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 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. Ford and Young 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 the manager and funeral director along with his wife Pamela, secretary and funeral director.
The Ford and Sons family of companies and Young & Sons Funeral Home of Perryville and Altenburg are grateful that our longtime friendship has grown into a formal business relationship. On May 1, 2019, Ford & Sons purchased Young & Sons to become Ford & Young Funeral Home. Together we continue to serve families in the region with compassionate care in their greatest time of need. "We have worked together for several years and felt it was the right time to develop a formal arrangement", said John Young. "This is an exciting time for our company and community." Few changes are planned in the near term aside from the name and a few cosmetic modifications at the Perryville location. No staffing changes are anticipated at this time, Kevin Ford says."
We are very proud to carry on the tradition that John's grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and brother started. It is truly an honor to serve our friends and families of Perry County.
Kevin Ford, Josh Ford and John Young
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
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 at the funeral home in 1984 and married his best friend Pam in 1985. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. 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 Assistant
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 three grandchildren. 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 Assistant
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 the firm 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.
Michael L. Sutterer
Mike is a 1977 graduate of Red Bud High School and a 1979 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Mortuary Science, Carbondale, Illinois. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Illinois and Missouri since 1981. Mike has been with the firm since 1980.
Mike and his wife, Barbara, have three children and three grandchildren. He is an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus of Perryville.
David is a lifelong resident of Perryville, Missouri. He is a 2005 graduate of Perryville High School. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville and serves on the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Board. David and his wife Brandy (Weinkein) Neislein have one son, Gabriel. David enjoys serving families in their time of need.
Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice
Tyson Wunderlich comes from Altenburg and is a graduate of Perryville High School. He has music degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and New England Conservatory. He and his wife, Carrie, along with their daughter, Layne, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He enjoys serving as a musician in the area as an active pianist and conductor.
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 Director
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.
Past President/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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.
Shelby is a 2010 graduate of Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She and her husband Brent have two sons, Noah and Eli. They attend Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville.
Florence Harold Marshall
Pre-Need Consultant/Monument Sales
Florence is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Arts, Pastoral Theology from St. Mary of the Woods College, St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana. She is a licensed pre-need agent, advising families in pre-arranging their own funeral or the funeral of a loved one, which helps relieve the burden for those left behind. She works with families after a funeral is complete, obtaining death certificates, designing cemetery markers or monuments and offering assistance as needed.
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Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery & Mausoleum
2315 Highway 61 North
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701