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History of Woolsey Funeral Home
In 1880, Kuecks-Wubben Furniture & Undertaking Business (at 208-210 Court Street) was a storefront building with furniture in the front, and a room in the back for casket storage. Most preparation, visitation and funerals were held at the family’s residence or at a church. The owners were Charles Kuecks and Henry Wubben. After the death of Henry Wubben in 1899, the name was changed to Charles Kuecks Co.

In 1906, Charles was joined by his son-in-law, Harry Wilmot, and in 1918 the company moved to 328 Court Street. Mr. Wilmot passed away, and his wife later married Clyde Cowser, who joined in the partnership. The funeral home was then known as Kuecks. Charles Kuecks passed away in 1929, leaving Clyde Cowser and his wife owners.

In 1934, Fred Soldwedel, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth (Cowser) took ownership of the funeral home. After his service with the U.S. Army, Robert Woolsey came to work for Mr. Soldwedel, and in 1950 purchased Mr. Cowser’s share of the business.

In 1963, Robert Woolsey became sole owner of the funeral home, later adding his two sons, Baird and Bennett, to the partnership. They changed the name to Woolsey Funeral Home.

In 1989, Woolsey Funeral Home moved to a new building at 301 Broadway Street in Pekin. This building was the first in Pekin to be designed and constructed as a funeral home. In 1992, Woolsey Funeral Home joined the Dignity Memorial network.

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