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Jim & MaryLou Meridith

Owners
Jim graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1959. He worked at the Illinois Funeral Directors’ Association in Springfield, IL during the mid-60’s when he met Mary Lou and they married in 1967. Jim was then employed at Bisch and Son Funeral Home in Springfield, IL for 7 ½ years before purchasing the Harris Funeral Home in Highland in 1976. The name of the funeral home was changed to Meridith Funeral Home in 1979. Mary Lou has served as secretary for the business while raising their five children on the second floor of the funeral home.

Jim Meridith

Jim graduated from St. Paul High School in 1986 and from McKendree College in Lebanon, IL in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration. He worked in sales and management until attending Worsham College of Mortuary Science from September, 2003 and graduated in September, 2004.
In July 2011, Jim married Denise at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL. They live in Highland with her children, Tyler and Emily Deichmann, and their children James Thomas and Sophia Rose.

Fred Hemann

Fred has been affiliated with the Meridith Funeral Home for over ten years as a part-time employee assisting at visitations and funerals. He also is the groundskeeper. He and his wife Melba live in Highland, IL.

Paul Holtgrave

Paul has been with us since summer of 2012.  He worked for the City of Highland for more than 35 years.  He and his wife, Sue, live in Highland.

Gervase Ottensmeier

Gervase has been with us since summer of 2012.  He worked for the City of Highland for more than 30 years.  He and his wife, Kathy, live in Highland.

Jane Holtgrave

Jane has been with us since March of 2013.  She worked Civil Service at Scott Air Force Base for more than 30 years.  Jane lives in Highland.

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