Who We Are
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
In 1933 Royal G. Teman and his young family moved to Owosso, Michigan from Illinois and attempted to start an undertaker/funeral business. After about 8 months, and no business, he moved to Grand Ledge, Michigan and started the R.G. Teman Funeral Home in a small house on Madison Street. After about 10 years, He needed more room and purchased the home of the Sibley family on N. Bridge Street (current location). He and his son James operated the Teman Funeral Home until selling it to the Mapes family in 1952. Roy and his son continued to work at the funeral home until 1956 when they purchased the Brown Funeral Home in Greenville, Michigan. Wendell O’Toole (son-in –law of Harry Mapes of Sunfield, Michigan) operated the funeral home which was called at that time the Mapes-O’Toole Funeral Home until it was purchased by Neil and Helen Holihan in 1960.
While owning the funeral home, Neil Holihan later bought the Strobel Funeral ( located in a stately brick home on Degroff St. in Grand Ledge owned by the Huhn family for many years) and the Candler Funeral Home in Wacousta (located in a house on the East side of Wacousta Rd. that is still standing). In 1988 William Atkin purchased the funeral home and moved with his wife and three children to know what is known as the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home. In July of 2003 Jason Barclay joined the firm as a funeral director and manager.
Our Valued Staff
Jason Barclay, Owner/Funeral Director
Jason B. Barclay was born April 23, 1976 in Lansing, Michigan to David C. and Rozanna M. (nee Mallory) Barclay. He went on to attend Lansing Community College and Michigan State University before transferring to Wayne State University where He graduated with honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. Jason was then employed for over six years at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors in Utica and Royal Oak before moving back to his home town of Grand Ledge in July of 2003 where he began working at the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home.
Jason is married to Dana (nee Dillon) and they have a son, Caleb Patrick and a daughter, Evelyn Mae. Jason and Dana are members of the Community Baptist Church in Grand Ledge where Jason serves as a Deacon, Treasurer, and Transportation Director for the Bus Ministry. Jason is also a member Grand Ledge Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for the city of Grand Ledge, and member and past president of the Wacousta Lions Club.
Jason feels as if it is a privilege to serve and help families in the community where he grew up and now lives. Jason, Bill Atkin and the staff of the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home do not take lightly the trust and responsibility that families place in their hands and continually strive to assist families celebrate the lives of their loved ones, friends and neighbors.
William Atkin, Owner/Funeral Director
William was born in Detroit on February 4, 1957, and at the age of 15, he started working a funeral home in his home town of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. It was then that he began to understand the importance and gratification of helping others through funeral service.
He continued his career working at Donavan Funeral Home which is now Betzler Funeral Home, in Kalamazoo, MI while attending Western Michigan University. While studying for his Mortuary Science degree at Wayne State University, he worked for VanLerberghe Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores, where he later became general manager.
Having purchased the Holihan Funeral Home and moving his family to Grand Ledge, Michigan in 1988, William began to settle into the community, and is now an active member of many local organizations, including the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce, Grand Ledge Rotary Club, and Grand Ledge Downtown Development Authority.
He is married to Katie (Spedoske) Atkin (also a Wayne State graduate and licensed mortician), and is the proud father of four : Philip, Will,and Haley, and who all graduated from Grand Ledge H.S. and are pursuing careers in banking, sports/gaming and display design, and Emmett who was born in May of 2011.
Katie and William are members of Saint Michael Catholic Church, and feel blessed to be part of the Grand Ledge community and to be able to call it home.
Tim Smith, Funeral Directors Assistant
Tim has been married his wife Lynn (nee Hoppes) August 21, 1971 and has lived in the Grand Ledge area all of that time.
Tim graduted from DeWitt High School and was employed with the State of Michigan retiring as the Technical Service Director for the Department of Consumer of Industry Services in 2003.
Tim was extensively involved in the Boy Scouts of American for seventeen years in Troop 757 and Troop 645 in Grand Ledge. Tim has mentored youth as an Assistant Scout Master, Committee Chairman, and continues today as being a Merit Badge Counselor.
Tim and his wife are also members of Oneida Gospel Church where he serves as a Deacon and the Treasurer. Tim ministered and mentored elementary age young men through an extension of his church through a program called KIDS HOPE USA. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and annual camping trips with his family to Traverse City, Michigan.
Tim started working for the funeral home in 2003 after retiring with thirty years of service from the State of Michigan. Lynn and Tim have three grown children: Brent (Diane nee Heitkamp), Ryan and Stacie (Paul) Godin and three grandsons: Ethan, Trevor and Payton and granddaughter Julia Virginia.
Dan Barclay, Funeral Directors Assistant
Dan Barclay was born August 23, 1974 to David C. and Rozanna M. (Nee Mallory) Barclay in Lansing, Michigan. Dan grew up in Grand Ledge and attended Mulliken, Holbrook and Beagle Schools before moving to Perry, Michigan where he graduated from high school in 1994.
After graduating from high school Dan began working at Olofsson Corporation in Lansing, Michigan and continued for four years. After leaving Olofsson Corp. Dan starting an electrical apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IEBEW) Local #665 in Lansing. After five years of training Dan became a Journeyman Inside Wireman and worked at various industrial and commercial projects around the Mid-Michigan area. After another two years of practical experience Dan obtained his Master Electrician License. Dan also works on a part time basis to assist with various aspects of the funeral home operations.
In 2008 Dan started Wizard Electrical Company Inc. which is located on Lawson Road in Grand Ledge. Dan is married to Deb (nee Schavey) and they have four children; Taylor, Autumn, Kaleigh, and Spencer. Dan enjoys deer hunting, fishing, camping and riding his 2003 Harley Davison Fat Boy.
Bonnie Knapp, Office Administrator
Bonnie Knapp (nee Bancroft) is married to Larry Knapp, both long time residents of Grand Ledge and Grand Ledge High School graduates. They have two daughters, Rebecca Knapp and Jennifer (Chad) Gould, who grew up in Grand ledge and also graduated from Grand Ledge High School and Michigan State University. The light of their lives is grandson, McEwen Gould. Bonnie attends Dimondale United Methodist Church and has been with Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home since 2002
helping with the administrative office needs of the funeral home.
John McCarthy, Funeral Directors Assistant