~Testimonials~

Don,

    I want to thank you and your staff for the near perfect services your firm supplied to Dottie Vanier's family.  We appreciated how you shepard us through the process from start to finish.  All while honoring her wishes for a simple, but eloquent "Celebration of Life" service, without any pressure to purchase unwanted upgrades.
    The photo slide show during her service was very well done.  The DVD copies, plus the printed copies of our minister's memorial service are greatly cherished by family members that were not able to travel to be in attendance.
    I would recommend your firm's services to anyone.  Again thank you for your kindness and personal assistance to our family in our greatest time of need.

Jay Vanier

Don,

    God's love is at the heart of so many things you do. We sincerely appreciate your competence and generosity in caring for my parent's arrangements.

May God bless you,
Fr. Darren Dentino

Don Clary & Staff,

    Thank you so much for the care and compassion with which you extended to our father and to our families. It will never go unforgaotten.

Sincerely,
Bill Nutt's family - Linda, Kelly and our families

Don,

    I wanted to thank you and your staff for all your help with Bill's service and visitation. Everything was perfect. I truly appreciate all your efforts to provide outstanding service at a reasonable price.

Thanks again,
Sharon Bracken & Family

Dear Don -

    The girls and I wish to thank you for your assistance with Keith's funeral. Your organization and guidance enabled us to put together the kind of memorial service we wanted Keith to have. We all felt every aspect of the funeral was just what it should be and we thank you for your part in making it that way. Thank you for all of your kindness to the family.

Sincerely,
Jane Carrigan

Don -

You're amazing and we're so thankful to have you in our life. You're one in a million.

Love and God bless,
Walt, Joanie, Maria, Anna, Brad and Rachel

Thank you...again and again. You all were great.

The Erving Family

Don & Staff,

    I want to thank you again for all your respect and caring that you had for my mom, and Roger and I. You made her so pretty. It was that moment I knew when I saw her it was okay. She's home.

Thank you,
Brenda McGinnis

    Thank you for all of your help with my sister's funeral and for getting me through a rough experience. Many people commented on how nice everything was. Not that I want the occasion to arise, but I would certainly recommend Clary's to others.

Thanks so much,
Janis Adams

Don -

    Thank you for everything. I'm very happy that you handled everything for Ed. That made things a lot easier for me and the kids. Everything was perfect.

Margaret

Dear Don,

    My sister said everything was beautiful! My father would have approved. Thank you from all of us for a job well done, in such a short time too.
    Thank you again from the heart. If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop in and visit!

Friends always,
Judi

Dear Don,

    Thank you again for the extremely professional funeral service you provided for Edith. We were extremely pleased with every aspect and received many positive comments from friends and family.

Sincerely,
Ted & Jane Scheuermann

Donald,

    Thanks so much for your help and concern. Couldn't have done it without you.

Love,
Boots and Family

Dear Don,

    Thank you so much for taking care of all the funeral arrangements for my mother, Pauline Wertz. It is comforting to know that all the details are done properly. I will pray that your business is blessed. Keep up your good work!

Sincerely,
Karen Grabill

Don & Stephanie,

    God bless you, for doing such a beautiful job! God is so good to us. Please pray for us, as we pray for you. Art is with God now.

The Huxtable Family

Don & Staff -

    Thank you very much for the professional and compassionate way you handled our mom's funeral service.
    You were also in charge of the funeral arrangements for our dad four years ago. Your services were consistant with outstanding care and detail as we had remembered and appreciated. You and your staff are personable, confident and easy to talk to.

Thank you for everything,
The Bohart Family

Dear Don & Staff:
    We can't thank you enough, but I hope you know we appreciate everything you've done!

Bill Johnson & Krista Daily

Dear Don & Ryan -
    I sincerely appreciate your accomodating John and his family with cremation arrangements. Being able to make these arrangements ahead of time brought John much peace during his decline.
    I also want to extend sincere appreciation to Ryan for his efforts at helping the family attempt to obtain POA for property papers.
    You both went above and beyond to accomodate this request and I can't thank you enough.

It's a pleasure to work with you!

Elizabeth
Hospice Compassus

Don & Teresa -
    Thank you for your help in making Saturday a special day for our family and grandma's memory.

Paul, Jill & Family

Don & Teresa -
    You don't just give, you give from the heart...and it makes all the difference. Thank You.

The Isaac Family

    I want to thank you for all that you have done for my father. I thank you for your warmth and comfort, during a difficult time. Don, thank you for your help with the website for mother.
    You are great, understanding people. I greatly appreciate everything you do as a team!

Take care,
The Laws Family

Dear Clary Funeral Home,
    Just a note to thank you for your professionalism, after the loss of our family member. We were treated very kindly by your staff and we would certainly recommend you to others.

The Decker Family

Dear Don & Staff,
    Thank all of you so much for making this very sad occasion bearable. Matt was very special to us and so many others, but all of you were so caring you smoothed out the rough spots for us.
    Thanks again for everything. Matt really looked nice and many commented on his slight smile.

God Bless!
The Downing Family

    Our family appreciated your kindness and sensitivity during our sorrowful time. Thank you for everything.

The McCoy Family

Teresa -

    Thanks for all of your assistance, compassion & prayers during Jim's homegoing! Don is lucky to have you, Blessed actually!

His Love & Mine,
The Snow Family

Don & Staff,

    Thank you so much for all you did after Dan's passing. Your willingness to work around our family's schedules helped make everything easier for us. Also, we can't thank you enough for suggesting a viewing for the family. Many in our family would not have had a chance to say goodbye, if we had not had the viewing. Dan looked so peaceful that most of our family did not have to see how bad he looked before his passing. We would like to thank you for the on-line slide show and the DVD. They were both wonderful. Your choice of songs was perfect. We had so many compliments from friends and family on the slide show. I've played the DVD so many times, I'm probably going to wear it out. You arranged the pictures in such a great order and we especially loved the last picture with his cup of coffee.

Again, thank you for everything,
The Cox Family

    I'd like to say "Thank you" for all the grace and compassion you expressed while handling the memorial service, start to finish you were absolutely amazing!  Our whole family is speaking praises about you, your business, and your staff, and we have not forgotten your dog....(warm smile)..  Julia and I watched him straddle the door glass as we all drove off to the crematory.

Thanks!
William

    Dear Don & Staff,

    On behalf of the Doretha Warden family, I would like to thank you so very much for the wonderful service that you all provided. Each of you were so kind, thoughtful and caring. We miss mom so much already, but we do find comfort in knowing she is no longer suffering. We are grateful and extremely pleased that our selection in a funeral home could not have been better. Mom would have been pleased as well.

Thank you so much for everything!!

Sincerely,
Valerie Brown

    Don,

    I would like to thank you from the depths of my heart for your sincere sympathy, your patience and wonderful organization in putting a service together for my mother and our family. Our entire family expressed their thoughts of your genuineness in the loss of our mother and we all agreed that your sincerity shone through from start to finish.
    I would certainly recommend your business to anyone in need of such services. Our family sincerely forwards a thank you many times over.

Karen Warden-Ring

    I wanted to thank you, Don, your staff, and Mr. Darby, for the help, care and concern for even the smallest matters (i.e.: the cup of tea you insisted I have during the visitation!). And Darby was a real comfort during the planning. We all love dogs (especially Steve!), and Darby "gave us a break" during the "ordeal". We will certainly advise others to contact you.

Thank you all,
The Bowman Family

    Dear Mr. Clary,

    Thank you so much for the way you and your associates took care of the arrangements for my brother's service. I'm certain Maricela, Eric and William too, in their time of mourning, appreciated your service.

With best wishes,
The Howald Family

    I just received pics today and I want to thank you so much for the personal attention given to my dad and his family. Everything looked befitting a veteran who was proud to serve his country. He loved this country and hated to see it falling apart.
    Thank you's and appreciation to you and your staff for the wonderful final tribute to a dying breed in this great land of ours.
    Again our paths have crossed and I feel richer for it. I think Kevin and Diane think so as well.

God Bless,
The Becker Family

    Thank you very much for taking care of things for Grandma. She was a very lovely person and I'm sure you would have liked her. The family is very pleased with the obituary and memorial website.

Thank you,
The Thomas Family

    I sincerely want to thank you for your kindness and compassion during the recent death of my father, Steve.  You were so kind and attentive to my stepmother, Leslie and the rest of the family as well.  We all were so impressed by your attention to detail and anticipation of our needs. 

Sincerely,
The Bowman Family

    I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, kindness, and compassion.  I know this thanks is long overdue, but I will never forget everything you did for me and my family.  I am very grateful and wish you all health and happiness.  It was nice seeing you at Colleen's dads' funeral recently.

Take care and thanks again!

    The family and I want to express our appreciation for the gentle and comforting way you handled all of the final details of Bob's visitation, Mass and burial. Especially the large crowd at the visitation must have given you some anxious thoughts, but I've heard only compliments on how you handled the crowd - to their comfort.
    The smallest detail we asked for - you graciously accomplished. Thank you both very much.

God bless you,
The Nelson Family

    Thank you very much for everything you've done for my brother's funeral. Everything was wonderful and the family were so pleased.
    I do think you will be successful on your business because it shows that you care.

Good Luck & Thank You

    Thank you for providing lunch at Five Points Tools for Life. Stephanie was very informative and I believe everyone enjoyed the information provided. Stephanie did a great job with lunch!! We wish you continued success.

Community Hospices of America

    Thank you so much for all the arrangements you made for Steve Horner's memorial service. Things went well and we appreciate your services. Tom was pleased with how friendly and helpful you were in making arrangements over the phone and internet. Good luck to you as you grow and thanks for everything.

The Horner Family

    Thank you so much for all you did for my uncle to help him through this very difficult time. You and your staff did a wonderful job with my aunt Noreen and made all of my family as comfortable as they could be at a time like this.

Thanks again & God Bless

    Your compassion during this time is very comforting.

Thank you,
The Brekke Family

    On behalf of the Peoria Firefighters Local 50 Honor Guard and the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Honor Guard, we would like to take a moment to say "Thank you" for your participation in the 2008 AFFI Honor Guard Convention. The members of the 2008 committee worked tirelessly to provide a quality convention to the members of the AFFI Honor Guard. Without your assistance in this endeavor, it would not have been possible.
    The convention was a great success. We have had very positive comments and everyone seemed pleased. Your involvement made this possible. On behalf of the Peoria Firefighters Honor Guard, Thank You.

Sincerely,
Peoria Fire Fighters Local 50 Honor Guard

Thank you for taking such good care of our Dad. It meant so much to us!

    The way you handled my sister's Memorial Service and Visitation was extraordinary. My family and I were so touched by your professionalism, as well as caring, genuine concerns as we had to face a very difficult time. Please know that you made our sorrow a bit tolerable. Know that we will pay your thoughtfulness forward and recommend your services to all our friends and neighbors.

    We have so much to thank you for. It gave us so much comfort to see mother looking so beautiful and at peace! We loved her smile! Your kindness and attention to every detail made this difficult time easier for us. We appreciate how you personalized every part of the service. Your choice of Johnny Cash at her service was perfect. "Burning Ring of Fire" made us all smile and was the kind of humor mother enjoyed. The DVD and music will be cherished by us for years.

    I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me and my family. Don - it was a beautiful service and your choice of Rev. Grabill was excellent. I felt as if he were speaking directly to me and in a way, to Jim.
    Stephanie - you kept me laughing inappropiately at the appropriate times. You also saved my sanity - if I ever had any. I left feeling that a healing had begun.
    Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

P.S. - How is the puppy dog?

    Thanks for everything, you both did a great job. We will be sure to give great references.

Thank You So Much.

    Thanks again for handling my parents' remains. You took care of a job that I was not looking forward to. Thanks again for everything.

Many Thanks.

    I know Colette has written a card for the family, but I just wanted to let you know myself how much I appreciate what you did for our mother and family. Your approach is so tender and caring, totally unlike any I have had contact with before. That's not to say others are uncaring, but you seem like a friend to us and you made everything go so smoothly. You have a rare, gentle touch. Our mother looked beautiful and we want to thank you and your staff for that. She would be very happy to know that her body went to its final resting place as beautiful and at peace as she was.

From the bottom of our hearts...

    Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful and caring service you provided our family.
    Losing my dad was the hardest thing I have ever done. In the midst of that pain and grief - knowing how and where to help mom make funeral arrangements was the next hardest thing I have ever done!
    I had called several places before calling you. I must admit because you were new, I was skeptical - but how pleasantly surprised my entire family was to have been blessed by you and the beautiful services you provided.
    Don, you are a sincere and caring young man. Never did you make us feel awkward or uncomfortable in spite of our inexperience. You truly have compassion for those you serve and a passion for the work you do!
    You went above and beyond in everything you did for us - and my family knows and appreciates all the "extras" you provided.
    Many of our family and friends commented on the beautiful visitation. How uplifting the "Celebration of Life" tone was set to the funeral and visitation. The big screen video allowed others to see dad's life and our life with dad!
    You were always a gentleman, professional and sincere from the first phone call to the last detail.
    We are praying for your continued success, because God is surely using you to help those who need your services in such a healing and comforting way!
    Don, one thing that meant so much to me when talking to you on the phone from the first time - you said I could wait to come in and make funeral arrangements - that since dad only had 24 - 48 hours - it was best that I spend my time with him. You said we would have time afterwards to make arrangements. You will never know how much that meant. Every place I called, said I would need to come in and make arrangements before hand. I am so glad - I never had to leave dad's side to take care of business first. Thank you - you are wonderful!

    I would be remiss in my gratitude if I did not tell you what your services meant to my family and me. My husband's death was the most painful time in my life, but you made it a celebration of his life.
    We are so happy we saw your ad in the Catholic Post. You were the last funeral establishment we called prior to his death. You were sympathetic and reassured us that we had plenty of time to make arrangements. Instantly, we knew you were the right one. But little did we know how far you would go beyond the call of duty. You rendered us a great service by your personal, yet professional help. We are grateful to you for caring about us.

    The compassion and sympathy that you and your staff showed my family, during the loss of my father, can never be put into words. Please never change the way you do business, because God will reward you 100 fold.
    In times of high pressured salesmen and the almighty dollar, your only concern was for my family's loss. You went far beyond any of our expectations. You have my word that I will spread your compassion to everyone I meet in life, dealing with the loss of a loved one.

    How can we ever thank you enough for all you did for our family at the time of our husband and father's death. We will never forget your caring, professional concern for us all.
    As we said before, we don't know why Charlie selected your funeral home, but we are all glad he did.

    You guys did an excellent job. You made a painful situation easier to bear - from your kidness to my husband's body, to the wine in the limo. You are good people.

Thank You.

    I just wanted to let you know that I am truly impressed with your company. The detail that is placed into every aspect is nonexistent these days. The memorial website is absolutely brilliant and so creative. I also heard about the pictures and the scrapbook that was created, how thoughtful and important for [her] to enjoy one day. Don, I am so appreciative.

Thank you.

Again, thanks for everything! You and your crew made things so much easier than they would have been otherwise. You can count on us to highly recommend you.

Sincerely.

Thank you so much for the wonderful way that you handled my grandmother's funeral and the way you went above and beyond with my family members. I thank you and thought Grandma's funeral was handled wonderfully. Thanks for everything and your kindness.

Don, the web site looks fantastic. Thank you for all of your hard work, in helping us pay tribute to Mom.

Thank you again for everything you did to help make this time much easier to get through. You will be a great success - just keep doing what you're doing!!!  You and everyone who works for you are just great.

    I want to Thank You for all that you did for us in making the arrangements for Millie. We were extremely pleased with the professionalism & compassion you showed us from beginning to end.
    We really enjoyed the video and Mt. Hawley Cemetery. Thank you for making that suggestion. The flower album was very nice and helpful. Also, we could not believe how nice you made Millie look. She was beautiful. It was nice and appreciated that Steph allowed Ashley to help, as we know she learned a lot. So, needless to say, Mark and I could not have asked for any nicer people to work with. You went above and beyond our expectations. You are professionals and it showed.

Thank you for everything.

    I really appreciate your dedication and excellent level of customer service you offer families that come in for your services. Your fresh look at being flexible and meeting families needs at a time in life where it is so important, is and will continue to be a blessing to so many people!

    Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing - helping families in their darkest hours. You really have created an environment that helps one celebrate amidst the loss of a loved one.
    I hope to be able to work with you all again and will pray for God's blessings upon you until then.

    Words cannot express how much Matt & I appreciate everything you've done for us. You were the first person I thought of when our baby died. I remembered Amanda & I talking about how nice you were and that we instantly felt comfortable around you.  That is what I needed - someone who I felt comfortable with and someone I knew would take good care of my little boy. THANK YOU for taking such good care of Hayden - he looked so snuggly and warm in his jammies and cap. THANK YOU for helping us make the arrangements and leading us through what needed to be taken care of.  THANK YOU for the website - we look at it everyday and I know a lot of our family and friends do too. It somehow brings us comfort to know how many people care about us and cared about Hayden. THANK YOU for setting up a time for us to meet with Brian at Swan Lake. THANK YOU for just being there, ready to do whatever we needed. I really felt like I could call you about ANYTHING. There's just so many things - I could go on and on...
    You have really helped us through this nightmare and we feel like we owe you something for all you've done. Just remember, you hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget the kindness and compassion you showed me and my entire family.

P.S. Please extend our thanks to the rest of your staff who helped with Hayden's service.

Sincerely,
The Kowal Family

    Thank you so much for all of your help, your kindness and for an excellent job. Everyone remarked on how well you managed the preparations and funeral. We can't thank you enough.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful job you have done on my Grandpa's Memorial. It has been extra special to me, since I have been unable to make the trip up for his funeral. Thanks again for making this very hard time somewhat easier.

    You made the worst time in our lives bearable with your caring way. We will be forever greatful for everything you've done. You are truly a wonderful person.

Thank you very much.

    So often we read or hear in the news those dreadful stories in which someone was taken advantage of during a time of difficulty and vulnerability. A week and a half ago I received a call from my sister telling me my father's health had taken a turn for the worst and it would be best if I flew home to Peoria to be with him for what we feared would be his final hours. It was explained to us, by the medical staff, that his time would likely be short, and I was faced with the responsibility of making burial/funeral arrangements. This is not something I was experience at, so I need to get on the phone and become educated as to what the protocol was for handling a loved one's passing. I called about half a dozen different funeral homes in the greater Peoria area, all of them being sympathetic and polite. On a referral, one of the calls was to Clary Funeral Consultants in which I spoke to owner Don Clary. Of all the calls I placed, Don struck me as the most straight forward, not only being clear and concise as to what needed to be done, but provided a written quote of what my cost would be, and it proved to be the best value for my family's needs. And in the end, there were no surprise expenses or hidden costs.
     Don made it clear Clary Funeral Services was a newer establishment in central Illinois, but Don had earned my confidence with not only his 13+ years of experience in the business, but with his knowledge, professionalism and personal attention to detail. Throughout the entire process Don and his staff were patient and caring, far exceeding our expectations. So much so, that I thought it would be appropriate to pass along our family's experience in hopes that others may look into not only supporting this new small business, but find the same quality service, value and compassion our family received from Clary. Clary and his staff made our most difficult hour a bit more bearable, and for that I am grateful and wish them all the best.

Thank You

"A nicer group of people would be hard to find."

With Sincere Thanks To Every One of You

    What we just went through was very hard; however, all of you took care of our loved one with the utmost respect, along with myself and my family.
    I wish all funeral homes were as caring as the owner and staff at Clary's.

You were all just wonderful.

    Thank you so much for all your help in the arrangements involved in the death of my father.
    Your attention to the details lifted the burden of decision making. Acquiring the memorial flag was very special and working out everything with Musselman's and Rolling Green Cemetery was a relief.
    I am praying that the Lord rewards you with many personal blessings!

    I would like to pass along my sincere appreciation to you and your staff for the fine job you did in handling my father's funeral arrangements. This is the first time something like this has had a direct impact on me personally, so I wasn't experienced in handling the closure to a loved one's life. You were so very helpful and forthright in providing clear and detailed information as to my family's options, and your professionalism in handling all facets of the process far surpassed my expectations. You, Stephanie and Teresa placed personal attention, empathy and care to the needs of our family, and it's difficult to put into words how wonderful you all were in helping us through our darkest hour.
    On behalf of our family, I extend our deepest gratitude and profound appreciation to you, Stephanie and Teresa for all you've done. Thank you.

Just a note...to thank you !!

    I would like to thank you for your absolutely wonderful help, when I needed it most. Your kindness and caring will never be forgotten. You made a difficult time for me and my family much easier to deal with.  I don't know what I would have done without you. I am sure Dick would be very proud of you!  I would also like to thank Stephanie for the photo book of flowers - something I never would have thought of. Thank you.  Also a thanks to Tom and Teresa.  All of you are just so wonderful.
    It's hard to express in words my gratitude.

Thank You

    Thanks so much for all your help with Mrs. Haasis' funeral service at St. Vincent de Paul on Monday. Your assistance and professionalism is truly appreciated. I would highly recommend you and your staff to anyone needing compassionate care with their funeral.

Thank You!!

    I want to take a moment and tell you that your services were amazing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such good care of my Daddy.

    I would like to thank you for everything you have helped Cheryl and my father with. I really appreciate you helping dad take care of everything. It only makes it easier for Cheryl and the rest of us. Again, on behalf of the whole family, WE ALL THANK YOU.

    You guys did an outstanding job and know that I will highly recommend to all I come in contact with. Have a great week.

Memories are the special
treasures that forever fill
our lives with love,
joy and happiness.
Remembering you and
the caring acts that
make you such
a special person.

Much Love,

    The above verse is how myself and my kids feel about you!  You will always be in our hearts and prayers.

    I am so pleased to see you started your own, much needed, business. We were lucky to have you as our Funeral Director in June, 2002 when my father-in-law passed away and we had his services at Park View on University. We were all impressed with you, both as an efficient, compassionate man and for doing excellent, professional work. Thank you for pursuing what you feel is right...and needed....  This is so important and I did not realize what was "involved" until Bob's death. I am glad you are taking care of Reenay's arrangements. She was a very special lady...and is now tending the flowers in heaven....

Take care.

    Thank you for the DVD. It was very thoughtful to remember our family this way. I'm sure I will enjoy watching it. I wish the best in your new adventure and I'm sure it will be a success and a blessing. Your kindness will always be remembered by me. I've been praying for you and will continue to do so.

Wish you the best!

Good Day to You and Your Staff:

    I was just reading through your website, after stumbling upon it through PJstar.com, and wanted to take a few minutes to tell you that I found it refreshing that your company is in existence to help those in need. Having worked in the cemetery and funeral industry myself for 2 years, I've seen some questionable practices, and unfavorable "sales" tactics. I also grew tired of the whole push for sales quotas and numbers, but yet wanted to provide quality family service, which is rather difficult when you're working for a conglomerate. I'm just glad to see that Peoria does have a modern facility and a decent Staff of funeral professionals that are totally there for the customer/family and to make them feel as comfortable as possible in their time of need, whether it is a pre-arrangement or "at need" basis. 
    Someday I could only hope to join an organization such as yours. One that has the family's best interest at heart.

"Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind."
~Dr. Seuss

    There was never a doubt in my mind, but what you wouldn't pursue this. I know you are one of the best Funeral Directors in Illinois. I am very proud to call you my friend. Good luck to you.

    Congratulations !! It's a beautiful and warm facility. Unbelievable how you have pulled everything together. You had a vision and you carried it through. I know with your personality and your sincere concern for your families, you will be a huge success.

    Thank you for a 21st Century approach to care for individuals and families during this time in their lives and deaths.

    We have worked together, so you know my style. I share your quest for creativity and family satisfaction. Feel free to call on me whenever I can be of service.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Never Stop Dreaming

Best Wishes

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