We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 509-328-2600 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Managing Partner / Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Melissa has been in the funeral profession since 2009. She graduated from Hamline University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Forensics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Arizona and pursued her education in Mortuary Science, graduating from Mesa Community College's Mortuary Science program in 2010. Following graduation, Melissa immediately began working at a small funeral firm in Tempe, AZ and has since worked in numerous roles at several funeral home and cemetery locations in both Arizona and Washington.
In 2013, Melissa moved to Washington to be closer to her younger sister and very much enjoyed the last six years in the Seattle area. During her time in Seattle, Melissa graduated from National University out of La Jolla, CA with her Master's Degree in Forensic Science in hopes it will continue to aid her in working with families at the funeral home. She takes great pride in the work of being a funeral director and embalmer as it is a true passion for Melissa in caring for families during their time of need.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoy spending time with her pets. With her older sister and Mom in Minnesota and her Dad in Oklahoma, Melissa enjoys travelling with her younger sister to visit family across the country. She enjoys being outdoors, taking walks and hikes and enjoying the nature Washington has to offer.
Sue grew up in a family of ten children with her father in the Air Force, moving the family from California, to Texas and back to Spokane, WA, where her home has been for the last 40 years. She has an AA Degree from Spokane Community College and went to work at a prominent, local law firm for seven years. Sue stayed home to bond with her son, Taylor, for a year and a half, and then entered the Funeral Industry and never looked back. She worked at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home serving families for 15 years and then moved to Hennessey Funeral Home, where she has been for the last 15 years. Sue takes great pride in her role as Office Manager at Hennessey Funeral Home and considers it a privilege helping families during the most sensitive time in their lives. Sue loves volunteering in the community with her team members from Hennessey Funeral Home and currently sits on the Board of Southside Senior and Community Center as Secretary. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking, reading, cheering on the Seattle Mariners and Gonzaga Bulldogs, and yearly trips to Las Vegas. Sue and her husband, Jeff, have one son, Taylor (and his beautiful wife, Amanda) and truly enjoy their three grandchildren, Dahlia, Oliver and Rose. Her role as Grandma brings her the greatest joy.
Advanced Planning Manager
Chuck has been serving families and individuals with preparing their funeral or cremation arrangements in advance of need for more than 12 years in the Spokane community. His role is to help facilitate your wishes through listening to your needs, sharing options, and creating the services that are right for you. He has lived in the Spokane area since 1974 when his dad was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. Chuck and his wife Vicki have three adult daughters and thoroughly enjoy their role as grandparents.
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
Dean entered funeral service on February 14, 2011. He is a licensed funeral director & embalmer, and a certified crematory operator. He also served as a deputy coroner for several years. He is an active father, participating in many school activities, including acting as a chaperone for his children’s school functions and field trips, and supporting other extracurricular actives like football, volleyball and baseball. He enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors, doing things like fishing, camping, snowboarding, and riding horses. He is kind and considerate of the needs of a grieving family. “It is an extraordinary privilege to serve your family.”
Licensed Funeral Director
Dennis Murphy was president of another Spokane funeral home from May 1999 until January 7, 2016. He served as a board member on the Washington State Funeral Directors Association and was past president in 2006-2007. Dennis was a National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board Member for the State of Washington and is a past president of The Inland Empire Funeral Directors Association. Dennis was twice awarded Best of the Best for funeral operation in the United States. He initiated Memorial Day events that attracted thousands. He is a Spokane Rotary Club 21 member and currently serves on the House Committee and Endowment committee of the Spokane Club. Dennis is a former Verger at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Licensed Funeral Director
Funeral Director Intern
Taylor grew up in Spokane and is a proud alum of John R. Rogers High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Performance (2010) and his Master of Arts in Teaching (2011), both from Whitworth University. He has been a public school band teacher for 9 years, having spent 8 years as the head middle school/high school Band Director in the Deer Park School District, and he is currently entering his 2nd year as an Elementary Band Specialist for Spokane Public Schools. Taylor can also often be found performing as a working drummer and percussionist around town. He is a regular in musical theater orchestra pits and has played with the Coeur d’ Alene Symphony, various bands, and performs as a solo steel pan artist. Taylor has also performed on his steel pan for Hennessey’s Memorial Day celebrations, Holiday Remembrance service, and other various community events. Taylor is always seeking ways to serve others in his life, and he was introduced as a funeral ambassador through his mother Susan. He is honored to be able to serve families with kindness and respect in their difficult times of loss and he takes great pride in helping them to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Taylor has been married to his wife, Amanda, for 8 years and adores his 3 young children, Dahlia, Oliver, & Rose. He loves spending time with them on walks and bike rides and watching them grow to find their own talents and interests.
Born in Spokane and raised in Pullman
Graduated from WSU Edward R Murrow School of Communications
Contributing reporter to NPR including 1972 Miami Democratic Convention and Washington Senator Henry Jacksons Presidential campaign
Senior Onsite KJRB news reporter for EXPO 74
Broadcast news anchor and reporter in Spokane Portland Seattle and winner of numerous Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism Awards for news documentaries
30+ years in financial services industry with the Principal Financial Group including membership in the industries Million Dollar Roundtable and board member and president of the Spokane Life Underwriters
Nearly a decade as a senior marketing research analyst for Dunkin Donuts New store and expansion development
Ron has two children living and working in Spokane and both his son and daughter are raising his grandchildren
Susie represents the fourth generation to work for Hennessey Funeral Home. She graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1980 and attended Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College. Susie has lived in several places, including Dutch Harbor, Arkansas, Seattle, and Portland, but returned home to Spokane to raise her son Charlie and to be with family and enjoy the perks of Spokane. She loves the four seasons here and enjoys living so close to lakes and winter sports.
Charles began working at Hennessey in 2019. He is grandson to Chuck "Patty" Hennessey and is son to Susie Hennessey.
Charles assists with funeral services, he helps around the building with maintenance odds and ends.
He currently holds another job with Fedex. He enjoys motorcycles and working on his car.
We are proud to have a 5th generation Hennessey still part of this staff.
Alexis joined Hennessey in January of 2020 as an ambassador then shortly thereafter moved into the role of an administrative assistant and receptionist. Alexis was born and raised in Spokane, attending University High School. She played softball, sang in multiple choirs and enjoyed art classes the most. Alexis has always felt drawn to serving her community and caring for people and by working at Hennessey, she has found a rewarding way to do so in caring for our families. In her spare time Alexis enjoys reading, writing, and joking around with her family and friends. She is a parent to two cats, Blizzard and Zukizumi and one dog, Azula. She also enjoys painting, traveling, sewing, taking Azula and Blizzard on walks as well as being out and about within the community she grew up in.
Fourteen years ago, I endured the greatest loss of my life. Despite the pain, the staff during the service and the funeral made me feel as though I was their only priority. I was well cared for and they took impeccable care of my family member as well. As an Ambassador, I can now return that level of care, compassion, and empathy to families who must also endure the pain of losing someone dear to them. I have recently completed my training and licensure as a cremationist to continue progressing in my funeral home career.
I absolutely love all animals, especially my 3 standard poodles: Kiera, Oscar, and Archibald. I also enjoy exploring and traveling with my spouse and my children.
Emotional Support Dog
Archie belongs to Managing Partner Melissa Johnson. He is 9 years old and enjoys spending the day at the funeral home with the staff and families we care for.
Though he is not a licensed therapy dog, his stoic calm demeanor is something most families enjoy. He may bark from time to time, but he will never bite and enjoys playing on the carpet when no one is around... Please feel free to come in anytime and meet our wonderful support companion.