Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Wayne B. McWilliams, CFSP Director/Owner

Wayne is a second generation funeral director who has spent his entire life in funeral service. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 and the California College of Mortuary Science in 1977 and then received his Michigan mortuary license. Wayne is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, and the Michigan Embalmers Society. In 2006 he was awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Acadamey of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP). Locally he is involved actively with Huron Shores Fellowship, Alpena Evening Lions Club, SUVCW, Alpena-Hopper Lodge #199, Alpena Shrine Club, and the McWilliams Family sponsors a team to raise money for the American Cancer Society during the Realy for Life and Friends Together. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association having served as President from 2016 - 2017.

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Karen A. McWilliams Office Assistant

Karen has been actively involved in funeral service since 1974 when she and Wayne were married. She is dedicated to providing the best possible service and care to our client families during their time of need.

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Wm. Faircloth Funeral Director

Jeff graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute in New York City and is a licensed funeral director in Michigan. "I never envisioned being a funeral director, however after helping my father in-law Wayne assist families during such a difficult time, I felt a calling toward this ministry. Families place their loved ones in our care and that is an honor I am both grateful for and take very seriously.

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Arnold (Arnie) Kindt Funeral Assistant

Arnie has been with the funeral home for many years, serving our families needs during visitation, funerals and transfers of loved ones to the funeral home. He is a life-long resident of the Alpena area, and his warm and comforting manner is of great help to families during this difficult time.

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Richard Miller Funeral Assistant

Richard is retired from Verizon, where he worked for many years as a technician. He has a caring and understanding attitude and is a welcome addition to our staff.

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Eric Ross Funeral Director

Eric is a second generation funeral director that has spent a majority of his life around the funeral business. He graduated from American Academy McAllister institute and is a licensed funeral director in Michigan. " Watching the way my father cared for others and his passion for assisting them through a difficult time, is what inspired me to be involved in this industry". Eric has been an active member in the community in many different organizations and committees.

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Emma McWilliams Therapy Dog

Emma is the funeral home's therapy that is always willing and ready to give comport. She is a golden retriever that has been with us since birth, enjoys people and loves to comfort children. We realize the value and importance that a therapy dog brings to those experiencing a loss of their loved one. Emma is a valuable member of our staff and is always ready to serve.

Wayne B. McWilliams, CFSP

Director/Owner
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Wayne is a second generation funeral director who has spent his entire life in funeral service. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 and the California College of Mortuary Science in 1977 and then received his Michigan mortuary license. Wayne is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, and the Michigan Embalmers Society. In 2006 he was awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Acadamey of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP). Locally he is involved actively with Huron Shores Fellowship, Alpena Evening Lions Club, SUVCW, Alpena-Hopper Lodge #199, Alpena Shrine Club, and the McWilliams Family sponsors a team to raise money for the American Cancer Society during the Realy for Life and Friends Together. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association having served as President from 2016 - 2017.

Karen A. McWilliams

Office Assistant
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Karen has been actively involved in funeral service since 1974 when she and Wayne were married. She is dedicated to providing the best possible service and care to our client families during their time of need.

Wm. Faircloth

Funeral Director
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Jeff graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute in New York City and is a licensed funeral director in Michigan. "I never envisioned being a funeral director, however after helping my father in-law Wayne assist families during such a difficult time, I felt a calling toward this ministry. Families place their loved ones in our care and that is an honor I am both grateful for and take very seriously.

Arnold (Arnie) Kindt

Funeral Assistant
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Arnie has been with the funeral home for many years, serving our families needs during visitation, funerals and transfers of loved ones to the funeral home. He is a life-long resident of the Alpena area, and his warm and comforting manner is of great help to families during this difficult time.

Richard Miller

Funeral Assistant
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Richard is retired from Verizon, where he worked for many years as a technician. He has a caring and understanding attitude and is a welcome addition to our staff.

Eric Ross

Funeral Director
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Eric is a second generation funeral director that has spent a majority of his life around the funeral business. He graduated from American Academy McAllister institute and is a licensed funeral director in Michigan. " Watching the way my father cared for others and his passion for assisting them through a difficult time, is what inspired me to be involved in this industry". Eric has been an active member in the community in many different organizations and committees.

Emma McWilliams

Therapy Dog
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Emma is the funeral home's therapy that is always willing and ready to give comport. She is a golden retriever that has been with us since birth, enjoys people and loves to comfort children. We realize the value and importance that a therapy dog brings to those experiencing a loss of their loved one. Emma is a valuable member of our staff and is always ready to serve.