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.


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.

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.

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.

Michael Shuey

Michael Shuey

Funeral Director Intern

Michael Shuey joined Hennessey in 2018 as an Ambassador and after a short time was invited to be an Intern Funeral Director.  He is involved in many community organizations including Corbin Senior Activity Center, Cross Walk, and Spokane Side Walk Games.

He enjoys running, camping, hiking, biking & doesn’t miss a Bloomsday.

Michael is a member of Moran Methodist Church.


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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deacon Dan Ritchie

Deacon Dan Ritchie



Kimberly Akins

Kimberly Akins

Administrative Assistant

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. 


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.

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