Director / Supervisor

Ken was raised in Hughesville, a son of Richard G. and Doris E. (Winkelblech) Thomas.

Ken Graduated from the Hughesville High School, Class of 1984. He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Miami where he earned a BS degree in Economics and was the student manager for the Miami Hurricanes. In 1991 he graduated from the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science with honors.

Ken's career in funeral service began at an early age, helping his father how ever he could. It was only natural for him to become a licensed funeral director and carry on the Thomas tradition.

Ken is a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church, the Muncy Valley Moose and the Sons of the American Legion, Post 35. In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time with his two sons, Cody and Mason, sports and helping others.

Ryan J. Newhart

Ryan J. Newhart, Funeral Director

Ryan was born and raised in Hughesville, the son of Stephen and Mary Newhart.

A graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 2006, he then joined the United States Air Force and served as a Security Forces member. During that time he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska and also served a tour of duty in Iraq. While serving active duty, he obtained his degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force.

Ryan knew he wanted to return to his hometown and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. He did this by attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and becoming a funeral director. He is the grandson of the late Frederick Newhart, former owner of the Newhart Funeral Home, Hughesville. Upon Fred’s retirement, he sold his business to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home. Ryan feels a very strong sense of pride having the opportunity to serve the families of the community, as his grandfather did.

Ryan attends the Friends Church, along with his wife, Heather, and two daughters, Ainsley and Ocie. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and working on his parents’ farm.

Andrew J. Bohensky

Andrew J. Bohensky, Funeral Director

Andrew was born and raised in Sullivan County. He is a 1984 graduate of Sullivan County High School, a 1986 graduate of the Luzerne County Community College where he received an associate degree in Pre-Mortuary Science. Andrew then graduated in 1987 graduate from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, NY. He also graduated Suma cum Laude from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a sequence in Management.

Andrew is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He recently received his status as Certified Crematory Operator, regarding best practices for safe, proper, and ethical practices in crematory operations.

Andrew has been a licensed Pennsylvania Funeral Director since 1989 and is also holds his Pennsylvania insurance licenses in multiple lines.

Growing up in Pennsylvania Andrew enjoys many outdoor activities such as Trapshooting and Golfing. He is a member of White Ash Land Association, is a voting member of Keystone Sportsmen’s Association, Muncy, and a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Andrew is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Dushore. He serves as a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus Council #12406, and is a member of the Dushore Lions Club.

Andrew resides in Laporte with his wife Megan K. (Getz) Bohensky and their children Elise, Isaiah, and Angelina Bohensky.

Cleason  Hall

Cleason Hall, Funeral Assistant

Dean  Schreffler

Dean Schreffler, Funeral Assistant

Merle  Parker

Merle Parker, Funeral Assistant

Gaylord Morgan

Gaylord Morgan, Funeral Assistant

Marvin Hacker

Marvin Hacker, Funeral Assistant

Arla Hacker

Arla Hacker, Funeral Assistant

Philip Klim

Philip Klim, Funeral Assistant

Andrew Klim

Andrew Klim, Funeral Assistant

Matt McGovern

Matt McGovern, Funeral Assistant

Ed Murray

Ed Murray, Funeral Assistant

Don Bartlett

Don Bartlett, Director of Maintenance