Local businesses help with funeral, headstone, for Babcock-Brough family PDF Print E-mail

The burial expense for a family of five would venture around $20,000 on the low end, but like so many people have in the past week and a half, local businesses and citizens stepped up to cover the cost to bury the family that died as a result of injuries suffered in the tornado that hit Pekin on March 2.


Bob Strong owner of Marshall monuments donated a black granite memorial.
“We are going to have all them on as one family,” he said.
Strong did not want a story about his contribution, but wanted to share that so many people have stepped up wanting to help.
“We have quite a community,” Strong said. “There have been so many people who helped participate. We’ve had so many people come in. It’s not just me, there have been a lot of other people that have stepped up to the plate.”
Strong said he heard that paying for the funeral was a financial concern for the family, so he wanted to step up and make sure they had a memorial.
Joseph Babcock, 21, Moriah Leahann Brough, 20, Jaydon Babcock 2, Angel Babcock 15 months and Kendall Junelina Lyn Babcock, 1 month and 25 days all died when the tornado struck the double-wide mobile home they were in on Old Pekin Road.
The funeral expenses were a concern as well, but they were also donated.
Carrie Chastain with Weathers Funeral Home said Polk Township Trustee Junior Sullivan paid them the normal cost for what they pay for a trustee burial which is $1,600.
“We only charged for two,” Chastain said. “We only used two caskets, two vaults and two burial spaces. In a  trustee burial, burial spaces are provided at no cost to the family. We do have to pay for the grave openings out of that $1,600 and we buy the casket and the box that they go in. The $1,600 basically covers our cost.
“What wound up happening is I talked to other people and they helped. The casket company that we bought the caskets from he upgraded the caskets to metal. The guy who does the vault, Mark Lykins upgraded the burial boxes to really nice sealed vaults.”
Chastain’s mother-in-law heard that the family didn’t have any flowers and she made a casket spray for each casket.
The family is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem.
Two of the kids are buried with one parent and one of the children are buried with the other parent.
Chastain said she has been around funerals since she was 12 and has been working as funeral director for the past 18.
She called the Babcock-Brough deaths among the most difficult tragedies she has been part of.
“We were so busy that it really didn’t hit me until today (Wednesday, March 7),” Chastain said. “This is one of the harder ones because it’s an entire family.” 
Like Strong, Chastain said she has been blown away by the people wanting to help.
She said people have come from Ohio and Illinois and just showed up wanting to help.
“It’s nice to see so many people wanting to help,” Chastain said. “If there is any good at all that has come out of this so far, it’s the fact that we see and hear so many examples of people doing so many good things.”
The obituary for the family can be found on six of this section.