History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Opened by Twyman Greene in September 1991, Valley Funeral Service has cared for the families of Shenandoah County for over 25 years. Truly a family-owned and operated firm, Valley Funeral Service offers families uniquely personalized services, both traditional burial and cremation as well as pet cremations. In August of 2016, Steve and Tina Heishman purchased Valley Funeral Service and continue to offer compassionate and professional  service to all of Shenandoah County and surrounding areas .

Our Valued Staff

Stephen D. Heishman

Stephen D. Heishman, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Stephen D. Heishman is a Licensed Funeral Director and has been involved in the funeral business since he was eight years old, working in his family business. In 2016, Steve and his wife Tina left the family business and in August of 2016 purchased Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing and opened Heishman Funeral Service in downtown Woodstock.

He is a life-long resident of Woodstock, he graduated from Central High School in 1980, graduated in 1984 from James Madison University with a degree in Social Science.
He graduated and received his degree in 1986 from John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Va. He graduated top of his class.

Steve is a member of the Woodstock Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, member of the Woodstock Moose and Auxiliary Member of the Edinburg VFW. He recently received the Builders Award from the Woodstock Masonic Lodge.

Steve is known throughout the community for the classes he gives on Death and Dying. Steve’s passion is helping families in their time of need. His hobbies include sports, especially basketball. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandson Hudson.

Tina Estep Heishman

Tina Estep Heishman, Co-owner/Funeral Associate

Tina Estep-Heishman has been involved in the funeral business for 31 years. She is now co-owner, along with her husband Steve of Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing and Heishman Funeral Service in Woodstock. Her duties include working funerals and visitations, office work, cosmetics, and anything else that needs to be done.

She also owns and operates Estep Signs in Mt. Jackson lettering vehicles, windows, banners, and magnetic signs.

She enjoys spending time with her family, her kitties, traveling, and shopping. Her biggest joy is being able to spend time with her grandson Hudson Joseph.

Lauren Heishman Taylor

Lauren Heishman Taylor, Funeral Associate

Lauren Heishman-Taylor has been involved in the funeral business since she was 10 years old. She is the daughter of Stephen and Tina Heishman. She taught second grade for 6 years at WW Robinson Elementary School. This year she will be the instructional coach at Ashby Lee Elementary School. She completed her undergrad at Bridgewater College and recently graduated from Shenandoah University with a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision. She is currently taking classes to earn a degree in the Funeral Business. Her duties at the funeral home include working visitations and funerals and helping with additional tasks. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, shopping, and spending time with her baby boy Hudson.

Shane A. Taylor

Shane A. Taylor, Funeral Associate

Shane A. Taylor has been involved in the funeral business since he married Lauren on June 20, 2015. He is currently employed with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. His duties at the funeral home include working visitations and funerals. He is also in charge of Maintenance and Grounds keeping at the funeral homes. His hobbies include hunting, basketball, camping, and spending time with his family.

Dave M Casto

Dave M Casto, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Dave is one of the funeral directors, serving and caring for families since 1986.

He is a graduate of John Tyler Community College and Semi-retired, working part-time to assist with families.

Dave is the pastor of Liberty Brethren Church, of Quicksburg, Virginia and a funeral celebrant. He is also active with the Staunton Lions Club, serving as president for 2019-2020 and a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shrine.

Aaron Crider

Aaron Crider, Funeral Associate

Aaron Crider has been in the funeral business for numerous years. He graduated from Central High School in 1987, while then attending LFCC and Shenandoah University. In 1992 he received his Bachelors Degree in Marketing. He is a funeral associate at Valley Funeral Service, assisting with funerals and various other duties. A lifelong resident of Shenandoah County, he enjoys all types of sports as well as fishing and hunting. He is married with 3 children and 1 grandson.

Lisa Hinegardner

Lisa Hinegardner, Part-time Secretary

Lisa Hinegardner is the part time secretary in the Woodstock office. She retired from Shenandoah County Public Schools to care for her parents. She is married to David Hinegardner and they have one daughter, Brea and a son-in-law, Matt. On Thanksgiving Day 2020 they welcomed their first grandchild, a granddaughter, Luella Dawn. Spending time with family & friends, traveling, their cats, and baseball are her favorite things.

Mike Francis

Mike Francis, Funeral Associate

Michael (Mike) Francis is a part-time funeral associate. Mike assists with all aspects of funeral services, including transport.
He is recently retired from Emergency Medical Services, having served for forty plus years. Mike has been a volunteer with several area rescue squads and fire departments, a U.S. Navy Corpsman, and a Paramedic for Valley Health. He is a 1975 graduate from Friendly High School in Friendly, MD and a 1983 graduate from the Naval School of Health Sciences in Balboa, CA. Mike is married to Debbie Francis and has a daughter, a son, a step daughter, and two grandchildren. He enjoys camping, wood working and being outdoors.

Erika Morgan Thorpe

Erika Morgan Thorpe, Funeral Secretary

Erika is the newest member of the Heishman/Valley Funeral Home. She graduated from Central High School in 2017, was involved in FFA, FCCLA, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She played on the Varsity Basketball and Softball team all 4 years of high school. Before joining our Valley family, she worked at the Woodstock Cafe for 3 years and Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital for 2 years.