Robert J. Bethea, Jr. has witnessed gentle and compassionate care to individuals since he was a little kid in his hometown of Bakersfield, California. At the ripe young age of 16 years old Robert began his quest at Jesse E. Cooley Funeral Services of Bakersfield, California.
After completing high school Robert knew someday he wanted to own his own funeral home, so he set the foundation for preparations to accomplish such a goal as ownership. Robert first attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. Shortly after attending Mortuary school, Robert’s mother became ill, and he had to moved back to California to care for her. After his mother’s recovery, he joined the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
Robert received many awards and accolades while in the military, but his greatest achievement during this time was marrying his wife Monique, and the birth of their three children: Robert III, Aniyah, and Aubrey. Robert was nominated for Sailor of the Year and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving the life of an USS Cole victim.
It was after his second enlistment Robert decided to re-pursue his passion of Mortuary Science by attending embalming school in Kansas City, KS. While attending school Robert trained at Vann Funeral Services, in Wichita, KS; Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Chapel in Kansas City, MO; and completed his apprenticeship at Lakeview Funeral Home in Wichita, KS.
Robert entered into partnership with several businessmen to operate Biglow-Bethea Funeral Directors in Wichita. “It was before it’s time,” Bethea says, describing the funeral home. When the business eventually failed amid a crumbling partnership, Bethea knew it was time to become master of his own fate. “I realized,” he says candidly, “I can’t ride someone else’s back to success.”
The launch of Robert J. Bethea, Jr. Funerals - Cremations, L.L.C. on October 28, 2013 was the realization of a lifetime ambition and fulfillment of his personal passion.
A passion for service and compassion for others has made Bethea a name in the state of Kansas.
The caring and experienced professionals at Robert J. Bethea, Jr. Funerals - Cremations are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.