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Get to know the DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers staff, dedicated to helping families celebrate a life lived. We provide peace of mind, available 24/7 for your convenience.
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.
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. He is also licensed as a Preneed Sales Agent and can contract for preneed trusts and help families deal with existing insurance policies.
He is 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, Sons of the American Legion, Keokuk Lions Club, Rotary, Elks Lodge, and has been active in other organizations through the years. He also belongs to National, Iowa and Tri-State Funeral Directors Associations.
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 to Des Moines, and back to Keokuk. Terry was 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 is also licensed as a Preneed Sales Agent and can contract for preneed trusts and help families deal with existing insurance policies. 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, Keokuk Area Hospital Auxiliary, National, Iowa and Tri-State Funeral Directors Associations, and is a trained Hospice Volunteer. Family is the center of her life, working side-by-side with Dirk, keeping track of four daughters and sons-in-law, four young grandchildren, and adopted shelter dog, Tupelo.
Her interests include gardening, sewing, crocheting, and stained glass.
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.
Funeral Director and Pre-Planning Consultant
Evan is a licensed funeral director for DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers. He joined the group in 2013 after graduating at the top of his class with highest honors from Carl Sandburg College with a degree in Mortuary Science.
Evan is the son of Jim and Melissa Printy of Carthage, Illinois, who own and operate Printy Funeral Homes in Carthage, Hamilton, 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 came to work at DeJong-Greaves in June, 2013, to serve his internship. He continued to work for Dirk and Terry and to work with his father as needed. Following the Printys’ purchase of Lamporte Funeral Homes in 2017, Evan works closely with his father and manages their business in Hamilton. He is available to assist at DeJong-Greaves and helps often. He is also licensed as a Preneed Sales Agent and can contract for preneed trusts and assist with preneed issues.
Evan married his wife Kati in 2012. Also from Carthage, Kati is the daughter of Kevin and Brenda Youngmeyer. Kati received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and has worked as a registered nurse at Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk. Evan and Kati’s first child, a daughter, is expected near the end of 2017.
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. He is a hard worker and seems to have boundless energy. He is a valued asset.
Bob is a licensed funeral director for DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers. He is also licensed as a Preneed Sales Agent and can contract for preneed trusts and help families deal with existing insurance policies. Bob helps on many funerals and will meet with families if he is available.
Bob Kraus with his wife Susie became the third generation of the family to own Greaves Mortuary. They operated the business from 1972 until 2011 when it was bought by Dirk and Terry DeJong and became part of the new DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers. Dirk and Terry are proud to be trusted to carry on the traditions practiced by Greaves Mortuary and the Kraus family for so many years. Bob and Susie are enjoying retirement and spending lots of time traveling to see children and grandchildren. Bob plays golf whenever he gets a chance.
Project Planner and Graphic Designer
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 in some capacity for most of her life. After graduating from Keokuk High School, she attended SCC where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree and went on to study art at both Iowa State and Western Illinois Universities. She is currently attending John Wood College in Quincy and will earn her AAS Degree in Graphic Design at the end of 2017. 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 funeral materials to reflect each individual. She also organizes community programs for grief support and honoring veterans as part of DeJong-Greaves membership with the Veterans & Family Memorial Care program. She has organized our butterfly release, Memorial Day veteran’s balloon release, remembrance holiday program, tree planting, among others. 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.
She lives in Keokuk with three dogs, Kali, Oliver and Bella.
Laura spends much of her free time designing textiles and handmade objects. She enjoys gardening and attending live music performances.