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Messenger Acquires Deaton-Kennedy Company: Ending 2013 With a Bang

December 22, 2013

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Messenger Acquires Deaton-Kennedy Company: Ending 2013 With a Bang

Messenger, a leading provider in funeral stationery and memorial solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Deaton-Kennedy Company.

Deaton-Kennedy Company, a family owned business since 1928, has long represented excellence in both the products and services they provide.  “We are very excited about adding the Deaton-Kennedy “family” to our Messenger “family,” commented Kevin Keane, President of Messenger.  “The values and tradition rooted in the Deaton-Kennedy Company mirror our guiding principles and combining the strengths of both our companies allows us to provide an even more robust and comprehensive solution package to our customers.”

Peg Deaton, President and CEO of Deaton-Kennedy Company adds, “This represents the coming together of two of the best, most well respected companies in this industry with one hundred and eighty five years of experience and dedication to the funeral industry.  I am excited about the opportunities this provides us and look forward to what we can accomplish together for our customers.”

All sales and customer service inquiries will be handled by the respective companies at this time.  Bob Hoaglund, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Messenger, is leading the world wide efforts of both sales and service teams to ensure customer satisfaction continues to be the highest priority.  Bob commented, “This acquisition will allow both brands and service teams to flourish in new ways.  After spending over twenty years of my career at Deaton-Kennedy and over ten years with Messenger, I’m thrilled to see us come together and excited for what this means for our customers.”  To reach Messenger, please continue to call 1-800-827-5151 or e-mail [email protected].  To reach Deaton-Kennedy Company, please call 1-800-435-4068.

Deaton-Kennedy Company, located in Joliet, Illinois, was founded in 1928 by George H. Deaton and provides a full range of funeral stationery products along with temporary grave markers, urns and promotional products. 

Messenger LLC, headquartered in Auburn, Indiana, was founded in 1913 by Frank Messenger and has grown to be the most innovative manufacturer of funeral stationery products in North America. Among a long list of their innovations include an extensive line of funeral stationery products featuring the art of Thomas Kinkade, known as the “Painter of Light.” For more information about Messenger, visit or call 1-800-827-5151. Also, follow Messenger on Facebook at and on Twitter at