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

Peterson and Patch funeral home was established as Marr, Reid & Company in 1865. It is one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Waukegan and Lake County. The firm was located in several locations on Genessee St. until it moved into the present location at 408 N. Sheridan Rd. in 1919. The owners at that time, Frank I. Peterson and William B. Wetzel purchased the Judge Frances E. Clarke home which was built in 1875.

One of the largest private residences in the city when it was built, It is an example of the transition from Italianate to Queen Anne styles. The warmth and distinction of the home lends itself well to serve families in their time of need. The original beauty and character of the gracious old home has been scarcely altered since the days when horse drawn carriages brought Waukegan's elite to call, causing it to be listed as historically and architecturally significant in our jet age.

William Wetzel died in 1938 and Frank Peterson continued in the operation of Peterson Funeral Home until his retirement in 1949. He then sold the business to William Hudson, Sherman Edwards and J. Willard Etter, his long time employees. Mr. Edwards died in 1972 and Mr. Hudson retired in 1973. Mr. Etter continued to operate the funeral home until his retirement in 1978. At that time Daniel R. Patch, a long time firm employee and Gary H. Marsh a third generation Waukegan funeral director took over the operation of Peterson Funeral Home. Gary H. Marsh died in 1994. The firm continues operation today under Daniel R. Patch and Daniel R. Patch, Jr.

Our Valued Staff

Daniel R.  Patch, Jr

Daniel R. Patch, Jr

Dan was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois and is a lifelong resident. He spent his life growing up around the funeral business learning from and being inspired by his father, Dan Patch Sr., to one day become a funeral director.

Dan attended the College of Lake County and soon after graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1995 and has since been employed by Peterson and Patch. His years dedicated to the funeral profession have given Dan the opportunity to fulfill his life passion serving the families of our community.

Dan has been active in the community for many years. In 2000 he served as the president of the City Club of Waukegan, and is currently a member of the Exchange Club, Waukegan Moose Lodge 706, and Knights of Columbus 731. Dan is also very involved with the Northeastern Illinois Funeral Directors Association, where he had served as president from 2004-2006. He is also a current member of both Illinois and National Funeral Directors Association.

In 2000, Dan married Michelle Miscenic of Waukegan and they currently have two children, Oliver and Cecilia. He values his time with his wife and kids and is extremely dedicated to his family. Dan also enjoys attending sporting events and playing golf with his friends and family.

Daniel R.  Patch, Sr

Daniel R. Patch, Sr

Dan was born in Waukegan and is a lifelong resident. He is a fifth generation Lake Countian, descendant of two pioneer Lake county families. He has been associated with the funeral home for over forty years. From 1964 to 1967 he was associated with the funeral home as a student and part time employee. In 1969 after his release from the military he returned to Peterson Funeral Home as an employee and purchased the firm in 1978. He is a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

Dan married Theresa Laffredi in Waukegan in 1966 and they have three children, Dana (John) Iskalis, Dawn (Brett) Stickels and Daniel R. (Michelle) Patch, Jr. as well as seven grandchildren.

Dan has been active in the community his entire life, belonging to National, Illinois and Northeastern Illinois Funeral Director Associations, he is past president of Northeastern, also a member of Homer Dahringer American Legion Post 281, past president of Waukegan Lions Club, member of Waukegan Moose Lodge 706, Knights of Columbus 731, past member of the Waukegan Jaycees as well as a member of the NRA, Early Ford V-8 Club and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Waukegan Historical Society and Newport Township Historical Society.

Dan was drawn to funeral service with a deep desire to help families who have suffered a tremendous loss. He has spent his entire adult life doing just that and plans to do so for many more years. To him funeral service is not just a job but a true calling.