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Staff

Staff members of Tuell – McKee Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Thomas R. McKee

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

California Institute of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles, California, BA National University, San Diego, California in Business/Finance.

He entered the funeral industry in 1973 with the mission to serve families during their most difficult times with care, kindness, fair and honest costs and to hopefully make a difference in their lives so life can continue in a positive direction. Tom is married and has 6 children. Community involvement includes Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (Silver Circle), Festival of Trees, Christian Business Men and serves on Board of Trustees for Tacoma Lutheran Home.

Carolyn Young-McKee

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

Born in Tacoma, WA, Carolyn is a fourth generation Tacoma native, a graduate of Wilson High School and is a graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN. Carolyn believes that serving the family’s needs is one of the most important parts of her position as General Manager and funeral director of Tuell-McKee Funeral Home.

Laura McKinney

Pre-Planning Representative

Email: laura.funeralpreneed@gmail.com
Phone: 253-272-1414

Laura was born and raised in Washington state and Alaska. She has spent the past 20 years as a licensed pre-need funeral advisor for three funeral homes in the Tacoma area.

Since October of 2007 she has found her niche here at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, assisting families who are interested in pre-planning final arrangements.

Laura lives in Tacoma with her husband David of 38 Years and Devin, one of their four children; she is the proud grandmother of Estelle, Kenny, and Ezekyel. When times allows she enjoys family gatherings, gardening, and trips to the beach.

Patrick Threlkeld

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

 

Danielle Fischer

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

Danielle has been with Tuell-McKee Funeral Home since October 2017. She is from Tacoma and graduated from Steilacoom High School in 2005. She attended Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon graduating with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2011. Danielle lives in the Tacoma area with her husband Eric, daughter Ava, and their 2 cats Sasha and Napoleon. Danielle and Eric are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. When not working she enjoys the beach, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Her goal is to provide caring and compassionate service to every family. She takes great pride in helping families plan a final tribute fitting the memory of their loved one.

Sarah Cannon

Funeral Director

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

I learned about death when I was 9 and my daddy, 35, died suddenly and unexpectedly. I went to the funeral home with my mom and grandpa and was hearing things like “you could choose this casket…..but I think you loved your husband a little more than this”. My first trip to a funeral home was manipulative and extremely expensive. Even though I couldn’t fully comprehend what was happening, I remember how it made me feel. I don’t want anyone to go through what my family experienced, if I can help it.

I’m a FD because I’m a caregiver. I believe that taking care of a loved one is a sacred responsibility. It’s the calling of my heart.

When I’m not at work I’m spending time with my wife and kids. Combined we enjoy our 8 kids and spoil our 3 grandchildren. I spend a lot of time rooting for my family while they’re playing softball and soccer. I am a crafter who loves to shop for craft supplies. Sometimes I even use the supplies that I collect. I’m currently making dolls, junk journals and collages.

I go to the ocean, as often as I can, to release the grief that I carry for the families that I serve.

Nikki Baker she/they

Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

Nikki grew up in the Olympia area of Washington and moved to Tacoma in 2020 where she currently lives with her partner, Marie, and 3 cats, Luna, Lupin, and Katy. While they had a promising career as a future cat-lady (which hasn’t been fully ruled out yet), funeral service quickly took over once they realized what a good fit it would be for them. Jumping from being a nanny to 3 wonderful kids into taking care of families made perfect sense, and has been one of the easiest transitions to make in their career adventure.

Nikki started with Tuell-McKee Funeral Home in March of 2022. She is currently enrolled in her last year of the Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology after having spent several years learning about funeral service and getting ready to start college once again. She hopes her calm, guiding presence will help all her families through the funeral process.

When not at school or work, Nikki enjoys reading, embroidery, and crafting. They love visiting the ocean with their partner, and spending time cuddled up on the couch with at least 2 of the cats nearby.

Bodie Schlobohm

Apprentice Funeral Director

Email: tuellmckee@yahoo.com
Phone: 360-377-5179

Bodie is an intern of funeral directing with a background of fine art who made the change to funeral service in June of 2020 so that he could help those in need within the community. With a passion for providing help to others, he strives to do his absolute best for any family in need. You can often find Bodie baking sweets of all kinds in his kitchen or behind a camera photographing the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Sophia Symonds-Futerman

Apprentice Funeral Director

Email: tuellmckee@yahoo.com
Phone: 360-377-5179

A recent California transplant, Sophia made the transition from working in healthcare to interning as a funeral director. While she stumbled into this field, it has always been a goal to provide support to others in their times of need. She also enjoys camping, costume design, and spending quality time with her cat.

Elizabeth Aragon

Funeral Assistant

Email: mckeefuneral@wamail.net
Phone: 253-272-1414

Elizabeth was born and raised in Denver Colorado, she moved to Washington with her husband in January 2018. Elizabeth now has a 4-year-old son and a dog named Bully she enjoys cooking and photography and spending time with her son at the ocean. Elizabeth began her funeral career journey at Tuell-Mckee funeral home in May 2022 working as a funeral assistant and has quickly come to love the industry. She plans to attend school and develop her a career as a Funeral Director so that she can continue to help families.

Shayne Shin

Funeral Assistant

Email: tuellmckee@yahoo.com
Phone: 360-377-5179

Shayne is a recent addition to the Tuell-Mckee team joining June 2022. Born in San Mateo, California and raised all around the United States, he decided to stay here in the great Pacific Northwest for its beauty. When he’s not out assisting our directors and families, he’s home tinkering with his 3D printers seeing which new things he can create.

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