Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you
Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

 

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Susan R. Hughey President

Susan R. Hughey was born in Chester, Illinois and later moved to Marion, Illinois with her family in 1952. Susan graduated from Marion High School in 1962. She married Charles E. Hughey in October of 1963. Charles and Susan bought the Pulley Funeral Home in 1969, which they later called Hughey-Pulley, and now Hughey Funeral Home. They raised 3 daughters, Carmen, Marsha and Monica above the funeral home. In 2002, Charles passed away. With the help of Don Collier and daughter Carmen they have continued the legacy that Charles created. In 2014 it will be 45 years in business. Susan has 5 grandchildren, Reid and Lane Deichman, Hayden Locke and Krystal and Kylie Akes. Susan is still active in the business. She is a member of the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a Trustee of Cedarhurst (Mitchell Museum), and a Board Member of the Community First Bank of the Heartland.

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Don Collier Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Don Collier is a 1973 Salem Community High School graduate. He attended McKendree College, transferring to Southern Illinois University, where he continued his studies graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1977. Don began working side by side with Charles Hughey in July of1977. In 2001 Don became Vice-President and part owner of Hughey Funeral Home. Don married his wife, Anne (Saikia) of Salem in August of 1980. They have two children, Emily and husband, Jeff Harrison who reside in Woodlawn, IL, and Joseph and fiancée, Brittany (Black) who reside in West Palm Beach, FL. Don is also known as “Papa” to his grandchildren Kayden and Stevi Jane Harrison of Woodlawn. Don is a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoys music, cooking, and spending time with his family. 

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Carmen Hughey-Deichman Corporate Secretary and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Carmen Hughey-Deichman was born June 22, 1969 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the daughter of Charles and Susan (Knapp) Hughey. She graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1987. She attended Bauder Fashion College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1989 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising. After returning to Mt. Vernon she was employed at the Mammoth Department Store. Carmen then decided to attend Southern Illinois University where she received an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service in 1992. She also married Chris F. Deichman the same year and began working beside her father, Charles. Carmen and her husband Chris have two sons, Reid and Lane. Carmen serves on the University of Illinois Extension Council and is a member of the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She is also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Carmen and her family enjoy showing quarter horses and running their family farm.

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Tim Hankins Licensed Funeral Director/Emblamer Missouri

Tim Hankins, Funeral Director/Embalmer, was born and raised in Johnston City, Illinois. He graduated from Johnston City High School in May 1987. He attended Greenville College until 1989. Transferring to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale he graduated in May 1990 with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He has two children, Danielle and Derek. Tim began his funeral service career at Hughey Funeral Home in 1991 working alongside Charles E. Hughey and Don Collier. After serving his apprenticeship at Hughey Funeral Home he moved to Missouri where owned and operated a nursing home. He now has returned home to Southern Illinois to resume his funeral service career at Hughey Funeral Home.  

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Marsha Hughey Locke Administrative Assistant

Marsha Hughey-Locke was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She graduated from Mount Vernon Township High School in May of 1988. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in May of 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and in May of 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management. She practicied Dental Hygiene for 12 years in Mount Vernon, Illinois and then joined Hughey Funeral Home as their Administrative Assistant in 2005. In October of 1996 she married John T. Locke and they have one son, Hayden Locke. She is a member of Central Christian Chuch, Counselor at Cedarhurst where she serves on several commitees and volunteers for many activities at Rome Grade School where her son, Hayden attends.

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Marty Mills Funeral Director/Embalmer

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Justin Lee Oldham Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Justin Oldham, Funeral Director/Embalmer, was born on May 27, 1977. He attended Findlay High School, and graduated there in 1995. He then spent a year at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois until 1996. In August of 1996 he went to Mid-America College of Funeral Service. With his credits from Lincoln Christian University and his education from Mid-America College he recieved his Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree in August of 1997. In 1998 Justin Went to IVY Tech College in Sellersburg, Indiana to acquire his Associates of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated in 2001. Justin started working for Hughey Funeral Home in December of 2002. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. In October of 2011, Justin married Alyssa (Wallis) Oldham, another Funeral Director/Embalmer at Hughey Funeral Home.

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Alyssa Nicole Oldham Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Alyssa (Wallis) Oldham, Funeral Director and Embalmer, was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2006 and from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in May 2010 with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. She started working at Hughey Funeral Home shortly thereafter. In October 2011 she married Justin Oldham who is also a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Hughey Funeral Home. Alyssa is a lifelong Presbyterian and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon where she is the head youth leader and serves on various commitees. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys crocheting many different projects for friends and family, spending time outside of work with her husband, and keeping company with her two cats and puppy. She is an avid reader of most any topic and genre.

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Alex Ross Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Being a former "military brat" Alex Ross was born in Virginia, moved with his family to Florida, Southern Illinois and Oklahoma and is a graduate of Pope County High School, Golconda, Illinois, Class of 1982. After completing 5 years in the U.S. Navy Serving aboard the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) during the Persian Gulf War, Alex completed his Associates of Science degree at SIU-Carbondale, Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996. He completed his internship and apprenticeship at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois and later worked for Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois. He and his wife, Rita, were married in 2000 at Goddard Chapel in the middle of Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, Illinois. He joined the staff of Hughey Funeral Home in March of 2005. He is an avid SCUBA diver and enjoys nature and photography. "there can be great personal reward in helping guide families through such a difficult time..." is the culmination of Alex's experience as a funeral director. 

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Mike Lampe Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Michael Lampe, Funeral Director/Embalmer was born April 23, 1964 to David and Margaret (Smerz) Lampe of Germantown, IL where he was raised. Mike graduated from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, IL in 1982 and went on to become an EMT/paramedic, a profession he worked at for 20 years prior to becoming a Funeral Director. In 2009 Mike graduated from St. Louis Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. Mike started working at Hughey Funeral Home in October of 2013. He has three children Andria, Jack and Jordyn. Mike resides in Mt. Vernon and attends West Salem Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

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Jerry R. Farthing Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

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Dowell Hibbs Maintenance and Grounds Keeper

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Rick Akes Funeral Service Assistant

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Anne Collier Funeral Service Attendant

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Glenda Wittenbrink Funeral Service Attendant

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Sherry Williams Funeral Service Attendant

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Mary Harlan Funeral Service Attendant

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Brooke Mitchell Funeral Service Attendant

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Susan R. Hughey

President

Susan R. Hughey was born in Chester, Illinois and later moved to Marion, Illinois with her family in 1952. Susan graduated from Marion High School in 1962. She married Charles E. Hughey in October of 1963. Charles and Susan bought the Pulley Funeral Home in 1969, which they later called Hughey-Pulley, and now Hughey Funeral Home. They raised 3 daughters, Carmen, Marsha and Monica above the funeral home. In 2002, Charles passed away. With the help of Don Collier and daughter Carmen they have continued the legacy that Charles created. In 2014 it will be 45 years in business. Susan has 5 grandchildren, Reid and Lane Deichman, Hayden Locke and Krystal and Kylie Akes. Susan is still active in the business. She is a member of the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a Trustee of Cedarhurst (Mitchell Museum), and a Board Member of the Community First Bank of the Heartland.

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Don Collier

Vice President and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Don Collier is a 1973 Salem Community High School graduate. He attended McKendree College, transferring to Southern Illinois University, where he continued his studies graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1977. Don began working side by side with Charles Hughey in July of1977. In 2001 Don became Vice-President and part owner of Hughey Funeral Home. Don married his wife, Anne (Saikia) of Salem in August of 1980. They have two children, Emily and husband, Jeff Harrison who reside in Woodlawn, IL, and Joseph and fiancée, Brittany (Black) who reside in West Palm Beach, FL. Don is also known as “Papa” to his grandchildren Kayden and Stevi Jane Harrison of Woodlawn. Don is a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoys music, cooking, and spending time with his family. 

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Carmen Hughey-Deichman

Corporate Secretary and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Carmen Hughey-Deichman was born June 22, 1969 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the daughter of Charles and Susan (Knapp) Hughey. She graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1987. She attended Bauder Fashion College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1989 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising. After returning to Mt. Vernon she was employed at the Mammoth Department Store. Carmen then decided to attend Southern Illinois University where she received an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service in 1992. She also married Chris F. Deichman the same year and began working beside her father, Charles. Carmen and her husband Chris have two sons, Reid and Lane. Carmen serves on the University of Illinois Extension Council and is a member of the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She is also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Carmen and her family enjoy showing quarter horses and running their family farm.

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Tim Hankins

Licensed Funeral Director/Emblamer Missouri

Tim Hankins, Funeral Director/Embalmer, was born and raised in Johnston City, Illinois. He graduated from Johnston City High School in May 1987. He attended Greenville College until 1989. Transferring to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale he graduated in May 1990 with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He has two children, Danielle and Derek. Tim began his funeral service career at Hughey Funeral Home in 1991 working alongside Charles E. Hughey and Don Collier. After serving his apprenticeship at Hughey Funeral Home he moved to Missouri where owned and operated a nursing home. He now has returned home to Southern Illinois to resume his funeral service career at Hughey Funeral Home.  

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Marsha Hughey Locke

Administrative Assistant

Marsha Hughey-Locke was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She graduated from Mount Vernon Township High School in May of 1988. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in May of 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and in May of 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management. She practicied Dental Hygiene for 12 years in Mount Vernon, Illinois and then joined Hughey Funeral Home as their Administrative Assistant in 2005. In October of 1996 she married John T. Locke and they have one son, Hayden Locke. She is a member of Central Christian Chuch, Counselor at Cedarhurst where she serves on several commitees and volunteers for many activities at Rome Grade School where her son, Hayden attends.

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Marty Mills

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Justin Lee Oldham

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Justin Oldham, Funeral Director/Embalmer, was born on May 27, 1977. He attended Findlay High School, and graduated there in 1995. He then spent a year at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois until 1996. In August of 1996 he went to Mid-America College of Funeral Service. With his credits from Lincoln Christian University and his education from Mid-America College he recieved his Associates of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree in August of 1997. In 1998 Justin Went to IVY Tech College in Sellersburg, Indiana to acquire his Associates of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated in 2001. Justin started working for Hughey Funeral Home in December of 2002. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. In October of 2011, Justin married Alyssa (Wallis) Oldham, another Funeral Director/Embalmer at Hughey Funeral Home.

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Alyssa Nicole Oldham

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Alyssa (Wallis) Oldham, Funeral Director and Embalmer, was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2006 and from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in May 2010 with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. She started working at Hughey Funeral Home shortly thereafter. In October 2011 she married Justin Oldham who is also a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Hughey Funeral Home. Alyssa is a lifelong Presbyterian and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon where she is the head youth leader and serves on various commitees. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys crocheting many different projects for friends and family, spending time outside of work with her husband, and keeping company with her two cats and puppy. She is an avid reader of most any topic and genre.

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Alex Ross

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Being a former "military brat" Alex Ross was born in Virginia, moved with his family to Florida, Southern Illinois and Oklahoma and is a graduate of Pope County High School, Golconda, Illinois, Class of 1982. After completing 5 years in the U.S. Navy Serving aboard the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) during the Persian Gulf War, Alex completed his Associates of Science degree at SIU-Carbondale, Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996. He completed his internship and apprenticeship at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois and later worked for Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois. He and his wife, Rita, were married in 2000 at Goddard Chapel in the middle of Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, Illinois. He joined the staff of Hughey Funeral Home in March of 2005. He is an avid SCUBA diver and enjoys nature and photography. "there can be great personal reward in helping guide families through such a difficult time..." is the culmination of Alex's experience as a funeral director. 

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Mike Lampe

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Michael Lampe, Funeral Director/Embalmer was born April 23, 1964 to David and Margaret (Smerz) Lampe of Germantown, IL where he was raised. Mike graduated from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, IL in 1982 and went on to become an EMT/paramedic, a profession he worked at for 20 years prior to becoming a Funeral Director. In 2009 Mike graduated from St. Louis Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. Mike started working at Hughey Funeral Home in October of 2013. He has three children Andria, Jack and Jordyn. Mike resides in Mt. Vernon and attends West Salem Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

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Jerry R. Farthing

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Dowell Hibbs

Maintenance and Grounds Keeper
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Rick Akes

Funeral Service Assistant
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Anne Collier

Funeral Service Attendant
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Glenda Wittenbrink

Funeral Service Attendant
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Sherry Williams

Funeral Service Attendant
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Mary Harlan

Funeral Service Attendant
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Brooke Mitchell

Funeral Service Attendant