History of Wilbert Paducah & Southern Illinois Vault Co. 

The company was started in 1963.The Sanders family has owned the business since February 1978. Contact us to learn more about Wilbert funeral services or to request a schedule of the upcoming continuing education classes for funeral professionals.

Areas Served

Wilbert Vault Co. of Paducah & Southern Illinois Vault Co. offer offer burial vaults and creamation urn products to:
14 counties in Kentucky:
Carlisle, Callaway, Marshall, Lyon, McCracken, Graves, Ballard, Fulton, Hickman, Trigg, Christian, Hopkins, Crittenden, Livingston
and to 14 counties in Illinois:
Massac, Pulaski, Alexander, Pope, Hardin, Union, Gallatin, Saline, Williamson, Jackson, Hamilton, Franklin, Perry, Randolph.

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Set Up

Wilbert offers two types of burial set ups, Wilbert Way (WW) and Above Ground with Lowering Device (AL). Both set ups consists of an above ground seal and a lowering device, also known as The Wilbert Way Lowering Device. The difference in the two set ups is in the placement of the vault and the vault cover during the funeral service.

Grass & Chairs

For those who are interested, grass and chairs are available as an additional service to families who would like a graveside service or an extra amenity at the burial site. Six pieces of grass and ten folding chairs will typically cover a gravesite area and will be neatly arranged under the tents. Wilbert Burial Vault manages the delivery, setup, and removal of the grass and chairs.


A 16x20chapel tent is set by Wilbert Burial Vault at the gravesite for funeral services. The tent covers the burial area and provide a comfortable place for families to gather during the funeral. At the end of the funeral, the tent is removed.


Nameplates give burial vaults a personalized touch. They are a standard feature of all burial vaults except the grave boxes. The nameplate includes the name of the deceased and the birth and death dates.

Grave Digging & Disinterment

Wilbert Burial Vault provides grave digging & disinterment services. Wilbert Vault of Paducah is fully equipped with small backhoes. The grave digging service includes the opening and closing of the grave. If it becomes necessary to move a vault from one location to another, Wilbert can assist with these services. We handle everything from locating the vault to relocating the vault to a new location.

Vault Transfer

Vault Transfer is a service available between Wilbert franchises and dealers. Wilbert Burial Vault uses the vault transfer service when a burial request has been made outside of the franchise territory. The location of the cemetery is needed to determine the appropriate Wilbert franchise or dealer. Since the services offered by each Wilbert franchise vary, the franchises work together on a per burial basis to determine the services, such as tents, grass, chairs, and grave digging, that each franchise will provide for the burial.

First Responders

When a hero falls, Wilbert is there.

Our “Commemorating First Responders” program provides families of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who have died in the line of duty with a tribute worthy of their valor and sacrifice.

At no charge to the family, Wilbert and our licensees donate a customized Wilbert Stainless Steel Triune® burial vault. If the choice is cremation, we offer a selection of four urns, as well as a Stainless Steel Triune urn vault for memorial tribute. If permitted, a WilbertWay® graveside service may also be included.

Join us as we help families honor heroic lives, sacrificed in valiant service to neighbor and community.

Contact your local funeral professional for more information.

Ultimate Service Provider

Wilbert Funeral Service in Chicago (corporate HQ) has awarded Wilbert Vault Co. of Paducah & Southern Illinois Vault Co. with "Ultimate Service Provider"

There are four service levels: Minimum Service, Basic Service, Premium Service, and Ultimate Service Provider. To be classified as an Ultimate Service Provider, one must receive at least 75 points out of 88 points; a higher score is attainable when bonus points are earned for exceptional achievements. Points are collected by category, including tents, chairs, greens, Wilbert Way, lowering device, vaults, employees, and trucks and delivery. Wilbert Vault Co. of Paducah & Southern Illinois Vault Co surpassed the 75 points needed to obtain Ultimate Service Provider.