Meet Our Staff

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.


John Lackie

John Lackie

Managing Partner & Funeral Director - Downtown



Sue Belote

Sue Belote

Office Manager

Sue has worked in the funeral industry since 1988, helping families with everything from placing obituaries to filing life insurance and veterans claims. Attention to detail and commitment to families are how she spends every day. Outside of work, Sue enjoys supporting her son and his position as band director at Deer Park High School and Middle School, as well being a mother-in-law and grandmother. She and her high school sweetheart Jeff have been married since 1983. Sue also enjoys cheering on the Seattle Mariners, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Whitworth Pirates.

Kim Mangis

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 area of Spokane their home since 1991. They dote on their four children and nine grandchildren. Any remaining time is filled by their hobby farm and church.

Paula Davis

Paula Davis

Funeral Director & Community Outreach Coordinator

Paula Davis joined Hennessey in 2016 as a funeral director and community outreach coordinator. She brings with her over 10 years experience as a funeral director and has been involved in many community organizations. She is especially active with the Corbin Senior Activity Center, where she is a past board chair. Paula and her husband Bob owned and operated Ralph's Body and Muffler Shop for 30 years. Upon Bob's retirement, Paula entered a career change and began working in the death care industry, an industry which she has become passionate about. She is well known for her classes about obituary writing and for her famous Davis Dinner Rolls that will now be served at Hennessy Funeral Home.

David Hinton

David Hinton

Funeral Director & Embalmer

David was born and raised in Jerome, Idaho. He has served in his communities in Law Enforcement for eight years and on an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Ambulance for 14 years. He received his AA Degree in Applied Sciences in 1995 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. He has served in the United States Navy. David has served families in the funeral industry for the past 26 years. He is involved in the Masons, Elks, American Legion, Moose, Eastern Star, and Royal Arch Masons.

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.

Amber Harwood

Amber Harwood

Embalmer Intern/Crematory Operator - Downtown Spokane



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.

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.

Aileen Fields

Aileen Fields

Advanced Planning Specialist - Valley / Ambassador - Downtown Spokane

Serving the Spokane Catholic community since 1997, Aileen G. Fields SFO, has joined Hennessey Funeral Homes as an Ambassador and licensed pre-need funeral planner. Former Parish Council member at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Development Officer at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and Marketing/Sales Representative for Catholic Cemeteries, Aileen is the owner of Abbas Catholic Bookstores in Spokane, recently franchising Abbas into Coeur d’Alene. Aileen has a special love for taking care of families and their needs at the end of life and is currently working to become accredited as a Funeral Director. Aileen also serves the Catholic Priesthood by fostering and promoting vocations to the Priesthood as a Serran. She is Serra Internationals District Governor for all of Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho, the Program Chair for the Serra USA Council, and a member of the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church Advisory Council as well. In her free time, Aileen is an avid canner in summer, specializing in salsa and spaghetti sauce, and raises Doberman Pinschers.

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.

Linda Nye

Linda Nye

Adminstrative Assistant - Downtown

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.

Kimberly Akins

Kimberly Akins

Administrative Assistant - Downtown



Deacon John Sicilia

Deacon John Sicilia

Ambassador

John was born, raised and educated in Spokane. He and his wife Vikki raised their four children here in Spokane and resided in the North East part of town. He was educated as a Respiratory Therapist and was Director of Respiratory Services years at a local hospital for 23 years. Following Formation, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Spokane in 1985. John completed a Hospital Chaplain program in 1986 and was on-call at a local hospital. He has also served as deacon in three local Catholic Parishes and was a member of the Chaplain Department at Fairchild Air Force Base in 1990. John is currently a Pastoral Minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane. He was hired by Chuck Hennessey in 2001.

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.

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.

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.”

Jerri Via

Jerri Via

Ambassador - Downtown

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.

Denny Beier

Denny Beier

Ambassador

Denny grew up in Montana and moved to Alaska, where he began a career in human resources in the oil industry. In addition to assignments in Alaska, Denny held challenging positions in Dallas and Midland, Texas. In Spokane, Denny worked as a consultant to management and taught classes at Gonzaga and Whitworth. Denny and his wife have lived in the Spokane area for over 20 years. Their three children graduated from Spokane area high schools. Denny has assisted families with funeral and memorial services for more than five years.

Jan Beier

Jan Beier

Ambassador

After growing up in New Mexico, Jan moved to Alaska, where she worked in the banking industry. She became a full-time mom and moved with her family to Dallas and Midland, Texas. Jan and her husband have lived in the Spokane area for over 20 years. Their three children graduated from Spokane area high schools. Jan has assisted families with funeral and memorial services for more than five years.

Christine King

Ambassador



Mary Jane McCoy

Ambassador



Becky Fettig

Ambassador



Faith LaRoche

Ambassador



Todd LaRoche

Ambassador



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