Thomas Hester, Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Thomas Hester began working in the firm, as a non-licensed employee, in 1983. He attended mortuary school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received his Funeral Director and Embalmer's license in 1988.
Sterling Osborn passed away in 1998 at which time Thomas took over ownership of the firm. He and his wife, Cheryl, have one daughter, Brandy Karcher.
Kurt A. Karcher, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Kurt was raised in Mt. Vernon, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after his graduation from Mt. Vernon Township High School. He served for five years, as a structural and hydraulic (Airframe) mechanic on F/A-18 aircraft, before returning home in 2004. In 2006, he married Brandy Hester, the daughter of Thomas and Cheryl Hester. Kurt and Brandy have twin daughters, Ella and Kaitlyn, born in 2014, and they attend Rome Grade School.
He began his career with Osborn Funeral Home in 2005, as an unlicensed funeral attendant, and earned his Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmer license in 2013, after graduating from St. Louis Community College in 2011.
For many years, Kurt has served as a member of the Village of Dix Board of Trustees, and was appointed to the office of Village President in 2019.
Charles Burge, Funeral Attendant