Paul Kjell
B: 1960-12-20
D: 2018-03-19
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Kjell, Paul
Merlin Templeton
B: 1948-10-09
D: 2018-03-16
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Templeton, Merlin
Lynne Clough
B: 1958-10-16
D: 2018-03-14
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Clough, Lynne
Sandra Dobson
B: 1955-10-01
D: 2018-03-11
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Dobson, Sandra
Gloria Schmidt
B: 1927-12-04
D: 2018-03-10
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Schmidt, Gloria
Sue Ann Adams-Reavis
B: 1947-03-29
D: 2018-03-10
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Adams-Reavis, Sue Ann
Merlin Knutson
B: 1930-06-01
D: 2018-03-08
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Knutson, Merlin
Margaret Mullen
B: 1933-05-31
D: 2018-03-03
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Mullen, Margaret
Roger Rein
B: 1941-02-15
D: 2018-03-02
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Rein, Roger
Freddie Bean
B: 1942-11-20
D: 2018-02-28
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Bean, Freddie
Kenneth Bebee
B: 1939-07-19
D: 2018-02-25
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Bebee, Kenneth
Lewis Quale
B: 1950-04-30
D: 2018-02-22
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Quale, Lewis
Michael Buchanan
B: 1951-02-27
D: 2018-02-13
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Buchanan, Michael
Roger Bauer
B: 1930-03-22
D: 2018-02-09
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Bauer, Roger
Diane Cawkins
B: 1963-12-23
D: 2018-02-05
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Cawkins, Diane
Ruth Loehrl
B: 1927-03-09
D: 2018-02-05
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Loehrl, Ruth
Arthur Disch
B: 1931-12-22
D: 2018-02-03
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Disch, Arthur
Sharon Barnes
B: 1943-02-25
D: 2018-02-03
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Barnes, Sharon
Phyllis Adams
B: 1925-08-07
D: 2018-02-02
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Adams, Phyllis
Roger Draper
B: 1944-12-24
D: 2018-01-31
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Draper, Roger
Barry Struebin
B: 1960-09-16
D: 2018-01-31
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Struebin, Barry


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James Whitcomb, Owner/Funeral Director
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780
Mobile Phone: 608-774-1892

I was born and raised in Janesville, growing up in the funeral business. My Dad, John Whitcomb, Sr., owned and operated the Whitcomb Funeral Home with my Mom, Dorothy (McCarthy) Whitcomb, until his death in 1978. I attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, and graduated from Craig High School, Class of 1975. I then attended UW-Stevens Point for several years, and played football there for my freshman season. I later transferred to UW-Whitewater, majoring in Accounting & Finance. I then attended and received my Diploma in Mortuary Science from Worsham College, in suburban Chicago. I am licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
I worked for several years at the original Overton Funeral Home, and then left Janesville for approximately 4 years. I worked at the Strang Funeral Home in Antioch, IL before coming back home and purchasing the former Wolfgram-Henning Funeral Home from Phil Henning on Nov.1, 1990. In 2001, I merged businesses with Gerald Lynch, who had bought the Overton Funeral Home. In 2011, we moved to our new location at 21 S. Austin Rd., on the far west side of Janesville.
I married my wife, Deb (Dampier) Whitcomb, in October, 2009. We met and were dear friends since high school! Deb retired from Rock County Child Protective Services in 2012, and is a full-time student in Culinary Arts-Baking & Pastries at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I have a daughter, Emily Whitcomb, who graduated from UW-Whitewater this past spring, and is now working as a Paralegal  in Wausau. My step-son, Matthew Dampier, is working in Milwaukee and planning on finishing his degree in Health Sciences.
I am a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and have been active on the Parish Council, Lector/Commentator at Mass, and formerly was an Usher. I enjoy golf, the Packers, am a Die-Hard Cubs fan, and root for the Brewers when they’re not playing the Cubbies! I am the “Commissioner” of the Janesville Men’s Church Golf League, and enjoy acting in local productions, notably playing Drake the butler in “Annie”, Schroeder in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and also as Uncle Teddy in “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Gerald Lynch, Owner/Funeral Director
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780
Mobile Phone: 608-290-0045

I was born and raised in Janesville, attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade School and graduated from Joseph A. Craig High School in 1973, serving as Class President. I attended UW-Whitewater and graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)- West Allis Funeral Service program in 1995 and becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 1995. Shortly thereafter I purchased the former Overton Funeral Home and joined up with my partner James Whitcomb, whose father was a long time funeral director in Janesville. We fulfilled our goal of building our new facility in 2011 to proudly serve our community. I am married to my wife Marta and have one son, Justin. I enjoy traveling, golfing, playing cards and spending time with my family

I am currently a member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association (WFDA), serving as district President and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Janesville Elk’s Lodge 254, the Mercy Hospital Ethics Committee. and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Funeral Service Advisory Board. In the past I have served on the Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals and the Janesville Planning Commission.  I am also on the Advisory board of Autumn Life Chaplaincy Service, to service those in need.

You may contact me at anytime to answer any questions or concerns that you or your family members may have. I am honored to be able to serve the Janesville community and the surrounding Rock County area.

Denise Barrett, Office Manager
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780

I started working at the funeral home in July of 2003.  I am very caring by nature, and enjoy working with families on a personal level.  It is very satisfying at the end of the day to know I was able to help a family during a very difficult time for them.  I enjoy creating Memorial Packages for families that are unique to their loved one.  I was born and raised in Janesville, I graduated from Parker High School in 1983 and attended Blackhawk Technical College in the Medical Assistant and Dental Assistant programs.  I am a member of St. John Community Church.  In earlier years I was a Boy Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher and on the Board of Education at my Church.  I also taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz at a local dance studio.  I am married with 2 children and 2 step-children.  We enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking and snowmobiling.

Lexi Stewart, Family Service Coordinator
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780
Mobile Phone: 608-616-2444

I grew up in Peoria, Illinois and moved to Wisconsin in 2012 with my husband.  I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University with a major in Communication Education and a double minor in English and Psychology.  I spent two years teaching high school before I began advance planning family services. In the past few years here at Whitcomb-Lynch, I have helped hundreds of Janesville residents make well thought out plans for their family. My passion is to meet new people and to be a helper of others.  I attend Heartland Community Church in Madison,  teach dance and workout classes at the University of Wisconsin, volunteer at the Humane Shelter and enjoy the theater arts.

Cassie Lambert, Funeral Director
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780

I grew up on a farm outside of Footville. I am a graduate of Orfordville Parkview High School, Class of 2002. I then attended UW-Rock County and UW-Whitewater. I switched majors from Elementary Education to Mortuary Science. I then attended and graduated in May, 2006 from Milwaukee Area Tech. College with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service. I became a Wisconsin Licensed Funeral Director in September 2006.
In June, 2007, I married my husband, Nick, and became step-mom to Tyler. In April, 2008 we had our first son, Blayke, followed by Korbyn in August, 2012.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, scrap booking, volunteering at my boys’ school, and being a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts.

David Jass, Funeral Assistant
Office Phone: 608-752-2444
Fax: 608-754-7780

David Jass came to Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home is December 2008 after retiring from working 33.5 years at General Motors.  He has lived in Janesville all his life, graduating from St. Paul's Lutheran School in 1971, Parker High School in 1975 and has attended Blackhawk Technical College.  He has been married to his beautiful wife, Janet, since May 1980 and together they enjoy spending time with their daughters, Jeanine and Lynnette and their husbands.  They especially enjoy doting on their grandchildren, Trisha and Lucas and their grandpuppies, Abbie & Mason.  Other activities include church work, bow and rifle hunting, fishing and watching the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.  David is very caring by nature and finds the most rewarding part of being on the team is comforting the families during a very emotional time while helping them celebrate their loved one's life.

Steve Selby, Funeral Assistant
Office Phone: 608-752-2444

I am a lifelong resident of Janesville. My family includes my wife Connie and our daughters, Sara and Lauren Magrath. I graduated from Janesville Craig High School in 1981. Following high school I served in the United States Marine Corps (R) for 6 years and worked for the Rock Sheriff's Department for 29 years until retiring in 2015. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and a Master of Science in Management degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

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