Family Business in Louisiana: The Case of Rabenhorst Funeral Homes
Cater, J. J., Beal, B. D., Justis, R. T. 2007. Family business in Louisiana: The case of Rabenhorst Funeral Homes. Annual Advances in Business Cases, 27: 221-237. [PDF]
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes is the oldest continuously owned family business in Baton Rouge, LA. Founded in 1866 by Charles F. Rabenhorst, the business is now in the fourth generation of family ownership and management. We trace the development of the firm and examine the changing leadership styles of each generation. The themes of respecting tradition, displaying a basic philosophy of service, offering high quality products, and retaining loyal, long-term employees are emphasized. The fourth generation of Rabenhorsts consists of four siblings, each owning an equal share of the company. This situation has necessitated a management by committee or family top management team approach to the leadership of the business.