Owner & Funeral Director
Daniel is a second generation licensed Funeral Director and U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, following in his father’s footsteps of military and funeral service. Daniel was literally born and raised into the funeral industry, learning to serve families with integrity first-hand from his late father, Irving Symonds Jr., who owned several funeral homes in Chicago, Highwood, and Grayslake, Illinois. Daniel strives to uphold the high standards his father set for him every day.
In addition to working in funeral service, Daniel has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier. Daniel enlisted in the Army to serve his country six months after the attacks on September 11, 2001. He has also served throughout the world on training missions in Panama, Germany, Korea, and Malaysia.
Daniel is currently a Master Sgt for U.S. Army Reserve Public Affairs. Daniel is proud to have come from a long line of military service, dating back to the Civil War, starting with his Great-Great Grandfather, Private Daniel Rufus Symonds, his namesake.
Daniel earned his Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science at Chicago Citywide Mortuary School and has earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Television Production from Chicago’s Columbia College of the Arts. Daniel has been a licensed funeral director in the state of Illinois for over 25 years, and he also holds licenses in Indiana and Michigan.
Dan serves on the executive board for American Legion Post 57 in Elgin. He is also a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1307, the Elgin Area Historical Society, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 799, the Elgin Lion’s Club, the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp #2, and is a former member of Kiwanis Club of Elgin.
Daniel is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin. Dan and his wife Joy have two daughters, Emily and Vivienne.