Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Stephanie Deiters Funeral Director and Owner

Growing up in Washington, Illinois, Stephanie is a graduate of Washington Community High School and Southern Illinois University. After working as a funeral director/embalmer in East Peoria and Peoria and teaching at the Carl Sandburg Mortuary Science Program in Galesburg, IL, Stephanie was blessed with the opportunity to build her own funeral home in 1999. In 2008, the business expanded to include a human crematory, and added a pet service business, Deiters Pet Services.

Stephanie is a member of several organizations and is most proud of her accomplishments with the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for several years, including serving as President in 2015-16, and currently as the NFDA Policy Board Representative and a member of several committees. She is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. She is also currently a member of the Washington Rotary Club, where she is serving as this year’s President and is a member of St. Patrick Church in Washington.

A mom to 5 amazing children, Ally, Elizabeth, Luke, Clare, and Isaac, she is also a dog mom to Otter and Lilah. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, golf, pickleball, baking, landscape projects and gardening, decorating, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Madison Fox Funeral Director

Madison is dedicated to connecting with families and creating extraordinary experiences for them following their loss. Her goal is to first understand what things matter most to each family, then build from that understanding to deliver remarkable service. Since joining the staff in 2013, she has been privileged to be there for funeral home and pet service families at a time when she can truly help them. Madison graduated from Carl Sandburg College in 2011 with an AAS in Mortuary Science and has since earned the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and is a certified InSight Institute Celebrant. She and her husband Patrick have two sons, Edsel and Oliver. Together, they enjoy camping, traveling, car shows, antiquing, and being members of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

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Randy Beard Funeral Director

Randy was born in Peoria to Roger and Patricia Lyman Beard and resided in East Peoria. He attended Illinois Central College and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He married his soulmate, Melissa “Missy” Rentsch, and they have lived in Washington for the last 25 years. They have a son, Brad, daughter, Laci who attended Washington Community High School and Illinois Central College. Randy has been a funeral director in the Peoria area for the last 25 years joining the staff of Deiters Funeral Home in October of 2014. He enjoys spending time with his family, and sports.

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Shari Parker Administrative Assistant

A Washington native, Shari joined Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in November 2009. She considers it an honor to help serve the families who have had the monumental task of saying goodbye to their loved one. Prior to the funeral home, she worked for District 50 Schools in Washington. Shari and her husband, Kevin, have 2 daughters, Kayla (Jeremiah) and Courtney (Ryan) and a grand-dog, Nora. She is a member of Faith Church in Washington where she enjoys growing in her faith and is privileged to teach children's church. She also finds pleasure spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and shopping.

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Ken Gisleson Funeral Assistant

Before becoming an employee at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory, Ken served as a middle school principal in Washington School District #52, retiring in 1997. Ken is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, having also served on the Parish Board. Ken and Karen have been married for 62 years, and have 4 children and 10 grandkids. They also have been summer volunteers in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming for 40 years.

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Kenneth Holford Funeral Assistant

Before becoming one of the first employees at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory back in 1999, Ken served as the Superintendent at School District 51 in Washington before he retired in 1998. Ken is member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and has served as a board member for the Washington Fire and Rescue Squad (15 years) and Planning Commission (14 years). He was previously the Washington Township Supervisor, which he held for 16 years. He is also involved with the Illinois River Valley Council of Governments. He and his wife Mary Jo have 2 children, Jill and Chris, as well as 6 grandchildren.

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Bruce Fordyce Funeral Assistant

Bruce started his career with Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory as a funeral assistant before going back to school to become a funeral director. He graduated from the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science program in May of 2004. An Air Force veteran, Bruce’s first career had been with Illinois Central College as the Director of Computer Services. He is a member of the First Federated Church in Peoria and Arrowhead Country Club. He and his wife, Trish, have 2 daughters, Sarah Blake and Elizabeth Owens, and 6 grandchildren.

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Earl Lee Funeral Assistant

Earl has worked for Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory since 2005. He retired from the Kroger Warehouse. He lives in Washington with his wife Carol and have three children. Joe, Danny, and Jeannie Church (deceased). He also has four grandchildren. He is a member of the Washington Knights of Columbus and 4th degree Spalding Council. He has been a member of St. Patrick's since 1969. He volunteers for the KC's, St. Patrick's and the United Stroke Alliance.

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Jerry James Funeral Assistant

Jerry started with Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in February 2012. Prior to that Jerry served with the East Peoria Police Department for 31 years retiring as a sergeant. Jerry and Ronna are active members of First English Lutheran Church in Peoria where they are involved in the Outreach Committee. Jerry enjoys cooking, fishing, photography and gardening. Jerry and his wife Ronna have been married for more than 44 years and have two sons, Chris and Rob and three grandchildren Ian, Emma and Claire.

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Lyle Neff Funeral Assistant

In 2015 Lyle became part of the staff at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory. He retired from Caterpillar in 2014. He lives in Germantown Hills with his wife Barb of 38 years. They have two boys, Zachary who lives in Scottsdale, AZ and Adam who lives in Dallas, TX. Lyle enjoys traveling, hiking, and biking. He attends Bethany Community Church in Washington.

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Dennis O'Connor Funeral Assistant

Dennis retired from OSF Healthcare System with 31 years in information technology and joined the funeral home staff in 2019. Dennis lives in Washington with his wife of 39 years, Carol. The O'Connor's have two married daughters, Megan and Molly, twin grandchildren, Tinley and Easton, and a third grandchild on the way. Dennis keeps busy in retirement and enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling, and attending his grandkids' activities.

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Amber Bohannan Funeral Director

Amber Bohannan is one of the newest members of the Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory family, joining in late 2019. She is a proud 2008 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and gained most of her experience in Chicagoland, working for the largest independently owned Jewish funeral home in the area. After returning to Peoria to be closer to family, she also works in medical education at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at OSF. Amber is happily married to her husband Joe and they have six adorable fur children: Tallis (dog), Hattie (dog), Thurston (cat), Simcha (cat), Slinky (cat), and Evgeni (guinea pig).

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Rosie Davis Housekeeping

Rosie lives in Sunnyland with her husband of 20 years, Donnie and her dog, Freddie. She has a daughter, Rachel and 3 grandkids, Dylan, Bree, and Conor. Rosie graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate’s degree in business. Her hobbies include: attending estate sales, refurbishing and upholstering furniture, making wedding cakes for family and friends, and riding on the motorcycle with her husband. She attends Faith Church in Washington.

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Pat Fox Maintenance

After being part of the Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory family with his wife, Madison, Pat joined the staff in 2016. He is self-employed and enjoys helping to maintain our facilities, grounds and vehicles in addition to his day job. He grew up in the Peoria area and in his spare time, he keeps busy with his two young sons, restoring his 1968 GTO and working on projects around the family home.

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Otter Deiters Resident Therapy Dog

Otter joined the Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory family in November of 2013. He was born in July of 2012 at Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan. After his year of puppy raising in an Iowa prison and his Leader Dog evaluation, he was released from the program due to a mild limp. Our family was once again blessed to receive another amazing dog from this program. Otter and Stephanie Deiters completed both the beginner and intermediate training classes at Heartland Dog Training, where he was also awarded with his Good Citizenship Award. He is also a registered Therapy Dog and is a wonderful asset to Deiters Pet Services and Pet Crematory. He also enjoys attending funerals and meeting new people.

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Nacho Deiters Therapy Dog

In Loving Memory (2008-2013)

Nacho joined the Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory family in May of 2009. He was born in March of 2008 to two yellow Labrador leader dogs, who both worked for the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. After vigorous training for his first fifteen months, he was deemed with a minor physical issue that caused him an early retirement. Our family was blessed to have had such a beautiful and smart dog join our work and family life. Nacho embraced his role as a grief therapy dog to those who had lost a beloved pet and visited Deiters Pet Services and Pet Crematory.

Stephanie Deiters

Funeral Director and Owner
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Growing up in Washington, Illinois, Stephanie is a graduate of Washington Community High School and Southern Illinois University. After working as a funeral director/embalmer in East Peoria and Peoria and teaching at the Carl Sandburg Mortuary Science Program in Galesburg, IL, Stephanie was blessed with the opportunity to build her own funeral home in 1999. In 2008, the business expanded to include a human crematory, and added a pet service business, Deiters Pet Services.

Stephanie is a member of several organizations and is most proud of her accomplishments with the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors for several years, including serving as President in 2015-16, and currently as the NFDA Policy Board Representative and a member of several committees. She is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. She is also currently a member of the Washington Rotary Club, where she is serving as this year’s President and is a member of St. Patrick Church in Washington.

A mom to 5 amazing children, Ally, Elizabeth, Luke, Clare, and Isaac, she is also a dog mom to Otter and Lilah. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, golf, pickleball, baking, landscape projects and gardening, decorating, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Madison Fox

Funeral Director
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Madison is dedicated to connecting with families and creating extraordinary experiences for them following their loss. Her goal is to first understand what things matter most to each family, then build from that understanding to deliver remarkable service. Since joining the staff in 2013, she has been privileged to be there for funeral home and pet service families at a time when she can truly help them. Madison graduated from Carl Sandburg College in 2011 with an AAS in Mortuary Science and has since earned the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and is a certified InSight Institute Celebrant. She and her husband Patrick have two sons, Edsel and Oliver. Together, they enjoy camping, traveling, car shows, antiquing, and being members of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Randy Beard

Funeral Director
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Randy was born in Peoria to Roger and Patricia Lyman Beard and resided in East Peoria. He attended Illinois Central College and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He married his soulmate, Melissa “Missy” Rentsch, and they have lived in Washington for the last 25 years. They have a son, Brad, daughter, Laci who attended Washington Community High School and Illinois Central College. Randy has been a funeral director in the Peoria area for the last 25 years joining the staff of Deiters Funeral Home in October of 2014. He enjoys spending time with his family, and sports.

Shari Parker

Administrative Assistant
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A Washington native, Shari joined Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in November 2009. She considers it an honor to help serve the families who have had the monumental task of saying goodbye to their loved one. Prior to the funeral home, she worked for District 50 Schools in Washington. Shari and her husband, Kevin, have 2 daughters, Kayla (Jeremiah) and Courtney (Ryan) and a grand-dog, Nora. She is a member of Faith Church in Washington where she enjoys growing in her faith and is privileged to teach children's church. She also finds pleasure spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and shopping.

Ken Gisleson

Funeral Assistant
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Before becoming an employee at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory, Ken served as a middle school principal in Washington School District #52, retiring in 1997. Ken is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, having also served on the Parish Board. Ken and Karen have been married for 62 years, and have 4 children and 10 grandkids. They also have been summer volunteers in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming for 40 years.

Kenneth Holford

Funeral Assistant
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Before becoming one of the first employees at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory back in 1999, Ken served as the Superintendent at School District 51 in Washington before he retired in 1998. Ken is member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and has served as a board member for the Washington Fire and Rescue Squad (15 years) and Planning Commission (14 years). He was previously the Washington Township Supervisor, which he held for 16 years. He is also involved with the Illinois River Valley Council of Governments. He and his wife Mary Jo have 2 children, Jill and Chris, as well as 6 grandchildren.

Bruce Fordyce

Funeral Assistant
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Bruce started his career with Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory as a funeral assistant before going back to school to become a funeral director. He graduated from the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science program in May of 2004. An Air Force veteran, Bruce’s first career had been with Illinois Central College as the Director of Computer Services. He is a member of the First Federated Church in Peoria and Arrowhead Country Club. He and his wife, Trish, have 2 daughters, Sarah Blake and Elizabeth Owens, and 6 grandchildren.

Earl Lee

Funeral Assistant
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Earl has worked for Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory since 2005. He retired from the Kroger Warehouse. He lives in Washington with his wife Carol and have three children. Joe, Danny, and Jeannie Church (deceased). He also has four grandchildren. He is a member of the Washington Knights of Columbus and 4th degree Spalding Council. He has been a member of St. Patrick's since 1969. He volunteers for the KC's, St. Patrick's and the United Stroke Alliance.

Jerry James

Funeral Assistant
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Jerry started with Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in February 2012. Prior to that Jerry served with the East Peoria Police Department for 31 years retiring as a sergeant. Jerry and Ronna are active members of First English Lutheran Church in Peoria where they are involved in the Outreach Committee. Jerry enjoys cooking, fishing, photography and gardening. Jerry and his wife Ronna have been married for more than 44 years and have two sons, Chris and Rob and three grandchildren Ian, Emma and Claire.

Lyle Neff

Funeral Assistant
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In 2015 Lyle became part of the staff at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory. He retired from Caterpillar in 2014. He lives in Germantown Hills with his wife Barb of 38 years. They have two boys, Zachary who lives in Scottsdale, AZ and Adam who lives in Dallas, TX. Lyle enjoys traveling, hiking, and biking. He attends Bethany Community Church in Washington.

Dennis O'Connor

Funeral Assistant
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Dennis retired from OSF Healthcare System with 31 years in information technology and joined the funeral home staff in 2019. Dennis lives in Washington with his wife of 39 years, Carol. The O'Connor's have two married daughters, Megan and Molly, twin grandchildren, Tinley and Easton, and a third grandchild on the way. Dennis keeps busy in retirement and enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling, and attending his grandkids' activities.

Amber Bohannan

Funeral Director
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Amber Bohannan is one of the newest members of the Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory family, joining in late 2019. She is a proud 2008 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and gained most of her experience in Chicagoland, working for the largest independently owned Jewish funeral home in the area. After returning to Peoria to be closer to family, she also works in medical education at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at OSF. Amber is happily married to her husband Joe and they have six adorable fur children: Tallis (dog), Hattie (dog), Thurston (cat), Simcha (cat), Slinky (cat), and Evgeni (guinea pig).

Rosie Davis

Housekeeping
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Rosie lives in Sunnyland with her husband of 20 years, Donnie and her dog, Freddie. She has a daughter, Rachel and 3 grandkids, Dylan, Bree, and Conor. Rosie graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate’s degree in business. Her hobbies include: attending estate sales, refurbishing and upholstering furniture, making wedding cakes for family and friends, and riding on the motorcycle with her husband. She attends Faith Church in Washington.

Pat Fox

Maintenance
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After being part of the Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory family with his wife, Madison, Pat joined the staff in 2016. He is self-employed and enjoys helping to maintain our facilities, grounds and vehicles in addition to his day job. He grew up in the Peoria area and in his spare time, he keeps busy with his two young sons, restoring his 1968 GTO and working on projects around the family home.

Otter Deiters

Resident Therapy Dog
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Otter joined the Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory family in November of 2013. He was born in July of 2012 at Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan. After his year of puppy raising in an Iowa prison and his Leader Dog evaluation, he was released from the program due to a mild limp. Our family was once again blessed to receive another amazing dog from this program. Otter and Stephanie Deiters completed both the beginner and intermediate training classes at Heartland Dog Training, where he was also awarded with his Good Citizenship Award. He is also a registered Therapy Dog and is a wonderful asset to Deiters Pet Services and Pet Crematory. He also enjoys attending funerals and meeting new people.

Nacho Deiters

Therapy Dog
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In Loving Memory (2008-2013)

Nacho joined the Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory family in May of 2009. He was born in March of 2008 to two yellow Labrador leader dogs, who both worked for the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. After vigorous training for his first fifteen months, he was deemed with a minor physical issue that caused him an early retirement. Our family was blessed to have had such a beautiful and smart dog join our work and family life. Nacho embraced his role as a grief therapy dog to those who had lost a beloved pet and visited Deiters Pet Services and Pet Crematory.