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Our founder, Preston H. McGinnis, of Princeton, Iowa, was one of the early Scott County undertakers and was well-known throughout the region. In the early 1900's, the McGinnis family moved to Bettendorf, Iowa and established their funeral home in a downtown storefront location. In 1923, they relocated to our present location along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Preston & Rebecca McGinnis' daughters, Mary, Mildred, Ruth, & Lottie all became schoolteachers while their sons, Nelson, Roy, & Finley all became morticians. The business was advertised at one time as owned and operated by a father and three sons. Finley McGinnis, along with his brothers & sisters, operated the funeral home for nearly 60 years with understanding, compassion and friendship. After a long and devoted career in funeral service, they retired in 1979.

Our location at 644 River Drive in Bettendorf was built in 1892-93 by Captain August E. Reimers. The house is reminiscent of the Queen Anne architectural style common in homes at this time. Capt. Reimers, whom had served in the Civil War, was later a steamboat pilot. The Reimers family resided in the house until 1923 when the McGinnis family acquired it.

Today, the funeral home is owned & operated by the Chambers family. David Chambers, his wife, Donna and their children, Christy and Jon, are continuing a long & proud history of service in their community. In addition to the Chambers family, we have an excellent staff of dedicated individuals. They are Dustin Kilbride, Dan Long, Francine Clark, Mary Jo Buckley, Art Matje, Roger Furrow & the staff of W & H Livery Service in Bettendorf.

In addition to their location in Bettendorf, they also operate Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge, Iowa.

David B. Chambers

David is a 1968 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois and is a licensed funeral director in Iowa and Illinois. He is a member of the Iowa Funeral Director's Association, the Illinois Funeral Director's Association, the National Funeral Director's Association and the Mississippi Valley Funeral Director's Association. In addition, he is a member of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the Bettendorf Lions Club and Asbury United Methodist Church. He & his wife, Donna have two children, Christy Weber and Jon Chambers.
Jon D. Chambers

Jon is a 2002 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. He is a licensed funeral director in Iowa and Illinois. Jon is a member of the Iowa Funeral Director's Association, the Illinois Funeral Director's Association, the National Funeral Director's Association and the Mississippi Valley Funeral Director's Association. He is also a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf and the Eldridge Lions Club.
Dustin P. Kilbride

Dustin is a 2005 graduate of the Mortuary Service Program at Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Originally from North-Central Iowa he settled in the Quad-Cities after college and joined McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home on July 5, 2005. He is a licensed funeral director in Iowa. Dustin is a member of the Iowa Funeral Director's Association, the National Funeral Director's Association and the Mississippi Valley Funeral Director's Association.

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