Mike Ullery | Daily Call
Joe Barden of Ithaca, Michigan, left, displays his 1923 Miller-Meteor hearse to William Yohey and Shirley Locke in downtown Piqua on Wednesday afternoon. Barden owns and operates the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. He decided to bring the vehicle to Piqua to check out the “birthplace” of the hearse, the Miller-Meteor plant. Barden purchased the hearse, with its ornate hand-carved body more than 20 years ago because it was nearly identical to the first motorized hearse his great-grandfather had purchased in 1919. The Barden family has been in the funeral home business since 1902 and for five generations. They still use the hearse for some funerals and also display it at car shows.