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Our Staff

Dirk DeJong

Owner, Funeral Director, Funeral Celebrant

Dirk is the son of G. William and Dorothy DeJong, who bought the Pearson Funeral Home in 1944 and established DeJong’s Funeral Home. From the time of his birth, he lived in the funeral home building with his family. He helped with the work at the funeral home in many ways. He helped set up tents, carry and drive flowers, answer telephone calls, and whatever else he was asked to do. He graduated from Keokuk High School in 1967 and from SCC. Following his marriage to Theresa Neff in 1972, he attended Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Following his graduation, he served an internship at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1975, he and Theresa returned to Keokuk to join the family firm. He again worked along-side his father and learned to appreciate “Bill’s” knowledge and experience. Following Bill’s death in 1993, Dirk assumed the leadership roll and purchased the business from his mother and sisters.

He has been active in the community. He has served in leadership positions and on the boards of several organizations. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star, Sons of the American Legion, Keokuk Lions Club, Elks Lodge, and National, Iowa and Tri-State Funeral Directors Associations.

Dirk is licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri and attends annual continuing education classes to stay current in his knowledge and skills. Family has influenced him deeply and his four daughters and their families are extremely important to him.

His interests include bicycling, golf, gardening, stained glass, and woodworking.

Theresa “Terry” DeJong

Owner, Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Born in Hancock County, Illinois, Terry moved with her parents, Estel and Cecel Neff, to Keokuk in 1958. She attended Keokuk Public Schools, graduating in 1969. She attended SCC and University of Iowa. Terry married Dirk DeJong in 1972 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk. She moved with him to Dallas, Texas, then Des Moines, and back to Keokuk. Terry was as a stay-at-home mother with their four daughters until 1983. She then began helping and doing part-time work at the funeral home. Becoming more and more active and interested in the work, she attended both SCC and Carl Sandburg College, and received her degree in Mortuary Science in 1997. She became licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in Iowa and Illinois in 1998. She attended training and became a Certified Funeral Celebrant in 2009. She enjoys helping plan and leading the celebrations of life and remembrance services held at either of their Celebration of Life Centers or at other places selected by families. She is interested in the varied music selected and used in religious and secular services to express the personality of each person remembered and their families.

She is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, P.E.O. International Sisterhood, Order of Eastern Star, Keokuk Area Hospital Auxiliary, National and Iowa Funeral Directors Associations, and Tri-State Funeral Directors. Family is the center of her life, working side-by-side with Dirk, keeping track of four daughters and sons-in-law, three young grandchildren, and adopted shelter dog, Paloma. Her interests include gardening, sewing, and stained glass.

Evan Printy

Funeral Director and Pre-Planning Consultant

Evan is a licensed funeral director and our resident pre-planning specialist at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers. He joined the group in 2013 after graduating from Carl Sandburg College with a degree in Mortuary Science. While in school, Evan was a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa, the vice president of the mortuary science fraternity Sigma Phi Sigma, and the chairman of the Alumni Banquet Committee. He graduated at the top of his class with highest honors.

Evan is the son of Jim and Melissa Printy of Carthage, Illinois who own and operate funeral homes in Carthage and Warsaw. Growing up in the funeral business, Evan took an interest in it at a young age. From the time he was old enough to set up chairs Evan has worked at his family’s firm. Evan still works closely with his father in addition to his work at DeJong-Greaves.

Evan married his wife Kati in 2012. Also from Carthage, Kati is the daughter of Kevin and Brenda Youngmeyer. Kati received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, and now works as a registered nurse at Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk.

As the oldest of eight children, Evan enjoys visiting and spending time with his siblings. He also likes playing a number of different sports and performing with the music group at his church.  As he grew up in Carthage he enjoyed being close with his community. He is happy to now have the opportunity to do so in Keokuk as well.

Sonia Richardson

Office Manager

A life-long member of the Hancock county community, Sonia grew up in the Basco and Carthage area. She graduated from Warsaw High School and received a Certificate in Computer Applications from Mid States College. She has been an integral part of DeJong’s Funeral Home and later DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers since she began working here in 2005.

In addition to her duties as office manager, Sonia works very closely with the families we serve and takes pride in helping others in a time of loss. She is always ready to assist families file for Veterans’ benefits, make notifications to the Social Security Administration, file life insurance claims and help with any other administrative task families are faced with after the death of a loved one.

Sonia and her son Jordan live in Carthage. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.

 

Laura DeJong

Project Planner, Graphic Designer and Assistant

Laura DeJong is the youngest daughter of Dirk and Terry DeJong. Like her father, Laura grew up with the funeral home as the backdrop and has worked in the family business for most of her lifetime in some capacity. After graduating from Keokuk High School, she attended SCC where she earned her Associates of Arts degree and went on to study art at both Iowa State and Western Illinois Universities. After teaching herself how to use various graphic editing software programs and attaining further training while working at a photography studio, she began utilizing these skills more and more in the funeral home until eventually becoming an official member of the staff in 2011. Most of her work revolves around working with families to customize services to reflect each individual, and organizing community programs for grief support and honoring veterans as part of DeJong-Greaves membership with the Veterans & Family Memorial Care program. She also helps with many of the administration duties of the office. She really enjoys being able to take ideas families have for remembering their loved ones and helping them to create a meaningful celebration of life.

Laura married Myron McVeigh in 2007, in Hamilton, IL. Also from Keokuk, Myron worked for over ten years as a sheet metal fabricator until returning to college full time in 2013. He is now earning a degree in history at Western Illinois University. They live in Keokuk with their three dogs, Kali, Oliver and Bella.

Laura spends much of her free time designing textiles and handmade objects. She and Myron also like spending time together gardening, creating various projects in their woodshop, and attending live music performances.