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John  D. Turnbull

John D. Turnbull

Funeral Director & Owner

John was born January 6, 1950 in Monmouth, and is the son of David and Ruth Buchholz Turnbull.   John attended Lincoln Grade School and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1968.  He then attended two years at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and finished a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Upon returning to Monmouth, he entered his apprenticeship with his father David at Turnbull Funeral Home and having received his license has completed a career in the operations of Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth and Oquawka, Illinois.  His career has spanned 50 years and he is the fourth generation of the Turnbull family to operate the business.  John married Denise Pierce on September 21, 1974 in Monmouth, Illinois. They have two children Zachary Turnbull in Spencer, Indiana and Natalie Main in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and two grandchildren Maxwell Alexander Turnbull and Ruth Annalie Main.  John has been active in community affairs and served on various committees throughout the period.  He also has, for many years, been active in the Warren County Prime Beef Festival and has served three terms on the Warren County Board. He is a member of Monmouth Rotary Club and the Monmouth Masonic Lodge 37. A note of interest is that John’s Great Grandfather David Turnbull is the first president of the Commerce Club, the predecessor of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. His father and John are both former presidents of the Monmouth Area Chamber Chamber of Commerce. His interests include English Setters, bagpipes, and piano.   He is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.  


Tony L. Cook

Tony L. Cook

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Tony was born in Monmouth, Illinois the son of Robert and Connie (Bates) Cook. He attended schools in Monmouth and is a graduate of Monmouth High School. He attended Carl Sandburg College and the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute where he received certification as a Certified Firefighter III. He also achieved certification as a Certified Fire Officer. His coursework was extensive in Management, Tactics and Strategy, Instructor, and Roadway Extrication. Tony was employed with the Monmouth Fire Department from 1996-2016 and held the rank of Captain. Prior to his employment, he served for 5 years with the Monmouth Volunteer Fire Company. Tony has spent his entire career serving the needs of the people of Monmouth and surrounding communities with his work in public safety. He is a graduate of the Mortuary Science Program at Carl Sandburg College. Tony married Leslie James of Glenview, Illinois and together they have one daughter Aubrey.

Tony began his employment with Turnbull Funeral Home in November of 2012 as a funeral assistant. He now serves as a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer.

Tony has spent his entire life in the City of Monmouth. He owned a local small business, Cook's Upholstery, which he closed in 2014 to pursue a career with the funeral home. Tony spends his time enjoying many hobbies and interests which include woodworking, cooking, collecting, competitive pistol shooting, and the study of U.S. history. His main interest is traveling and having fun with his family. Tony is a Past Master of the Monmouth Masonic Lodge #37. He is also a member of the Warren County Sportsman Club in Roseville and USPSA. Tony is currently serving a four year term as 1st Ward Alderman with the City of Monmouth.


James Albert

James Albert

Funeral Assistant

James Albert “Albie” Huff, age 70, of Monmouth, Illinois was born on February 21, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois and is the son of James A. and Mary Weir Huff.  Albie was raised in what is now known as the “Stewart House” located at 1015 East Euclid Avenue. He first attended Garfield Elementary school in Monmouth and then the Leelanau Schools in Glen Arbor, Michigan. He then graduated from Monmouth High School with the class of 1970.   Albie then attended Monmouth College, being the third generation of his family to do so, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  While at Monmouth College he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and was awarded the F.Garvin Davenport Prize for Excellence in the study of History.  Albie served ten years in the United States Navy Reserve where he received training as an Emergency Medical Technician.  Albie married Sandy Johnson in 1974, and together they have two daughters, Kristin and her husband Paul Hallahan who reside in Chicago, Illinois and Mary and "DJ" Cook and their daughter Maeve who reside in Monmouth, Illinois.   

Albie first was employed by Dave Turnbull at the funeral home in Monmouth, as an assistant, before employments at Monmouth Post office and the Community National Bank.  He then enjoyed a successful career in sales and business development at Key Outdoor, Inc., Cole Harford Company, and lastly NAMCO Cybertainment, INC. in Chicago, Illinois.   Albie then joined John Turnbull as an assistant in the operations at Turnbulls in 2009 to the present.

Albie enjoys sports, reading, playing golf, walking his golden retriever Izzy, and socializing with his many friends.


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