About Us | Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc.

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

Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. was founded in 1912 by Harry and Harriet Kreidler who were originally from Pennsylvania. They moved to the Rio Grande Valley from the Chicago area, where they had been "undertakers", because Harry had become ill and needed a warmer, dryer climate. The only other undertaker in the valley at that time was Hinkley Mortuary in Brownsville. Documentation was found stating that Harriet was the first licensed female embalmer in the state of Illinois.

In 1912, Harry had started the Kreidler Undertaking Co. in the back room of the Western Union office in the second block of S. Main St. in McAllen. He made his own caskets and had a horse drawn hearse. Business picked up and he moved into his own building on the east side of the street. Not long after, traffic became rather heavy on Main, so he bought a large lot on the corner of S. Broadway and Austin Ave. and built a new funeral home (now the IBC Bank parking lot).

Maynard L. Kreidler (2nd generation) moved to McAllen in 1912 and started selling casualty insurance and opened a car battery business in a small building on the alley behind what was the Valley Mercantile building. Harry asked Maynard to help out occasionally and he began doing more and more until 1928 when Maynard, Harry, and Harriet entered into a partnership together.

The business prospered and in 1930 a branch was opened in Mission on N. Conway. It was later sold. In 1933 a branch was opened in Edinburg, but after WWII it was sold to the Episcopal Church.

H. M. Kreidler (3rd Generation) met and married Sue Colly Kreidler in college and after graduation, went to Landig Mortuary Science School in Houston. In 1949, they returned to McAllen and joined his father in the funeral business.

Maynard L. Kreidler died in 1957 and H. M. became President of the corporation. In 1961, he moved the funeral home to it's current location. He purchased the Buescher house as well as his mother's house to the south and another family house to the north (both torn down). John Kreidler (4th Generation) came to work in the business in 1972 and his two older children, William and Gretchen, came to work in 2002 and 2005 as the 5th Generation Kreidler's to work in the family business.

Past Kreidler Generations 

Harry W. Kreidler 1854-1941
Harriet M. Kreidler 1862-1946
Maynard L. Kreidler 1889-1957
Mary J. Kreidler 1887-1982
H. Maynard Kreidler 1925
Sue Colly Kreidler 1928-1994

Our Valued Staff

John M.  Kreidler

John M. Kreidler, 4th Generation Funeral Director

John M. Kreidler, CFSP, President, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer John joined the staff at his family owned Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc. in December of 1972 after serving in the US Air Force. John is a graduate of Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas and Commonwealth College of Sciences in Houston, Texas where he served as President of the Class and received the Bill Pierce Award for Professional Funeral Service Practice. John is a member of the McAllen Rotary Club and served as President in 1983. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen and is active in the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Heritage Center, serving on the Board of Directors of the MHC. The funeral home is a 60 year member of the Order of The Golden Rule and John has served three times on the national board of OGR.

Kay  Kreidler

Kay Kreidler, Office Manager

Employed at Kreidler for over 20 years

William  Kreidler

William Kreidler, 5th Generation Funeral Director

William R. Kreidler is the 5th Generation to serve the community. He is the Vice President and is a licensed Funeral Director. William is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas and Commonwealth College of Sciences in Houston, Texas. William is a member of the McAllen Rotary Club.

Edelmiro  Garza

Edelmiro Garza, Funeral Director

Edelmiro “Eddie” Garza is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a graduate of Commonwealth College of Sciences. He has over 44 years of experience in funeral service.

Joe Albert  Avila

Joe Albert Avila, Funeral Director

Joe Albert Avila is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a graduate of Commonwealth College of Sciences in Houston, Texas. Albert has over 44 years of experience in funeral service.

Lisa  Brand

Lisa Brand, Funeral Director

Lisa Brand is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and is a graduate of San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas. Lisa has 10 years of experience in funeral service.