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We have been an integral part of this community for more than 80 years, and we treat everyone with compassion and respect.

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We've Been Committed to Service Excellence for More Than 80 Years...

Former Preston-Hanley Home located on St. Mary's Street in Pekin

Many things have changed since 1934 when the late Clarence and Roland Preston established their funeral home on St. Mary Street in Pekin. In 1957, the operation was moved to the Teis Smith mansion. A large chapel was added, and the mansion was extensively remodeled.

On June 21, 1965 the Neale Hanley family purchased the business and has continued the tradition of "excellence in service." On January 20, 1973, we opened the Creve Coeur facility to expand our area of service.

Our founder, Neale Hanley, Sr., has instilled the principles of integrity and hard work in his twin sons, Neale "Buster" Hanley II and Charles R. Hanley, who have followed in their father's footsteps by joining the family business. As members of the Illinois Cemetery & Funeral Home Association and the National Funeral Directors Association, we know what it takes to gain a community's trust: It takes professionalism, dedication and commitment to the families we serve. Our success is due to our reputation for honest, unequaled service. As trusted friends, we will help you create a loving tribute to cherish.

Our Pekin home was remodeled in September 2001 with more handicap-accessible features and a new, spacious chapel. As part of our attention to detail, we made sure that both the elderly and physically disabled would be able to gain access into the home more easily. The home, which is now ADA compliant, features an elevator for those who find steps difficult to manage. In addition, there is a new parking area to the north of the home, with a designated entrance and automated door system. 

Other new features include handicap-accessible restrooms with infant changing stations, a large lobby with a fireplace, and a chapel that is 2.5 times bigger than the previous main chapel. Designed to complement the charm of the home's existing architecture, the new chapel ties in the "old" with the "new" to create an atmosphere that is both calming and comfortable.