In 1995, after
large corporations started purchasing monument companies
in Northeast Ohio, Ken Noon and his brother-in-law Tom
Wise decided to open their own family-owned memorial
With more than
14 years of experience in working with stone, they began
manufacturing hand hewn yard stones in Noon’s garage.
Three years later they were in the monument business,
operating from a new location at 140 W. Wilbeth Road in
Akron, where their main shop is still located.
is the only local monument company in the City of Akron
that produces granite memorials with the carving done on
site. “We believe that memorials should be personalized
to reflect the life of the deceased – to tell a story,”
says Noon. “99% of our memorials are customized
designs.” After determining the wishes of the client,
Noon produces several renderings and the final selection
is carved onto the stone by Tom Wise, “the best
sandblaster in the industry,” according to Noon. Clients
can watch their monuments being manufactured and have
total control from initial selection of the stone to the
installation at the cemetery. Custom design is included
in the cost of the monument.
are manufactured from granite shipped from quarries from
all over the world.
Summit Memorials is one of the few remaining
family-owned monument makers in the country. Bill Wise,
Noon’s father-in-law joined the firm immediately after
his retirement from another job and keeps the operation
running smoothly. Mother-in-law Betty Wise is a
perpetual optimist and constant inspiration and Barbara
Freeman, Memorial Consultant, is a super salesperson
with a keen understanding of client’s needs.
“It’s a great team,” Noon says with pride. Included in
that team are several floppy-eared friends, stray dogs
that have found a home at the shop, demonstrating the
compassion of the people at Summit Memorials.
Although Noon and his crew utilize some aspects of the
current trend to computerization, they shy away from
“assembly line” products, “Hand carving is our
specialty,” he says, “and we live by our motto ‘We
specialize in special work for special people.’”
A FEW SPECIAL
Our staff also
includes a few special fury friends. Any day of the year
you can find them roaming the shop or parking lot
begging for a treat or just a simple pat on the head.
They also seem to understand the sensitive nature of
what we do and help to put a smile on your face when you
We are sad to announce that we lost Mama Dog in an
accident in October 2012.
She brought many smiles to many people. We will miss you
Duke is a big baby with a big love for people. He
continues to "guard" our shop and wag his tale.
Gloria is the "Old Lady" now. She still greets our
visitors and does her best to make them smile.