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Duane Weeks, Ph.D., CFSP, FT

Duane Weeks, Ph.D., CFSP, FT

Duane and his sons own and operate seven funeral homes in the Puget Sound area. He appreciates the unique privilege of watching his children continue the family tradition of helping our neighbors through the trauma death brings to their lives. 

The Weeks family operates its businesses successfully by providing compassion, integrity, and value to their clients. Early in life, Duane was taught that people are more important than profit, and this lesson has been passed on to his family and employees. 

As a youngster, Duane lived in Parkland, Washington, where he graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and began to learn about funeral service from his friends at Dryer Mortuary. Following graduation from the University of Puget Sound, he taught secondary school English in the early 1960s before turning to funeral service.

A licensed funeral director for 50 years, Duane has owned and operated funeral homes since 1966. He was honored by his peers in 1996, when he was selected as Washington State Funeral Director of the Year and again, in 2002, when he was presented with a Career Achievement Award, both from the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association. 

Duane and his wife, Fay, have lived in the Enumclaw/Buckley area since 1966. They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Enumclaw. Duane continues his membership in the Enumclaw Kiwanis Club, having served in varied community activities including the hospital foundation board and the Enumclaw School Board, where he was past president. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Death Education and Counseling. 

In 1985, Duane's interest in death education led him to begin graduate schooling in Sociology. After earning his Master's degree from Pacific Lutheran University, his formal education culminated when he completed his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1994. In 1999, Dr. Weeks retired as director of New England Institute at Mount Ida College, a small liberal arts school in Newton, Massachusetts. 

An international speaker, Duane is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters with topics ranging from general grief and bereavement to the importance of death rituals. He is co-editor of the seminal book on long-term caring for survivors, "When All the Friends Have Gone: A Guide for Aftercare Providers."


Russ Weeks, CFSP, CCO

Russ Weeks, CFSP, CCO

President, Funeral Director and Embalmer

A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and President of Weeks' Funeral Homes, Russ was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. After graduating from Enumclaw High School, he received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound and an Associates degree in funeral service education from Mt. Hood Community College. In 1990 Russ returned to Enumclaw and joined the family firm. He is the only two-term President of the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association and was voted Washington's Funeral Director of the Year in 2002. Russ and his wife Kelley (also an Enumclaw native) have 3 children, Corissa, Trevor, and Ryan. They are active members of Wabash Presbyterian Church and believe their most important responsibility is to introduce their children to a personal relationship with Jesus.


Doug Weeks, CPA

Doug Weeks, CPA

Vice President

Doug is a CPA and Vice President of Weeks' Funeral Homes. He is a graduate of Enumclaw High School, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington. After a short time as a software engineer, he joined the family business in 1989 and became a CPA in 1993. Doug spent ten years as the treasurer of Encouragement Counseling Services, a non-profit, Christian counseling service in South King County. He also plays euphonium in the Gateway Concert Band. He and his wife, Rhonda and son, Owen, currently live in Enumclaw.


Karla Weeks McCowin

Karla Weeks McCowin

Reception Coordinator

Karla Weeks McCowin joined the family firm in 1991 and has worked as a Pre-need Coordinator and is now our Reception Coordinator. She is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she serves on the Trinity Lutheran Preschool Board of Directors and leads the senior citizens social club. Karla and her husband, Peter, are parents to Zach and Katie and enjoy snow skiing and sailing as a family.


Chastin Brinkley, CFSP, CCO

Chastin Brinkley, CFSP, CCO

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator

The General Manager of our sister funeral home, Weeks' Funeral Home, in Buckley; Chastin has been in the funeral service industry since 1989 and a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1993. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with an Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. In his spare time Chastin enjoys spending time with his wife, Jodale, the outdoors and photography.


Daniel Johnson

Funeral Director and Embalmer Intern

Daniel Johnson originally joined the Weeks' Funeral Home Family in 2016 as a removal technician and funeral attendant.  At the start of 2021, he added the roll of Intern to his repertoire.  Dan is a graduate of Lake Washington Institute of Technology and has been in the business of helping others a long time.  A father of three, he dedicates his off time to child wrangling, D&D campaigning, and the occasional eating of popcorn.


Kali Thomas

Kali Thomas

Office Manager

Kali Thomas is the Office Manager for Weeks' Dryer Mortuary and general Administrative Assistant for all of the Weeks' Family Funeral Homes.  Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest she followed her mother’s footsteps and received her degree from Pacific Lutheran University.  While there she studied biology, English, and how to recreate movie themes by whapping giant plastic tubes together.  Kali spent a year living in Cork, Ireland, travelling the countryside, and letting her inner foodie have constant thrills.  Often, she has her nose in a book, her fingers flying across the keyboard in a hurry to get out a new story, or her apron on as she whips up some kitchen magic.  She loves discovering new things, receiving letters through the post, proper tea time, and making sure she sings at least one song each day.  Kali spends her free time snuggling with her fur-children, creating, and going on adventures.

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Jake K. L. Miller

Jake K. L. Miller

Pre-Planning Care Advisor

Jake K. L. Miller began his employment at Haven of Rest, Weeks' Dryer Mortuary's sister funeral home located across the bridge in Gig Harbor,  in 2014 as a part time grounds keeper and removal technician.  After graduating high school in 2016, he began working full time on grounds and eventually moved into the position of bookkeeper and administrative assistant.  Jake now serves families as a pre-planning advisor helping them to plan for the future.  His favorite pastimes include golfing, traveling, and working on his car.

Telephone: 1-253-279-7575


Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller

Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller

Community Outreach & Education

Charmaine’s role with Weeks’ Funeral Homes, is in Community Outreach & Education, to bridge partnerships with like-minded organizations in serving our communities. This includes churches of all faiths, veteran and service groups, first responder chaplains, and hospitals and hospice.

In sharing information and resources about death, bereavement, and healing, Charmaine’s goal is to help people talk about death before they need to, find their way through the darkness when death occurs in their friends and families, and connect with after-care programs to support their pathway to healing.

Charmaine’s background includes 20+ years as a business owner, trainer, and consultant in the area of human services and crisis communication. Throughout her career, Charmaine has served emergency services and 911 dispatchers, children’s organizations, and faith-based assistance programs. Her experience with funeral service dates back more than 20 years. Charmaine is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a graduate of the Pierce County Chaplains Academy, and a proud member of the Enumclaw Rotary Club.

Charmaine was born and raised in Minnesota. Early in her career, she transferred to Washington State, and immediately made it her forever home. She is married, the mother of three sons, and the grandmother of three children she adores.  She is also a lover of golden retriever dogs, and shares her home with three furry family members.

Charmaine has been a friend of the Weeks’ Family for many years, and we are pleased to have her as a member of our team.


Telephone: 1-360-825-3548

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