Dawson & Wikoff - Our Team

Our Team




Chad Childers
General Manager / Funeral Director
Phone: (217) 855-6756

A native of Herrin, Illinois and a 1988 graduate of Southern Illinois University’s Mortuary Science and Funeral Service Program, Chad has spent most of his adult years living in and giving back to the communities of Decatur and Blue Mound. When not helping and assisting families at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Homes or vacationing on a Caribbean beach, Chad can be found in the immediate area riding his Harley and spending time with his wife Brittany, his three daughters Cheyenne, Emma and Juliet and his stepson Luke. A true man of the community, Chad knows no strangers, and it is this concern and passion for people that drives him to offer hope and help to the many hurting families that he meets “during the most difficult times of their lives”.



Ronald D. Johnson
Funeral Director
Phone: (217) 855-3323

A Worsham College, Chicago graduate, Ron always knew he would come back home, and that decision continues to pay incredible dividends to a man who loves his communities. Ron was born and raised in Macon County, and along with his wife Sarah, have dedicated their lives to the communities that they live in and serve. Serving comes natural to Ron, especially in his role as a Funeral Director, where those relationships and friendships grow daily. Says Ron, “I have so many close friends here, and I want to continue to work in my community in roles in which I could help others”. Many people who know Ron know that he has a twin brother and that he loves riding Harley Davidson motorcycles as well as volunteering in community government, but everyone who meets Ron will quickly see his passionate commitment to his family, community, and families that he serves in a time of need.



John Stork
Funeral Director
Phone: (217) 877-4102

Originally from Riverton, Illinois, John is proud to designate Decatur as his hometown, calling it “the biggest small town with good, hard-working people”. A 1995 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, John chose the career field of funeral service to “help people on the worst day of their life”. When he’s not serving families, John can be found working out, enjoying sports, and spending time with his friends, family, and his son Drew.




Carla Shehorn
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (217) 877-4102

A lifelong resident of Decatur and a graduate of MacArthur High School and Richland Community College, Carla knows her community well and values the great events and activities that it has to offer. After working in education for 15 years, Carla enjoys and appreciates her role as Administrative Assistant with Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Directors and the ability to contribute to and creatively “help her community” that she loves so much. Carla and her husband, Luke, have two sons (Anthony and Jacob), one daughter (Elania), two dogs (Buddy and Rowdy), and one cat named Sissy. When Carla is not at work or watching over her large household, she can be found crafting, cooking, baking, and adventuring with her treasured family.



Rick Strine
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (217) 877-4102

Rick is originally from Indiana and graduated from Purdue University in 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. His first job out of college was working as a Process Engineer for Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. at the Decatur plant. After the plant closure in 2001, Rick pursued his other passions of music and teaching. He has taught such varied subjects as science, math, history, Spanish and music at Millikin University, MacArthur High School, and St. Teresa High School. He has played piano at Von Maur the past 20 years, was the organist at St. Patrick Church for 10 years, and has been on the music staff at First Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1990 in various capacities. He is currently the Handbell Choir Director, Organist as well as being a worship leader.

Rick has performed with Theater 7, toured with the Greater Decatur Chorale in our sister city Seevetal, Germany and with Opus 24 in Ireland. In addition to singing and playing keyboards, he enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.

Rick is happy to be a part of the Dawson & Wikoff family and looks forward to serving all your needs.



Megan Shaffer
Family Care Specialist
Phone: (870) 810-1837

Megan grew up in Clinton, Illinois, and later received her Associate of Arts Degree from Richland Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Business from Illinois State University. For Megan, family is everything, especially as it pertains to her son Frankie, daughter Haven, and family pets (English Bulldog–Reggie/American Staffordshire Terrier-Rockie). The Shaffer home functions as a second home for many of her son and daughter’s friends, and her “second mother” status is seen by all who visit their house. So important to Megan are children that if she weren’t working for Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Homes, she would likely be serving as a social worker or guidance counselor in an effort to help as many children as she possibly could. Megan’s love for cooking is experienced by all who enjoy her home-cooked evening meals, but cooking isn’t Megan’s only hobby. A documentary and war novel enthusiast, Megan also enjoys taking walks in the woods with her children and exploring the animals, flowers, and wilderness that the outdoors readily provides. Since 2017, Megan has functioned as Family Care Specialist for Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Homes, where she has enjoyed the opportunity to “meet new people and help families feel comfortable and at ease with their finalized arrangements”. As Megan excitedly attests, “the look on each person’s face is priceless knowing that I have filled them with knowledge and made their lives easier”. Decatur has always been defined by its resilience and unity and Megan quickly noticed this, especially the “strong bond and willingness of each community member to help each other.” Says Megan with an immense amount of joy and passion, “This community continues to make me feel right at home”.







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