PONTIAC -- Four Livingston County funeral homes are included in a merger between two longtime Central Illinois firms.

The newly formed entity of Calvert & Martin Funeral Homes will manage facilities previously owned by Patrick Martin in Pontiac, Cullom, Chatsworth and Forrest, according to Alex Calvert, director of Calvert Funeral Homes.

"We are longtime friends in the field and helped each other out in the past," Calvert said of the merger with Martin.

He said Calvert employees will assist current staff at the Livingston County funeral homes when needed. The Calvert firm has a number of funeral homes in Central Illinois.

Martin Funeral Home traces its history to 1913. The merger was effective Jan. 1.


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