History & Staff

Local family owned and operated, Rill Chapel's Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard, Washington provides Cremation, Funeral, Burial and Pre-Planning services in Kitsap, Mason, and Pierce Counties. Our compassionate staff has years of experience assisting families with ceremonies, obtaining Veteran's benefits, processing Life Insurance and working in and with the local communities of Port Orchard, Bremerton, Belfair, Gig Harbor and all surrounding areas to ensure your wishes are met with the uppermost level of service, compassion and professionalism.  

Our History

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 Valued Staff

  • Carissa N. Carlson

    Carissa N. Carlson, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Preneed Sales

    Carissa is the oldest of the Rill daughters and the third generation of Rills to join the funeral home. She started at the funeral home at a very early age, pulling out files from the drawers and falling asleep in her bouncy chair. She has since become more organized and alert, graduating from Oregon State in 2016 with a Bachelor of Biology, attending Mt. Hood Community College for her Funeral Licensing and now serving her community back at home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She lives in Port Orchard with her husband, Scott; stepdaughters Svea & Freya; kitty-cat Bubbles and rescue dog, Mylo.

  • Jake Leonetti

    Jake Leonetti, Funeral Director, Apprentice Embalmer, Preneed sales

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jake has always had a passion for giving back to his community. He obtained his Bachelor’s in History from Southern New Hampshire University in pursuit of becoming an educator. Originally working as a teacher out of college; he found a calling and passion in the funeral industry serving families during loss. Jake has been a funeral director in Washington since 2016. Noticing a change in his ability to serve families at a corporate funeral home, Jake made the jump and joined our team in 2021; seeing an opportunity to provide more compassionate and dignified care to the families he serves.In his free time, Jake enjoys hiking, woodworking, board games, and traveling. Jake and his cat call the Puget Sound area home and Jake (not so much the cat) has enjoyed exploring all of the trails and parks that Washington has to offer.

  • Laci M Soper

    Laci M Soper, Funeral Director

    Laci is our newest Funeral Director joining us in January of 2023. She was born and raised in Kitsap County and earned her degree in Mortuary Science at Lake Washington Technical Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. She has spent the past 9 years utilizing her skills to serve families in King and Pierce County but decided it was time to make the move home to be closer to her family and serve the community she knew and loved. In her free time, she enjoys equal parts adventuring and relaxing on the peninsula with her husband Rick, daughter Lily, son Harrison, two cats (Taco and Bean), three dogs (Zoe, Macaroni and Moose) and a partridge in a pear tree.

  • Lynn Brown

    Lynn Brown, Office Manager

    Lynn is a lifelong resident of Washington, growing up in Silverdale and attending Central Kitsap schools. Her family on her mother’s side were among the first to settle in the Holly community, and part of the proud Norwegian heritage of Kitsap County. Lynn was a longtime business owner in Kitsap County, owning and operating Total Video for years. She then worked as a manager in the tolling industry for a decade leading and developing her staff. She felt the need to pursue a career helping others and found a perfect fit with the team at Rill Chapel. When not working, Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 grown children, as well as her pets. She is also very passionate about time enjoying the outdoors; boating, fishing and traveling.

  • Austin Goetz

    Austin Goetz, Sunset Lane Superintendant

  • Mark & Pamela Rill

    Mark & Pamela Rill

    Mark graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. He 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. 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. They have 3 daughters; Carissa (husband Scott) who is the 3rd generation of Rill's at the Chapel, Tana (husband Tim), a graduate of Ole Miss who is an engineer in the Redmond area, and Laura (husband Andres), a graduate of Boise State who is also an engineer in the Redmond area. They enjoy family time at the lake and visiting Pam's relatives in Montana.

  • Roger J. Roth

    Roger J. Roth, Funeral Director, Certified Celebrant

    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 sixteen 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.

  • Ramon Wright

    Ramon Wright, Funeral Director & Embalmer...Mostly Retired

    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.