Our staff's commitment to you

Our funeral directors take great pride in the service and comfort that they offer to local families. Their service to our community does not end at the funeral home; they are involved in the betterment of the community through their activities in local charities, organizations, schools and community boards.

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Carolyn Detrick Funeral Director
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Duane Weeks, Ph.D., CFSP, FT
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Russ Weeks, CFSP
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Doug Weeks, CPA
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Chastin Brinkley, CFSP
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Donna Kelly
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Karla Weeks McCowin
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Karen Mayhew Strecker
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Manuela A. Barbar
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Natalie Kenan
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Katey Houston
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Rylee Melot

Carolyn Detrick

Funeral Director
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Duane Weeks, Ph.D., CFSP, FT

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Duane and his sons own and operate seven funeral homes in the Puget Sound area. He appreciates the unique privilege of watching his children continue the family tradition of helping our neighbors through the trauma death brings to their lives.

The Weeks family operates its businesses successfully by providing compassion, integrity, and value to their clients. Early in life, Duane was taught that people are more important than profit, and this lesson has been passed on to his family and employees.

As a youngster, Duane lived in Parkland, Washington, where he graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and began to learn about funeral service from his friends at Dryer Mortuary. Following graduation from the University of Puget Sound, he taught secondary school English in the early 1960s before turning to funeral service.

A licensed funeral director for 50 years, Duane has owned and operated funeral homes since 1966. He was honored by his peers in 1996, when he was selected as Washington State Funeral Director of the Year and again, in 2002, when he was presented with a Career Achievement Award, both from the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association.

Duane and his wife, Fay, have lived in the Enumclaw/Buckley area since 1966. They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Enumclaw. Duane continues his membership in the Enumclaw Kiwanis Club, having served in varied community activities including the hospital foundation board and the Enumclaw School Board, where he was past president. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

In 1985, Duane's interest in death education led him to begin graduate schooling in Sociology. After earning his Master's degree from Pacific Lutheran University, his formal education culminated when he completed his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1994. In 1999, Dr. Weeks retired as director of New England Institute at Mount Ida College, a small liberal arts school in Newton, Massachusetts.

An international speaker, Duane is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters with topics ranging from general grief and bereavement to the importance of death rituals. He is co-editor of the seminal book on long-term caring for survivors, "When All the Friends Have Gone: A Guide for Aftercare Providers."

Russ Weeks, CFSP

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A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and President of Weeks' Funeral Homes, Russ was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. After graduating from Enumclaw High School, he received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound and an Associates degree in funeral service education from Mt. Hood Community College. In 1990 Russ returned to Enumclaw and joined the family firm. He is the only two-term President of the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association and was voted Washington's Funeral Director of the Year in 2002. Russ and his wife Kelley (also an Enumclaw native) have 3 children, Corissa, Trevor, and Ryan. They are active members of Wabash Presbyterian Church and believe their most important responsibility is to introduce their children to a personal relationship with Jesus.

Doug Weeks, CPA

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Doug is a CPA and Vice President of Weeks' Funeral Homes. He is a graduate of Enumclaw High School, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington. After a short time as a software engineer, he joined the family business in 1989 and became a CPA in 1993. Doug spent ten years as the treasurer of Encouragement Counseling Services, a non-profit, Christian counseling service in South King County. He also plays euphonium in the Gateway Concert Band. He and his wife, Rhonda and son, Owen, currently live in North Tacoma.

Chastin Brinkley, CFSP

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The General Manager of Weeks' Funeral Homes, Chastin has been in the funeral service industry since 1989 and a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1993. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with an Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service. In his spare time Chastin enjoys spending time with his wife, Jodale, scuba diving, the outdoors and photography.

Donna Kelly

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Donna is the Office Manager and an Intern Funeral Director for Weeks' Funeral Homes. She joined the staff in 1990. Donna is an active member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Buckley and enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her granddaughter, Ava.

Karla Weeks McCowin

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Karla Weeks McCowin joined the family firm in 1991 and has worked as a Pre-need Coordinator and is now our Reception Coordinator. She is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she serves on the Trinity Lutheran Preschool Board of Directors and leads the senior citizens social club. Karla and her husband, Peter, are parents to Zach and Katie and enjoy snow skiing and sailing as a family.

Karen Mayhew Strecker

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Karen is the secretary at Weeks' Enumclaw Funeral Home. She joined the staff in 2009. Karen and her husband Brad have two children, Kaitlin and Cameron. She enjoys her kid's sports and activities, quilting, and time with friends and family. She is an active member of Design Christian Church in Maple Valley, running the guest services table most Sundays.

Manuela A. Barbar

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Manuela A. Barber joined Weeks’ Funeral Homes in 2012. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is a graduate of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Funeral Service Education Program. She wanted to be a Funeral Director most of her life. After working over twenty years in the health industry and raising a son, Manuela followed her dreams and decided that it is never too late in life to accomplish what we set our minds to.

 

As a native German, Manuela enjoys cooking traditional foods and spending time with her friends at the German deli. She also spends every free moment with her Fiancé Sam and their two little dogs. Together, they enjoy hiking and visiting the beach. Animals are her passion and she is an avid fundraiser to benefit local shelters.

 

Manuela feels the most rewarding aspect of being a funeral director is the knowledge that she is able to give someone the best farewell possible, which she believes everybody deserves.

Natalie Kenan

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Natalie Kenan is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer who joined Weeks' Funeral Homes in 2013. She is a native of California and previously worked in the healthcare industry for over eighteen years. She is a member of High Point Church in Puyallup and has been on missions to help orphanages in Guatemala. Natalie is a graduate of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Funeral Service Education Program. She enjoys woodworking, sewing, crafts and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Natalie is also fluent in Spanish.

Katey Houston

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Rylee Melot

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