Timothy A. Honquest started in the funeral profession over 30 years ago in Palatine, Illinois. After receiving his Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University, Tim went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1988. Coming to Rockford, Tim served his apprenticeship with a local funeral home, and liking Rockford, he then stayed on with that funeral home before starting his own in 1995 in Loves Park and opening a second location in Roscoe in 2007.
Tim has been through the loss and grieving process of his sister's untimely death and therefore made it his mission as a funeral home owner to take the time to listen and hear the needs of the families he serves.
Tim is the proud father of two children, Zach and Zoe. Outside of the business, Tim and his wife, Rachel, enjoy spending time and relaxing with family and friends. Tim presently serves on the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
RaeAnn began her career as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2010 when she graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She also has her Cremation Certification. RaeAnn is also a graduate of Elmhurst College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Foreign Language and Diction.
RaeAnn loves to rescue animals in her spare time, and she sings in a local country band. She has also performed with Starlight Theatre. She is a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Rockford where she also cantors. RaeAnn is happy to be serving the community where she grew up.
Melissa joined our team in 2013, coming from Roanoke, Illinois. She is a graduate of Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science and also has her Cremation Certification. When she came to Honquest Family Funeral Home for her interview she was so impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the beautiful facilities that her mind was made up that day that she wanted to work here.
Melissa married Robbie Pezza (who is a Sales Consultant at Anderson Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) at Kilbuck Creek in 2017. She enjoys reading, taking her Great Danes, Khloe and Naso, for walks, and spending time with her family and friends.
Diane began her career in the funeral business in the 1980's at another local funeral home before joining Honquest Family Funeral Home in 2004. She takes pride in working with families at Honquest and being able to offer them top-quality service and surroundings for, in many cases, thousands less than at other funeral homes.
An active member in the community, Diane has been a docent and volunteer with Tinker Swiss Cottage, was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children for over fifteen years, a volunteer with the Rockford Coronado Concert Association, a member of the Lombardi Club Ladies Auxiliary and was on the Board of Directors of the Signal Hill Historic Neighborhood Association and is a former member of the Lions Club and other associations through the years. She enjoys attending local community events and is also an avid traveler.
Tracey Hinck is the location manager for our Roscoe funeral home. In addition, she is an active and involved member of the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce and serves on several committees and will be serving on the Board 2011-2013.
Tracey lives in Roscoe with her husband, son, daughter and pets and enjoys walking on the Roscoe bike path every morning.
She likes meeting new people, making friends and helping others whenever she can. Feel free to stop by the Roscoe location to say hi and have her give you a tour and a Personal Planning Guide Package--daily from 10:00 to 3:00 or by appointment.
Oakley is proud to be Honquest's Comfort Dog.
He is a loving English Cream Retriever who loves long walks, chasing balls, going with his family on boat rides and playing in the lake. On Wednesdays he enjoys attending his Good Citizenship and Therapy classes and is also learning to swim.
Oakley is available to help meet your family's needs.
Verlis D. Henert
Verlis's introduction to the funeral business was while he was attending Arizona State University where he worked part-time in a funeral home. This piqued his interest enough to return to Chicago to attend and graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1955.
On June 27, 2006, Verlis was recognized and honored by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association for his dedication of 50 years of service as a licensed funeral director.
A very active member of our community, Verlis has been a former member of the Rockford Jaycees, on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the service board of the Genesis House Community Center and a volunteer Eye Enucleation Technician for the Illinois Eye Bank.
Verlis currently serves on the Golden K Kiwanis Board of Directors, the Golden Agers Center Board of Directors and the Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery Board of Directors.
Verlis is also remembered by the thousands of families he's assisted over the years as a caring, compassionate and dedicated individual.
Daily Operations/Administrative Assistant
Being an Administrative Assistant to Timothy Honquest,
Alyssa is the hub of the funeral home.
Her responsibilities are varied and her extensive background in business
administration & customer service is crucial to ensuring all the details of our families'
arrangements are complete, personalized and handled with care in honor of the deceased and their loved ones.
Alyssa is a friendly and compassionate individual who enjoys
traveling and exploring new places, spending time with her family, hiking with her dog and
baking for all of her friends and family.
Ryan was born and raised in Rockford with previous experience as a funeral assistant. Ryan is a graduate of Auburn High School and holds a B.A. in English from Carthage College. Ryan was a reporter for a construction publication in the late 1990’s and has recently been the supervisor of customer service for a national insurance company.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing guitar, gardening, spending time with his dog, Jack, as well as his family and friends. He plans to further his education in the near future with hopes of attending Worsham College of Mortuary Science with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed funeral director.
Harold is a retired Police Sergeant and Security Professional. He is very involved in his local church where he serves on the Worship Design Team, is a Lay Speaker and Worship Facilitator and fills in, when needed, as pulpit supply.
Harold and his wife, Janet, are avid fishing and camping enthusiasts living in Roscoe. They enjoy spending time with their two grown children, family and numerous friends.
Locally, he is a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) and is a Chaplain with the Harlem Roscoe Fire Department. He has an Art and Photography Business and continues to be very active in the community.
Joe began his career in the funeral business as a very young man 45 years ago in Chicago. He knows the importance of service and compassion when caring for loved ones during the funeral process.
Joe lives with his wife and dogs on a small farm. He is passionate about animal rescue and spay/neuter programs. Joe is active in supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Special Olympics and he is a participating life member of H.O.G. and NRA.
Dennis is a retired minister and most recently served as a Chaplain in a local retirement community center. He continues to do pulpit supply and is very involved in his local church.
He earned his B.A. from North Central University, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1964. He and his wife, Ruth, have served congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Indiana and Illinois.
Locally, he has served as Board Member and President of the Rockford Area Pregnancy Care Center, and also was a clergy presenter with the Rockford A/G Marriage Encounter for over twenty years.
Having a heart for people, Dennis continues to serve the families of the Rockford area whenever possible.
Lee and his wife, Loralee, recently returned to our area from living in Arkansas. He had been in the lead-pastor ministry for forty years, serving congregations in Arizona, Illinois, California and Arkansas. He retired from being full-time after suffering a massive stroke and heart attack in 2005, but remains involved in interim ministries and ministering to people dealing with unexpected journeys such as health, relationship and financial issues. Lee has authored the book My Unexpected Journey (Beating The Odds To Become A Walking Miracle), and his desire is to continue to write.
He and Loralee met while attending Pacific Christian College and have three grown married children and eight adorable grandchildren. Lee's hobbies include singing, traveling, golfing and also mentoring pastors and church leaders to expand their vision for Christ and his church.