History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Our tradition of service and compassion began with Uriah C. Davis in 1881 and evolved into second generation business with his two sons: Will C. and Ralph C. Davis.

James M. and W. Clark Davis continued the family ties into a third generation and strengthened the foundation of excellence we have always maintained.

On January 1, 1976, Thomas E. Dzuryak became a partner, and he assumed full ownership in May of 1987. He strived to preserve the fine policies of the founders while advancing the highest ideals of the profession in this present-day world.

Mr. Dzuryak retired May 1, 2013, selling the funeral home to John W. Callahan.  John has been associated with the Davis Funeral Home since 1997.   Over the years, John worked closely with Mr. Dzuryak, observing the rich tradition and compassionate care provided for each and every family.

Our Valued Staff

Having been a licensed funeral director since 1987, John carries out all capacities of the funeral service, allowing each family to design their own unique funeral.  Every family has their own story to tell and celebrate the life of their loved one.  As a funeral director with over 25 years of experience, John is able to guide families through the process and strive to make sure your family's needs are met above and beyond your expectations.

John has on his staff a licensed life insurance agent that specializes in pre need planning and arrangements.  You may access the services provided by clicking here on PLAN AHEAD and completing the form, by calling the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home at (815)942-0084, or by emailing John at info@ucdaviscallahan.com.

  • Carol Walker

    Carol Walker, Certified Life Tribute Celebrant

    Carol Walker is a retired medical social worker. She developed the Social Service program at Morris Hospital in 1983. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who had her own private practice in individual and family counseling. She originated many different support groups, specifically dealing with chronic illness and grief. She joined the staff of UCDC in 2013. In 2019, she became a Certified Life Tribute Celebrant. She can help families plan a personalized memorial or tribute service plus officiate the funeral.