History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and care while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Whether you are preparing arrangements ahead of time or find yourself in immediate need, we are here to serve you. Our family has been serving Florida families for over 80 years… walking people just like you through this important process. We’ve learned many, many lessons along the way about how to best serve your needs.
You probably feel overwhelmed just thinking about how to approach this. You may not even be sure what questions to ask. You may feel bewildered by the number of decisions you will need to make.
Here’s what’s important: you are not alone.
At Jennings, we specialize in helping you navigate through this time. Our experienced, caring team will be by your side to:
- simplify the decisions
- explain the options
- provide trusted advice
- assist with meaningful input… as much or as little as you desire
- support you and your loved ones
- alleviate stress, and
- furnish the tools you need to create a unique experience.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Dillon is the managing director at Jennings Funeral Home & Crematory. He is a native Floridian and fourth generation funeral director. Dillon, after graduating from Dunnellon High School, went on to attend the College of Central Florida and Lynn University, where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science in 1993. Dillon performed his internship here in Sarasota, but after graduation, he returned to the family funeral home in Ocala, FL. In 2008, Dillon began working at Jennings Funeral Home & Crematory and has since become an integral member of the team, as he has brought his lifetime of funeral industry experience, his impeccable work ethic, professionalism, and vast amounts of compassion to each family he serves. Dillon is married to his beautiful wife, Holly, and in his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, golf and running.
Licensed Funeral Director
Bill is originally from East Aurora, New York. He attended Canisius High School in Buffalo and then continued to State University of New York to receive his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 1982. Bill started his funeral career in Western New York and relocated to North Carolina in 1995, joining the staff of Brown-Wynne in Raleigh, and then was promoted to General Manager of McEwen Funeral Home in Charlotte. In 1999 he joined William Wilbert Vault Co., and transferred to Greensboro Wilbert. He is a past president of NCFDA Supply Association.
Bill is married to Christine and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys running and cycling.
Elizabeth is a career Administrator/Office Manager who grew up in Detroit attending private Catholic grade school and high school. She also attended HFCC and University of Michigan – Dearborn. In the past she has worked for prominent Michigan companies as Executive Assistant to CEO’s/CFO’s like Detroit Red Wings & Olympia Entertainment, Frank’s Nursery & Crafts HQ, and Handleman Company HQ.
In 2016 she moved to Florida, also known as “her happy place”. Before joining our team in 2020, Elizabeth worked for the Diocese of Venice in finance and the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Her passion for helping others compliments our team.
Elizabeth cherishes her family, friends and is delighted to have her immediate family in the Sarasota area. She loves to cook, golf and truly enjoys the beautiful weather and atmosphere of Florida. However, she will always call Michigan home.
Ron attended Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Goshen, Indiana. After college, he started his career in the funeral business in 1972. Since that time, he has continuously been employed in the funeral and death care industry. He joined Jennings Funeral Home & Crematory’s dynamic team in 2011, and in 2015 he expanded his scope and became a Licensed Pre-Need Planner in Florida. Ron is the illustrious author of “Wellness. the Good, the Bad, and the Opportunity.” Most importantly, he is a devoted husband, father, step-father, and grandfather to three amazing granddaughters. In addition to being an avid Notre Dame football fan, he is a proud board member of SCAN, Sarasota County Aging Network – a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting senior citizens with local services and resources.