Our First Steps...
In 1909, as Davenport continued to grow along the banks of the Mississippi River, a young man by the name of O.C. Hill established a modest funeral home at 221 West 4th Street downtown. Mr. Hill quickly become well-known in the community for his high standards and professional practice. The continued growth of the business prompted him to relocate to a larger facility at 415 Harrison Street.
By 1918, O.C. Hill's reputation for quality and excellence in funeral service earned the firm an exclusive invitation to join the prestigious "National Selected Morticians" association, or NSM. Still today, just one firm per community is invited into the membership of this exclusive association - and then only after a thorough review of its business practices, facilties, responsibility and performance. Weerts Funeral Home has maintained a continuous membership in this elite association, known today as Selected Independent Funeral Homes
, for over 90 years.
A Well-Established Firm: Hill & Fredericks
Mr. Hill welcomed his nephew, George Fredericks, into the firm in 1919. By 1929, they had begun to build a state-of-the-art funeral home facility at 13th & Brady Streets in Davenport. It was the last major building project in Davenport before the great Stock Market Crash on October 29, 1929. As the new facility opened for business, the firm became known as Hill & Fredericks Mortuary - a name that would endure for decades to come.
The Brady Street Funeral Home
13th & Brady (Artist's Rendering)
This Facility Was State-of-the-Art When It Opened in 1930
Adult Reposing Room
Child's Reposing Room
The Solid Walnut Pews Are Used In Our Jersey RIdge Chapel Today
Jacob's Ladder Painting - Main Chapel
This Painting is Displayed in our Main Foyer Today
Casket Display Area
New Building Announcement
In Memory of O.C. Hill
Weerts/Hill & Fredericks
By 1955, Mr. Fredericks had been operating the firm for several years and was preparing to retire. He found capable buyers in Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Weerts, a young couple, both of whom were morticians, from the LaSalle/Peru area of Illinois. Their oldest son, E. Robert Weerts, joined them in the family business after completing college in 1956; James F. Weerts, their younger son, joined the firm in 1960 after receiving his licensure. Following the death of their father in 1971, the firm became known as Weerts/Hill & Fredericks.
Weerts Funeral Home
Thirty years after their parents had acquired the Hill & Fredericks Mortuary on Brady Street, the two Weerts brothers began breaking ground for another new facility at the corner of Kimberly and Jersey Ridge Roads in eastern Davenport. Their focus was to create a funeral home that looked - and felt - more like a home than a commercial building. When the building opened in 1986, the firm had once again introduced a state-of-the-art facility to the Quad Cities area. The firm was renamed Weerts Funeral Home at this time, incorporating a logo around the trademark clocktower that defines the southwest corner of the property.
This photo depicts our present facility when it opened in 1986. Note the diminutive shrubbery in the foreground.
Concurrent with the opening of this location, the firm became known as Weerts Funeral Home.
Following Bob Weerts' retirement in 1995, Jim began to look toward a future owner for the firm that had been in his family for two generations. David Deuth
, a funeral director from Minnesota, joined the staff in early 2000. By 2003, he had become a partner in the firm, and, in 2005, acquired the remainder of Jim's ownership to become the sole owner of the firm.
In one hundred years of continuous operation as a family owned and operated funeral home, the firm has had only four family names represent it's ownership: Hill, Fredericks, Weerts and Deuth.
The Next Century of Service Begins
We're proud of our heritage. As we embark upon our second century of service to families all around the Quad Cities area, we remain grateful to our forefathers who stayed true to a pathway well-worn in the virtues of excellence, professionalism, trust and integrity.
We're also committed to the future. Although we've integrated some new and innovative things that keep us at the forefront of what we do, our compass is still set squarely upon this tried-and-true pathway that has been our guide for over a hundred years. And that isn't about to change.
Now more than ever, we're here for the families of the Quad Cities.
And you can count on us to be here when you need us.