History & Staff

Since 1907, families have trusted the Ptak Funeral Home to serve and care for their loved ones. We promise to provide excellence in service and compassion during this difficult time of loss. Our experienced and dedicated staff can guide you in determining which service is appropriate for suiting your family’s needs. We are committed to arranging a funeral that is most befitting to your loved one, and we strive to celebrate their life in a meaningful way.

Our History

Ptak Funeral home was started by our Grandfather, Louis M. Ptak in 1907. Louis arrived in North Central Illinois in the late 1890's. He arrived by orphan train that originated in Pennsylvania. He somehow found a job in Peru, IL on the riverfront of the Illinois River, blocks from where we stand today. His job was tending the horses for a local funeral director and as they say, the rest is history. Like most funeral directors of his day he also dabbled in framing and furniture making to make ends meet.

Louis had several children follow him in the business. Jerome, who had a funeral home in Oglesby until his untimely death in 1928. Alex, our father, who along with Jim ran the funeral home in Peru until their passing. Marion got her license during World War II but did not practice.

Louis's grandchildren also have followed in the business. Dianne daughter of Jim has worked in California for several years as a funeral director. Sandy, Tom and Mark also received their license in Embalming and Funeral Directing and are the son of  Alex. Sandy passed away at the age of 38 in 1983 leaving Tom and Mark to pursue their destiny sooner than expected. Tom and Mark now operate Ptak Funeral since 1986 leaving us to say “Service is our Heritage”


Our Valued Staff

Mark Ptak

Mark Ptak, Co-Owner

Mark lives in Peru with his wife Abby. He has 3 children Sara, Dylan and Kimberly. 1 Grandchild Cruz. Mark received his Funeral Director and Embalmer license in 1986 from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
Mark is involved in the community by serving as President of the Peru CSO 2011-2012. Currently President Elect with the Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary. Past President of the St Valentine Parish Family Circle Club and a Member of St Valentine Church in Peru and Knights of Columbus Calvert Council.


Tom Ptak

Tom Ptak, Co-Owner

Tom – lives in La Salle with his wife Lynn Cawley. He received his licenses at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1984. He is involved in the community by serving as Past President of the Peru CSO. Served as an officer of Peru's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1985, President of the Illinois Valley YMCA during their Wellness Center expansion and was also Chair of The Taste of the Illinois Valley for ten years. He now serves at La Salle's second ward alderman believing that La Salle and Peru are one.