Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory - Downtown in Spokane, WA

Meet Our Staff - Spokane, WA

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

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.

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Managing Partner

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 boyfriend, Sean and 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 Belote

Sue Belote

Office Manager

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 and with her team members from Hennessey Funeral Home.  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 two grandchildren, Dahlia and Oliver.  Her role as Grandma brings her greatest joy.

Telephone: 1-509-385-1360

Email: sue.belote@hennesseyfuneralhomes.com


H. Kim Mangis

H. Kim Mangis

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Kim received his mortuary education at Worsham College in Chicago, Illinois and has been a licensed funeral director/embalmer since 1980. He and his wife, Eva, have made the west plains of Spokane their home since 1991. They dote on their four children and eleven grandchildren. Kim dabbles in real estate and contributes where he is able to the local Gideons.  Any remaining time is filled by their hobby farm and their church.


L. Dean Lewis

L. Dean Lewis

Funeral Director

Dean entered funeral service on February 14, 2011.  He is an active father, who participates in many school activities, including acting as a chaperone for his children's school functions and field trips, and supporting other extracurricular activities like football and baseball.  "It is an extraordinary privilege to serve your family".  


Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy

Funeral Director & Curator

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.


Kimberly Akins

Kimberly Akins

Ambassador

Kim was born in Tacoma Washington and moved to Spokane as a teenager.  After Graduating from North Central, she met her future husband, Chris.  She worked in the banking industry for 7 years until the arrival of the 1st of 3 children that kicked off a 20 year career as stay at home mom, and later, bookkeeper for Chris Akins Masonry.

In October of 2016, Kim was presented with the unique opportunity to work part time at Hennessey Funeral Home’s Valley location. In March of 2017, after careful consideration and support from her family, Kim accepted a full time position at Hennessey’s downtown location.  Kim supports administration, funeral directors, and serves grieving families with much of the same passion that she has served her own family and business over the last 25 years.

When Chris and Kim make free time between running their busy masonry company, raising teenagers, endless home renovations, and caring for dogs, cats and chickens- they enjoy boating, live music, and occasional trips to anywhere warm. 


Chuck Wendt

Chuck Wendt

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.


Mike Webb

Mike Webb

Ambassador

Mike served his funeral director/embalmer apprenticeship in Everett, Washington from 1959 to 1962, graduating from Everett Community College in June 1962. He entered the U.S. Navy following graduation and served as a hospital corpsman in DaNang, Vietnam until late 1966. Mike attended and graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in December 1967. He was employed at Smith Funeral Home until 1971 and was hired by Charles E. Hennessey in 1972, working there until retirement in 2001. While employed, he also graduated from Eastern Washington University with his B.A. in Business Administration in 1974. Mike is also a retired U.S. Navy Command Master Chief E-9 and served in Desert Storm in 1991. He married Marilyn in June 1971, and they have one son in Pateros. Together, they have lived on the South Hill for over 47 years. Mike served as the Vice President, then President, of the Inland Empire Funeral Directors Association from 1991-1993. He is an Elder in the South Hill Bible Church, and active as a Gideon in Spokane's South Camp. Mike is also an assistant curator of the Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum at Felts Field.


Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey

Ambassador

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.


Mike Sanborn

Mike Sanborn

Ambassador

Mike was born and raised on the north side of Spokane, graduating from Rogers High School. He still maintains contact with Rogers by serving as vice president of the John R. Rogers Alumni and Friends Foundation (JRRAFF). Mike also serves as a board member and Chaplain for the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame. An active member of the Lutheran Church, he serves as Congregational President at Prince of Peace Lutheran and also serves on Synod Committees. Mike has been with Hennessey since 2005, serving families as a funeral director until his retirement in 2013. He now works in an Ambassador position. He has been married for over 50 years to his high school sweetheart Susan; they have four children, fourteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Mike always says, “You can take the boy out of Hillyard but you can’t take Hillyard out of the boy.”


Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter

Ambassador

Ashley was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, attending Ferris High School until her graduation in 2005. She later moved on to pursue her Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Communication at Eastern Washington University, with an emphasis on Cultural Practices/Communication and Organizational Communication. She graduated with her M.S. in 2012 with honors, and afterwards, spent several years teaching several Public Speaking classes at Gonzaga University. She also has a professional background in event coordinating, marketing/advertising, strategic planning, and project management.

Ashley’s biggest passion is helping people from all backgrounds, and she can often be found out volunteering in the community, whether in a team-setting or spontaneously helping a stranger. She also enjoys her free time digging in her garden, exploring hiking trails, and finding new outdoor activities to do with her two dogs.

Her favorite part about working at Hennessey Funeral Home is being able to exert her high-standards as well as her kind & compassionate touch to make each service uniquely personal, memorable, and full of beauty. In her own words, “I am very determined in my Ambassador role and I take great pride and personal reward in providing the most comforting and welcoming atmosphere for all of our families. I love going the extra mile to make the event(s) go smoothly as-planned – so that positive memories are generated and resonate for years to come”.


Lynn Riggins

Lynn Riggins

Ambassador

Lynn was born and raised in the Catholic faith and attended St. Aloyius grade school and parish. He is a retired Catholic hospital chaplain, employed by Sacred Heart Hospital for 13 years. In his adult life, Lynn was a medical missionary in Ghana, West Africa at a Catholic hospital for 28 years. He has been an Ambassador at Hennessey since 2006.


Jerri Via

Jerri Via

Ambassador

Jerri Via was born in Yakima, Washington and raised in Spokane. After moving away for a few years, she returned to Spokane and worked in a funeral home for three years before she became an Ambassador for Hennessey Funeral Home in 2008. She is a grandmother of eight, and her favorite pastime is traveling.


Faith LaRoche

Faith LaRoche

Ambassador

Faith was born and reared in an Air Force family, living in Oklahoma, Korea, Texas and Washington.  She married a young Air Force man and has enjoyed being Todd's wife for 48 years.  They have four children, two who are married and two grandsons.  Faith has worked previously as the executive secretary in three funeral homes, is a former florist and worked for, and retired from a credit union.  She has also spent the last 45 years teaching children about God and His great love.  She thoroughly enjoys working with people, having served with Todd in pastoral ministry for 24 years.  Currently she ministers in various capacities at the church they attend and enjoys supporting families served by the Hennessey Funeral Home family.


Kevin Gabbert

Kevin Gabbert

Advanced Planning Manager

Kevin started his career with Hennessey Funeral Homes in 2004 after 15 successful years in the Financial Services Industry. He brings from his background in finance a unique skill set to Hennessey Funeral Homes and our clients. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Business Administration. Along with being a Funeral Director, Kevin is also licensed in various financial disciplines. Kevin is the proud father of three, two boys and one girl, and loves living and raising his family in the Spokane Community.


Linda Nye

Linda Nye

Adminstrative Assistant

Linda Nye has been an administrative assistant at Hennessey’s since 2011. She has been a Spokanite since graduating from Harrington High School. She grew up being an avid golfer. From small farm town to “Big Metropolis,” Linda values the Inland Northwest communities and the opportunity to help assist the families served by Hennessey. Linda is a member of the VFW, Eagle and Elks Lodges, participating in their charitable activities.


Amber Harwood

Amber Harwood

Embalmer Intern/Crematory Operator



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Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory
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2203 North Division Street
| Spokane, WA 99207
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Tel: 509-328-2600
| wecare@hennesseyfuneralhomes.com

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