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. He is a member of Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007 and also Beardstown National Exchange Club. Stephen along side his wife Abbie, are thrilled for the opportunity to serve the Cass County area.
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. She currently serves as a Beardstown Chamber of Commerce Board Director and also as an Emblem member.

A life long resident of Beardstown, is retired from Military, State of Illinois and Cass County Sheriff's Dept. and now is part-time bus driver for Beardstown School District. He is married, has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

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

John Quigley (Funeral Assistant)

Ruth Ann Brown (Visitation/Funeral Service Volunteer)

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Dave is a life long Beardstown, Illinois native. He is married to Georgeanne, a proud father of 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Dave has devoted his life to serving others. He spend 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. In his free time you can find him out at his farm or spending time with is family. He has no trouble staying busy and enjoys it.  

(Owner/ Administrative Manager and Funeral Assistant) 

(Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer plus certified in Cremation)

Stephen Colwell

Abbie Colwell

David Osmer (Funeral Assistant)