Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc.
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314 N 10th St. McAllen, TX 78501  956-686-0234     Fax 956-682-8529                           E-mail: Kreidler@sbcglobal.net
Our first building on Main St. in Downtown McAllen.
Circa 1912
Our second building on the corner of Austin and
Broadway, also in downtown McAllen.
Our third and current location.
Kreidler Funeral Home, Inc.
was founded in 1912 by
Harry and Harriet Kreidler
who were originally from
Pennsylvania. They moved
to the Rio Grande Valley
from the Chicago area,
where they had been "undertakers", because Harry had become ill and needed a warmer,
dryer climate. The only other undertaker in the valley at that time was Hinkley Mortuary in
Brownsville.
Documentation was found stating that Harriet was the first licensed female embalmer in the
state of Illinois.
In 1912, Harry had started the Kreidler Undertaking Co. in the back room of the Western
Union office in the second block of S. Main St. in McAllen. He made his own caskets and had a
horse drawn hearse. Business picked up and he moved into his own building on the east side
of the street. Not long after, traffic became rather heavy on Main, so he bought a large lot on
the corner of S. Broadway and Austin Ave. and built a new funeral home (now the IBC Bank
parking lot).
Maynard L. Kreidler (2nd generation) moved to McAllen in 1912 and started selling casualty
insurance and opened a car battery business in a small building on the alley behind what was
the Valley Mercantile building. Harry asked Maynard to help out occasionally and he began
doing more and more until 1928 when Maynard, Harry, and Harriet entered into a partnership
together.
The business prospered and in 1930 a branch was opened in Mission on N. Conway. It was
later sold. In 1933 a branch was opened in Edinburg, but after WWII it was sold to the
Episcopal Church.
H. M. Kreidler (3rd Generation)  met and married Sue Colly Kreidler in college and after
graduation, went to Landig Mortuary Science School in Houston.  In 1949, they returned to
McAllen and joined his father in the funeral business.
Maynard L. Kreidler died in 1957 and H. M. became President of the corporation.  In 1961, he
moved the funeral home to it's current location. He purchased the Buescher house as well as
his mother's house to the south and another family house to the north (both torn down).  
John Kreidler (4th Generation) came to work in the business in 1972 and his two older
children, William and Gretchen, came to work in 2002 and 2005 as the 5th Generation
Kreidler's to work in the family business.
101  years of "Thotfulness"
John M. Kreidler 4th Generation
William Kreidler 5th Generation
Lance McHaney: Memorial Service and
luncheon will be held at Adobe
Wells Retirement Community on July
31st at 11:00 AM.