ABOUT

About Us

Jack and Debbi Trumbull have been serving families in funeral service since 1991, and have owned and operated Anderson's Tribute Center since 2007. Debbi is a school teacher and their two children, Lauren and Caleb, attend Hood River Valley High School.

The Trumbull family moved from Southern Idaho but have family ties to the Hood River Valley; Jack’s grandfather was the agent for the Union Pacific Railroad for many years and his mother's family grew up in the Hood River area.

Our Heritage

Hood River's first funeral home originated in the early 1900's as the Sam Bartmess Mortuary. It was located at 6th and State St., (now Hershner & Bell Realty). Undertaker Sam Bartmess, keeping up with change, had switched from a horse-drawn funeral coach to a motorized hearse when the times called for it.
Bartmess sold the mortuary to his son-in-law Bill Marshall. The mortuary became Rude-Marshall between 1930 and 1935 and at that time was owned and operated by George Beechler until 1942.

Just east of the old Beechler Mortuary is the Ezra L Smith home which he built in 1886 for his family. The Smith home is one of Hood River's oldest homes still standing. In 1886 it stood for a long time as the "only large house in town."

After Ezra Smith's death in 1921, C.C. Anderson purchased the property for his new mortuary in 1928. Instead of tearing down the beautiful home, Mr. Anderson renovated it and a chapel was added. Mr. Anderson sold his mortuary to Arch and Edith Johnson in 1939.

In 1942 Roy and Tressa Edwards came back to Hood River and bought the Beechler Mortuary directly across from the Anderson Funeral Home. When Mr. Johnson was ready to retire in 1942, he sold the Anderson Funeral Home to the Edwards. At that time they closed the Beechler Mortuary and the building became the first Nazarene church in Hood River.

In 1967 the Edwards opened the new Anderson Funeral Home on 14th and Belmont Rd., and then Roy and Tressa Edwards retired and sold their business to their daughters, Doris and Leila. The daughters owned and operated the facility until their retirement in 1982 when Frank and Sheryl Akin purchased the funeral home. Until that time the mortuary had been owned by the same family for forty years.

Our Staff

Every of our staff brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization, and we are proud to have them on our team.

Jack Trumbull

Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Jack has been serving families in funeral service since 1991. Jack and Debbi married in 1993 and have two children; Lauren and Caleb, both attending Hood River Valley High School. Jack is active with Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s, and Columbia Center for the Arts. Jack is President of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association, and a recipient of the National Funeral Directors Association's “Pursuit of Excellence” Award. Jack is a member of the advisory committee for the Funeral Service Program at Mt. Hood Community College, and chair of the Providence Advisory Board.

Rachel Lee

Office Administrator
Rachel was born and raised in Hood River. She and her husband Dr. Randal Lee Jr. met in high school and were married in 1999 and spent time living in Florida, Missouri, Massachusetts and Scotland, before returning to their hometown. Randal is the Associate Pastor of River of Life Assembly and teaches at Northwest University Salem Campus. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Mariah, who attend Westside Elementary School. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family which includes their dog, a collie named Honey. She also enjoys reading, camping, hiking, photography, and baking.

Patrick Cornelius

Funeral Director & Embalmer
Patrick was born & raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. but has lived all around the East Coast, the South & England, before settling in Portland for schooling to follow his dream of becoming a funeral director/embalmer. Patrick left an 11 year career as an athletic director in disability sport & team manager in elite Paralympic Sport to follow this path. Although new to the Columbia Gorge area, Patrick is looking forward to becoming more involved in the community, serving its families & participating in the various recreational activities the Gorge has to offer.

Dianne Level

Family Service Provider
Dianne is a retired educator and long-time resident of Hood River. She and her husband, Bob, have three children and nine grandchildren. Dianne is our family service counselor and assists our community with pre-planning.

Timothy Willis

Pastoral Care
Timothy has been in the Columbia River Gorge since 2004. He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from The Ohio State University. He has over 25 years in ministry, and currently serves as Pastor of Wy’East Community Church. He and his wife Ann have three grown children and two grandchildren. In his spare time he is an avid woodworker.

Tony

Therapy Dog & "Boss"
While Tony belongs to Lauren and the Trumbull family, he has found his home away from home at Anderson's where he spends most days. Tony's primary job is to welcome everyone who walks in to Anderson's and hopefully find a welcoming lap to sit on, be touched and to provide comfort to his human friends during their difficult walk with grief.  

More About Therapy Dogs
Terminally ill patients, children patients, people in therapy, people confined to wheelchairs, and homebound patients have long been shown to have a positive endorphin response to being around and petting dogs. There is a natural chemical reaction in the brain that makes people feel better and smile when they are petting an animal. Therapy dogs have a unique ability to sense human suffering. When introduced to a group of students, a therapy dog has been shown to instinctively seek out a depressed or struggling child. People in grief counseling cannot help but smile when a therapy dog is introduced into the setting. While this may be difficult to believe or test clinically, it has proven to be true with grieving individuals time and time again.
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