R.I.P., Ltd. is a restoration service that provides historic gravestone or graveyard preservation. RIP offers consultation, on-site preservation services, workshops, and our professional work is available throughout the Midwest.   RIP has substantial experience training and working with volunteers in cemetery preservation.

Cemetery services include:

Workshops for learning correct preservation methods

Simple repair and maintenance for gravestones

Speaker on how to preserve a cemetery

Methods of low cost preservation

Locate unmarked gravesites

Gravesite mapping

Cleaning grave stones

Reset, level, repair grave markers

Condition and state of burial grounds and gravestones

Individual marker photo and written evaluation documentation

Workshops in Basic and Advanced gravestone preservation techniques

R.I.P., Ltd.

988 Iron Horse Place

Monticello, IL 61856


Email: jheider@mchsi.com


Over the last thirty years John Heider has performed many aspects of historical restoration that provided him with a solid understanding and deep appreciation for our cemeteries.

 He can provide a complete cemetery preservation plan, individual gravestone assessment, or perform simple and complex repairs.

His workshops present the necessary information for an individual person or group of people to clean, reset, or repair stone grave markers and his training methods follow federal, state, and professional guidelines. John is available for lectures, seminars, conferences, or on-site training. Sharing this knowledge with people is one of his most enjoyable endeavors.