About Us

Our History


The Buchanan family of companies began in 1881 when Frank Flanner, the first licensed embalmer in the state of Indiana, started his funeral business. His partner, Charles Buchanan, entered the business in 1887. Flanner Buchanan was born. The business is now in its fourth generation of family ownership.


Our business grew, establishing a national reputation for quality and service. Today there are 14 funeral centers plus 3 Legacy value brand locations in Central Indiana. Charles Buchanan started a cemetery in 1919. Today there are seven throughout Indianapolis.


Born in the 1980s, Buchanan Group is a management services company that now has an international presence. Still, we value our family-oriented culture. We believe in helping other independent businesses become more successful, and are continually looking for new products and services to offer.

Our Private Label casket distributorship was launched in 2008. Low cost and impeccable quality brought such cost savings to Flanner Buchanan that we decided to offer these products to others. The business now has distributors in many states plus Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2012 we added monuments and granite products to our line of services when we purchased Fewell Monument Company. Fewell serves distributors in most every state east of the Mississippi and beyond.


The Buchanan family of businesses is a 4th generation, 132-year-old journey, with plans to stay independent for years to come.