Darlene Jonas
B: 1948-05-28
D: 2017-05-22
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Jonas, Darlene
Joye L. Kansal
B: 1961-10-25
D: 2017-05-17
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Kansal, Joye L.
Susan Keesee
B: 1950-09-16
D: 2017-05-15
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Keesee, Susan
Darleen Cruwe
B: 1937-04-06
D: 2017-05-10
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Cruwe, Darleen
Mary Mims
B: 1938-12-28
D: 2017-05-06
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Mims, Mary
Dana Heinritz
B: 1921-03-02
D: 2017-05-05
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Heinritz, Dana
Ronald Vaughn
B: 1954-11-04
D: 2017-05-03
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Vaughn, Ronald
Mona Pearson
B: 1931-01-17
D: 2017-04-29
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Pearson, Mona
Oneal E. Stricklin
B: 1928-03-28
D: 2017-04-28
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Stricklin, Oneal E.
Wesley Martin Flor
B: 1937-02-03
D: 2017-04-25
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Flor, Wesley Martin
Velma Turnbull
B: 1917-09-22
D: 2017-04-25
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Turnbull, Velma
Jeannene Gossett
B: 1936-01-31
D: 2017-04-24
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Gossett, Jeannene
Mildred Burch
B: 1922-12-11
D: 2017-04-24
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Burch, Mildred
Janice Ryan
B: 1927-08-29
D: 2017-04-23
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Ryan, Janice
Joyce Rudis
B: 1943-05-23
D: 2017-04-22
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Rudis, Joyce
Gerald Whitlow
B: 1940-08-08
D: 2017-04-20
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Whitlow, Gerald
Barbara Bieser
B: 1932-02-17
D: 2017-04-19
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Bieser, Barbara
Virginia Richter
B: 1922-10-22
D: 2017-04-16
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Richter, Virginia
Kenneth Powers
B: 1952-06-23
D: 2017-04-15
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Powers, Kenneth
Elva Bair
B: 1919-07-26
D: 2017-04-14
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Bair, Elva
Dorothy Whiton
B: 1949-08-07
D: 2017-04-12
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Whiton, Dorothy


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Ryan Zinke, Manager / Funeral Director
Office Phone: 618-344-0187

Ryan is originally from Robinson, Illinois. He graduated from Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1994 with a degree in mortuary science and completed advanced embalming training at the Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri in 2004.

Robert L. Debo, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Bob is originally from the central Missouri area.  He graduated from Jefferson City High School, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1963.  He served his apprenticeship at the Houser Funeral Service in Jefferson City and worked at the Carr Funeral Home in Fayette for seven years before purchasing the Browning Funeral Home in Fulton, Missouri.

Lyle Hill, Funeral Director

Lyle is originally from Sparta, Illinois and has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Illinois since 1972. Lyle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University in Mortuary Science.  He has been an employee at the funeral home since 1991. Lyle is also a licensed insurance producer. He is an elder and very active at the Presbyterian Church in Collinsville and also belongs to the Lions Club in Collinsville. Some of his outside interests are golf and gardening

Laura Himstedt, Funeral Director

Raised on a farm in Morrisonville, Ill., Laura decided to pursue a career in funeral service at the age of 16 and has never wavered from that dream. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in mortuary science and funeral service in 2010, and worked in the Peoria area before joining our staff in December 2016. In her free time, Laura enjoys shopping, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

John Schemerhorn, Funeral Director & Embalmer

John is originally from Lawrenceville, IL. He graduated from Kentucky College of Mortuary Science in 1975, and has been a licensed funeral director since 1976. John also has a bachelor's in sociology, which he earned from Arkansas State University in 1980.

Ron Hall, Advanced Planning Director
Office Phone: 618-344-0187

Ron has been with the Herr Funeral Homes since June 1992 and with Sunset Hill Funeral Home since its inception June 2005. Ron is originally from Collinsville and is a licensed insurance producer in Illinois and Missouri, and holds a Missouri Funeral Directors license

Gina Gonet, Funeral Administrator
Office Phone: 618-344-0187

Gina, and her husband, Joe, are both originally from Nokomis, Illinois and have resided in the Collinsville area for more than 25 years. They have two children, Madison and Nic. Gina's experience includes extensive work in floral design and later the orthodontic field before she joined the staff at Herr Funeral Home in 2002.

Kelli Kurtz, Administrative Assistant
Office Phone: 618-344-0187

Kelli worked in the healthcare field before joining our team in November 2015. She lives in her native Edwardsville with her husband, Tom. The couple has two children, Megan and Daniel, and one granddaughter, Tatum. When not at work, Kelli enjoys reading and genealogy, but most of all she enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Bob Detchman, Funeral Assistant

Bob, a native of Collinsville, joined our team in February 2014.  He lives in Hamel with his wife, Carolyn, and enjoys playing golf.

Frank Klostermann, Funeral Attendant

Frank has helped families at Herr since March 2008. He is an Illinois native, SIU graduate, and a member of Collinsville Knights of Columbus, Cahokia Archaeological Society, NARFE Granite City Chapter, and Collinsville Area Camera Club. Has served on various boards, including the Gateway Center Authority Board and the City Park Board, and was active with the Cub and Boy Scouts, Jaycees, and Kiwanis. He and his wife, Shirley, have called Collinsville home for more than 40 years. In his free time, he enjoys genealogy, archaeology, and photography.

Debbie McAllister, Funeral Attendant

Debbie joined our staff in April 2013 after a 39-year career with the Department of Defense. The lifelong Collinsville resident is active in the community through Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she serves as greeter and Eucharistic minister. She also is past president, trustee and member of Ladies of the Knights, Knights of Columbus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bowling, attending shows and Cardinal ballgames.

Mike Pamatot, Funeral Assistant

Mike began at Herr in March 2014 and enjoys that his role allows him to help care for our families. Born and raised in Collinsville, he has served as the chairman for the International Horseradish Festival for 20 years. He has also served as a high school football official for 34 years, and worked as an insurance agent for 33 years before his retirement. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Maryville.

Michael Scaggs, Funeral Assistant

Jim Woodcock, Funeral Attendant

A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Jim has been with our funeral home for about 30 years. He is a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church and has always been active in the Caseyville community

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