History & Staff
Since the late 1890's Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home has been recognized as a leader in Marion and Williamson County in providing excellent service to families and friends and has continued to grow steadily over the many years by providing professional and compassionate care.
Our Valued Staff
Bob Wilson, Funeral Director
Marion has been home to Bob and his family since moving from Zeigler in September of 1953. At the age of thirteen Bob moved to Marion and began his freshman year in Marion High School. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1963 and continues to serve the Community as a Funeral Director in Marion. He is an active member of Second Baptist Church, where he attends with his wife Pam. Bob and his wife, the former Pam Peot, reside south of Marion on the Lake of Egypt. Bob is a member of the noon Marion Lions Club and Fellowship Masonic Lodge 89 A.F. & A.M. of Marion. His participation in the community has included memberships in several local groups and volunteering for several years for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. The Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home is now located at the corner of North Court Street and West Boulevard. This is the location of the former McKinley Grade School and across the street from the location of the former Frick Funeral Home, a predecessor of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home. As a teenager Bob surveyed all areas of Marion, as a possible location for a new funeral home. In considering a location, he would always come back to the McKinley School property. In May of 1982 a devastating tornado would strike the community of Marion destroying many homes, businesses and the McKinley Grade School. Seven years later the school property was offered for sale by sealed bid and Bob and Dave were blessed by their bid being accepted. Followed by many events, rejected architect plans and a final design by Bob and Dave, the new Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home was completed and opened for business, January 12, 1998. Bob plans to continue to keep busy with the every day operation of the funeral home, caring for the needs of families, along with an active involvement in the community of Marion.
When considering your needs for planning a funeral service feel free to stop by and discuss your many options with Bob or a member of our staff.
Dave McReynolds, Funeral Director
David M. McReynolds was born in Benton, IL on March 26, 1956.
He grew up in West Frankfort, IL attending the West Frankfort Schools and was a graduate of West Frankfort High School in 1974. After graduation he went on to attend college at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale majoring in Funeral Service.
During the summer of 1978, toward the end of completing his degree, SIU assigned him to serve a summer internship program at Wilson Funeral Home of Marion. In May of 1978, Dave at the age of 22, moved from his boyhood home in West Frankfort to Marion to serve his internship and has been a resident of Marion ever since.
He graduated from Southern Illinois University in August of 1978, with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. Dave was then offered a permanent position at Wilson Funeral Home which he accepted. He continued to serve at Wilson Funeral Home until 1985. It was then he and Bob Wilson formed a partnership creating Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home.
In the late 1980’s they purchased 2 acres of property in Marion located at the corner of Court and Boulevard Streets and both had a vision to build a new funeral service facility at that location. For the next 10 years they planned and saved and in 1998, their dream was fulfilled with the building and opening of a new funeral facility to serve the people of the area.
Dave is passionate about his career in funeral service always striving to learn about the new changes of the profession. He has served on many National and State Boards of funeral service since the early 1990’s. Through his national association involvement he has traveled many times to Washington D.C. meeting with the legislatures discussing the many issues of funeral service on the national level. He was elected by his funeral service professional colleagues to serve as President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association in the year 2000.
Dave feels the service he provides to the public, when they have a life changing event of losing a loved one, is a valuable service to those he is called upon to serve. Step by step he begins this new journey with each family as they start to adjust to living their lives without their loved one.
Dave was united in marriage to Pamela J. Troutt, also a resident of West Frankfort, IL on October 10, 1981, and together they have now shared over 30 years of marriage. They have been blessed with 3 children; Amanda, Landon and Jordan.
Dave is a Christian and is a long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Marion.
In his spare time, Dave is active in politics and believes ALL should be actively involved in the process of the election and deciding who will be sent to represent the people of this country. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working in the yard of his home, spending time outdoors especially hunting, traveling when he can and sometimes just sitting, being still and absorbing in quietly all that GOD has created.
MaryAnne Crepps, Family Services Counselor
I have been helping in several areas at the funeral home since February of 2007. Born and raised in Illinois, but moved to California and lived there for over 31 years (with 1 year spent in Dover Delaware from 1991 thru 1992). Through the years I've had numerous occupations, while not being a mom and raising my own family from 1984 thru 1996. One of my most rewarding jobs was as a care-giver for several elderly friends, to show love and support to some who needed compassion. When I moved back to Illinois in 2006 and soon after had the happenstance to meet and talk with Dave at the funeral home, was very pleased that they allowed me the opportunity to join their team!
I love helping families during this time of need, and we do all we can to make it a good memory to add to the end of a life's journey.
I've met many wonderful families and am proud to be a part of this great team.
Frank & Loretta Crosson, Funeral Assistants
Mr. & Mrs. Crosson have been part of the family at the funeral home for a very long time. They both have helped out on many services and know just about everybody or at the very least know someone from the families we serve.
They have been instrumental in building relationships with the communities all over this area, and when they are in town, not visiting family, they are always ready to help.
Todd Russell, Funeral Director Assistant
I was born in Harrisburg on August 7, 1980 and grew up in Galatia, IL, graduating from Galatia High School in 1998, and later attended Vincennes University, in Vincennes, IN.
I have a 6 year old daughter, Morgan, and we currently attend Cornerstone Church in Marion, IL.
I have previously worked for several funeral homes in the Saline County area.
In October of 2012, was hired at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, and am very grateful for my opportunity here, and enjoy helping and serving the people in the Marion area.