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About Us

The Plummer Funeral Home has a history of being a family-owned and run funeral home. In 1940, Wilbert E. Ross and Maynard C. Becker created the Ross and Becker Funeral Home. The property, located at 404 East Union Avenue, was purchased from the Herbert Hood Estate. The former estate was remodeled to be more appropriate for funeral directing purposes. Included in the initial remodeling were a new casket showroom and a three-car garage. But the owners were careful to maintain the homelike atmosphere throughout the facility.

In 1949, Wilbert E. Ross purchased the half-interest of Maynard C. Becker. Ross and his wife, Esther Ross, who was also a licensed funeral director worked together for many years. In 1963, the funeral home received extensive remodeling, central air-conditioning and a new parlor was added at the front of the home. Bryan and Betty (Ross) Curry were also funeral directors for Ross Funeral Home at that time. Betty was Wilbert Ross’s niece and the Curry’s had been with the firm for sixteen years. Bryan Curry died on February 7, 1981 and Betty Curry died on July 11, 1985.

It was at that time that Wilbert decided to sell the funeral home and it was purchased on December 3, 1985 by Terry W. Plummer. At that time, the home was known at Ross-Plummer Funeral Home.

In 1991, the funeral home was renamed Plummer Funeral Home. That same year, a branch facility was built in Raymond, Illinois and was opened on August 11, 1991. The Raymond facility later closed and the building was sold to the Raymond United Methodist Church. In 1995, another major renovation was completed. The new additions included a chapel, lounge, restrooms and new embalming room. A new concrete parking lot was also added.

Our History

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The structure at 404 East Union Avenue, which now houses Plummer Funeral Home, was first the residence of the Herbert Hood family. In 1940, former Mt. Olive residents Wilbert E. Ross and Maynard C. Becker purchased the home. After many modifications, the men opened the Ross-Becker Funeral Home in August of that year. 

By the beginning of the next decade, Ross had purchased Becker’s interest in the business and it became the Ross Funeral Home. Extensive remodeling and expansion occurred in the early 1960s to better serve families. 

In December 1985, Terry Plummer purchased the business and it was renamed Ross-Plummer Funeral Home. During the first decade of Terry’s ownership, he designed an expansion and remodel of the facility to ensure handicapped accessibility and additional parking, all while keeping the structural integrity of the home. The name was then changed to Plummer Funeral Home. 

In March 2005, Plummer Funeral Services, Inc., purchased the real estate and intellectual property of the former Meinschein Funeral Home. The operations were then merged into the Plummer Funeral Home and Meischein’s 623 North State Street location was closed. 

 Remaining constant through the years is the caring and compassionate service and meticulous attention to detail which is given to each family that Plummer Funeral Home has had the privilege of serving. Terry and his staff are thankful for the many families who continue to entrust the care of their loved ones to Plummer Funeral Home.

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