Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Randy Paugh

Randy Paugh

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Randy Paugh, joined the staff of Hutchins Funeral Home in 2019. Randy is a native of Maryland, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia and a Mortuary Arts degree from KCKCC, Kansas City.

Randy joined the staff of Tibbetts Bros., Inc., in 1989, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville, Kanas. He holds both funeral director and embalmer licenses in Kansas and Nebraska.  Randy also serves the families of Thayer County, Nebraska with Price Funeral Homes in Hebron, Davenport, and Deshler, Nebraska. 


Jerrell Gerdes

Jerrell Gerdes

Funeral Assistant

Jerrell was a Health Care Administrator for 40 years. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Jerrell also has been an EMS instructor, Adjunct Faculty for Bellevue University and Central Community College. He is also a firefighter, ambulance attendant and entrepreneur. After assisting several funeral homes in his career, Jerrell joined the staff of Hutchins Funeral Home in 2011 as a Funeral Assistant. He also works as an RCA for the US Postal Service, since 2011. He is a certified Lay Speaker, and continues to serve as a relief Pastor for areas churches, and has since 2000.

Jerrell and his wife, Charline, moved to Franklin in 1989. Jerrell is a father of three children, a grandfather of seven, three of which are married, and he is looking forward to having great grandchildren. 


Donna Hanson

Donna Hanson

Administrative/Funeral Assistant

Donna joined the staff of Hutchins Funeral Home in 2018. Prior to coming to Hutchins, she worked at West Pharmaceutical Services for 25 years. During that time, she worked in the Payroll Department, and was involved in several corporate projects, while doing payroll for over 250 employees. Donna was instrumental in the implementation of a Payroll/Human Resources software at West Pharmaceutical. This projected included configuring, testing rules and regulations with each plant, developing a training handbook, and training of all payroll and human resources personnel. Later in her career at West, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager. Donna also worked at Dean Witter Reynolds, a brokerage firm in Kearney, the Platte Valley State Bank in North Platte, the manager of the Franklin Golf Course, and is also employed at U Med Spa in Kearney.

Donna and her husband Dennis moved to Franklin in 2016. They enjoy golfing and traveling. 


Bill Stearns

Funeral Home Assistant



Shirley Robinett

Visitation Hostess



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