Meet Our Team
Kevin Korn, Funeral Director
Kevin came to the Daniel Family of Funeral Homes as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in August of 2011. A native Oregonian, Kevin began his apprenticeship in Salem, Oregon and then attended the Mortuary Science Program at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Kevin has served as a funeral director in the communities of Roseburg, Bandon, Eugene and more recently, Cottage Grove.
Within the funeral profession, he has served on the OFDA as a board member and president. In 2004, Kevin was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board, serving as president of that organization in 2011 & 2012. He has been involved in the Lions Club organization for over 30 years and finds great satisfaction in helping people regain their sight. Kevin and his wife, Debbie, were very excited to return to Central Oregon. Away from work, they enjoy camping, spending time with their dogs, and spending time with family— especially their grandkids! Kevin enjoys just being outdoors, often hunting, fishing, riding motorized and non-motorized bikes, and of course, skiing.
Kevin says, "In the funeral profession, it is an honor to serve the families we do at one of the worst times in their lives. Over the years, several long lasting friendships have evolved from that service. Working with the family group that is lead by Jerome & Dawna is extremely enjoyable."
Jim Carmichael, Funeral Director
Jim joined the Niswonger-Reynolds staff with a ministerial background. He spent over 25 years as the lead pastor of 3 different churches in Oregon and California. He has a deep sense of compassion and understanding for people experiencing difficult times. With a desire to serve the needs of people, he is here to help you. Jim has been married to his wife, Carol, for over 40 years. They attend Westside Church and have three grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys snow skiing, water skiing and (especially) fly-fishing.
Tom Downs, Funeral Director
Tom grew up in Southern California and after high school went into the Army. He moved to Bend when he was discharged in December 1971, and he worked in the local lumber mills.
Tom began his funeral service career in March of 1977 and worked with Paul Reynolds for nearly 20 years at Niswonger-Reynolds. Tom Married Glenda (Alford), who was the primary organist at Niswonger-Reynolds for many years. He joined Autumn Funerals in August 2001. Tom has been active in the Bend & La Pine communities for many years. He is a past master of the Bend Masonic Lodge and a member of the Bend Area Magicians Club. Tom enjoys flying, taking his grandsons fishing and generally being outdoors. Tom returned to Niswonger-Reynolds in October of 2012 and says, "It feels like coming home."
Sally Smith, Administrative Assistant
Sally Smith is a Central Oregon kid, born in Bend and raised in Prineville. After graduating from high school, she attended college in Portland. She then returned to Central Oregon, where she met her husband, Bill. Sally and Bill, who passed away several years ago, were happily married for 42 years. She has a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren in Bend. Being a Mom was the most wonderful experience she had, until her grandchildren arrived. Now she has a new learning experience to enjoy.
Sally has over 20 years of business administrative experience and likes being able to help families in need. She is a long-standing member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Some of her favorite things, other than her family, are her sheltie Dawn, reading on her deck, going for walks, central Oregon sunshine, and being a watercolor artist.
Fred Gerke, Prearrangement Advisor
Fred Gerke, a Prineville native, has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who operated the Prineville Funeral Home in the 1930s. Fred moved to Bend in 1972 and married his wife, Deb, in 1975. They raised two children, Mary and Steve, who both graduated from Mountain View High School. Previously, Fred owned and operated an Allstate office in Prineville, and he volunteered with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue for several years. He also served as president for First Lutheran Church in Bend and was president of the Booster Club while his children attended Mountain View High School.
Kelly Brennan II, Prearrangement Counselor
Kelly Brennan II is the Prearrangement Counselor for the Daniel Family Funeral Homes. He has a passion for helping others during critical times in their lives. Kelly earned his masters degree from the University of Oregon in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. He is passionate about his job, and as the Prearrangement Counselor, his goal is to ensure that your loved ones have the answers and support they need to begin grieving in a more simple fashion.
Beyond his duties as the Prearrangement Counselor, Kelly enjoys many activities. In his free time, he likes to be very active and is often in the gym, cycling, hiking, or just out enjoying the town and sun. He is also a member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly is here to serve the Central Oregon community. Whether he is answering questions about the process of prearranging, starting an arrangement, or simply sharing information about our funeral homes, Kelly is here to help.
Carl Keating, Cemeterian
Carl became part of our team in 2002. As Cemeterian for Deschutes Memorial Gardens, he handles the details of burials and so much more. As our organization has grown so have Carl's duties, as he now supervises Greenwood, Terrebonne and Tumalo Cemeteries. Carl's duties have also been expanded to include First Responder. His sensitivity to our families' needs has proven to be so helpful that he is often requested by families to lend support at their homes at their loved one's time of death.
Carl grew up in Corvallis and attended Corvallis High School (class of 1982). In 2001, he moved to Bend from Lebanon, Oregon. Carl has 7 children and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys hunting with his boys throughout Oregon and takes time for fishing and camping at every opportunity.
James Keating, Cemeterian
James Keating originally came to work for the Daniel family in 2008. Today, he remains a valuable part of the team. James grew up in Lebanon, Oregon, and moved to Redmond in 2004, where he currently lives with his kids and wife, Shauna. When not at work, James can be found fishing, hunting or riding motocross throughout Oregon. He particularly enjoys bow hunting and sharing the sport with his kids.