301 South Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462
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10th & Warren
Oquawka, IL 61469
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Church Street & Highway 94
Biggsville, IL 61418
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The facility in Monmouth, IL is the original and most traditional of the three facilities offered by Turnbull Funeral Homes.
It was initially built by David and Ada Turnbull, founders of the firm, to offer an alternative place for families to have the funeral for their loved ones. The original building was built on the corner of South Main Street at East Second Avenue in Monmouth, IL. It was built of brick as a residence spacious enough to accommodate their clientele's needs. The room where the embalming was done was in the basement corner area of the residence, and the funeral and parlor areas were complimented by a large surrounding porch and entrance.
The second floor accommodated the sleeping quarters for the family. In the next twenty years the business escalated and necessitated a major renovation done in 1928. At this time, about half of the original north portion of the structure was raised, and a new structure to accommodate the funeral business was erected on site along Second Avenue. This allowed the funerals to be done in the new structure and the family living in the south portion of the building. This new mortuary offered a large central room for funerals and a smaller family room and entrance area ajoined by a common hall. The embalming and casket selection rooms were on the second floor and accessed by an elevator.
In 1974 another major renovation occurred with the addition of a full service room ajoining the great room of the funeral home. This room today is an additional visitation room and offers seating at larger services. Canopies and a covered drive way have been added to accommodate in inclement weather.
The funeral home over the years has been remodeled and renovated at various times to reflect the needs and life styles of the community. It is decorated with fine woodwork and a large central chandelier in the great room. It is equipped with a piano and pipe organ as well as a modern sound system and video presentation equipment. The interior decoration at Turnbulls has been done to appeal to all walks of life, not being overly opulent yet striving to be quite tastefully appealing to all. There is but one step on the corner entryway and numerous accesses to the facility. A parking lot is provided to the East of the facility with additional parking in the city parking area just across Second Avenue.
The Turnbull facility at Oquawka, Illinois is the newest of the three facilities; and was designed and erected by John Turnbull and a former employee Kurt Hendrickson. The facility was always the dream and desire of John's father David Turnbull who had always wished to have a business in Oquawka, IL and had entertained the idea of renovating a pre-existing building. The family also owns a riverfront property and summer cabin in Oquawka which was developed by Ada Turnbull and Max Turnbull for the use of the family. It is strictly residential and for the family's private use.
With the untimely Death of Arthur Sederwall from Biggsville, David Turnbull's financial equity and interests were shifted to his purchasing the Biggsville facility from the Sederwalls.
David's dream of a business facility in Oquawka, was thusly not accomplished before his passing away on November 4, 1989. After his death, David's Son John wanted to honor his father's dream and began the project by purchasing property on 10th Street, between Schuyler and Warren. Design of the building was a combination of John's business experience in offering facilities to the public and the design specs offered through Wick building systems.
The building is accessed by a circular drive leading up to the front canopied entrance. The exterior is clad in permanent lateral aluminum siding, trimmed with a dark brown brick wainscot on the lower portion. The foyer receives the public with a warm fire place and coat racks to hang wraps. Adjacent to the foyer is the office and a pair of public restrooms. The main portion of the building is the chapel area which seats 150 patrons with wide isles and lounge area in the rear. The interior is decorated with beige and tan painted walls with chair rail. The chapel is lighted by recessed lights in the ceiling and candled sconce lights on the wall. The front setting is highlighted by two stained glass lighted floral windows mounted in the wall. The facility also has an upright piano and electronic organ situated close together near the front. A new P.A. and sound system was recently installed. John Turnbull designed and built the casket bier and speakers podium which also adorn the front setting. The carpeting is of beige color with surrounding dark brown border. Over all the facility offers a large spacious area to accommodate visitation and funeral arrangements both for the contemporary and the traditional family needs.
The facility at Biggsville, Illiniois originated with Arthur M. Sederwall, who came to Biggsville, in the early 1950s and joined the former Dewey Mudd and the Mudd Funeral Home in that town. In the early era Mudds offered services out of their residence located on the corner of Church and Adams Streets. In the years to come Art Sederwall erected the present building immediately south of the residence circa 1959.
It was an A frame type structure which was originally attached to an existing garage and other out structures to accommodate a chapel, office, selection room and embalming room. It was decorated, for many years, with a vaulted ceiling and walnut stained paneling in the chapel area and a family room separated by a louvered screen. For many years it was known for its upright wooden siding finished in "Rancho Red" color. Arthur operated the funeral home until his untimely passing in 1974. Following his death, Art's wife Avis Sederwall owned the funeral home in association with and the assistance of David Turnbull from Monmouth, good friends of the Sederwalls.
After several years Mr. Turnbull purchased the business from Avis, and in turn hired her to help with the chapel. Although it retained the name Sederwall Chapel, it was the second facility purchased and owned by the Turnbull Family. David Turnbull operated the facility until passing the business and ownership to his son with his subsequent retirement.
The facilty has undergone several more recent renovations, the first of which was with the addition of new premium siding in a light cream color, affording a whole new appearance to the building. More recently, a major renovation occurred due to a fire in the attic area of the chapel started by a ventilation fan. This occurred just before Memorial Day 2006. The fire coupled with it's extinguishing, preceded to destroy most of the interior paneling, carpet, chairs, and other furnishings. As a result the interior now has all new painted walls and ceiling with scalloped wall sconces and recessed lighting. New carpet, chapel chairs, and furnishings throughout have been done in a wine, light brown, and cream colored combination, offering a light, as well as warm interior feel. The chapel is equipped with an electronic organ, and new sound system throughout.
301 South Main Street
PO Box 18
Monmouth, Illinois 61462
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