About Us | Walden
Funeral Home

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 facility dates to the pre-civil war era and was used as a hospital for the casualties of the Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862. The facility began operating as a funeral home in the 1920's. Prior to the Walden family, the Coyle family and the Wilder family served the Perryville community.  


Our Valued Staff

David Walden

David Walden, Funeral Director and Embalmer

David and his family moved to Danville in 2011 from Lawrenceburg where he began his funeral service career in 2003. He worked at Preston Pruitt Funeral Home until 2014, after which he went to Louisville to work at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home. Wanting to return to Boyle County, David and his wife, Lea Ellen, purchased the former Wilder Funeral Home in August 2015 and as of February 2017, the funeral home is now Walden Funeral Home. David is committed to being an active part of the Boyle County and Perryville community and serving the families of Perryville and surrounding counties.


Lea Ellen Walden

Lea Ellen Walden, Licensed Funeral Director

When David began working in funeral service in 2003, I was convinced that God had called him to this profession. In May 2015, God convinced me that there was a place in this business for me. In August, I began my funeral director apprenticeship with the hope that I will receive my license for my 60th birthday in 2018.
Lea Ellen received her funeral director's license in December 2017.


Jared Kyle Walden

Jared Kyle Walden, Licensed Funeral Director

Kyle is a 2011 graduate of Anderson County High School and a graduate of BCTC with an Associate in Arts degree in business. After being indecisive about a career, he too, has decided that he would like to become a funeral director and is currently serving his apprenticeship. Kyle has always had a great desire to help others and is eager to serve families through his work at Walden Funeral Home.
Kyle received his funeral director's license in December 2017.


Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ben grew up in the Forkland Community. Ben is a member of the Boyle County Fire Department along with Perryville City Fire Department. Ben is also active in the Forkland Community Center and has a passion for the funeral service business. Ben is involved in all aspects at the funeral home. Ben is the son of Darra and Scott Thompson, he is also the grandson of Margaret and Darrell Ellis & Tom and Wilma Thompson.


Frances Sims

Frances Sims, Staff

Frances is the wife of the late Tommy Sims who was a long time Boyle County Sheriff. Frances is from Parksville and has a son, Daniel Sims and two grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah Sims. Frances helps in so many ways around the funeral home and in particular is our regular door greeter during visitations.


Gary Gorley

Gary Gorley, Licensed Funeral Director

Gary is a Kentucky licensed funeral director and is from the Forkland area of Boyle County. He and his wife Brenda are active in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and have two grown sons and four grandchildren.


Tanya Sanders

Tanya Sanders, Staff


Melinda McCowan

Melinda McCowan, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer