Romero Valley Funeral Home looking to next 50 years

Leonard and Kathy Romero were co-founders of Romero Valley Funeral Home, along with Leonard’s brother Larry.

Family-owned business continues to adapt

ALAMOSA — It all began with two brothers, Larry and Leonard, who had a dream to create a business that would help the people in the communities they loved during some of their most difficult times.

Since 1977, when they opened the doors of Romero Valley Funeral Home, they have been in awe of the support they received from the people of the San Luis Valley.

And they are not going anywhere as the Romeros and Vanessa and Shawn Archuleta are joining forces to keep the business in the family. Vanessa’s parents are Leonard and Kathy Romero. They will be co-owners of the funeral home.

“In the last few months, it has been brought to our attention that due to leasing our Monte Vista office and selling the Antonito and San Luis buildings, people have come to think we are closing our doors. We want everyone to rest assured that we are still open and offering traditional funeral services as well as cremation services to the entire San Luis Valley and Colorado,” the families stated.

“Today, almost 50 years later those two brothers and their families are humbled and grateful beyond measure for all of you still believing in that dream and continuing to support it. We first wanted to take a moment to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for making it possible for Romero Valley Funeral Home to still be here today and let you know a few of the changes we have been making.”

All the pre-arranged funeral plans at Romero Valley Funeral Home “are absolutely still enforced and will be honored as well as anyone who would like to come in and meet with us, with any questions or concerns they have; or to start a pre-arrangement for themselves or loved ones,” the families added.

Some of the changes include moving their main office to Alamosa.

“We wanted to be able to keep costs low and use funds to go back into the communities we serve and be able to help sponsor our local schools, their programs and any other opportunities we are presented to get involved with,” the families stated.

The families have been working on exciting new things the past few months - renovating the facility, upgrading the fleet, partnering with other local small businesses to offer completely customized caskets and urns. They are also preparing to re-open their flower shop next to the funeral home.

Romero Valley Funeral Home will have a grand re-opening once the renovations to their facilities are done. Everyone is invited to come to see the recent changes.

“We plan to have a big community barbecue for the ribbon cutting. We will post dates and a formal invitation closer to that time. We hope to see you all there and once again thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Without the San Luis Valley residents believing in the dream that started all this and continuing to trust in us to care for your loved ones we would not be here today. We are truly humbled and so grateful to you all! Thank you for allowing our family to care for your family since 1977. God Bless you all and thank you,” the families stated.