Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

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.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Mel Friend

Mel Friend

Manager
Jon Aleshire

Jon Aleshire

Pre-Need Specialist
Samantha K. Lyman

Samantha K. Lyman

Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kaylene Whitt

Kaylene Whitt

Administrative Assistant

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