The story of our firm began in 1917, when my grandfather, H.C. Pedrick purchased the hardware store in Douds. In 1924 a partnership was formed with H.C., my father, Clarence and my uncle, Loren, Clarence attended Worsham College to become a funeral director. At that time they purchased the funeral and furniture business and combined it with the hardware business and for many years we operated the combined businesses. In 1985 we sold the hardware store to the local lumber yard and closed the furniture store in 1996. In addition to the founders a cousin Allan Pedrick and my son Jim Pedrick have been active in the business over the years.
I graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1956 after a two year stint in the U.S. Navy. During my time in the navy I met my wife June, a native of Maine, who has been an invaluable asset to the firm. My mother, Beulah Pedrick also assisted with the funeral functions. In the early days when embalming was done in the homes she would accompany my father on calls and was advertised as "Lady Assistant".
I moved into the Douds funeral home with my parents in 1936 when the funeral operation moved from the store to the funeral home, which was the trend in small Iowa towns in the 1930's. June and I lived in the Douds funeral home from 1961, when we remodeled and added the chapel until moving to our Keosauqua facility in 1985. The Keosauqua Funeral Home had been purchased in 1973 from Mrs. Catcott, widow of funeral director, Harold Catcott. We moved our residence to a private home in Keosauqua in 1999.
In late summer 2004 we purchased the building which had housed the U.S.D.A. Farm Service offices at the North edge of Keosauqua and converted it into a modern funeral home with everything located on the ground floor, good handicapped accessibility, parking lot, and greatly increased size for services and visitations.
A contract agreement has been in effect for the past several years with Gould Funeral Home, Brighton, whereby Wayne Gould provides professional assistance on an "as needed" basis.
In November 2012 we brought Ryan Pedrick, grandson of Allan Pedrick into the firm as an intern and as of November 2013 he is a fully licensed funeral director. Ryan graduated from Des Moines Area Community College of Mortuary Science in October of 2012. He and his family live in Keosauqua.