Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
In 1918, Edward C. Young, Sr. and his wife Adelheit, started what is now Young and Sons Funeral Home. A company that has steadily grown and continues its growth and service to Perry County.
Edward's four sons later joined him in the business: Wally in 1933; Earl in 1935; James in 1945; and Edward C. Jr. in 1954. Their wives also became affiliated with the business. Young and Sons now continues with its third generation of Youngs plus other valuable employees.
Robert Young, son of Edward C. Young, Jr., joined the firm in 1974 as an embalmer and funeral director. Due to an illness, he retired in January, 2000. His wife Lois became a funeral director in 1988 and is still with the firm. Wayne Ochs, a funeral director, has been with the firm since 1972. Michael Sutterer, an embalmer/funeral director, joined the firm in 1980. and Phil Norman, an embalmer/funeral director, joined the firm in 1992.
John Young, the youngest son of Edward C. Young, Jr., is now the president/funeral director along with his wife Pamela, secretary/treasurer and funeral director.
On behalf of myself and my staff at Young and Sons, we are very proud to carry on the tradition that my grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and brother started. It is truly an honor to serve our friends and families of Perry County.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
John M. Young
Manager/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
John M. Young is a licensed funeral director and manager in Perryville and Altenburg funeral homes. John is a 1974 graduate of St. Vincent High School and graduate of Linn Technical College in 1976. He began working a Young & Sons in Perryville in 1984 and married his best friends Pam in 1985. They have two daughters and two grandchildren with one on the way in June 2019. John was past president of the Southeast Missouri Funeral Directors Association and Young & Sons Funeral Home. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Perryville Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Booster and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. John enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Pamela M. Young
Funeral Director/Administrative AssistantRead Bio
Pamela M. Young is a licensed funeral director and administrative assistant in Perryville and Altenburg funeral homes. She is a 1980 graduate of St. Vincent High School and of Metro Business College. She began her job at Young & Sons Funeral Home in 1989. Pam is married to John Young and has two daughters, Chelsea and Sarah and two grandchildren with one on the way in June 2019. Pam is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Perryville Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Network and a member of Impact 100 of Perry County. Pam enjoys gardening, swimming and being outdoors.
Funeral Director/Administrative AssistantRead Bio
Lois was born and raised in Perry County, MO. She graduated from PHS (Perryville High School) in 1975 and attended SEMO for 2 years. She got her funeral director’s license in October 1988 and has worked for Young & Sons Funeral Home for over 30 years.
Her husband, Bob, retired as co-owner/funeral director/embalmer of Young & Sons at the end of 1999. They have two adult children, Allison and Gabe and two granddaughters, Harper and Easton. She enjoys her pets, plants and crafts in her free time.
Phil L. Norman
Embalmer/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Phil was a 1983 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and a 1993 graduate of the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park Mortuary Science Program. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He is married to Kristi (Vogel) Norman.
President/Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bio
Kevin was a 1979 graduate of Cape Central High School. He then graduated from Louisiana Tech.
He and his wife Cindy have two children, Josh (Julianna) and Kristen (Brad LaBruyere). He has four grandchildren, Montgomery, Fisher, Hampton and Engram. He is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape and is on the board of SoutheastHEALTH. Kevin is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Vice President/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Josh was a 2003 graduate of Cape Central High School and 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in Business Management. While at ASU he was a member of the Red Wolves baseball team. A lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Josh serves as an Ambassador Board Member for Southeast Health, and is a member of St. Marks Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club of Cape Girardeau. He and his wife, Julianna, reside in Cape Girardeau with their sons, Montgomery, Fisher and daughter, Engram.
Walter "Doc" Ford
Past President/Funeral Director/EmbalmerRead Bio
Walter "Doc" Ford began his career in July of 1957 along with his wife Iris who was Secretary/Treasurer and licensed Funeral Director of the firm for over 50 years. He currently is a member of the Elk's Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Moolah Shrine and the Eagle's Lodge. Lifetime active member of Centenary United Methodist Church.
He has been active in many other boards in the community.
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