Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

In 1937 Francis and Alice Lockwood purchased the residence at 301 East Michigan Ave. and converted it to a funeral home. At that time most funeral services were conducted at the family's home or the family's Church. The first level of the funeral home was used as the Lockwood's residence and when needed, as a funeral home.

In September of 1951 they remodeled, adding the front pillars, the chapel to the west, and a two car garage to the rear. The Lockwoods moved to the upstairs apartment to allow the main level to be used solely as a funeral home. In February of 1961 they offered Mildred and Gerald Bahnmiller the opportunity to purchase but not to take ownership until July 1, 1961, which they did. At that time the population of Saline was about 2200. Approximately 40 to 48 funerals were conducted each year.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Jim Robison

Jim Robison

President
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Steve R. Robison

Steve R. Robison

Director
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Larry J. Griffin Jr.

Larry J. Griffin Jr.

Director
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Doug  Elfring

Doug Elfring

Assistant
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Jim Datson

Jim Datson

Assistant
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Chris Werth

Chris Werth

Assistant
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Robert Comfort

Robert Comfort

Assistant
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Awards & Associations

2017

Donate money to Saline Area Social Service and Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home will match up to $1,000. Stephen Robison, one of the owners of the family-owned business, said the business is always looking for ways to give back to the community. “People often don’t see that there are people in need in Saline. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It’s important for people to help their friends and neighbors,” Robison said. Jamail Aikens, Director of Saline Area Social Service, said cash donations are very important to the agency, which helps 300 individuals a week. “Our recent food and dry good drive means we’re stocked for a few months. But money helps us pay the bills and our employees. It also helps us help our clients in other ways,” Aikens said. Last week, Saline Area Social Service purchased a double stroller for one of its clients. “That stroller is going to help her get to the grocery store and get things done. It’s the kind of thing we wouldn’t be able to do without donations,” Aikens said.

http://www.thesalinepost.com/community-news/robison-bahnmiller-will-match-your-donation-saline-area-social-service

2014

Saline Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award

The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce held its nineteenth annual Business Enterprise Awards Ceremony Thursday night at Stonebridge Golf Club. The celebration came complete with good food, good humor, politicians and well-deserved honor for local businesses. There were three awards this year rather than the usual two. Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 77 years of service to the community. As for all of the award recipients, U.S. Representative Tim Walberg, State Representative Gretchen Driskell and Saline Mayor Brain Marl each presented proclamations honoring the business. Driskell’s proclamations were also signed by Representative Adam Zemke, Representative Randy Richardville and Governor Snyder. Marl presented his resolution speaking of the Robison’s “big brains and bigger hearts.” In thanking him, Jim Robison called him “Go-go,” a pet name he used for Marl when Marl was a child and his grandparents worked at the funeral business.

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