Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Keith Walker President and Licensed Funeral Director
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Christine Burris Licensed Funeral Director
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James “Jim” Recker Chapel Manager - Port Clinton and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer Ottawa County
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James “Jim” Ridener Vice President, General Manager Ottawa County Locations, and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kelly Daup Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Michael Pirolli Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer - Sylvania
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Mitchell E. “Mitch” Hoyles Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Chapel and Crematory Manager - Genoa
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Molly DeMaison Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Ryan Hobbs Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Shawn Diller Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Terrence Andryc Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer – Maison-Dardenne and Sujkowski Walker
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Tracy Gaines Location Manager/Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer
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Jennifer Waldron Family Services and Pre-Arrangement Advisor
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Kim Wood Community Outreach Coordinator and Pre-Planning Consultant
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Kelsey Saddoris Office Administrator – Maison-Dardenne-Walker
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Kristen Walker-Crandall Administrative Assistant
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Teresa Lewis Administrative Assistant
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Carol Fox Part-Time Office Assistant – Gerner-Wolf-Walker
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Dick Kott Associate - Sylvania
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Kathy Jo Schweitzer Funeral Director Assistant – Gerner-Wolf-Walker
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Ray Frost Associate - Sylvania

Keith Walker

President and Licensed Funeral Director
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As Walker’s president, Keith works at all of our locations, also serving as a funeral director. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Toledo, and joined the Walker staff in 1990. Keith is past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Sylvania Rotary Club, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. Keith and his wife, Katy, have four sons, Henry, Teddy, Louie, and Charlie. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating on Lake Erie, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and traveling.

Christine Burris

Licensed Funeral Director
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Christine “Tina” Burris joined the team in April of 2019. She is a funeral director at our Gerner-Wolf-Walker location in Port Clinton. Tina was born in Port Clinton and attended near-by Danbury High School. She went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo. Tina enjoys spending time with family and friends, but her parents live in Marblehead, OH, and her brother lives in Westmoreland, TN. Tina enjoys the company of her cat, Owen, and in her free time, she likes traveling, going to concerts and the theatre, shopping, and golfing.

James “Jim” Recker

Chapel Manager - Port Clinton and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer Ottawa County
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Jim Recker is originally from Lima, OH, and graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School. He joined the Walker team in 2010. After attending Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Jim married his wife, Lisa, in 1999. They have two children, Madeline and Michael, and two dogs named Sophie and Rosie. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time on Lake Erie and at the Port Clinton Yacht Club. He also volunteers at Light House Sober Living and Main Street Port Clinton. Jim is involved in the Port Clinton Lions Club, the Port Clinton Rotary Club, and the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus.

James “Jim” Ridener

Vice President, General Manager Ottawa County Locations, and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Jim Ridener is a native of Franklin, OH and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Miami University, Oxford and then graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He began his career at our Oak Harbor location as an apprentice in 1994.  Jim now serves as vice president of the company and as general manager of our three Ottawa County locations in Genoa, Oak Harbor, and Port Clinton.  Jim also continues to work as a funeral director and embalmer for those same locations.  He has been heavily involved in these local communities as a member of the Oak Harbor Rotary, where he has served as president of the club twice, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Member and past board member, Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Port Clinton Colonial Club, Oak Harbor Marsh Club, Port Clinton Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor Masonic Lodge, Ottawa County Shrine, Port Clinton Yacht Club, and a graduate of Leadership Ottawa County.  Jim is married to wife, Sara (Hineline), and they enjoy raising their four sons, Ryan and triplet brothers, Jacob, Carson, & Isaac and following all their activities and being members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Kelly Daup

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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(419) 841-2422

Michael Pirolli

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer - Sylvania
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Mitchell E. “Mitch” Hoyles

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Chapel and Crematory Manager - Genoa
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Mitch has been with Walker since 1985, and now serves as a funeral director, embalmer, and chapel and crematory manager at our Robinson-Walker location. Originally from Attica, OH, Mitch earned a Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1982 after his pre-study was completed at Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Denise, have two children: Tyler, who is a pharmacist, and Mackenzie, a registered nurse. In his free time, you can find Mitch spending time with family, traveling, and working on his home and yard. He’s also involved in his church, state and local funeral associations, local politics, and the Kiwanis Club.

Molly DeMaison

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Molly DeMaison joined the team in November 2018 as a funeral director and embalmer. She was born in Oak Harbor, OH, and graduated from Oak Harbor High School. She attended the University of Findlay and Terra State Community College before earning her bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2009. She has her funeral director and embalmer licenses for both Michigan and Ohio. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, meditative yoga, and empowering local communities through volunteerism. She also loves spending time with her family, including her two nephews and her “fur baby,” Bub.

Ryan Hobbs

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Ryan Hobbs joined the Walker team in 2011 and serves as manager. Originally from Shelby, OH, he graduated from Fostoria High School and The Ohio State University. He was the president of his class at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Ryan and his wife, Erica, have 10 children: Anthony Robert, Alexis Jordyn, Avery Elijah, Anderson Joshua, Adeline Kay, Adam Thomas, Ambrose Michael, Anna Therese, Abigail Mary, and Aquinas Philip. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading philosophy and theology, writing, speaking, and spending time with family and friends.

Shawn Diller

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Terrence Andryc

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer – Maison-Dardenne and Sujkowski Walker
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Terrence Andryc joined the Walker team in 1980 and serves as a funeral director/embalmer at Maison-Dardenne and Sujkowski Walker. Originally from Rossford, OH, Terrence is a 1975 graduate of Rossford High School, a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in communications, and a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1980 and have two children and one grandchild who was born in 2018. In his free time, Terrence and Karen enjoy traveling to visit their children in Pennsylvania and Florida and venturing to the Caribbean.

Tracy Gaines

Location Manager/Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer
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Tracy joined the Walker Funeral Home team in 2005 and works as a location manager, funeral director, and embalmer. Originally from Graytown, OH, Tracy graduated from Oak Harbor High School. He and his wife Sara have a Goldendoodle named Cooper. In his free time, Tracy enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife.

Jennifer Waldron

Family Services and Pre-Arrangement Advisor
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Kim Wood

Community Outreach Coordinator and Pre-Planning Consultant
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(419) 841-2422

Kelsey Saddoris

Office Administrator – Maison-Dardenne-Walker
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Kelsey Saddoris joined our team as office administrator at Maison-Dardenne-Walker in 2018. Originally from Houston, Kelsey has attended the Culinary Institute LeNotre in Houston, the Vet Tech Institute in Houston, and Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH. She and her lifelong sweetheart recently got married and live in their very own “zoo” complete with two dogs, two cats, and five chickens. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys decorating her new home, binge-watching Netflix, traveling to new destinations, and trying new restaurants.

Kristen Walker-Crandall

Administrative Assistant
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Teresa Lewis

Administrative Assistant
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Teresa has worked as our administrative assistant since 1996 and is currently at our Robinson-Walker locations in Genoa and Oak Harbor. Originally from Oak Harbor, Ohio, Teresa attended Oak Harbor High School and earned an Associate Degree from the University of Toledo. She and her husband, John, have two daughters and three grandchildren. In her free time, Teresa enjoys camping, knitting and crocheting dishcloths, playing euphonium in Packer Creek Brass Quintet and in the orchestra for Genoa High School musicals, and watching episodes of The Golden Girls.

Carol Fox

Part-Time Office Assistant – Gerner-Wolf-Walker
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Carol Fox has been with us for more than 16 years and currently works part time as an office assistant at Gerner-Wolf-Walker. Originally from Port Clinton, Carol graduated from Port Clinton High School, then attended Notre Dame College of Ohio and The Ohio State University. Carol’s husband, Gregory, retired after teaching for 39 years in the Port Clinton City School District. In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with family, reading about her Catholic faith and the lives of the saints, gardening, exercising, and sailing all over Lake Erie and to the North Channel.

Dick Kott

Associate - Sylvania
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Kathy Jo Schweitzer

Funeral Director Assistant – Gerner-Wolf-Walker
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Kathy Jo Schweitzer joined the funeral home in 2002 and works as a funeral director assistant at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home. Born in Lancaster, OH, Kathy Jo earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, English, and Home Economics from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education, High School Principal, and Supervision from the University of Toledo. She enjoys helping others and spending time with her fiancé, daughter, grandson, and step-granddaughter. In her free time, Kathy Jo’s hobbies include photography, organizing, reading, and writing.

Ray Frost

Associate - Sylvania
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