Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory - Downtown in Spokane, WA

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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.

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


L. Dean Lewis

L. Dean Lewis

Funeral Director

Dean entered funeral service on February 14, 2011.  He was a deputy coroner for several years, he is a licensed funeral director, a certified crematory operator, and is currently completing his prerequisites for entrance into a mortuary science program pursuant to becoming an embalmer.  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.  He enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors, doing things like fishing, camping, and snowboarding. He is kind and considerate of the needs of a grieving family. “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.


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.


Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter

Apprentice Funeral Director

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 committed to my 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”.


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.”


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.


Amber Harwood

Amber Harwood

Embalmer Intern/Crematory Operator



Deacon Dan Ritchie

Deacon Dan Ritchie

Deacon Dan Ritchie served for 16 years as a Board Certified Catholic Chaplain at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, retiring in 2008.

He was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1994 for the Diocese of Spokane.  He has served at Sacred Heart Parish in Spokane, at St. Mary's Presentation Parish in Deer Park, and at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Dan currently serves St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane.  

He married his wife, Cathy in 1964.  Together they have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  They have lived on the north side of Spokane since 1982.


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Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory
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2203 North Division Street
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Tel: 509-328-2600
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