Editor’s Note: The following are letters to the editor published in the Goshen (Ind.) News offering thoughts on Carriage Inc.’s demise from the company’s founder, Clarence T. Yoder, and his wife Ideana, and Dean Miller, a long-time employee.
This letter is long overdue, but with the closing of Carriage it has prompted us to write.
From 1968 to 1999, Carriage, Inc. was our life. You were like a family to us, and we can never express our appreciation enough. There have been so many talented, loyal employees that have given their all throughout the years. It was your pride in the product, working together, and cooperation that made Carriage tick.
We are very saddened by this turn of events that brings an end to the Carriage era. We wish each of you our very best, and hope you will contribute to another company as you have to Carriage through the years.
Please keep in touch and thanks again.
— C.T. and Ideana Yoder
To all the former Carriage employees I consider it a privilege and a blessing to have been able to work at a place that was built on integrity. In working with you the past 20-plus years, many of you became good friends and you made Carriage a good place of employment, one that produced a quality product.
Through the years quite a number of people left for “greener pastures” and then came back to Carriage largely because of the good atmosphere that was created by you, my fellow workers. The past number of years, especially the last couple of months, has been a struggle and disappointing to many of you. As you move on to new jobs and the future, remember to keep your priorities in order and keep being a positive influence in your world.
Working at Carriage has been a good experience for me personally. Thanks to Clarence and Ideana Yoder for your years of caring for your employees and the community. God bless you all in your future.
— Dean Miller