Richard & Monica Tharp Owners
Richard and Monica were both born and raised in Albia and have resided in the community their whole lives. They graduated from the Albia High School with the class of 1997. Following high school, Richard obtained his Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and later attended Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny where he obtained his Mortuary Science degree. Richard completed his intership and was employed by Leroy Winfield at the Winfield Funeral Home in Albia until he and his wife, Monica, purchased the funeral home on April 26, 2011. Richard and Monica attend church at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia.
Monica obtained her Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa before transferring to William Penn University in Oskaloosa and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. She worked full time in the social work field for approximately 16 years prior to beginning work full time at the funeral home on January 1, 2018.
Hunter Weldon Funeral Director
Hunter Weldon was born and raised in Albia, Iowa. Hunter attended and graduated from Albia High School with the class of 2016. Following high school, he attended Des Moines Area Community College, in Ankeny, and received his Associate’s Degree and his degree in Mortuary Science. He began working part time at the Tharp Funeral Home in the summer of 2015 and is currently employed as a licenced funeral director.
Denny Amoss Funeral Director Assistant
Denny Amoss was born and raised in Albia. He graduated from the Albia High School with the class of 1967. He then attended Iowa State University for 2 years and then transferred to William Penn College where he graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts in 1973. He married Karen Walsh in 1971. They have 2 children, Troy (Lori) Amoss and Lynnette (Josh) Major and 7 grandchildren, Brock, Austin, Shay, Allison, Avery, Trell, and Aubrey. Denny worked at Huber’s Saddle Shop in Albia. He then worked at the Iowa D.O.T. for 20 years before working for Monroe County for 6 years retiring as the Secondary Roads Foreman in 2012. Denny and his family are members of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia. He is a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He served on the Albia Community School District Board of Directors for 10 years. He serves on the Monroe County 4-H Fair Board. Denny and his wife are very involved and are active supporters of all community activities in Albia. Denny is currently serving his 2nd term on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. Denny also serves on numerous boards through his position on the Board of Supervisors. Denny joined the Tharp Family Funeral Home team in 2012.
Chris Anderson Former Funeral Director Assistant 2011-2021
In Loving Memory of Christopher Joel Anderson June 20, 1951 ~ April 27, 2021. Chris was the second employee Richard and Monica hired after purchasing the funeral home in 2011. Chris was more than an employee to the Tharp family. Richard knew he could always go to Chris for advice. Chris also treated the funeral home like it was his own. He never needed to be told what to do or if there was an issue Chris just took care of it. He will be deeply missed by Richard, Monica, and the rest of the staff.
Chris Anderson was born to Roy and Jean (Geneva) Anderson at St. Joseph’s Hospital/Ottumwa. He grew up in Albia and graduated from Albia High School with the Class of 1970. Upon graduation, he enlisted and served his country in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974. In 1973, he married Sandra Hayworth in Albia. They have 2 daughters, Heather Anderson of Albia and Ashlee (Bryon) Stilley of Albia. They have been blessed with 3 grandchildren, Ava, Beckett, and Georgia and 2 step-grandchildren, Taylor and Tiana Stilley. Chris retired January 3, 2008 from the United States Postal Service. He started his postal career with the Albia Post Office and remained at that location for 18 years. He transferred to serve as Postmaster at Moulton and then to the Moravia Post Office, where he retired. Chris and his family are active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia. He currently is serving on the parish finance board. He is a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Chris is a retired member of the Albia Fire Department, after serving his community for 28 years. Chris was appointed to the Albia City Planning and Zoning Commission and retired after serving more than 30 years. His hobbies include golfing, love of television like his dad and forever a love of vehicles. This auto passion serves him well as he works intermittently for Albia Motor. Chris joined the team of Tharp Funeral Home in January, 2012.