Our Staff

Joe Davis

Funeral Director, Owner

Born in Nebraska City, Nebraska 
Graduated from Nebraska City High School 
Peru State College Alumni
Graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service 
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer Nebraska and Kansas 
Licensed Preneed Seller 
Licensed Life Insurance Agent 
Co-Owner-Wherry Mortuary since December 2006 
Wife-Nancy Davis 
Children-Hannah, Graduated from Pawnee City High School and Southeast Community College, now working for Union Bank.   Andrew, graduated from Pawnee City High School and attends  Nebraska Wesleyan University where he also participates in track.     

Community Memberships: 
Faith Baptist Church 
Pawnee City Chamber-Board Member 
Pawnee City Rotary-Past President 
Pawnee City Public Schools Education Foundation Board 
Pawnee City Village Board 
Member of the Masonic Lodge 
Member of the Sesostris Shrine 

Professional Memberships 
Nebraska Funeral Director Association

Telephone: 1-402-852-2387


Todd Dierberger

Funeral Director, Owner

Todd Samuel Dierberger is a 1995 graduate of Beatrice High School. After attending Peru State College where he played baseball for two years, he graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1999 with a Funeral Directing and Embalmer’s License. 

Todd began his funeral service career by working for Jon Reichmuth at Reichmuth Funeral Homes outside of Omaha, Nebraska. In 2003, he became the manager of the Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, Nebraska and later in 2005 partnered with Vaughn Wright and Joseph Davis in owning the Wherry Mortuaries and Monument Company. 

Todd was born in York, Nebraska but grew up in Beatrice after age two. He was united in marriage to Samantha Becerra of Nebraska City, Nebraska on March 13, 2002. They have one son, Ethan, and a daughter Avery Jane. 

Todd is a member of The Christian Church in Humboldt and serves as deacon. He is the current Assistant Governor of Area 4 for Rotary District 5650 and is Past-President of the Humboldt Club. Todd served as President of the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and is a current board member of the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt.  

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his kids activities, fishing, hunting, golfing, vacationing with family, playing basketball, and following any of the Husker teams.


Carol Rieken

Secretary/Office Manager

Carol Rieken has been employed as the secretary/office manager for Wherry Mortuary since January of 1996. She graduated from Elk Creek High School in 1978 and Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Carol worked as a dental assistant for 16 years prior to working for the funeral home. She enjoys assisting families in planning funerals that truly celebrate the life of loved ones.  Carol has her pre-need seller's license and works with families to plan their funeral/memorial services and also helps families design their permanent cemetery monument. 

Carol and her husband Ken live and farm northeast of Tecumseh. They have two sons, Kyle and Cody, who both graduated from Johnson County Centrals Schools. 

Carol belongs to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Johnson, Nebraska where she is very active having served several terms on the church council, was a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher for many years and church financial secretary. For over 20 years, Carol participated in the Elk Creek Alumni Musicals.   In her spare time Carol enjoys being on the farm, reading, walking and spending time with her family. 

Telephone: 1-402-335-2921


Tom A. Wherry

Funeral Director-Retired

Tom A. Wherry is the youngst son of Tom E. and Betty (Barr) Wherry. He grew up in the funeral business working with his father at the funeral home in Tecumseh until his father's death in 1990. 

Tom graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1955, attended Hastings College and served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1960-1962. Tom received his mortuary schooling at the University of Minnesota and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1964. 

Tom was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh where he has served as deacon, elder and many other offices. He was a member of the Homestead Harmonizers and enjoys walking and reading.


Art Wherry

Funeral Director-Retired

Art Wherry served as the funeral director at the Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt prior to his retirement. Art graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1950 and attended Hasting College for two years prior to receiving his funeral embalming license in 1953 from the Mortuary Science program in Kansas City. 
Art then served in the U.S. Navy for 4 yrs. from 1953-1957. He then returned to Hastings College where he met his wife Edie from Gordon, NE. 

Art and Edie took over the Asa Funeral Home in Humboldt in 1960 and resided in the upper quarters of the funeral home for six years. They are parents 
of Jim, Lynne, Steve and Lisa. 

Art and his wife Edie still reside in Humboldt and Art assists part time with funeral services in the area. 

Art serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Humboldt Rotary Club, serves on the Humboldt Cemetery Board, member of the American Legion and the Nebraska Funeral Director's Association.  Art and Edie are longtime members of the Presbyterian Church in Humboldt. Art enjoys singing in the local Cantata, walking, has been interested in dousing over the years and enjoys following the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the HTRS Titans and local sporting events. 


John Wherry

Funeral Director-Retired

John Wherry served as the funeral director at the Wherry Mortuary in Pawnee 
City prior to his retirement. John and his wife Bernie now winter in Las Vegas, NV where their son, Mark and his wife Elena and their children, Kyra, Johnnie and Sasha reside. 

When in Pawnee City John assists with funeral services. John graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1954. John is a past president and current member of the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, member of the Pawnee Rotary Club and Pawnee Presbyterian Church. 

For years, Bernie Wherry taught vocal music lessons to aspiring young musicians and personally sang at many functions. John and Bernie are avid Husker football and volleyball fans. 

Nancy Davis

Funeral Assistant-Pawnee City

Shad Gager

Funeral Assistant-Pawnee City

Becky Smith

Visitation Assistant-Pawnee City

Cheryl Clement

Funeral Assistant- Humboldt

Rex Kappel

Funeral Assistant- Humboldt

Charlene Groeling

Funeral Assistant-Pawnee City

Keith Groeling

Funeral Assistant-Pawnee City

Linda Eis

Funeral Assistant- Humboldt

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