Robert Stehn along with his wife, Sandy have owned and operated the funeral home since 1977; moving to Milwaukie with their three children, Julie Dowhaniuk, Mark Stehn and Tammy Steffens. They came in with the notion of entrenching themselves into the area, so that when someone enters the door, they are not just a person, but a member of their community. They became involved with their community, such as Milwaukie Masonic Lodge; Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Al Kader Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters and various other community groups and events. And have carried on the tradition by encouraging all the staff to be involved with the Milwaukie Community.
Service is the reason they started the funeral home and personal service is why we are still here. With the goal that whatever someone's hopes are, we could essentially "hold their hand" through the process and honor their dreams and beliefs. Mr. Stehn, who is the “heart and soul” of this company is now retired. However, with Sandy, their son, Mark and our staff we continue to maintain the personal touch that makes us unique to the community and sets us above a more corporate run funeral home.
Mark has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1987 and also a Licensed Insurance Agent since 2011. He grew up in Milwaukie and spent 15 years working for a small town Funeral Home until 2004 when he became the Executive Director for the Oregon Funeral Directors Association, managing the Association until 2011.
He became a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner in 1994, served on the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board as the Oregon Representative for 5 years and served on the Funeral Service Education Advisory Board at Mt. Hood Community College.
He is a member of the Clackamas Rotary Club, serves on the Providence Milwaukie Foundation Board, Celebrate Milwaukie Board, Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery Association Board and has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon State Medical Examiners Board.
Susie grew up in Milwaukie and began working here in 1987 as a part-time student employee. After graduating from Milwaukie High School she left for a short time, but returned to the company in 1997 as our Office Manager. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family going camping and fishing. She also enjoys volunteering at the Ledding Library.
1929 ~ 2015
Bill Waite, was a lifelong member of our staff, coming to work for the funeral home in its beginnings. He came from Florence, OR and helped in every aspect of funeral service. He was very dedicated to helping serve the families of the Milwaukie community. He loved to travel and did many trips with the Philadelphians Group Tours where he loved taking photographs of his adventures.
Bill died in November of 2015 and will be greatly missed by our family and staff!
Jesse Brenneman has lived in the area all of his life. He works in his family’s business, Heritage Pacific International, a local urn distribution company. Jesse assists the funeral home with staffing during services when needed.
In his free time he loves to fish, go four-wheeling and visits to the beach with his family.