About Us | Litwiller - Simonsen Funeral

History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1934 Clarence Litwiller opened the doors of Litwiller Funeral Home in downtown Ashland near the Plaza. Clarence was later joined by his son, Gene and grandson Randy in the family operation of a funeral home, ambulance service and a wedding chapel. They moved the business to its current location in the mid 60’s to continue a tradition of care for Jackson County residents.

In 1983 the Litwiller Family sold the funeral operation to Timothy and Kathleen Simonsen who have continued their tradition of care. The firm is currently an independent corporation owned by John Yeatman and Guy Saxton. Timothy continued to manage day to day operations until his retirement June 30, 2013.

In 1994, Mel Friend joined the firm as funeral director and assistant manager. Mel, a life long resident of the Rogue Valley, brings over 40 years of experience to the Litwiller – Simonsen team. Following Timothy's retirement Mel has assumed management responsibilities.


Our Valued Staff

Mel Friend

Mel Friend


Kate M Swenson

Kate M Swenson, Apprentice Funeral Director


Jon Aleshire

Jon Aleshire, Pre-Need Specialist


Abigail Burnett

Abigail Burnett, Administrative Assistant