Meet our Team

“We pride ourselves on offering a warm and caring atmosphere where no detail is too small or too large for us to handle.”

Family Owned & Operated

DSC_1885_v2Larry G. Hughes (1940-2017)
Ryan Hughes (1973-2018)
Diane Hughes, President  

Larry G. Hughes grew up on a 250-acre dairy farm in northern Illinois in a small town called Scales Mound. The farm was built by his grandfather whose parents immigrated to America from Wales in the 19th century.

He was in the first mortuary class at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL., graduating in 1966. During his college years he worked for Johnson Funeral Home in Herrin.

He married the former Diane Cronin of Herrin, the daughter of Romie and Hilda Cronin. The couple had one son, Ryan M. Hughes.  Working together as a family, Larry, Diane and Ryan took pride in the care and support they offered the families they served.  After Larry and Ryan’s passing, Diane has continued that love and compassion serving the families of southern Illinois.

Our Caring Staff

Diane Hughes, Owner/President

Neica Allred, Business Manager

Alex Blaise, Southern Illinois University Mortuary Student/Funeral Assistant

Monte Blue, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Emily Emery, Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice

Jane Hancock, Funeral Assistant

Steve McHargue, Funeral Assistant/Certified Crematory Operator

Justin Nehrkorn, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Keith Owens, Funeral Assistant

Vonda RosadoFuneral Director/Embalmer

Sam Smith, Funeral Assistant/Certified Crematory Operator

Amber Stewart, Administrative Assistant