Ford and Sons Funeral Home recently leased a building at 729 Enterprise St. in Cape Girardeau for use as a crematorium. Tom Kelsey, broker with Lorimont Commercial Real Estate handled the real estate transaction.

The family-owned funeral home was established in 1949 and has grown to several locations, two in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryville, Oran, Altenburg, Benton, Missouri.  In addition of offering full funeral and most recently cremation services, the family also owns Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

According to Ford and Sons vice president Josh Ford, the move allows the organization to provide cremation services without outsourcing to other providers. Cremation has been a very popular alternative in recent years nationwide to traditional burial methods, mostly because of the economy.  Kelsey said it was his understanding that crematorium equipment installation has all been completed in the new facility and it is operational.