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Moon and Sun Monument Company, started in 1886, is located in downtown Fairbury, Nebraska. Moon and Sun Monument Company has been producing tombstones, headstones and grave markers in the Fairbury area for over 125 years.
Fifth generation owners Mark and Darcy Hansen are committed to providing the highest level of customer care in every step of the process. From initial consultation, to production and installation, you can trust Moon and Sun Monuments to create a lasting memorial to honor your loved one.
Moon and Sun Monument Company in Fairbury is the area’s leading provider of quality memorials. Shop the many styles of granite headstones, cemetery grave markers in their showroom or custom-design a one-of-a-kind memorial.
See why Moon and Sun Memorials has been the most trusted name in memorials and monuments in Fairbury for over 125 years.
The History of Moon and Sun Monument Company
Moon and Sun Monument Company is Fairbury’s longest existing business, dating back to the Civil War. Since its founding, Moon and Sun Monument Company is the only Fairbury business to produce tombstones and headstones.
Founder William Pettitt started his monument company in downtown Fairbury in 1886, known originally as Pettitt and Sons. Pettitt was a drummer boy in the Civil War who wanted to honor soldiers for their commitment and the families for their loss by carving stones for the fallen soldiers.
Over the years, Pettitt and Sons became Moon and Son with two generations of the Moon family running the monument business. Later the name was changed to “Moon and Sun Monuments” and still remains to this day.
Fifth generation owners Mark and Darcy (Schipper) Hansen, originally from Fairbury, now operate the business. Mark is the great-great grandson of Pettitt, and began working at the monument company in 1974 after his high school graduation. Mark’s wife Darcy came onboard in 1980, also a graduate of Fairbury High School. The two also own Trump Memorials in Lincoln.
Hansen finds the work rewarding. “Helping the people put up a nice monument is an honorable job. They (family members) put their trust in us to create a once-in-a-lifetime memorial for a loved one,” he explained.
“For generations our family has had a reputation of honoring people. I wanted to keep the family business going,” Mark said. “We are proud to be an important part of Fairbury’s past, present and future.”