In 2005, Phil McQuiston was ready to retire and pass on the funeral home to someone else. Keith Webster was the one to take the opportunity. He would also be the first business owner who wasn't connected to the original Smith family.
Keith Webster grew up on a farm on Tingler Road in Richmond. He was born in 1964, the same year that Phil McQuiston started working at Smith & Son Funeral home. Keith graduated from Northeastern High School in 1983, going on to Vincennes University to attend its mortuary school. The career path was inspired by his attendance at funerals growing up, many of them at Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home. He graduated from Vincennes University's mortuary school in 1985, and returned to Richmond.
In Richmond again, Keith was an apprentice at Stegall-Berhide-Orr Funeral Home for one year, and then continued to work there for another two years. Following that , he moved to Indianapolis where he worked part-time at a funeral home on the South side. During this time he also went to IUPUI for ROTC training.
In 1991, Keith moved South from Indianapolis to Madison, Indiana. There, his first job was at Lytle Funeral Home, where he worked for only 90 days. After his time there ended, he worked at another Madison funeral home, called Vail-Holt Funeral Home. He worked there for a total of three years.
After much experience at working at other funeral homes, Keith decided to start one of his own in Madison in 1997. It was called Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home. This business is still a growing funeral home today, although the name has since changed to Morgan-Nay Funeral Centre.
The opportunity to buy Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home came to Keith in Madison by word-of-mouth. Keith knew it was a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He had grown up in the area and knew its history and families from his childhood. The rarity of it all was enough to lead him and his family to move back to Fountain City. The Webster family now lives in the McQuiston's old home that was to the North of the funeral home.