History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Rill Chapel is one of the newest & most modern facilities in the state. It is the highest quality in service and facilities combined with competitive costs.
Rill Chapel, Pendleton - Gilchrist Funeral Home has been family owned and serving the community since 1906. Our new facility, Rill Chapel, was completed in June 1992 and is one of the most modern facilities in the state of Washington - beautiful, comfortable, and completely accessible.
The son of a Montana Funeral Director, Ramon was no stranger to the industry. He graduated in 1975 from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and relocated to Washington State, where he attained his Funeral Service Education degree. Ramon joined the Rill family as an apprentice in 1983 and has served continuously with Rill Chapel as a Director/Embalmer since then. He is the Health and Safety Compliance Officer for the funeral home & crematory, and also our facilities maintenance manager. You may see Ramon out on his bicycle, having competed in the STP and other local events.
Mark & Pamela Rill
Mark graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. After attaining his Funeral Service Education, Mark served an apprenticeship with Green Funeral Home in Bellevue, Washington and joined the family at Rill Chapel in 1989. He currently serves as Operations Manager for the funeral home. Mark married the former Pamela Passmore in 1988. Pam also graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Computer Science. After programming in the Seattle area, she joined the business in 1991 and does the bookkeeping for Sunset Lane Cemetery and manages the computer hardware and software. They have 3 daughters, Carissa attends Oregon State University, Tana is at Ole Miss and Laura is at Boise State. They enjoy family time at the lake and visiting Pam's relatives in Montana.
David & Lori Rill
David graduated from the University of Washington Business School in 1988, an Academic All-American Linebacker and team captain for the UW Huskies football team. He attained a Funeral Service Education Degree and served his apprenticeship with Green Funeral Home in Bellevue, Washington. David joined the family-owned Rill Chapel in 1993 as a Funeral Director/Embalmer and also serves as President for Sunset Lane Cemetery. He married Lori Bittleston in 1995. After working as a school teacher, Lori joined the office staff in 1997, taking care of the books for the Tribute Center. David and Lori have two daughters, Mackenzie and Ellie. The family enjoys spending time outdoors snow skiing and boating. Traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica have become favorite vacation destinations over the years.
Cricket Mead, Office Administrator
Cricket and her husband Larry moved to Washington state in 1990 where Larry attained a Funeral Director License and they began their history with Rill Chapel by facilitating our Grief Support Group. Larry worked as a director, preneed and grief counselor, and officiated services for the Chapel until he passed away in March of 2009. Cricket took an early retirement from the Federal Government and joined the office staff in 1994. Cricket manages the office and specializes in creating custom folders and other items for Memorials. She is also an ordained minister focusing in the areas of bereavement and aftercare.
Roger J. Roth
Roger has worked for Rill's since 2002, formerly as a director and embalmer, and presently as a certified Celebrant, assisting families in the celebration of the lives of their loved ones. Roger and his wife Kathleen have four daughters, one son and six grandchildren. He is an ordained miniter of thirty years and pastor of a small congregation in Gig Harbor where he also serves as the Chaplain for the Police Department. He served as a Gunner in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era a and Cold War for six years.
In 2003 Justin began working at Sunset Lane Memorial Park and is the Grounds Manager. Justin lives in Gig Harbor and is married to Kelsey. They have a daughter, Snowlynn. Justin enjoys throwing a crab pot and working on equipment projects.
Dennis Sheline & Phyllis Miller
Dennis and Phyllis have been assisting families at Rill's Life Tribute Center since 2007. Dennis is an apprentice Funeral Director and specialzes in webcasting services. Phyllis creates personalized tributes, webcasts, and assists at receptions. Dennis and Phyllis live on 13 acres in South Kitsap and enjoy gardening and remodeling their house.