About Us

History

Sunset Memorial Park was formally dedicated 74 years ago on Sunday, September 16th, 1934 by Mr. A. H. Bruning of Joliet, IL. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Camp purchased Sunset Memorial Park in the late 1940’s. Mr. Van Camp was the cemetery superintendent for Mr. Bruning. The Darby Family, Charles and Florence Darby along with their two sons, James and David acquired Sunset Memorial Park in 1960. Sunset Funeral Home located in Danville, IL was opened by the Darby's in December of 1984.Sunset became one of the first funeral home/cemetery combinations in the state of Illinois.

Due to the level of service and care that Sunset provided to it's families,
other local funeral home's contacted the Darby Family to purchase their businesses upon their retirement. In 1994, the Darby Family acquired Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown, Illinois. In 2004, a new building was erected in Westville Illinois, now called Sunset-Urbas Funeral Chapel of Westville. In 2006, Sunset acquired a facility in Oakwood, Illinois, Sunset's Oakwood Chapel, and also built a new facility in Covington, Indiana, now named Sunset's Covington Chapel. Sunset Funeral Homes currently offers the families of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana a choice of five funeral homes, a cemetery, a crematory, as well as Executive Plaza banquet facility. Now, the third generation of the Darby family currently owns Sunset and its entities. Owners: Rich Darby-COO Donna Darby-Walthall-CFO Linda Darby-Dowers-CEO.