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David A. Ven Huizen

David A. Ven Huizen

Funeral Director, President & Owner

Born in Moline, David graduated from Erie High School  before going on to Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  He fine tuned his skills by attending the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills. David began his career as a funeral director in 1988 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, where he has been serving Quad City area families at their time of need. In 2018, he became President & Owner of Wheelan-Pressly. David also serves as Deputy Coroner for Rock Island County.

David and his wife, Lisa (Hodgson) Ven Huizen, have two daughters, Victoria and Skylar and two grandsons, Logan and Lukas. They are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island, where David is a member of the Knights of Columbus Allouez Council 658.

David is proud of his calling and lives by the Golden Rule of funeral service, treating people the way he would want to be treated in a most difficult time.


"A family has trusted you to help them through the toughest thing a family has to go through.  We have our word and our actions; it's how we are judged.  You treat people the way you would want to be treated in a most difficult time.  No matter what is going on in your world, the people you are serving need you, and you must do everything you can to help them."



Joseph Perez

Joseph Perez

Funeral Director, Vice President & Owner

Raised in Rock Island, Joe has been around the funeral and cremation service since he was 12. He began working at Wheelan-Pressly at 16, when he mowed the property, washed vehicles and assisted with visitation and flower deliveries. He studied business prior to going to Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 2007. Joe was working at a funeral home in Rockford, Illinois, before receiving an offer from Steve Pressly to come home and rejoin his dedicated and talented staff as a Funeral Director in 2009. Steve has been a consistent mentor to Joe over the years working with area families. Joe is licensed in both, Illinois and Iowa.  He married his high school sweetheart, Brittney (Jacks) Perez in 2011.  Brittney is a member of Junior Board of Rock Island.  Together, they have one son, Collin.  Joe and Brittney are members of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island.  In Joe’s free time, he enjoys spending time with family, golfing, playing softball and a variety of other community activities.

 

“I love helping people.  Serving as funeral director allows me to 

meet and help people get through some of the toughest times in their 

lives. Many of the families we serve have had a part to play in my 

success growing up here, whether it was teaching, coaching, encouraging, 

pastoring, employing or just giving me a friendly smile. I feel humbled, 

honored and privileged to serve and give back.”



Steven D. Pressly

Steven D. Pressly

Funeral Director & Embalmer



Kurt A. Hendrickson

Kurt A. Hendrickson

Funeral Director & Embalmer

A third-generation funeral professional, Kurt has spent a lifetime in funeral service.  Kurt graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.  He enjoys fishing and traveling.


Jason C. Stickell

Jason C. Stickell

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Originally from Knoxville, IL Jason graduated from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg where he earned his degree in mortuary science.  Jason has been on staff since 1997 and lives in Moline.  In Jason's free time, he enjoys hunting, archery and spending time with family.


Patrick Fitzsimmons

Patrick Fitzsimmons

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Originally from Galesburg, Illinois, Pat had an interest in funeral service in high school and job shadowed at a local funeral home. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in aviation management before earning his mortuary science degree from Carl Sandburg College in 2011. He then joined Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home & Crematory as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Patrick is licensed in both, Illinois and Iowa.  He and his wife live in the Quad Cities area with their two children. In his spare time, Pat enjoys aviation, archery and other pastimes. 


Andrew Lekin

Andrew Lekin

Funeral Director & Embalmer

A graduate of Davenport West, Andy Lekin graduated from DMACC Mortuary College in 2010. He has been part of the Wheelan-Pressly team since 2014. Andy is licensed in both, Illinois and Iowa.  He lives in Taylor Ridge, Illinois, where he enjoys the outdoors with his fiancée and their three Labradors. When not helping families at the funeral home, you can find him hiking, hunting, boating and playing sand volleyball.


Wylie Halferty

Wylie Halferty

Funeral Director & Embalmer Intern

A native of Stockton, Iowa, Wylie graduated from Davenport West High School and began working at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory soon after. Wylie then earned his mortuary science degree from Carl Sandburg College in May 2019. Wylie is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Intern in Illinois and a Certified Crematory Operator. In his free time, Wylie enjoys playing golf, following current events, and spending time with family and friends.


Kristi Hoffman

Kristi Hoffman

Office Manager

After more than 18 years at Wheelan-Pressly, Kristi can’t imagine working somewhere else. She loves the team’s caring approach to serving families as well as the variety in each week. Kristi has a business degree from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. She and her husband met there and have been married 25 years. They have three children and a dog. Kristi is an active volunteer with the kids’ sports activities as well as community events. She looks forward to the day she can get on the golf course more often and travel the country.


Sarah Pressly

Sarah Pressly

Administrative Assistant

As someone who has been around the funeral industry her whole life, Sarah enjoys the uniqueness of working for a funeral home and crematory. She has a business and marketing major from St. Ambrose University, which helps her every day as she interacts with families in need at her “second home,” Wheelan-Pressly. Sarah stays active in the community through her involvement in Junior Board of Rock Island, Planning and Zoning for Rock Island and Festival of Trees, among other organizations. She is a sports enthusiast who plays tennis, walks and runs while also making time for reading and baking. She is thankful to have an inviting, caring family around her every day while helping other families at their time of need.


Maddy Perry

Maddy Perry

Funeral Assistant & Student

Maddy is a Rock Island native and graduated from Rock Island High School in 2015.  After high school she graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island where she earned her bachelor's degree in Biology and Anthropology.  It was during her time at Augustana she started working at the funeral home.  Maddy is currently enrolled in the mortuary science program at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg.  

Maddy resides in Rock Island with her fiance.  She enjoys sewing, kayaking and fishing.  Maddy also volunteers with the Cops and Firefights for Christmas program in Rock Island.



Terri Henry

Terri Henry

Pre-need Funeral Counselor

Terri grew up in East Moline and graduated from United Township High School. Terri has been married to her husband, Mark for 32 years.  Together they have three sons, Brandon, Derrick and Jordan, as well as three grandchildren.  Terri has resided in Erie, IL for the last 41 years.  She enjoys traveling, walking and gardening.  

Terri has been a pre-need counselor for the 27 years.  She's passionate about her job because it allows her to meet new people whom she calls friends.  She gets to help families make important decisions about how they want their legacy remembered and celebrated.  She's truly honored to serve. 


Lisa Ven Huizen

Lisa Ven Huizen

Administrative Assistant



Brittney A. Perez

Brittney A. Perez

Administrative Assistant

Brittney has lived in the Quad Cities her whole life.  She grew up a Moline "Maroon," but converted to a Rock Islander her junior year when she met her high school sweetheart, Joe.  Brittney primarily works out of our Milan location as an administrative assistant.  Prior to joining the Wheelan-Pressly family, Brittney worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and several childcare facilities.

Brittney and Joe were married in 2011 and together have a son, Collin.  Brittney and family are members at Edgewood Baptist Church.  Brittney is also a member of Junior Board of Rock Island.  She loves volunteering for Collin's school and sporting events.  She enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Brittney says, "It's truly a humbling experience working at Wheelan-Pressly.  In people's hardest times, we have the opportunity to serve families by commemorating their loved ones through stories, celebrations and tributes.  The work and dedication this staff portrays is truly amazing.  I love connecting with people and doing what I can to help.  I feel as though our team and families we serve are truly an extension of my family."



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