Two area long-time business owners have announced their retirement, after over four decades in the funeral home business, with over two decades of ownership.
Bill and Lynn Stendeback have stepped down as owners of Stendeback Family Funeral Home, with locations in Carmi, Enfield and Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Bill and Lynn came to the area in April of 1999 when they purchased the former Kittinger-Fair Funeral Home business. They added the Mt. Vernon, Ind. location in February of 2008. Prior to that, Bill had worked at and managed Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Ill. for 15 years. He has worked in the industry since he was a teenager.
Bill and Lynn are each 1974 graduates of Carrollton High School. Bill earned an Associate Degree from Lewis and Clark Community College, then received his degree in Mortuary S
ervices from Worsham School of Mortuary in Skokie. He served his apprenticeship in Naperville and obtained his Funeral Director’s license in 1984.
Lynn graduated from Patricia Stevens Career College in St. Louis, Mo. and worked as a legal secretary early in her career. She also worked as a vision and hearing technician, and as the administrative assistant to the development director of Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville before coming to Carmi.
The two have been very involved in the community. Bill is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Carmi Elks, Sons of the American Legion, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Carmi Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Friends of the Carmi Public Library. Lynn is a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, having held several offices. They belong to St. Polycarp Catholic Church. Their “Gift of Memory” program, which provides Christmas gifts for local nursing home residents, made in honor of lost loved ones, has become a family tradition for many White County and Posey County families.
The Stendebacks’ children and grandchildren, Courtney and Kevin Johnson, Quinn and Brady of Belleville, IL, Hillary and David Hoffman, Griffin, Ryan and Chloe of Morton, IL, Mallory Stendeback and Marc Stendeback of Carmi, all look forward to spending more time with each other.
With no plans to leave the area, the Stendebacks will continue to sell monuments and plan to expand that business. At this time, appointments to discuss monument purchase may be made by calling Bill at 618-380-1550.
Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi and Enfield has been purchased by Jeremy and Sasha Jordan, owners of Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi and Norris City. They will retain the name of Stendeback Family Funeral Home for both locations and continue to serve families in those facilities.
Jeremy is a third generation licensed funeral director, carrying on the tradition established by his grandparents, Donald and Joyce Campbell and uncle and aunt, David and Sharon Campbell. He is the son of Gene and Diana Campbell Jordan of Carmi. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. Jeremy is active in Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, and is the White County CEO Board Chair. Jeremy is also a Deputy Coroner with the White County Coroner’s office and a member of Ditney Ridge Baptist Church. He and Sasha married in 2002 and have a son, Jax.
Sasha is the daughter of Donald and Tracey (Phillips) Jacques of Norris City. She has worked in the bookkeeping and accounting industry for the past 20 years. Sasha is a member of the Friends of the Library Board, a 4-H Club leader, and a member of the White County 4-H Support Committee. She attends Ditney Ridge Baptist Church.
Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon has been purchased by Bill and Kari Denning of Mt. Vernon. The Dennings plan to rename the business, Denning Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Bill has worked for the Stendebacks about 10 years. He earned his Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University in 2017. He served his apprenticeship with Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon and joined their business as a full time Funeral Director in 2019.
He is the son of Mike and the late Rita Denning of Mt. Vernon and has lived in Mt. Vernon his entire life and is a 2001 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Bill has a long history of serving the people of Posey County. This passion started at a young age watching several family members work within the fire service. He joined the Point Township Fire Department when he was 16 and is still an active member serving as Asst. Chief. Through the fire department he also obtained his EMT certification which he still holds. In 2003 he joined the Posey County Coroner’s Office as a deputy coroner and was elected Coroner in 2019 for Posey County. In addition, he also became an officer with the Mt. Vernon Police Department in 2005 as a patrolman. He left the Mt. Vernon Police Department to become a Deputy Sheriff for the Posey County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 where he held that position until he was elected Coroner. He now serves as a Deputy Town Marshal in New Harmony.
Bill is a member of the Point Township Church of the Nazarene and active in many of the church’s activities. He is also a member of the Posey County FOP lodge.
He and his wife, Kari, have three children, Reagan, Jaylie, and Brayden. Kari is a Paramedic for the Posey County EMS. She is a Board Member of the Women’s FOP Auxilary. She grew up in Huntingburg , the daughter of Oscar and Karen Sherman.
The Stendebacks feel they have left their businesses in very capable hands. While they are looking forward to retirement, they plan to stay active in the community and will be around to support the new owners.
“Our 22 years in Southern Illinois and Southern Indiana have blessed us in so many ways,” said Bill and Lynn. “Thank you for accepting us, befriending us and putting your trust in us to serve your families.”