Our Story

Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services got its beginning more than 150 years ago in Decatur, Illinois, when James “Jimmy” Moran joined the funeral establishment of Wikoff & Reeve.

Throughout its distinguished history there have been many changes in name and ownership within the funeral home, but the commitment to the community has never wavered. The Moran name has been a constant presence within the funeral home industry and throughout Decatur and Macon counties. Through our relationship with Graceland Fairlawn, we provide families with 54 beautifully landscaped acres to lay their loved ones to rest within the Graceland Fairlawn's Cemetery, which is located on the northwest edge of Decatur.

Today, it is our dedicated staff that truly sets us apart. Our team is here to welcome families with open arms and walk with them every step of the way. Whether coming to us for pre-planning assistance or during a time of loss, we are here to help in a loving and caring environment.

Meet Our People

John Renfro


John is the president of Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Cemeteries and Cremation Center and Moran and Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur, Illinois.

David Goebel

General Manager

David brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his role as general manager at Moran & Goebel. Working in a funeral home part time while he worked on his family farm, he found his calling in the funeral...

Chelsea Wilkerson

Sales Manager

Chelsea Wilkerson joined Moran & Goebel in the sales department several years ago and now serves as the sales manager for both Moran & Goebel and Graceland Fairlawn, a sister property.

Tonya Culp

Office Manager

Tonya has more than 15 years of experience in office management and has been with Moran & Goebel and Graceland Fairlawn for the past 2 years, starting as a counselor and then moving into office management.

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We are deeply grateful for the kindness and compassion you extended to our family during this difficult time. You have touched our hearts. We are very pleased wit all the services Moran & Goebel provided us from the pre-planning with Melissa to John Stork taking care of Mom. We thought she looked absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
—The Zachman Family
Mr. Goebel and Staff: We would like to thank you for your assistance in preparing the arrangements for Art's funeral. I am particularly thrilled you were able to recruit black vehicles for this sad but dignified time in his final journey home. We would most happily recommend you and your staff to anyone during their time of sorrow.
— The Powers Family
Hello, I want to tell you how grateful my family is for your care of our mom, Katherine W., after her passing. Your whole staff was very kind and helpful. A special thank you to Daisy for her wonderful support. It meant so much to me to do mom's hair one last time, with your encouragement and help. Thank you, Daisy!! You will all be highly recommended by the Walter's family.
— Shirley T.

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