After graduation from Newton Community High School in 2007, Reuben pursued a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Reuben took his first teaching job in 2010 in a small school by Mt. Vernon and transferred back to Oblong to teach in 2011. After moving several times for school and work, Reuben decided to obtain his real estate license after several negative transactions with realtors. The driving force was to treat the customer with the utmost respect and always be fair and honest in any deal. These values still hold true in the transactions he completes today.
Reuben married Erica (Thompson) Stence in 2010 and started the process of moving back to Marshall and Clark County to teach and be closer to family. In 2013, the property of their dreams came available and they bought it in hopes of reestablishing the family farm. The pastures of Oval Ridge Farm are now filled with registered Angus cattle with genetics being marketed all across the country.
In the Stence’s spare time, they love spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family. Reuben cherishes the time he gets to spend with his beautiful wife and two children Lucas and Natalie.
Hard work, honesty, dedication, and determination have shaped Reuben’s personal and professional life and he looks forward to putting those traits to work for you in buying or selling your home.
Bill decided in late 2013 to join the United Country Family. Bill is focused on putting together a state of the art auction and real estate company. With national and local advertising, United Country Burke Auction and Realty is bringing new life to Crawford, Jasper and Richland, Lawrence counties along with Central and Southern Illinois.
Bill grew up in Olney, Il., until he was in the 5th grade and at that time his mother took a job at Hershey Chocolate and moved the family to Oblong, Il. Basically growing up and taking county wide classes in high school, Bill built relationships all over Crawford County. Bill is a 2000 graduate of Oblong High School and a 2005 graduate of the Missouri Auction School. He has been employed in a variety of different jobs in his career. Bill has had 2 jobs since 2005, working days and working auctions in the evenings and weekends. In 2009 Bill went to work full-time for Bob Fiscus Auction and Appraisals. In 2012 Bill opened Furniture and More in Oblong, Il. In 2013 Bill also bought an office in Oblong and opened United Country Burke Auction and Realty. In July, of 2014 Bill sold Furniture and More to strictly focus on the Auction and Real Estate business.
Bill was recently married in 2014 to his wife Sarah. Bill has 2 daughters, Alysen and Aireka. They are involved in sports and many school activities. Bills hobbies include, attending auctions, hunting, fishing, being outdoors in general, side-by-side rides with the family and watching his daughters play softball.