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.

Our History

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.

Our Staff

Mark & Pamela Rill

Mark graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. Mark served his apprenticeship with Green Funeral Home in Bellevue, Washington then attained his Funeral Service education from Mt. Hood Community College and joined the family at Rill Chapel in 1989. He is involved in all aspects at the funeral home, and is the licensed pre-need arrangement provider for Rill Chapel. 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, computer updates and other office work. They have 3 daughters; Carissa who is the 3rd generation of Rill's at the Chapel, Tana a graduate of Ole Miss who is working in Chemical Engineering in the Redmond area, and Laura, a graduate of Boise State working as a Nuclear Engineer at PSNS in Bremerton. They enjoy family time at the lake and visiting Pam's relatives in Montana.

Ramon Wright

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. He is a Boy Scout leader along with other community and church activities.

Justin Coady

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 and excels at any project he or we can dream up for him to do and is a hunter and outdoor enthusiast.

Roger J. Roth

Roger has worked for Rill's since 2002 and is a licensed Funeral Director and 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 minister 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 and Cold War for six years.

Jean R. Scott, Office Manager

Jean undertook the position of Office Administrator in February of 2017. She grew up in Port Orchard, WA, and lives here with her husband Bob Scott. She met Pam Rill while both were involved with Kitsap County’s Howe Farm Dog Park. When a position at Rill Chapel’s Life Tribute Center came available they thought it would be a good decision to continue working together. Jean brings with her a great deal of Customer Service experience, from being a Nanny to working at Kitsap County’s Aging and Long Term Care.

Carissa N. Rill, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Carissa is the oldest of the Rill daughters. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Oregon and then went on to Mt. Hood Community College for her Funeral Licensing. She lives in Port Orchard with her youngest sister and her rescue dog Mylo.