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

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 attended Illinois Central College before graduating from 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 served as President. He served as a commissioner on the Morton Park District Board for 12 years. 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. Mark and Kim are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton. Mark has five grandchildren; Will, Grant and Audrey, children to Ryan and Katie, Nora and Tanner, children to Sara and Greg.

    Email Mark at: [email protected]

  • 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), who live in Morton, a daughter, Sara (Greg) Roth, who live in Pittsburgh, PA and a daughter, Anna, who attends Eureka College. Kim also has five grandchildren; Will, Grant and Audrey, children to Ryan and Katie and Nora and Tanner, children to Sara and Greg.

    Kim and Mark are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton.
    Email Kim at: [email protected]

  • Ryan Johnson

    Ryan Johnson Funeral Director

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

    He currently serves as the vice president of Illinois Funeral Directors Association District # 8 and is also the president of the board of directors for We Care, Inc. Ryan is a past member of the Business District Commission for Morton.

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

    Email Ryan at: [email protected]

  • 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, California and Arizona, 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 Rotary Club and an 19 year runner on the 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: [email protected]

  • Josh Stuckey

    Josh Stuckey Funeral Director

    Josh is a life long resident of Morton and a 2015 Morton High School graduate. He reveived his degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College, graduating in May 2018.

    Josh is the son of Greg and Kathy Stuckey. He has three brothers; Benjamin, Jonathan, Daniel.

    He attends Summit Point Church in East Peoria with his family.

  • Trey Young

    Trey Young Funeral Director

    Trey is a 2015 graduate of Morton High School and a 2018 graduate of Carl Sandberg College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he recieved his degree in Mortuary Science.

    Trey is the son of David and Jill Young. He has one sister; Ali.

    He attends Summit Point Church in East Peoria.

    Trey enjoys running, working outdoors and traveling to visit family.

  • Jessica Collie

    Jessica Collie Administrative Assistant

    Jessica grew up in Morton and is a 2001 graduate of Morton High School. Jessica attended Illinois Central College and Northern Illinois University. She previously worked in healthcare at UnityPoint Health for over 10 years.

    She actively volunteers and participates in PTO and other activities at her children's schools.

    Jessica lives in Morton with her husband Jay, daughter Sylvie, and son Kline.

  • Abby Ely

    Abby Ely Administrative Assistant

    Abby 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 teaching in 2003 to raise a family with her husband, David and began working part time at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in February 2010.

    Abby is an active volunteer at her children’s schools and participates in the St. Jude Morton to Peoria run and Kids’ Muddy Madness for St. Jude. She and her husband continue to live in Morton with their son, Zane, and daughter, Izzy.

  • Don Chapman

    Don Chapman Retired Funeral Director

    Don has been a funeral director in Morton for more than 40 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, one great grandchild and attending their activities, and enjoy traveling.

    Don retired on July 1, 2019. He has been licensed for 45 years. He will continue working part time.

    Email Don at: [email protected]

  • Dean  Hild

    Dean Hild Funeral Assistant

    Dean was born in Tremont and graduated from Tremont High School in 1958. He and his wife farmed in the Tremont area for eight years before moving to rural Morton where they farmed for the next 42 years. Dean began working as a funeral home assistant for Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home in 2007.
    Dean married Carol Schierer in 1963. They now reside in Morton. They have two daughters; Gail Hild and Angie (Rodney) Robenstein and five grandsons.
    He is a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton. Dean has benn an auctioneer in the area for 49 years. His hobbies include doing auctions for charitable organizations and spending time with his grandsons.

  • 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 Kodikay.

  • Doane Brubaker

    Doane Brubaker Funeral Assistant

    Born and raised in Indiana, Doane has been a resident of Morton since 1994 when he became the pastor at First Mennonite Church, serving there until 2012. With his wife, Sharon, they continued to live in Morton when he was chaplain at Maple Lawn Homes in Eureka, and currently as the pastor at Carlock Mennonite Church.

    Doane and Sharon have a son, Jeff (Brooke), and two daughters, Sarah (Nathaniel), and Krista. They have one granddaughter, Penny. Their three children and daughter-in-law are all graduates of Morton High School, so they enjoyed several years participating as band, orchestra and football parents.

    Doane earned bachelor and master’s degrees at Fort Wayne Bible College (Indiana) and at Evangelical Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania).

  • Paul Beckman

    Paul Beckman Funeral Assistant

    A native of Ohio, Paul moved to Morton in 1989 to join Caterpillar Inc after earning his Masters degree from The Ohio State University. Paul retired in May 2019 from Caterpillar, Global Parts Order Fulfillment Management, and is currently a supporting member of the Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home team. He also serves on the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    Paul and his wife Valery reside in Morton and have a daughter and two granddaughters.