History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
History of Wolfe Funeral Homes
Wolfe Funeral Home was established in
September of 1974 in Rankin, Illinois, a small town in Northern
Vermilion County, by Donald C. Wolfe. In 1977, Donald purchased Lanham
Funeral Home in Potomac, Illinois and changed the name to Lanham-Wolfe
Funeral Home, which is located at 400 North Vermilion Street, Potomac,
Illinois. In 1978, Donald was asked to come to Rossville, Illinois to
lease the building that was previously Chrisman Funeral Home and he
changed the name to Wolfe Funeral Home. In 1994, Donald purchased a
house in Hoopeston and completely renovated it and opened up Wolfe
Funeral Home, 907 West Main Street, Hoopeston. Don owned and operated
the funeral homes until his retirement in 2004 at which time his son
Rodger, purchased the funeral homes from his father and continued
operating the funeral homes until 2012, when he decided to semi retire
and sold them to the Blurton family.
History of the Brown-Alkire Funeral Home
The funeral home had its start in 1901 when it was known as the Parker-Scott Funeral Home, which was located in a storefront in downtown Hoopeston. Eventually the funeral home was purchased by Bill Stocker and Everett Wood and became the Wood-Stocker Funeral Home. They moved the business to the funeral home's current location on Washington Street and opened on January 1, 1946. In August 1977, Mr. Wood passed away and Wayne Knapp purchased the funeral home, but only owned it for a matter of months before selling the business to Dale Brown and Robert Alkire, who formed a partnership to purchase the business on March 1, 1978. The pair operated the funeral home for almost two decades before Alkire bought Brown out in October of 1997. On September 19, 2013, the Blurton Family purchased the Brown-Alkire family from Robert Alkire. After 42 years of being in the funeral business Mr. Alkire thought it was time to slow down a bit. He is still involved in the business with the Blurton family.
Our Valued Staff
Matt A. Blurton, Funeral Director/Owner
Matt was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois. While he was in high school he assisted his dad-Gary in the Fayette County Coroners office. It was during that time he developed his passion for funeral service. He attended Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, where he obtained his degree in Mortuary Science. Matt came to the Danville area following his graduation. In 2001, he married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer. They have three children-Marcus, Makayla and Madilyn. Matt's passion is helping people through one of their most difficult times. When he is not at the funeral home he spends his time volunteering on the Bismarck Community Fire Protection District, President, assistant football coach for the HASAAP Cornjerkers and spending time with his family. Matt is an avid Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is also a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church in Danville and Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce.
Susan M. Satterlee, Funeral Director/ Pre-need Manager
Bruce Seidler, Operations Manager/Funeral Directors Assistant
Bruce was born and raised in Danville. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1969. Bruce worked for 31 years at the Danville Post Office as a mail carrier, until his retirement in 2006. He has been married to his wife Judy for 37 years. Bruce enjoys working in his yard, woodworking and remodeling things. He also enjoys traveling with his wife to Florida Keys. Bruce has worked with Matt since 2006.
Sherry Blurton, Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Chapel Office Manager
Sherry was born and raised in Vandalia IL. She worked for 20 years in the Fayette County Courthouse in the Circuit Clerks office. In 2007 she and her husband Gary moved to Danville IL to be closer to their son Matt and his family. Sherry works at Danville Polyclinic in the accounting department and helps out at the funeral homes in the office and visitations and services. Sherry is a member of the Women Making a Difference in Hoopeston. She enjoys being active in the community and is looking forward to meeting new faces in the community.
Jennifer Blurton, Brown-Alkire Funeral Chapel Office Manager
Jennifer was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois. She moved to Danville with Matt in 2001 and they were married later that year. Jennifer and Matt have three children together. Jennifer works as the graphic artist for the funeral homes. She is a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. When she is not at the funeral home she enjoys volunteering at Schlarman Academy. She also enjoys traveling to Disney World and going flea markets.
Gary Blurton, Funeral Director Assistant
Gary was born in Effingham, Illinois and lived there until the age of 8. He then moved to Peru, Indiana and then Liberty, Missouri. Gary's father was transferred to Vandalia, Illinois where he attended junior high and high school. Gary and his future wife, Sherry, were high school sweethearts and later married. Gary is a licensed Respiratory Therapist and a Paramedic. He currently works full time with Pro Ambulance in Champaign/Urbana. He also works as a Funeral Director Assistant at the funeral home.