After 125 years of serving the community, Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary has merged with Larrison Mortuary effective Sept. 11.

Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary is proud to have served the funeral needs of Pratt and the surrounding area for 125 years. Denis and Verlene Rasmussen and Jack and Kathy Ebersole are announcing the merger of Ayers-Calbeck Mortuary with the Larrison Family Mortuary, Eric Larrison, president and Jerry and Karellen Larrison, effective September 11, 2017.

This difficult decision has been made because Denis, having worked for or owned the mortuary for 60 years, is ready for retirement. There may be fishing in his near future.

Other factors include personal/family health concerns for both Denis and Jack, as well as the trend toward cremation, making it less profitable.

A retirement reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Ayers-Calbeck Mortuary, 115 E. Fourth. All are invited.

“We would like to thank the families we have served over the years, for their patronage,” Rasmussen said.

Funeral arrangements already in planning stages with Ayers-Calbeck will continue as planned.