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.

Our History

Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home exists to serve bereaved families with compassion to everyone it touches. The basic philosophy of our business is simple; everyone deserves a funeral service with dignity regardless of his or her economic status. We give value at a fair price fulfilling our ultimate obligation to provide consistently to every family we serve. We know that we are not the cheapest, but we believe we are the best.

Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home is your home town alternative to corporate owned Funeral Home chains. When you call Tri-County, you speak directly with the owner. The members of our experienced support staff were hand-picked for their expertise, compassion and professionalism. You’ll know immediately that you are our primary concern.There is a difference... Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home is a locally owned and independently operated by Michael R. Blickenstaff. He is a Marine Corps veteran serving two tours in Viet Nam and a 1974 graduate of the Kentucky college of Mortuary Science. Mike has been servicing bereaved families in the Central Florida area since 1985.

At Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home, we believe that each Funeral Service and Memorial Service should be as unique as the person whose life we are honoring.  Allow us to assist you in bringing together all the facets of the Remembrance.  We offer many in-house services and have a wide network of providers of additional resources.


Our Valued Staff

Michael Blickenstaff

Michael Blickenstaff, Owner

Mike is a 1974 Graduate of Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, Louisville, Kentucky. After graduation, Mike moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to service an apprenticeship and to lean from the old-time masters. In 1978 he moved to Florida and in 1984 moved to Deltona where he resides there presently with his wife Peggy. He has four children and three grandchildren. Michael and Peggy are parishioners of Nativity Catholic Church Longwood, Where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Hospitality Minister.
Mike is also a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, and a newly commissioned Kentucky Colonel. Michael purchased Tri-County Cremation & Funeral Home, an established business in 2004 and is dedicated to serving Central Florida families in their time of need.


Cliff Marchbank

Cliff Marchbank, Funeral Director


Tim  Gaynor

Tim Gaynor, Office Manager

Tim is a graduate of Purdue University (B.A.): Rollins College (Masters of Criminal Justice) and Southern College (Para-Legal). Tim Relocated to Central Florida from Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1974. He worked in the Defense Industry for 20 years. Tim has been in the funeral profession for 12 years and has been with Tri-County Cremation and Funeral Home since 2005. Tim is a Kentucky Colonel, Florida Notary and licensed in Pre-planning needs. Tim’s expertise in processes and procedures of the different county offices is invaluable to us. Tim personally oversees every filing to ensure that it is accurate and timely and so that families get their final paperwork as quickly as possible.


Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez, Family Services Coordinator

One of the most caring, loving things you can do for your family is to leave detailed information which permits them to make the funeral service a personal tribute in keeping with the way you wanted.
Making funeral arrangements at the time of loss is extremely difficult for those left behind. When the funeral, and sometimes even payment, have been arranged in advance, most of the decisions have been made, sparing uncertainty and confusion at a time when emotional stress may make decisions difficult.
Would it be better in your situation to plan ahead, calmly and sensibly, when you are in a normal mental and physical state, when you have full ability to reason, and when you are able to discuss arrangements with your family?


Skip Holzman

Skip Holzman, IT director


Noemi Encarnacion

Noemi Encarnacion, Assistant to the Funeral Director