Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home

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Chris Branson Owner & Licensed Funeral Director Cbranson@orileyfuneralhome.com

Chris began working in the funeral service industry when he was 17, during summers and holidays at Leppert Mortuary in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Xavier University, Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and has been in funeral service since 1992. He was employed by Leppert Mortuary for 12 years, leaving there in 2005 as the general manager.

Chris, and his wife Mary Beth, purchased the funeral home from Diane and Shawn Gudat in February of 2017. They have two sons, Benjamin and Buddy. Chris enjoys the funeral service industry and serving the community in their time of need.  They also own Carlisle - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory in Mooresville.  

In addition to the day-to-day operation of the funeral home, Chris stays busy in the community. He is a member of the Mooresville Kiwanis Club, and the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus, and 4th Degree member of the Bishop Chatard Assembly Knights of Columbus.  He serves on the Resurrection Garden Committee at SS. Francis & Clare Catholic Church and the stewardship committee at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  Chris is a Director at Citizens Bank, which has brances in Morgan, Marion, and Hendricks counties.

Chris enjoys traveling with his family, staying active with his membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes.  

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Mary Beth Branson Owner and Community Outreach

Mary Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and personality to O'Riley that is much appreciated by the families we are honored to serve. She primarily enjoys working visitations, but also assists with family follow-up, after the service. Mary Beth spends much of her free time volunteering in the community. She serves on the Advisory Board of the United Way of Morgan County and recently finished a three-year term on the school commission at SS Francis & Clare Catholic School, where Ben & Buddy Branson are students.  Her hobbies including working out, travelilng, reading, and being a very dedicated mom.  Mary Beth is always available to assist our families in their time of need.

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Shawn Gudat Licensed Funeral Director & Former Owner

Shawn Gudat's career in funeral service began in the late 1970's.  He carefully and attentively cared for the families that have guided by O'Riley for 38 years and now enjoys a more semi-retired status.  Shawn continues to work on a regular basis by managing the care center and seeing to it that the deceased individuals look their very best for services.  Shawn's talents in this respect are exemplary.  

He continues to run triathlons and marathons throughout the United States.  He and Diane are enjoying a greater ability to travel stateside and internationally.  He also greatly enjoys his role as a grandfather.  

Shawn is excited for the funeral of O'Riley Funeral Home.  

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Gary Lacey Service Assistant

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Macy Lewis Funeral Director Apprentice Mlewis@orileyfuneralhome.com

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Mark Metz Licensed Funeral Director and Location Manager Mmetz@orileyfuneralhome.com

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Kevin O'Farrell Service Assistant

Kevin O'Farrell joined the O'Riley staff in January 2018 after retiring from a 35 year career at Eli Lilly.  Kevin grew up in Sacred Heart Parish and graduated from Wood High School.  He is one of seven children born to Robert and Julia (Jennings) O'Farrell.  Kevin stays active in the community.  He is a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7431 and past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Bishop Chatard Assembly.  Kevin has three children and two grandchildren. 

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Tina Peoni Office Assistant and Greeter

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Karen Sahm Office Assistant and Greeter

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Paul Selke Service Assistant and Coach Driver

Chris Branson

Owner & Licensed Funeral Director
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Chris began working in the funeral service industry when he was 17, during summers and holidays at Leppert Mortuary in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Xavier University, Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and has been in funeral service since 1992. He was employed by Leppert Mortuary for 12 years, leaving there in 2005 as the general manager.

Chris, and his wife Mary Beth, purchased the funeral home from Diane and Shawn Gudat in February of 2017. They have two sons, Benjamin and Buddy. Chris enjoys the funeral service industry and serving the community in their time of need.  They also own Carlisle - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory in Mooresville.  

In addition to the day-to-day operation of the funeral home, Chris stays busy in the community. He is a member of the Mooresville Kiwanis Club, and the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus, and 4th Degree member of the Bishop Chatard Assembly Knights of Columbus.  He serves on the Resurrection Garden Committee at SS. Francis & Clare Catholic Church and the stewardship committee at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  Chris is a Director at Citizens Bank, which has brances in Morgan, Marion, and Hendricks counties.

Chris enjoys traveling with his family, staying active with his membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes.  

Mary Beth Branson

Owner and Community Outreach
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Mary Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and personality to O'Riley that is much appreciated by the families we are honored to serve. She primarily enjoys working visitations, but also assists with family follow-up, after the service. Mary Beth spends much of her free time volunteering in the community. She serves on the Advisory Board of the United Way of Morgan County and recently finished a three-year term on the school commission at SS Francis & Clare Catholic School, where Ben & Buddy Branson are students.  Her hobbies including working out, travelilng, reading, and being a very dedicated mom.  Mary Beth is always available to assist our families in their time of need.

Shawn Gudat

Licensed Funeral Director & Former Owner
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Shawn Gudat's career in funeral service began in the late 1970's.  He carefully and attentively cared for the families that have guided by O'Riley for 38 years and now enjoys a more semi-retired status.  Shawn continues to work on a regular basis by managing the care center and seeing to it that the deceased individuals look their very best for services.  Shawn's talents in this respect are exemplary.  

He continues to run triathlons and marathons throughout the United States.  He and Diane are enjoying a greater ability to travel stateside and internationally.  He also greatly enjoys his role as a grandfather.  

Shawn is excited for the funeral of O'Riley Funeral Home.  

Gary Lacey

Service Assistant
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Macy Lewis

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Mark Metz

Licensed Funeral Director and Location Manager
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Kevin O'Farrell

Service Assistant
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Kevin O'Farrell joined the O'Riley staff in January 2018 after retiring from a 35 year career at Eli Lilly.  Kevin grew up in Sacred Heart Parish and graduated from Wood High School.  He is one of seven children born to Robert and Julia (Jennings) O'Farrell.  Kevin stays active in the community.  He is a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7431 and past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Bishop Chatard Assembly.  Kevin has three children and two grandchildren. 

Tina Peoni

Office Assistant and Greeter
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Karen Sahm

Office Assistant and Greeter
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Paul Selke

Service Assistant and Coach Driver
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