John is the president of Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Cemeteries and Cremation Center and Moran and Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur, Illinois. He has been an active licensed funeral director and embalmer in Illinois since 1993, and a licensed Cemetery Manager and Crematory Operator through the State of Illinois.
Born in Decatur, John grew up in Lovington, Illinois, attending Millikin University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. John served three terms as President of the Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Home Association, and was one of the first funeral directors to be elected as ICFHA President. At the completion of his presidency, the ICFHA presented John with the CEMI award - the highest award given by the organization. John continues to serve on the ICFHA’s Board of Directors, and is also a member and board member of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America.
John and his wife Desiree are blessed with four children - three sons and a daughter. They are active in the Decatur community as members of Saints James and Patrick Church, where John serves as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, and is a past member of the church advisory board. He is also a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Decatur.
Caring for families is more than a job to John. Offering unique personalized options that allow families to honor their loved ones through ceremonies and memorialization is what drives John every day.