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

Buchanan Funeral Home of Austin, Indiana was established in 1935 by Hubert and Evelyn Buchanan.

Three years later, the firm moved to the Odd Fellows Lodge on U.S. Highway 31 South and then to its present location in 1956: 115 North Second Street.

Over the years there have been many additions to the building, including a second chapel, two lounges, an arrangement room, office and larger display areas.

Today the business is operated by third generation Buchanans.


Our Valued Staff

James D. Buchanan

James D. Buchanan, Funeral Director

J.D. has been with the business since 1986. He graduated from Austin High School in 1981 and then entered Mid-America College of Funeral Service graduating with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He is married the former Terri Taflinger and they have 2 children, Allison and Michael.

J.D. is currently the President of the Austin Lions Club, President of Spurgeon Cemetery Association and Austin Cemetery Association, and he is a member of Jennings Township Conservation Club, Knights of Columbus, and Indiana Funeral Directors Association.


Janie Buchanan Alexander

Janie Buchanan Alexander, Funeral Director

Janie has been with the business since 1984. She graduated from Austin High School in 1978, Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mid American College of Funeral Service in 1984. She married Keith Alexander in 1981 and they have a son, Daniel, who is a student at Vincennes University.

Her memberships included the Austin Beautification Committee, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, and serves on the Austin Redevelopment Commission and the Scott County School District # 1 School Board.


Jerry Buchanan

Jerry Buchanan, Funeral Director

Jerry has been with the business since 1996. He graduated from Austin High School in 1990 and attended St. Catherine College then graduated from Mid America College of Funeral Service in 1995. He has two children, Cameron and Rylie who attend Austin Middle and Elementary schools.

His memberships include Austin Lions Club and was elected Scott County Coroner in 2012.