As we begin another year, we can’t help but reflect on the things we are most grateful for. We are so thankful for the support we have received from the community over the years. Without it, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
But we also have to give thanks to our family. Our ancestors who started this business gave us something that brought the Schoedinger family together to help others, and it’s a mission we are happy to fulfill every day. Our family has been a great source of strength throughout Schoedinger Funeral and Cremations Services’ history, and it will continue to be one for years to come.
Maintaining a family business in the Columbus community for so many years has been nothing short of a blessing. But we know we’re not alone. Columbus is home to a number of family-owned businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Schoedinger: Keeping it in the Family
If you can believe it, Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services got its start way back in 1829 when Philip Schoedinger immigrated to the U.S. from Dörrenbach, Germany. Philip was a craftsman by trade, and in 1855 he opened his first casket-making department. Ten years later, he established Schoedinger & Brown on West State Street in Columbus.
It was a family affair from the start. Philip’s sons, George J. and J. Albert, soon joined the family business. With his sons, Philip began to innovate, adding the first automobile hearse as well as a new chapel located at 229 E. State St. It was the first chapel built solely for the purpose of funeral services and was one of the earliest in America of that size.
As the years went by, George J.’s sons joined the family business, which became known as Schoedinger & Co. And so it continued as the business expanded into what it is today. Now, fifth and sixth generation family members are active in the family business. Family always has been and always will be the foundation of Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation services. Whether it’s in our own family’s commitment to this industry and to our community, or in the families we serve every day, everything we do here has family in mind.
Family Business in Columbus
Family-owned businesses have always played a strong role in the Columbus community and economy. The area’s largest family businesses employ hundreds of workers and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars each year. These businesses include:
- Byers Automotive Group, with 8 locations and has been in Columbus since 1897
- Wasserstrom, a kitchen supply store, founded in 1902
- White Castle System, home of cheeseburgers, established itself in Columbus in 1921
- Aetna Building Maintenance, sustainable solutions that have a history beginning in 1936
- Kokosing Group, a construction company that has been around since 1951
- Charles Penzone Salons, multiple locations, which began in 1969
- Coughlin Automotive Group, a group that represents multiple brands including Chevy, Buick, and Nissan
As you can see, the tradition of family business in this area spans hundreds of years, and it continues to grow today.
Why Family Business is Important
Family businesses are the backbone of America’s economy. You’ve likely heard that phrase before, but it’s true. In fact, family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, 62 percent of the country’s employment and 78 percent of all new job creation, according to the Conway Center for Family Business. While their contributions to the economy are certainly important, family businesses offer their communities so much more.
They are the people who not only work in but live in the community. They understand the local culture, giving them a unique insight when it comes to offering their services. In many cases, family businesses get very involved in the communities they serve, donating to local charities and nonprofit agencies and finding new ways to provide opportunities to those in need. This commitment to the community is rewarding for all involved.
At Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services, we are happy to continue the tradition of family business in the Columbus area and look forward to serving families in our community for years to come. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, just know we are always here for you and will do whatever we can to help your family in this difficult time.