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Stephen Colwell

Stephen Colwell

Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer plus certified in Cremation

Stephen is from Franklin, Illinois. He graduated from Franklin High School and has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. He furthered his education in 2008 by receiving his mortuary degree from Carl Sandburg. Stephen is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Illinois.  Growing up on a farm, Stephen spend much time outdoors and still loves being out doors doing just about anything. He is passionate when it comes to caring for others. His children (Emma and Rawlings) are his pride and joy. His family worships at Beardstown First Christian Church and their children attend Beardstown Christian Academy.  He is a member of Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007. Beardstown Lions Club, and also Beardstown National Exchange Club. He also serves on the Board of directors as Treasurer of The Houston Memorial Library, Beardstown TAC Club, Beardstown United Way and Beardstown Main Street. Stephen along side his wife Abbie, are thrilled for the opportunity to serve the Cass County area. 


Abbie Colwell

Abbie Colwell

Owner/ Administrative Manager and Funeral Assistant

Abbie is from Canton, Illinois.  She graduated from Canton High School and has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University. She loves to entertain and to care for others. Working along side her husband Stephen has always been a dream but became a reality with opening the Colwell Memorial Home. She also loves being a mother to Emma and Rawlings.  Serving others brings so much joy. Her family worships at Beardstown First Christian Church and their children attend Beardstown Christian Academy. She volunteers on the Board of Directors for Beardstown Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as President, a member of The Beardstown Lions Club, currently serving as treasure, a volunteer for Beardstown Area Special Athletes, serving on the Board of Directors, A member of the Beardstown Professional Women (Also knows as The Beardstown ladies) serving as recording secretary and also as an Emblem #474 member, serving as First Marshal.


Ruth Ann Brown

Ruth Ann Brown

Visitation/Funeral Service Volunteer

A life long resident of Beardstown. I consider myself fortunate to have married my late husband Bob; and to have a great son and daughter-in-law, who also live in Beardstown.  I am grateful that they are close by, and that I can share time with them. I look forward to being a volunteer, in service to our community; as Stephen, Abbie, myself, and others work together in their new Memorial Home.  I am excited for our community to now have another new business, to further enhance our small community. I have been a life-long member of the Beardstown Community of Christ Church, which was the prior owner of the building that now houses the Colwell Memorial Home.  Stephen, Abbie, myself, and others in my church congregation worked closely together, during the process of the Colwell's acquiring the Memorial Home building.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Stephen and Abbie, because in the meantime we have become good friends


David Osmer

David Osmer

Funeral Assistant

Dave was born and raised in Beardstown, IL. He is married to Georgeanne, a proud father of 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Dave has devoted his life to serving others. He has always been interested in the Funeral Industry. In his early years he helped at the Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown. He spent 36 years in law enforcement and retired as a 6 term Cass County Sheriff. For 23 years he also was the Deputy Coroner for Cass County. He is a lifetime member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown and also serves as the Sexton for the St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery. He is a member of Beardstown Elks B.P.O. Lodge #1007 and the Beardstown Lions Club. In his free time, you can find him out at his farm or spending time with his family. He has no trouble staying busy and enjoys it. “Sheriff Dave” always knows how to keep the Colwell kids in line or helps them get in trouble around the memorial home.


John Quigley

John Quigley

Funeral Assistant

John is a life long resident of Beardstown. He retired from the United States Airforce, served during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm, also retired from the State of Illinois and Cass County Sheriff's Dept. and now is part-time bus driver for Beardstown School District. John devoted many years volunteering for the Beardstown Fire Department. He and his wife Kathleen, have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. He is a member of the Beardstown First United Methodist Church, lifetime member of the Beardstown Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 and a member of the Beardstown Elks B.P.O. Lodge #1007. In his spare time, he enjoys attending his grandchildren’s activities and also working in his wood shop. He is known as “Johnny P” not only to his family but also the memorial homes family. 


Robin Deacon

Robin Deacon

Funeral Assistant

Robin is a Beardstown Native. He is retired Lieutenant from Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling, IL. He is married to Lori, and they are the proud parents of Rachel and Alayna. He is a member of Beardstown First Christian Church and a member of the Beardstown Elks B.P.O. Lodge #1007. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and spending time with his beloved dog Mia and of course the rest of his family. He has become quite the grill master using his Traeger. He enjoys a good cup of coffee and playing cards. He is known as “Big Deac” around the memorial home. 


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