Born and raised in Atlanta, Don was a student at Olympia High School
before attending Joliet Junior College. His father, Jim Peasley, did
income taxes and his mother, Linda, was a court reporter for the
There was no family background in the funeral home business, and
Peasley explained that the career was in part "an accident." "I was
working at the Clinton Power Plant as a security guard, and in June
of 1985, I started working part time at the Quiram Funeral Home," he
Peasley liked the fact that he was helping people, especially in
some very tough times, and decided he wanted to do that as a career.
In 1991, he went to Mid-America College of Funeral Service in
Jeffersonville, Ind. After graduating, he worked in several
locations throughout central Illinois. He did his internship with
Duker and Haugs in Quincy. In 1993, when he received his license, he
went to work for Dawson and Wikoff in Decatur.
In 2002, Peasley saw the opportunity to come back home when the
Kerrigan Funeral Home went up for sale. In 2006, he had the
opportunity to purchase Quiram Funeral Home and thus came full
circle from that first day in 1985 when he began at Quiram's.
Don is happy to be back with friends and family and lives above
the funeral home on Delavan Street. When asked what he has on his
wish list for Logan County, he wasn't immediately sure what it would
be, but he knew what end result he wants to see achieved: "It would
be to have more industry in the community. Right now our youngsters
go off to college and they don't come back. This is a great place to
live, but we have to be able to offer the kinds of jobs that will
keep them here to raise families and help make our community
It is because of this love for Logan County and his belief in the
need to create a better atmosphere of job opportunities and quality
of life that Don has become so actively involved in so many things.
Owning and operating two funeral homes can be busy at times, and Don
has his sister, Krystal Peasley-Salvator, as his office manager.
This allows him to have an active footprint in the county, and by
all accounts the word "active" sells short how busy he stays in the
A visit to the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce office found the
staff gathered together working on a project. When they were told
this week's Personality of the Week was going to be Don Peasley, the
accolades came in chorus: "Great"; "Wonderful"; "He deserves it." At
the chamber, Don is chairman of the Ambassadors Club as well as the
membership committee, but he is active in all aspects of chamber
activities. Jeanne Ludwig says the joke at the office is that when
someone isn't sure who is in charge of something, "we call Don. It
usually is him."
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Andi Hake, chamber director, also wanted to stress the really
positive and supportive nature of Peasley with everything involving
the chamber. "Don is a really nice guy, he's a positive person, and
you can tell he really has our community's best interests at heart,"
Perhaps Joel Smiley, the executive director of the development
partnership, summed up Peasley's strong community work ethic best:
"Don is involved in everything under the sun, and he is a leader. He
just finished up a fantastic job as president of Rotary."
It is this involvement as a leader that sets Don apart from many
others in this community.
He is a past exalted ruler of the Elks Club 914 Lodge. He is a
past president of the Logan County Shrine Club, past president of
the Lions Club, as well as a former president of The Oasis senior
citizen board. If that wouldn't be enough for anyone's resume,
Peasley is also a member of the Atlanta Masonic Lodge 165 and
recently became a board member at St. Clara's Manor. It is obvious
that Peasley doesn't just join a service organization, but that when
he does, he becomes an active and involved leader.
"It is important for me to get out and be seen because of the
business I'm in," Don said. "But I'm not just going to join
something, pay some dues and attend meetings."
Whatever Don Peasley joins, he becomes an active participant and
leader in, and that is what makes him this week's Personality of the