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.

Our History

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.

Our Valued Staff

  • 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 secretary and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.

    In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Adrienne and Madalyn, and his granddaughter Blakeleigh. He also enjoys golfing, volunteering and working on his farm.

  • 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.

  • Keven Novotny

    Keven Novotny, Funeral Director

  • Paige Hanford

    Paige Hanford, Family Services Counselor

  • Gaylord Morgan

    Gaylord Morgan, Funeral Assistant

  • John Hoffmaster

    John Hoffmaster, Funeral Assistant

  • Marvin Hacker

    Marvin Hacker, Funeral Assistant

  • Arla Hacker

    Arla Hacker, Funeral Assistant

  • Ed Murray

    Ed Murray, Funeral Assistant

  • Dan Foust

    Dan Foust, Funeral Assistant

  • Pastor Bill Hargenrader

    Pastor Bill Hargenrader, Funeral Assistant