While Illinois was celebrating its Centennial of Statehood in 1918, Charles William Friedrich was establishing himself in the Naperville furniture and funeral director business. Friedrich worked for John Kraushar, an embalmer and funeral director, furniture maker, and one of the founders of the Naperville Lounge Factory (later Kroehler Manufacturing Company). Before Kraushar built his handsome brick store at 20 E. Jefferson in 1903 (now the Floyd’s 99 Barbershop), there was a large wooden frame building that was used as a roller rink (1886), F. Neis and Son Furniture (1892), the Naperville Lounge Company (1893), and a gymnasium (1898).

Charles Friedrich took over Kraushar’s funeral and furniture business before Kraushar’s death in 1919. Friedrich expanded the furniture business, opened a funeral parlor in Downers Grove and offered an ambulance service. As early as 1923, Friedrich employed a “Registered Lady Attendant” perhaps one of the first in the area (research pending as to who this lady was) Do any of my readers know?

When Charles W. Friedrich died in 1939, his son Charles Benjamin “Ben” Friedrich bought the old Henry and Clara Durran mansion at 44 S. Mill and opened a funeral home. Durran was a Naperville jeweler. The Durran’s large, spacious home provided the perfect setting for beautiful funeral parlors and modern embalming facilities.

In 1968, Ray Jones, a 24-year-old funeral apprentice joined the Friedrich staff. At age 34, Jones took over the operation of the funeral home after the sudden death of his mentor and friend, Ben Friedrich.

Ray Jones, his family and staff at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services continue to provide Naperville families of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds a place to celebrate the lives of our loved ones since 1903.