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 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.”