David M. McReynolds Funeral Director / Owner
David M. McReynolds was born in Benton, IL on March 26, 1956.
He grew up in West Frankfort, IL attending the West Frankfort schools and was a graduate of West Frankfort High School in 1974. After graduation he attended college at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, majoring in Funeral Service.
He is the son of Jack R. McReynolds and Judy R. (Vaughn) McReynolds. His father Jack has been a resident of West Frankfort all his life. His mother Judy, was also from West Frankfort, and there is a large portion of the Vaughn family still in the Thompsonville area.
David was raised by his grandfather and grandmother, Oakley “Sug” & Gladys M. (Joplin) McReynolds. They lived at 1202 E. St. Louis St. just behind the funeral home.
At a very early age, about 17, he developed an interest in funeral service and started helping J.W. Simmons, the previous owner of Stone Funeral Home. He continued working for Mr. Simmons while attending S.I.U. During the summer of 1978, toward the end of completing his degree, SIU assigned him to serve a summer internship program at Wilson Funeral Home of Marion. In May of 1978 at the age of 22, he moved from his boyhood home in West Frankfort to Marion to serve his internship. He graduated from S.I.U. in August of 1978, with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, and was offered a permanent position at Wilson Funeral Home which he accepted.
He continued to serve at Wilson Funeral Home until 1985. It was then he and Bob Wilson formed a partnership creating Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home.
Dave is passionate about his career in funeral service always striving to learn about the new changes of the profession. He has served on many National and State Boards of funeral service since the early 1990’s. Through his national association involvement he has traveled many times to Washington D.C. meeting with the legislatures discussing the many issues of funeral service on the national level. He was elected by his funeral service professional colleagues to serve as President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association in the year 2000.
Dave and Pamela J. Troutt started dating in 1975 and were later united in marriage on October 10, 1981, at the Central United Methodist Church in West Frankfort. They have been blessed with 3 children; Amanda, Landon and Jordan. Pam was born on January 22, 1960 in Benton, IL. She graduated from West Frankfort High School in 1978 and then completed her education at John A. Logan College in the Dental Assisting Program. She has been involved in the Dental Profession ever since and currently works full time at JALC in the Dental Assisting Program. She is the daughter of William L. “Bill” Troutt and Elizabeth M. “Liz” (Davis) Troutt. Both of her parents made West Frankfort their home all their lives. Pam’s father owned and operated a plastering company for many years known as “Troutt Plastering”. Pam lived on Van Buren St. in West Frankfort until 1972 when her father completed their new home on Country Club Road, south of West Frankfort.
Both Dave and Pam have family that currently live in West Frankfort. Dave’s father, Jack; brother, John; sister, Mary Gosney; Pam’s mother, Elizabeth Troutt; brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” & Nancy Troutt; Pam’s aunts, Genell Davis & Shirley Davis and a host of extended family.
Dave feels the service he provides to the public, when they have a life changing event of losing a loved one, is a valuable service to those he is called upon to serve. Step by step he begins this new journey with each family as they start to adjust to living their lives without their loved one. He and Pam are glad to bring EXCELLENCE in funeral service back to their home town and will now be available to serve their many friends & residents of West Frankfort.
Bob Wilson Funeral Director / Owner
Bob's family has roots in the West Frankfort community that lead back to the early 1900's. His grandfather, F.A. Wilson was the Frankfort Community High School principal from 1918 to 1932.
At the age of thirteen Bob and his family moved to Marion, IL from Zeigler in September of 1953. He began his freshman year in Marion High School. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1963 and continues to serve as a Funeral Director in both West Frankfort and Marion. He is an active member of Second Baptist Church in Marion, where he attends with his wife Pam.
Bob and his wife, the former Pam Peot, reside south of Marion on the Lake of Egypt. He is a member of the noon Marion Lions Club and Fellowship Masonic Lodge 89 A.F. & A.M. His participation in the community has included memberships in several local groups and volunteering for several years for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
Bob plans to continue to keep busy with the every day operation of the funeral home, caring for the needs of families, along with an active involvement in the community of West Frankfort.
When considering your needs for planning a funeral service feel free to stop by and discuss your many options with Bob or a member of our staff.
Jim & Glenda Rotramel Funeral Assistants
James K. Rotramel resides east of West Frankfort with his wife Glenda, and has lived in West Frankfort his whole life. He is the son of Jarret and Lillian Rotramel. Jim graduated West Frankfort High School in 1973 and then went on to attended Rend Lake College, graduating in 1975, with an Applied Science degree . He married Glenda Mahin of West Frankfort at the Wesleyan Church in West Frankfort on June 20th, 1975.
Glenda was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois. Her family moved to West Frankfort in 1973. She is now employed as Administrative Assistant with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals in Benton. Her father, Rev. Fred Mahin, was the pastor at the Wesleyan church.
Jim is a member of the West Frankfort Rotary Club, Member & past Master of Frankfort Masonic Lodge #567, a Member of Scottish Rite, Valley of Southern Illinois and a Member of Ainad Shrine Temple. He retired from Continental Tire of Mt. Vernon after 30 years as a maintenance engineer. After retirement he began working for Stone Monument and Stone Funeral Home for Bob Varis.
He has played banjo for many years with numerous bands and enjoys bluegrass gospel music, motorcycles, and vintage motorcycle racing. Jim and Glenda attend the Heights Church of God in West Frankfort and have served on the West Frankfort Church of God campground board. They are the proud parents of James Andrew Rotramel, and enjoy spending time with him and his wife Natalie who reside in Herrin, IL.
Jim and Glenda appreciate the opportunity to assist in caring for the families needs that entrust Stone Funeral Home.
Todd Russell Funeral Assistant
I was born in Harrisburg on August 7, 1980 and grew up in Galatia, IL, graduating from Galatia High School in 1998, and later attended Vincennes University, in Vincennes, IN.
I have a 6 year old daughter, Morgan, and we currently attend Cornerstone Church in Marion, IL.
I have previously worked for several funeral homes in the Saline County area.
In October of 2012, was hired at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion, and am now excited about the new opportunities to help families at Stone Funeral Home, I enjoy helping and serving the people in the West Frankfort area.
Jeff Wilson Building / Grounds Assistant
Jeff was born on February 26, 1964 and is one of ten children. He graduated from West Frankfort High School, and also attended Rend Lake College. He has lived in West Frankfort most of his life.
He has worked in Horticulture and landscaping for over twenty-five years, and has been a caretaker of several properties, but he says that this is the most meaningful and important jobs he's ever had. He's worked at Stone Funeral Home for over 7 years.
Jeff does a great job single-handedly taking care of the funeral home grounds and building. His goal is to make you feel at home.