Our Staff


Russ Weeks

Owner



Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Owner/President

Paul's father, Wilbert Lewis, owned and operated the funeral home before him. Paul has spent most of his working life in the funeral industry affiliated with Columbia Funeral Home. 

Paul has been a fully licensed Washington State Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1964

Telephone: 1-206-722-1100

Email: paul@columbiafuneralhome.com


Joe Tommasi

Joe Tommasi

Manager




With over 20, years of funeral service experience I still get up every morning absolutely loving what I do. Helping others get back to where they need to be, meeting with families and simply listening by letting people talk to tell their story is what I think more funeral professionals need to do. 

If we can take away the tunnel vision by helping with the stress and fear that comes with loss, and create a positive experience, the best that we can, thats very rewarding to me and I believe it to be empowering to the families we serve.

At Columbia Funeral Home, Caring service is our reason for being. We pledge to provide the highest standards of ethical and personal service as well as the finest facilities for our guest and visitors. Our "Spirit of Service" anticipates the needs of those in sorrow and exceeds the expectations of all who enter our care and represents Columbia Funeral Home's philosophy of service to individuals, families and the communities it represents. Over the years thousands of people contact Columbia Funeral Home because of it's well deserved reputation for providing the finest in funeral service and personal care.

I invite you to discover what has made Columbia Funeral Home a family tradition since 1907.


Joe, is a proud member of the following organizations;  Italian American Professionals, Order Sons of Italy; Seattle Lodge 1590, Washington State Funeral Directors Association (WSFDA)  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Cremation Association of North America (CANA) Joe is also a Certified Matthews Crematory Operator.



Roger Leger

Roger Leger

Assistant Manager / Intern Funeral Director

Roger has been a director with Columbia since 1989. He is a huge part of Columbia Funeral Home's day to day operations. Roger is very well known to the Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Philippine, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities for providing the very best service possible. The trust that so many cultures place into Roger and Columbia has made us the experts when it comes to the diverse cultural, shipping and services needs that our families request.   

Telephone: 1-206-722-1100

Email: roger@columbiafuneralhome.com


William Melcher

William Melcher

Funeral Director and Embalmer

William Melcher is a second generation funeral director and embalmer, with over 40 years of experience. He started in funeral service at the age of 16 working for his parents at Melcher Mortuary in Arizona. He later moved to the pacific northwest to escape the Arizona heat, and has been here ever since. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren at his home in Belfair, Washington. 

His true passion in life is funeral service, and assisting families in their time of need. 



Roxanne Wright

Roxanne Wright

Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer

Roxanne has been working in the Funeral Service industry since 2010. Initially she worked for a company which provided mortuary services and liked it so much she decided to enroll in the Funeral Service Education Program at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham Oregon. Roxanne finds working in this industry to be very rewarding. The feelings she experiences when a family expresses their gratitude for helping them through a difficult time is immense.

In Roxanne’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her pets and family, crafting jewelry, and do it yourself (DIY) projects. 


Nichole Rager

Nichole Rager

Office Manager

Nichole has been in the funeral industry for over 6 years since graduating high school in 2010. She has worked as both an administrator and intern funeral director, helping families in any capacity she can. 

When she is  not serving families she enjoys spending time hiking with her golden retriever Brooklyn, cooking, browsing bookstores, and spending time with her friends and family. 


Nikki Nguyen

Nikki Nguyen

Pre-Arrangement Counselor

Nikki was born in Vietnam and came to the US when she was 11. She is fluent in reading and writing in both Vietnamese and English. After graduating from the University of Washington, she worked with the elderly in the Vietnamese community assisting them to access in home services and other resources in the community. She has also been providing the same services for the elderly from other ethnic backgrounds.

 

Nikki is a member of the Catholic Vietnamese Martyrs Church and is familiar with the community. She is passionate, dedicated and committed to assisting individuals and families in the community fulfilling their needs. 


Phuong Le

Phuong Le

Vietnamese & Chinese Service Coordinator

Kitty is the newest member to our family at Columbia Funeral Home. She came to our industry with the dedication of helping people and to ease their worries  by making our clients feel more comfortable when it came to  preparing for the funeral process. She  has bought her customer service skill, and the ability of speaking, reading and writing in English, Vietnamese and Chinese to serve the community as well as all of Columbia Funeral Home's cultural needs. 

Kitty also provides beautiful flowers to our families in need. She is able to provide Vietnamese & Chinese ribbons as well as many other writings. Columbia Funeral Home is very proud to offer floral designs provided by Kitty to meet the style and cultural needs that so many of our Asian family's require.  

We are so happy to have her.





Telephone: 1-253-951-3357

Email: info@columbiafuneralhome.com


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