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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

Russ Weeks, CFSP

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

Chastin Brinkley, CFSP

General Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

The General Manager of Weeks' Funeral Homes, 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, scuba diving, the outdoors and photography.


Rylee Melot

Rylee Melot

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Rylee Melot is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer who joined Weeks' Funeral Homes in 2015.  She was raised mostly in Orting, WA but spent some of her growing years in Walla Walla, WA and Lewiston, ID.  Following graduation from Orting High School, she attended Lake Washington Technical Institute and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service.

Rylee was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at an early age and is passionate about diabetes education and management.  She and her husband Thomas currently live in South Tacoma with their son Alfred; cats Charlie and Marshall; and their dog Fancy.

Rylee enjoys reading science-fiction, playing tabletop games, binge watching reruns of The West Wing, and hiking around the Pacific Northwest.  She believes your life is made by what you give of yourself.  This idea pushes her to contribute more and volunteer with Meals on Wheels in King County.

When her family experienced a loss of their own she found comfort in returning to her family's traditions and involving herself in their rituals.  She strives to serve families by helping them establish personal traditions and encouraging opportunities for active participation in the funeral services of their beloved.


Katey Houston

Katey Houston

Funeral Director and Embalmer, MBIE

Katey Houston became part of the heart of the Weeks’ Funeral Home family in 2014 after graduating from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA.  A native of England, though her accent does not give her away, she has served in the death care industry both here and across the pond.  Empathetic, and giving, Katey pushes the bounds of traditional funeral service to create unique, lasting tributes to those who are gone but never forgotten.  She is part of the new wave of younger, greener, funeral directors who devote their efforts to thinking outside of the box in order to best celebrate each life as well lived.  Her vibrancy and passion for service set her apart from others in her field and allow her to serve as a beacon of comfort to the lost and grieving in our community.

Come tell Katey your favorite stories and watch as they become inspiration for creating the perfect way to say goodbye.


Hank Kerns

Hank Kerns

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Hank Kerns was born and raised in Appalachia. He is a Graduate of Ohio University and an honors graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, receiving the Ohio Embalmer’s Association Award upon graduation. He has held professional licenses in Ohio, Arizona, California and Washington. He is a past member of the State Board of Funeral Directors and Cemeteries of Washington serving as its chair for two years. He is a four time past president of the King County Funeral Directors Association and currently serves on the board of directors of the Washington Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association. His community involvement includes the board of directors for the Senior Center of West Seattle including serving as its president, board member of Sound Generations, and advisory committee member for Senior Centers under the umbrella of Sound Generations as well as a member of the Covington Rotary Club. Hank has been appointed an Honorary Colonel for public service by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He lives in Kent and is married to his wife Jennifer; has two children Steven and Ashley; granddaughter Brooklyn, and a chocolate lab named Anna. 


Carolyn Detrick

Carolyn Detrick

Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer

Carolyn joined the Weeks’ Funeral Home family in the summer of 2017 just after graduating from Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  She is currently an Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer and spends her time helping families at all our locations.  A wife and mother of two, Carolyn recognizes that individuality is beauty and loves helping families tailor services for their loved ones.  Her children and mother-in-law all have the same birthday, she is obsessed with sparkly things, she is intense in her maintenance of her horror film aficionado status, and she is passionate about suicide prevention (especially for those in the armed forces).  Carolyn understands that these things are part of what make her unique; just like the beautiful, strange, complex things in the lives of the families she serves makes them unique.  She can help celebrate it, help families find the best ways for them to grieve and discover new things about themselves, their loved ones, and the people who make it their life’s work to help in this difficult process… and if you ask her nicely she might tell you why the jellyfish is her spirit animal.


Kali Thomas

Kali Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Kali J. Thomas is an Administrative Secretary for Weeks’ 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.

Email: kali@dryermortuary.com


Angelia Dabb

Angelia Dabb

Family Services Coordinator

Angela Dabb is the Family Services Coordinator for Weeks' Dryer Mortuary and its sister location Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel.  Her role is to help families pre-plan, and if possible fund, their future funeral services.  Pre-planning is often overlooked in the funeral industry but Angela understands the importance it holds when families are going through the difficult experiences associated with loss.  Her aim is to ease the burden of funeral planning by doing it ahead of the need.


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

Email: Charmaine@weeksfuneralhomes.com


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