Meet Our Staff

staff-photo-august-2013Our first priority is making sure the families we serve receive
the very finest service and continuing care possible.

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Charles Gus G. Kurrus graduated from Signal Hill School in 1948 and from Belleville Township High School in 1952. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College as well as a degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College. Charles has been and is still very active in the community, including:St. Matthew United Methodist Church

  • Member of Finance, Budget, and Endowment Committees

Local Banks

  • Former Bankers’ Trust Board Member
  • Charter member of West Pointe Bank and Trust

Masonic

  • East Lodge 504 AF & AM
  • Scottish Rite Bodies 33rd degree
  • York Rite Bodies
  • Ainad Shrine (Ritualistic Cast)
  • Numerous other Masonic groups

Others

  • Past President of Optimist, Boys Club, United Fund, and St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association
  • Board Member of the YMCA, Rotary Club, and Junior Achievement.

Charles and his wife, Jackie, reside in Belleville, Illinois.

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Dale A. Kurrus graduated from Signal Hill School in 1975 and from Belleville Township High School West in 1979. During his high school and college years, Dale worked at the funeral home washing cars, cutting the lawns, and doing other general maintenance. He attended Greenville College for 3 years, studying business. In 1983, he graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Mortuary Science Degree. Dale joined the firm on its 100th anniversary, becoming the 5th generation in funeral service. Dale currently holds Funeral Director’s and Embalmer’s Licenses in Illinois and Missouri and is a licensed Illinois insurance agent. Dale has always been and continues to be very active in the community, including:

  • Past President, and Former Board Member, and current volunteer for the Violence Prevention Center
  • St. Matthew United Methodist Church and Orchestra
  • Past President of St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association
  • Former Treasurer and Board Member for St. Pauls Home for the Aged
  • Yorktown Tuesday Night Golf League

Masonic

  • Gothic Lodge #852 AF & AM
  • Scottish Rite Bodies
  • Ainad Shrine (Past President of the Brass Band 2009-2010)

Dale and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Megan and Shane. Dale and Lisa reside in Belleville, Illinois.

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In the firm’s 130th year, Shane Kurrus began working side-by-side with his father and grandfather in continuing the service, commitment, and tradition of the Kurrus family. Shane is a graduate of Harmony-Emge- Ellis Grade School and Belleville Township High School West. In June 2013, he graduated from his father’s alma mater, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science; and in 2015 he earned his Master’s degree from Lindenwood University in Business Administration.

Shane is the sixth generation of the Kurrus family and is the proud father of Oliver Ray Kurrus.

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Rich Kehrer a Smithton native, is a graduate of Freeburg High School and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Mortuary Science Program in 1999. He joined the Kurrus family as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in December 2000. He currently holds Funeral Director’s Licenses in Illinois and Missouri. Rich received his Illinois insurance license in 1999 and is helpful in assisting families with the insurance process. He is a member of East Lodge #504 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Ainad Shrine Color Guard. Rich, his wife Jenny, and their three children, Louis, Peyton and Vivian, reside in Smithton, Illinois.

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After serving families for 22 years, Michael Kennedy retired and is enjoying spending time with his family.

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Danielle Hunter is a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and Belleville Township High School West.  She graduated from St. Louis Community College Forest Park in 2010. In August 2009, Danielle started her professional career at Kurrus Funeral Home as an embalming practicum student while attending St. Louis Community College. She completed her apprenticeship at Kurrus Funeral Home and received her Illinois Funeral Director’s and Embalmer’s License in April 2012. Danielle is also a licensed crematory operator and a life insurance agent. Danielle worked side by side with Mike Kennedy and is now our pre-arrangement specialist. Danielle currently resides in Belleville with her husband Tom, their niece Crystal, nephew Jacob and her spoiled dogs Emmitt and Peyton. In Danielle’s free time, she is active in the American Pool Players’ Association. Danielle is a true asset to Kurrus Funeral Home.

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Steve Smith is the Director of Continuing Care Services at Kurrus Funeral Home. He ensures that answers are provided for family questions and concerns following the funeral service. His aftercare program is an open-ended ministry, designed to assist you and your family in any way possible, with grief care tools, suggestions, ideas, and help with obtaining support from a myriad of local grief recovery agencies.Steve is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, OR, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, while on active duty as an officer in the US Air Force, from which he retired after 27 years of service. He entered the death care industry in 2000 and has experience with two local cemeteries as well as the Kurrus Funeral Home. Steve has over 30 years of experience in the field of youth and family mentoring.