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Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes - Team

 

Serving Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski



 

Charles “Chuck” Fricke
Partner/Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Charles “Chuck” Fricke, son of Armen and Vivian Fricke, began his career in funeral service while working for his parents in high school. Working on weekends and after sporting events, he graduated from Illinois First Emergency Management Technician (EMT) School for First Aid. Chuck learned about service and sacrifice firsthand from his father, who served during World War II in Africa and Italy while assigned to the 34th Red Bull division. In 1973, Chuck graduated Magna Cum Laude from Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago and finished his Business Management Degree later. Chuck served as the youngest state president for the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) from 1982-1983 and was the Logan County coroner from 2001-2004. Chuck is married to Penny Southerlan.

 


 

Larry Calvert
Partner
(217) 935-3166


Receiving his degree in Mortuary Science from Indiana College, Larry has been serving each community with personal service and attention since 1960. While he couldn't imagine doing anything else, when he isn't working at Calvert Funeral Homes, you might find Larry on the golf course or traveling with his wife Karen. What Larry enjoys most about being a partner at Calvert Funeral Homes is serving the people.

 


 

Dennis Schrader
Partner
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235

 


 

Alex Calvert
Partner/Funeral Director
(309) 828-2415 or (217) 935-3166


Alex, his wife Sue, and beloved chocolate lab, Sally, live in rural Heyworth, Illinois. The proud father of a son and three daughters, Alex treasures his family time and the many activities and events that they enjoy together. Alex’s hobbies include landscaping and playing golf, especially with his son, EvanHe earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a funeral service degree from Mid-America College of Funeral Services. Alex has been working with Calvert Funeral Homes since 1987. Alex readily admits that he always wanted to be a funeral director; and he loves seeing the families he has helped days or even weeks after their service, to see and hear how they are healing and to hear their stories of strength, recovery, and growth. 

 


 

Nathan Fricke
Partner/Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Nathan hails from Mt. Pulaski, Illinois and went on to receive his B.A. in Business Management from the University of Illinois, and is a Worsham College of Mortuary Science graduate. Nathan’s investment in his communities dates back to 1998 when he first joined Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes, and the continual opportunity to assist families in these communities is something that he greatly treasures. Says Nathan, “Serving the families in my hometown community and meeting different families makes it a different experience every day.” When Nathan is not at the funeral home, he immerses himself in yard work and landscaping and spending time outdoors. Nathan and his wife Heather, who originates from Elkhart, Illinois, are the proud parents of two boys, Benjamin and Jackson and two family pets: a coon hound named Indy and a cat named Slick. Once an avid baseball player, Nathan is now excited to be utilizing his athletic and leadership talents in the coaching of his sons’ baseball teams.

 


 

Ronald Lee Olthoff III
Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Ron originates from Rockford, Illinois and has been with Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes since 2011. Noting the friendliness of the communities that he serves, Ron especially appreciates the “small town” values and virtues associated with Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski, and he greatly enjoys the diverse duties and social responsibilities that his position affords him. Ron has a love for dogs (he has a beagle, greyhound, and miniature schnauzer) and is an avid fisherman. He and his wife Kelly enjoy going to movies, and he one day hopes to achieve his dream of traveling to every tropical island he can find.

 


 

Robert Daily
Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Bob originates from Abingdon, Illinois and has worked for Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes since 2011. As a funeral director, Bob especially enjoys spending time with people, and lists Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski as two of the friendliest communities he has had the pleasure of working in. A licensed pilot, Bob is passionate about flying, and he and his wife Barbara enjoy traveling to Europe. Bob attests that if he wasn’t a funeral director, he would assuredly be flying corporate jets.

 


 

Ryan Murphy
Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


A native of Woodridge, Illinois, Ryan has quickly become a fan of Logan County and the communities that he serves daily. Ryan and his wife Samantha, who is a high school English teacher in Lincoln, greatly appreciate the "friendly, honest, and relaxed atmosphere" that Lincoln and its neighboring towns offer. Says Ryan, "I love being able to help the families of Logan County during the most difficult time of their lives. As a funeral director, the most gratifying experience is when I am finished making funeral arrangements with a family and I get to see them take a sigh of relief, knowing that their worries are over and that we are going to take care of everything." When not serving families in need, Ryan enjoys a variety of hobbies, including: reading comic books and novels, playing guitar, following boxing, and rooting rabidly for his beloved Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan used to compete in national video game competitions, but now you will most often find Ryan in the kitchen, where his Italian and Irish family ties are clearly evident. So passionate is Ryan about cooking (especially Italian food), that he claims that if he were not working at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, he might be found in Colorado cooking and operating his own Italian restaurant.

 


 

Nathan G. Broaddus
Funeral Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Nathan grew up in Raymond, Illinois and enjoyed the many activities that are native to that area, including fishing, deer and duck hunting, golfing, and watching basketball. An admitted sports enthusiast, Nathan also spends time following Fighting Illini sports and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball. A graduate of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science, Nathan served as a Montgomery County Coroner's Deputy for two years before joining Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes. Much like his hometown, Nathan noticed the warm and welcoming nature of the residents of Lincoln and its surrounding communities, and this friendliness inspires Nathan even more to help families who are in need of his services and are struggling in the "worst time of their life". Nathan is a 3rd Degree Master Mason, the proud owner of two Siamese cats and an Australian shepherd, and a man who loves to "hang out with his family and awesome friends"

 


 

Nick Johnson
Apprentice
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


Voted “Most Artistic” in high school while achieving All-State football accolades as a wide receiver in his home state of Indiana, Nick continues his love for sports and art. In fact, Nick still finds time to passionately pursue football, baseball, golf, drawing, and working with clay. As an apprentice at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes, Nick lauds the community of Lincoln and its “never-ending generosity and kindness from its people”. Nick is very close to his parents and sister Haley and his pug named “Pugsy” and he especially enjoys his job and the people he gets to work with daily. When asked what he would be doing if he weren’t working for Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes, Nick quickly replied, “I would be a police officer to continue serving the community and making a safe environment for everyone”.


 

Lisa Akers
Advance Planning Director
Lincoln (217) 732-4155 / Mt. Pulaski (217) 792-3235


When using the term “Lincoln native”, Lisa Akers immediately comes to mind. Born in Lincoln and a graduate of Lincoln High School, Lisa not only graduated from Lincoln College, but went on to work at her alma mater for 27 years. She now resides in Elkhart, but will always call Lincoln her home. In addition to traveling, camping, hunting, and fishing, Lisa and her husband also enjoy time spent with their “beautiful and smart” daughter Courtney, “wonderful” son-in-law Trevor, and their three dogs and two cats. Lisa was a hairdresser for Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home families for over 30 years and greatly treasured the opportunity to help those families in their time of need. A long-time friend of the staff, Lisa considers herself “truly blessed to work with great guys”, which as Lisa says, “makes for a great job”. When it comes to co-workers, Lisa readily admits, “I couldn’t ask for better guys.”


 

Chad Sparks
Public Relations Director
(309) 828-2415


Chad and his wife Cammie live in Bloomington, Illinois with their 2 children. As the ultimate sports fan, Chad loves to root for his favorite teams, including the Chicago Cubs, Fighting Illini, Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Timberwolves. If he wasn’t working at Calvert Funeral Homes, Chad’s dream job would be the general manager of the Chicago Cubs. Since 2007, Calvert Funeral Homes has given Chad the opportunity to represent a premier company and build a partnership with the community through marketing and public events. When not working, you can find Chad enjoying sports, movies, reading, traveling or at Bible study.

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