Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Keizer Funeral Chapel was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
General Manager & Director
Tim has been in the funeral industry for over 24 years. His career started in Oregon where he was born and raised most of his life. His experience started early and Tim served a three year apprenticeship before attending Mt.Hood Community College where he graduated with his sciences degree in Funeral Service. Tim’s interest in the funeral industry began when he was young, with most of his family involved in the medical field, Tim figured that becoming a funeral director/embalmer would be a good fit due to his love for anatomy and caring for others. Tim enjoys helping guide families through one of the hardest experiences of their lives by providing tools to create the perfect way to memorialize their loved ones. When Tim is not working he loves spending time with his dogs, traveling, hiking, fishing, kayaking, flying, camping and just getting out in what the great northwest has to offer.
Rick is a Northwest native having lived in the Salem/Keizer area since 2010. He began his career in funeral service in 2019 as a Funeral Attendant. In April of 2020, he began his apprenticeship to become a licensed Funeral Director. Prior to working in funeral service, Rick spent 25 years in Pastoral Ministry.
Rick and his wife Debbie, have 4 sons and 2 grandchildren. When not serving families, Rick enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing and serving in his church.
Samantha was born in Texas and raised in Arizona. She moved to Oregon in late 2018 to pursue her childhood dream within the funeral industry. She graduated in the late spring of 2020.
When Samantha isn't serving families she is traveling or simply exploring Oregon with her lovely wife and their two fur babies.
Michael Thress has been serving families at their time of need since 2012. He started in Family Service and currently is Sales Manager at Restlawn Memory Gardens and Mausoleum, Roseburg Memorial Park and Valley View Cemetery.
Michael graduated from Drexel University and has a Bachelor Degree in Finance. During his free time Michael likes to snowboard and golf.
“When I started in this industry I discovered my passion when I realized the invaluable service I provide – basically when death occurs, I give the family peace of mind by understanding ‘who to call, where to go, and what to do.”
Jon joined our team to help families pre-arrange their cemetery and funeral needs. He is licensed both as a life insurance agent, as well as, a cemeterian. He enjoys giving families the peace of mind that their arrangements have been taken care of long before a death occurs. During his time off Jon enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his local church, and golfing.