History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home's history began in 1975 when Bob and Lu Perry founded the Perry Memorial Home. The Perry’s operated the funeral home for eleven years. In 1987, a year after Mr. Perry's death, Mrs. Perry sold the funeral home to Wayne and Steve Knapp and Mark Johnson, who changed the name to Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home under which the establishment currently operates.

The legacy Mr. Perry left behind is continued today by the current owners and funeral directors at Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home.

Ludwig Mortuary was originally owned and operated by the Noel Funeral Home in Pekin, Illinois. At the close of World War II in 1945, Art Klopenstein became a partner with the Noel family, and together they operated the business as Noel-Klopenstein Funeral Home.

Two years later, in 1947, the business was purchased by Homer C. Ludwig who operated it as the Ludwig Mortuary for the next 31 years. In 1978, Homer partnered with Gary Rohrschneider and the name was changed to Ludwig-Rohrschneider Mortuary. Gary operated the funeral home until selling to Wayne and Steve Knapp and Mark Johnson in 1995. They currently operate the business as Ludwig Mortuary.

Our mission is to provide compassion and service that consistently satisfies the needs of each individual family that we serve and exceeds their expectations in a comfortable, supportive environment.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Morton Chamber of Commerce.

Our Valued Staff

  • Mark  Johnson

    Mark Johnson
    Owner/Funeral Director

    Mark has been a native of Morton since 1972. He graduated in 1975 from Morton High School and from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1980. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1981.

    Mark is president of Knapp-Johnson Funeral Homes, Inc. which began operation in 1987. Mark is a past board president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association District #8, Morton Chamber of Commerce, Morton Rotary Club and We Care, Inc. He was on the founding board of the Morton Community Foundation where he currently serves as President. He also serves as a commissioner on the Morton Park District Board. He was the 2005 recipient of the Morton Chamber Distinguished Service Award.

    He resides in Morton with his wife, Kim. He has a son, Ryan (Katie) and two daughters, Sara (Greg) Roth and Anna. He and his family are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton. Mark has three grandchildren; Will and Grant, sons to Ryan and Katie and Nora, daughter to Sara and Greg.

    Email Mark at: mjohnson@knappjohnson.com

  • Don  Jones

    Don Jones
    Funeral Director

    A native of Metamora, Don is a 1980 graduate of Metamora Township High School. He attended Eastern Illinois University from 1980 – 1982 and is a 1984 graduate of Simmons College of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. Licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, he began his funeral service career in Pekin, Illinois. He later managed funeral homes in central Wisconsin and western Minnesota before returning to central Illinois in 1995.

    Don is a past president and current member of both, Illinois Funeral Directors Association District #8 and Morton Rotary Club. His community involvement includes Morton Tourism Association, Morton Rotary Club and St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run, a fund raising event for St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. He was the 2010 Morton Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award recipient. Don attends Morton Apostolic Christian Church.

    He resides in Morton and has two children, Emilie (Justin) Sharum and Collin and three granddaughters, Harlow, Zovi and Oaklyn Sharum.

    Email Don at: dljones6110@gmail.com

  • Don Chapman

    Don Chapman
    Funeral Director

    Don has been a funeral director in Morton for 35 years with Ludwig Mortuary and Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1973.

    Don is a past president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association District #8, and is a member of the Morton Lions Club. He is a member of the Morton United Methodist Church where he is an active participant in the choir and Methodist Men, and is also involved in teaching Sunday School and Bible Classes.

    He and his wife, Jane reside in Morton. They love spending time with their 19 grandchildren and attending their activities, and enjoy traveling.

    Email Don at: dchapman@knappjohnson.com

  • Ryan Johnson

    Ryan Johnson
    Funeral Director

    Ryan is a 2004 graduate of Morton High School and a 2009 graduate of North Central College, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications. He graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in 2012. Ryan received his funeral director's license in the fall of 2014.

    He currently serves on the board of directors for We Care, Inc. and is a member of the Business District Commission for Morton. Ryan also volunteers as an assistant for the Morton High School Boys Soccer Team.

    Ryan, his wife Katie (Kirk) and sons, Will and Grant, reside in Morton. They are members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton.

    Email Ryan at: rjohnson@knappjohnson.com

  • Kim  Johnson

    Kim Johnson
    Owner/Accounts Payable

    Kim grew up in Morton and married her husband, Mark, in 1981. She previously worked full-time for the Morton Township as secretary and later as Morton’s first female tax assessor until 1994. Kim is the office manager for the funeral home.

    She and Mark have a son, Ryan (Katie), a daughter, Sara (Greg) Roth, who lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a daughter, Anna who attends Illinois Central College. Kim also has three grandchildren; Will and Grant, sons to Ryan and Katie and Nora, daughter to Sara and Greg.

    Kim volunteers at Morton Community Foundation and Morton Apostolic Christian Restmor.

    Email Kim at: kjohnson@knappjohnson.com

  • Abby Ely

    Abby Ely
    Administrative Assistant

    Abby began working part time at Knapp – Johnson Funeral Home in February of 2010.

    She was born and raised in Morton. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. In Education, she came back to teach at Morton Jr. High School. She left the field of teaching in 2003 to raise a family with her husband, David. She and her husband continue to live in Morton with their son, Zane and daughter, Izzy.

  • Ray (Sonny) Frank, Jr

    Ray (Sonny) Frank, Jr
    Funeral Assistant

    Sonny was born in Morton and graduated from Morton High School in 1952. In that same year he became an apprentice brick layer. He worked for Otto Baum and Sons as a bricklayer and foreman for 47 years, retiring in 1997. In 2001, Sonny joined Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home working part time assisting on funerals and performing other various activities.

    He and his wife, Shirley reside in Morton and have four sons, one daughter, 20 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

  • Dave  Neuhauser

    Dave Neuhauser
    Funeral Assistant

    A native of Eureka, Illinois, Dave graduated from Eureka High School in 1961. He continued his education for one year at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas. Following his schooling, Dave served his apprenticeship in funeral service at Flanner and Buchanan Mortuaries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Carlisle Funeral Home in Michigan City, Indiana. He later returned to Eureka where he farmed with his father. In 1966, Dave began his career with Libby’s. He continued his work there for 37 years until retiring as Plant Manager in 2003. After retiring from Libby’s, Dave reentered funeral service when he joined the team at Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home as a part time assistant.

    Dave is married to the former Linda Burton and they reside in Morton. They have two sons, Tim and Kelly and four grandchildren, Abigail, Molly, Shay and Codi Kay.

  • Dean  Hild

    Dean Hild
    Funeral Assistant

    Dean was born in Tremont and graduated from Tremont High School. He farmed in the Tremont area for eight years before moving to rural Morton where he farmed for the next 42 years. Dean retired from farming in 2008. He and his wife now reside in Morton. Dean is also an auctioneer for Roth Auction in Morton.

    Dean married Carol Schierer and has two daughters; Gail Hild and Angie (Rodney) Robenstein. He has five grandsons.

    He is a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton. His hobbies include doing auctions for charitable organizations and spending time with his grandsons.

  • David Betteridge

    David Betteridge
    Funeral Assistant

    After retiring in 1996, David has served as a part time employee of Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home since 2002.

    David and his wife, Mary Anne live in Morton and have been active in their church and is a past member of Morton Rotary and Morton Team Easter Seals. He also served as President of Fox Creek Homeowners Association. David is currently an election judge for Tazewell County and serves as representative for the village of Morton on the Tri County Regional Transit Committee. In addition, David is a member of the Village of Morton Zoning Board of Appeals.

    David served his country with the U.S. Army from September 1951 through October 1970, both on active duty and in active reserve capacity.