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Our Directors

Our Directors

Faces you know. People you trust.

D. Neale "Buster" Hanley, II

Funeral Director

With his family name on the sign, Buster makes sure every encounter he has with an individual or family is one he can be proud of. Being an integral part of the Pekin community – seeing people at the grocery store, church and festivals – helps create a great sense of accountability for Buster and a desire to be sure they are treated right. After completing his education at Illinois Wesleyan University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Buster returned home in 1992 as a trusted funeral director and embalmer.  Buster is actively involved in the community. He’s a lifelong resident of Pekin and has been greatly involved in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. He presently serves on the City of Pekin Economic Development Advisory Committee, UnityPoint Health - Pekin Hospital Foundation Board, Tazewell County St. Jude Golf Classic, a member of the 40 Leaders Under 40 group and is a member of Summit Point Church in East Peoria.  In addition to being an Illinois Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, he is a Certified Crematory Operator, Certified Cemetery Manager and Certified Preplanning Consultant.  Buster and his wife, Joely, enjoy golf, grilling out and traveling in their free time.  They have two children, Tyler and Megan.


Charles R. Hanley

Funeral Director

Working with families isn’t about checking items off a list for Charlie. Everything he does comes from the heart. No matter what the task, he strives for a high level of service and professionalism... whether that means making arrangements for someone who passed away out of state or transporting flowers after a funeral to a family’s home. Charlie is also extremely involved in our community. He’s an active member and leader at various clubs and organizations including Pekin Grace United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club of Pekin, the Tazewell Animal Protective Society and many more. In his free time, you can find Charlie warming up his vocals for the Pekin Civic Chorus and he’s passionate about the work they do at TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter.


Travis L. Regan

Funeral Director

Giving back to the community is something Travis has always taken to heart. As a proud parent of a St. Jude patient, Travis has paid the kindness he received forward by helping numerous families in their time of need. Travis attends Northwoods Community Church and is a graduate of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy. He is also extremely active with St. Jude as a former Memphis to Peoria runner and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate Board Member. In his free time, you’ll find him spending time with his wife, Julie, and their children Blaine, Cambria and Carlee.


Vince Fraboni

Funeral Director

Serving families with the highest quality of service and care is Vince’s approach at Preston-Hanley and is a testament to the Central Illinois roots this Metamora native brings to every family he works with. Vince received his degree in mortuary science at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, where he also worked and lived in a funeral home. He graduated top of his class and was awarded the Twin Pine Cremation Scholarship for his outstanding community effort and caring manner. Vince went on to complete his apprenticeship in Highland Park and receive his Illinois license as a funeral director, embalmer and crematory operator. Following his apprenticeship, Vince relocated back to Central Illinois to be closer to his family and friends. In his free time, you’ll often find Vince continuing to study one of his first interests, horticulture and gardens.


Savannah Smith

Apprentice Funeral Director

Savannah is dedicated to providing empathy and compassion for members of the communities she serves. Before receiving her degree in mortuary science, Savannah studied Kinesiology at Monmouth College. She received her associate degree in mortuary science at Carl Sandburg College. After an internship at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory, Savanah joined Preston-Hanley during the Fall of 2019 eager to grow and learn as she serves families during the difficult time of losing a loved one. Savannah lives in Canton, IL with her two cats. She enjoys cooking and baking as well as going on runs/walks. In her free time, she likes to see movies, listen to music and spend time with her family and friends.


Dean L. Goff

Funeral Director

Dean takes being a people pleaser to heart – especially when it comes to his job. He goes out of his way to make sure the families we work with know we care and that we will do everything in our power to carry out their wishes, adhere to budgets and celebrate the life remembered. Dean is actively involved with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. He also enjoys besting his score (and his opponents’) in both golf and bowling. Dean spends the rest of his time keeping up with his wife, Dana, and kids, Katie and David.