John is the proud
owner of Gladfelter Funeral Home having purchased the funeral home in 2008.
John graduated from
Southern Illinois University with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral
Service. He has worked in and managed other funeral homes in central Illinois
and the Illinois Valley.His experience
in funeral service spans over forty years.
John is a member of
the Ottawa Noon Rotary Club, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Sons of
the American Legion, and Illinois and National Funeral Directors Associations.He is also a former member of the Illinois
Coroners Association and International Association of Coroners and Medical
Examiners as well as the National Funeral Directors Association and Illinois
Funeral Directors Association. He also holds memberships in the Masonic
Lodge and Bloomington Consistory.John
participates on the committee for the Concert at Covel Creek to benefit
Friendship Village of Ottawa and is a proud supporter of numerous community
organizations and causes, including the Ottawa Concert Association and the
Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. He attends Crossbridge Community
Church in Ottawa where he serves as a greeter and usher.
John resides in Ottawa and is honored to serve the families who choose
Gladfelter Funeral Home in their time of need.
Vicki works as
the office manager at Gladfelter Funeral Home and is the wife of owner John
Vicki was born and raised in Clinton, Illinois, and had been employed at
the DeWitt County Clerk's office, and worked for the Office of Records and
Registration at Eastern Illinois University. Vicki and John were married
in 1979 and have two children, Alison and Jordan Roetker, and one grandson,
Ethan, who all reside in Ottawa.
Vicki is an active member of Zonta and attends Crossbridge Community Church
where she serves in the nursery and Sunday School. Vicki takes pride
in making sure the quality expectations Gladfelter Funeral Home families have
come to expect are met or exceeded.
Jennifer is a graduate of Ottawa Township High School and Illinois Valley Community College. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. She has gained experience in funeral service having servied as a funeral director, embalmer, and cremationist in the Sandwich and Ottawa areas.
A native of Ottawa, Jennifer is the daughter of Ken and Carol Geiger. Married to Ryan Leifheit, they and their four children reside in rural Ottawa.
Jordan is the son
of John and Vicki Roetker and is an apprentice funeral director here at
Gladfelter Funeral Home.
A U.S. Army veteran
of 7 years, Jordan served in the Military Police Corps being deployed to both
Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.He is a
member of the American Legion Post 33 in Ottawa, a lifetime member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and attends Crossbridge Community Church in Ottawa.
from Worsham College of Mortuary Science Spring 2015 Class where he was awarded
the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Past President’s Scholarship for
excellence in professionalism.He is
married to Erica Rohwer of Ottawa. He resides in Ottawa and looks forward
to assisting the families Gladfelter Funeral Home is honored to serve.
has joined the staff of Gladfelter Funeral Home as a Funeral Assistant.
Roger is a
retired music educator with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Masters in
Music from Illinois State University.He
taught vocal music at Ottawa Township High School for thirty two years.Prior to that he taught one year at Wheaton
North High School and worked the family farm in Pontiac, Illinois.Roger also served the First Presbyterian
Church of Ottawa as Westminster Choir director for twenty years.
his wife, Carol, have three children, Christine (John) Armstrong, Tyler and
Andrew and three grandchildren, John Carter, Grady and Levi Alan.
A very caring,
compassionate and talented man,Roger is
a true gentleman, and is very highly respected in the community
by people of all ages.
John Duback is a native of Ottawa and graduate of
Marquette High School.He has a vast
background in the food and beverage service industry and had been Head of
Security at DeKalb High School.
John proudly served in the United States Army attaining
the rank of Sergeant.He is a member and
past commander of the Ottawa American Legion Post 33 where he is active in the
Honor Guard and various committees.John
is also a member of the 40 & 8, AMVETS, Ottawa VFW Post 2470 and the DeKalb
County Chapter of VietNow.He is also a
member of St. Columba Church and the Knights of Columbus.John is very active generously volunteering
his time at for numerous community events and causes.
You can count on John to warmly greet all who come to a visitation with a friendly smile.
Family Service Counselor
Shirley was born in Marseilles, and was member of the Ottawa Township High School class of 1955. She married Paul W. Husemann, at St. Columba Catholic Church. Upon Paul's death in 1998, she married Joseph Hoffman at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ottawa.
Shirley was employed at Sears Roebuck, Carson Pirie Scott & Co. and retired from Snap-on Tools Corp. in 1991. After retiring, she became the Office Manager/Family Service Counselor at Gladfelter Funeral Home. Shirley is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, Illinois Valley Quilter's Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, and Zonta of Ottawa.
Shirley has a son Michael (Lisa) Husemann; two daughters, Barbara (Brian) Thornquist, and Beth (Jim) Johnson; six grandchildren, Monica and Ryan Husemann,, Nicole Both, Jared Cummings and Daniel and Lisa Thornquist.
Charles "Chick" Kluemke
Charles "Chick" Kluemke has been a funeral assistant at Gladfelter's since 2005. Chick and his wife, Mary, have two children, Mark and Marcia and five grandchildren.
A native of Breese, Illinois, Chick received numerous awards and honors and retired as district manager for the Prudential Insurance Company in 1997.
In the different towns Chick and Mary lived, they were involved in and coached boys and girls basketball. The past 30 years Chick has coached boys and girls basketball at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ottawa.
A member of St. Francis Church, where he serves as usher, lector and CCD teacher, Chick also is a familiar face at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Marquette Booster Club, and is a corporate member of St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.
Jim is a
lifelong resident of Ottawa.A 1963
graduate of Ottawa Township High School, Jim also attended Illinois Valley
Community College.He served in the U.S.
Army Airborne Division.Jim is a life
member of Ottawa American Legion Post 33 where he has been Commander from 2012
to 2015.He is also active on the Honor
Guard serving at many military funerals and various community events.He is also a member of AMVETS.
retired from Libby Owens Ford Glass Company.He is a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as
custodian for twenty seven years.
Jim is the
husband of Sheila Nanouski and father of Dawn, Darcy, James and Patricia.A very personable and caring man, Jim is
always here to serve.
Sheila has been a very integral member of our staff
since 1998.She is responsible for the
funeral home being in pristine condition for each family we serve.
Born, educated and reared in Ottawa, Sheila retired
from Interior Unlimited, after twenty years of service as an upholsterer.She is a life time member of Zion Evangelical
Lutheran Church where she served as custodian for twenty seven years.
Sheila is the wife of James P. Nanouski and mother
of their four children, Dawn, Darcy, James and Patricia.