Our History

Seven generations of the same family have run the McMullin-Young Funeral Homes in Moultrie County, the second-oldest funeral home in the State of Illinois. It was first started in Lovington by cabinet and coffin maker William P. Rittenhouse.

 

Around 1886, W.A. McMullin bought out Mr. Rittenhouse, who was his father-in-law, and continued making coffins for Lovington residents. He then expanded the business, branching out into full-service undertaking to supplement the family furniture store.

 

In 1906, McMullin handed the business over to his son, W.I. “Irvie.” And Irvie’s son, Leonard, who almost had no choice but to follow in his father’s footsteps since he was 14.

 

Don Young, the fifth generation to work in the business, married Leonard’s daughter, Janet in 1958 and started working at the funeral home in 1960.  Don estimates that McMullin-Young has been a part of some 7,000 funeral services just since he started working here. Don’s son, Mack, graduated from mortuary school in 1981, and the two have run the business since.

 

Mack's son, Alex, is the 7th generation and graduated mortuary school in September 2007 from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He became fully Licensed after serving his apprenticeship under his father and grandfather in 2008. 

 

We celebrated our 150th anniversary in June 2006. We had over 700 guests that attended our celebration. This was our way of giving back to the communities that we have served for over 150 years.

 

Together this family works to provide the highest quality of care to you and your family during your time of need.