Owner & Funeral Director
- Current President, Vermilion County Funeral Director's
- Became interested in the funeral business while watching his
uncle, retired Vermilion County Coroner Lyle lrvin.
- The Anderson Family has farmed in northern Vermilion County
- His family-based agricultural background, in conjunction with
thirteen years of employment at Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home, has
prepared him to appreciate the diverse needs a family might
- Today our family farm is being carried on by the fourth
generation of farmers.
- Licensed Pre-need Counselor
- Has assisted Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home since 1991.
- In charge of daily operations in the office.
History of Anderson Funeral
Harry Hamilton started his funeral
business in a Hoopeston storefront in 1922. He purchased the
present facility from Lavayette Goodwine in 1935.
Eugene Orr acquired Hamilton Funeral
Home in 1952 and renamed it to Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home. His son,
William, assumed ownership in 1989.
When Ryan Anderson was fifteen, he
started working for the Orr's, mowing the lawn and doing other odd
jobs. After graduating from Hoopeston Area High School, Ryan
received an associate's degree in applied science from Danville
Area Community College in 1999. Ryan then attended Worsham College
of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois and completed his studies
in 2000. Ryan returned to Hoopeston to work at Hamilton-Orr Funeral
Home. He managed the funeral home until taking ownership in
Per Bill Orr, retiring owner, "I would
like to convey to you how pleased I am to be succeeded by a local
resident, rather than a 'regional consolidator' or an 'out of town'
stranger... His standards are high, and his management of the
funeral home will certainly be a reflection of those standards. His
future is bright and I will consider it a privilege to observe his
career as it progresses from this point."