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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

A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and President of Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel, 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

Doug is a CPA and Vice President of Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel. 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 lives in Enumclaw.


Karla Weeks McCowin

Karla Weeks McCowin

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

The General Manager of Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel, 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. He is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and a charter member of the American Society of Embalmers. In his spare time, Chastin enjoys spending time with his wife, Jodale, photography, scuba diving, and the outdoors.


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 chocolate lab Anna. 

Email: info@edline-yahn.com


Katey Houston

Katey Houston

Katey Houston joined Weeks’ Funeral Homes in 2014 as a graduate from Lake Washington institute of Technology in Kirkland. As a native of England, Katey has the unique insight of having worked in the funeral industry in both countries.

Katey is married with three dogs and in her free time enjoys training and competing in Agility, photography and reading.

Katey feels that the most rewarding part of being a funeral director is being able to help create a wonderful honoring tribute for a families loved one, be it something traditional or something more outside the box.


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 Federal Way 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.


Carolyn Detrick

Carolyn Detrick



Jaymi Fox

Jaymi Fox

Secretary

Jaymi joined the staff at Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northwest University and taught for 15 years in Renton and Enumclaw.

Jaymi was born and raised in Enumclaw and has moved back home to raise her family. She is married to Stuart and they have two children, Josiah and Makenna. They are active members at Wabash Church in Auburn, Washington. In her spare time Jaymi enjoys spending time with family, being crafty, photography, and being outdoors.


Email: info@edline-yahn.com


Angela Dabb

Angela Dabb



Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller

Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller



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