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William J. Bewley
Funeral Director/Owner

Bill was born and raised in Mercer County, the son of the late Jake and Velma Bewley. Bill is the youngest of seven children. Bill is married to Arlene (Richardson). He has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. Bill started in the funeral industry in the early 1980's as a funeral director assistant and Emergency Medical Technician. He graduated from Carl Sandburg College in 2000 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Bill is a member of the First Baptist Church of Aledo, the Aledo Masonic Lodge #252, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Judy Hagens
Funeral Director Assistant

Judy joined the staff in May of 2004. Judy and her husband, Jerry, live in Aledo. Judy is an active member of the Community Bible Fellowship church.
Dean McCormick
Funeral Director Assistant

Dean McCormick and his wife, Sharon, live in Aledo. Dean is retired. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Aledo.
Sharon Richardson
Hostess

Sharon and her husband, Don, live near Reynolds. They are the parents of Arlene. Sharon helps Bill whenever needed by answering the phones, staying at the office and baking cookies for visitations. She is a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church, Preemption.
Diane Sedam
Bookkeeper

Diane has assisted with the funeral home since we opened as the bookkeeper. Diane lives in New Boston.
Arlene Bewley
Funeral Director Assistant

Arlene married Bill in 1986. She is a registered dental hygienist. Arlene writes the obituaries for the newspapers, produces the memorial videos, types the memorial folders and other necessary jobs. She is the daughter of Don & Sharon Richardson, Reynolds.
Jack Weese
Funeral Director Assistant


Mary Flint
Funeral Director Assistant


Barbara Hill
Funeral Director Assistant


Jeff Nichols, CFSP
Managing Funeral Director

Jeff and Bill have worked together since before the official opening of Bewley Funeral Home and Cremation Services in 2003. He has been Managing Director since 2014. Jeff is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Illinois and Iowa. He is certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and further earned his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and is a Certified Crematory Operator. Jeff is a member of the National, Illinois and Iowa Funeral Directors Associations, the IaFDA Education Committee, and a member by invitation to the Funeral Ethics Association.