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.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

In May 1954, Clyde and Claudine Williams held an Open House for Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. It was located at 702 E. Robinson Street. It occupied the former T.V. Hart residence. Claudine would be serving as the hostess. The Williams family which included their two children, Ginger and Bruce, would be living upstairs.

Clyde and Claudine were both graduates of Knoxville High School. After serving in WWII, Clyde attended the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, MO.

Clyde was formerly employed at Knoxville Veterans Hospital for 6 years, at Morgan’s Funeral Home in Newton for 18 months and at Bybee & Davis for 3 1/2 years. He served for 3 1/2 years in the Navy during World War II.

Through the years, the business continued to grow. In 1967, a new addition was added. This included a 26' x 58' chapel, large lobby area, office, bath and music room.

In the fall of 1975, the business was expanded to include Ginger Williams Ferguson and her husband, Ronald Ferguson. The couple graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, IN. They served their apprenticeship with the family business and continued working at Williams Funeral Home.

In 1983, Ginger and Ron Ferguson purchased the funeral home and continued with the Williams Family Funeral Tradition. Exterior remodeling was done in the late 80's, which included a new carport along the side of the building.

In 1995, extensive remodeling was completed which included a new display room with 30 caskets and vault display, computer/office and bath.

With the death of Ron Ferguson in 2001, Ginger Williams Ferguson became the owner and manager.

To better serve the Knoxville community during the changing times, a Cremation Options Display Room was added. The chapel, lobby, family room, two additional viewing rooms and office were totally updated.

In May 2004, the Williams Family celebrated 50 years of service to the Knoxville area community in the funeral business.

Our family is committed to serving families like yours, by providing the highest quality of dignified care at the lowest possible financial cost to our families we serve.

Our Valued Staff

Roger Duven

Roger Duven, Funeral Director

Roger D. Duven became a licensed Funeral Director in 1963. Roger has continued to build the business on the foundations previously established by his father, the late Wilson Duven. During all of these years Roger and Wilson worked very compassionately to serve the needs of families in and around Marion County. Roger and his wife Glenda (Steenhoek) Duven, both have diligently devoted their lives to serving the bereaved. Roger has served the community and the funeral industry in many capacities including being elected President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association iin 1982. He is active in his church, and enjoys spending time with his family.To relax Roger and Glenda enjoy attending the Knoxville Raceway and supporting the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Justin Hillman

Justin Hillman, Funeral Director

Justin Hillman has been a Funeral Director since 1997. He has earned degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. Justin is blessed with a wonderful family including, his wife Leah, and three sons, Tyler, Drew and Cole. Justin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, serving as the District 6 Governor and Chairman of the Legislative Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Marion County Pheasants Forever, the Iowa Chapter of Safari Club International, he is active in his church and passionate supporter of the Aiming for a Cure Foundation. Justin loves sports and coaching his three sons in their sports activities. Justin is an avid hunter, sportsman and conservationist. He cherishes his Faith, Family and Friends.