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.
Leonard Funeral Home was founded in 1920 by Floyd C. & Lucille Leonard with a $100 bill that was given to the couple as a wedding present. The original funeral home location was in downtown Bixby. Over the years, the Leonard Funeral Home has been blessed with a wonderful reputation of providing care and comfort to area families and is recognized as one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Tulsa County.
The funeral home was purchased in 1992 by Mike & Pam Marker and became known as Leonard & Marker Funeral Home. In June of 2003, the funeral home moved into its new beautiful facility at 151st St. & Sheridan, across from the Bixby Cemetery. In knowing that visiting a funeral home can sometimes cause uneasy feelings for some, Mike & Pam designed their new location with a very warm, inviting and home-like atmosphere. From the many favorable comments received, the most common statement is “this does not feel like a funeral home.”
Through the years, Mike & Pam have built their business by following their mission statement, “Thoughtful, Dedicated Service Within the Means of All.” Both are committed to serving the families of their community with kindness, compassion, understanding, hard work and professionalism. They both see funeral service as a calling rather than just a job, and strive to make what is often one of the most difficult times in the life of a family a little less stressful by handling the many details of a funeral service with efficiency, grace and finesse.
Who We Are
Mike & Pam Marker
Mike was introduced to funeral service while a senior in high school during a Death in Literature English class. The teacher invited the local funeral director to speak to Mike's class and the director also invited the class to take a tour of his funeral home. Mike was the only student to ask any questions and the director offered him a job washing cars, mowing grass and generally performing any other tasks that needed to be done.
After graduation from mortuary school, Mike went back to his hometown of Seminole and worked for the man that gave him his start. This is where Mike learned how to treat people well and to strive for excellent, personal service to families. When Pam and Mike got married, they moved to Denver, where Mike worked for a large corporate group of funeral homes. He moved up the ranks quickly and became the general manager of seven of their funeral homes in Denver. This is where he learned the business and how to operate it successfully.
Mike tries to always remind himself that someday he will be sitting on the other side of the desk and then tries to treat people as he will wish to be treated on that day. He also reminds himself that if he ever loses the ability to empathize, he should find another line of work.
Mike has served as the president of the Bixby Optimist Club and Bixby Chamber of Commerce. He is also planning to soon join the Rotary Club of Bixby. Mike is also an avid church-goer and has served in other community organizations and committees.
Mike enjoys riding his bicycle and playing golf. He also enjoys the outdoors, but above all, his family is the most important thing to him.
Pam earned her college degree in merchandising and uses that knowledge daily in running the funeral home. She recognizes that it needs to be a warm and welcoming place to gather friends and family during a difficult time.
Mike and Pam live next door to the funeral home, so you can usually see Pam outside on warm days tending to the landscape or hanging lights for the holidays. Mike and Pam have two sons, Shane and Trey, who both graduated from Bixby Schools.