Our Staff

Russ Weeks


Paul Lewis


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

Roger Leger

Roger Leger

General 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

Joe Tomassi

Intern Funeral Director

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.

One of things that I'm very proud of, is being involved with all of the communities and cultures we serve. Characteristics of a funeral can be as unique as the life being honored. Tradition is important to many cultures and Columbia can help you plan a service that will honor your loved one, whether traditional or non-traditional, I would love to show you how to incorporate small or larger details that will honor your heritage.

Joe, is a proud member of the following organizations; Italian American Professionals, Order Sons of Italy, 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.

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 working in funeral service since 2010, starting out as a funeral director and embalmer intern and later transitioning into an office position. She studied Mortuary Sciences at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland. Nichole is proud to be able to help families as they are grieving the loss of their loved ones, and to try to make things a little easier for them wherever she can. 

In her free time Nichole enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Brooklyn, reading and road trips. 

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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