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.
Daniel H. Girdner Sr. was a true
gentleman in every sense of the word. He began the legacy of Girdner
Funeral Chapel that is now spanning 4 generations.
In December of 1942, Dan Girdner Sr. became partners in Bills and Burton Funeral Home. It was one of the 2 funeral homes in Yreka at the time. His family continued to live in Redding where he had been employed by McDonald’s chapel. In early 1943, he was able to move his family to Yreka and bought out his partner in the funeral home in order to establish Girdner Funeral Chapel. The original funeral home was located on the corner of Center and Oregon Streets, next to the United Methodist Church.
Dan was heavily involved in the community and never knew a stranger. He loved to spend time with friends and family, loved camping and fishing and teaching his grandkids to do the same. He passed these characteristics down to the next generations. Dan Sr., and later Dan Jr., continued the tradition serving Siskiyou County families with the utmost care and compassion. Dan Sr. passed away in July of 1988.
Daniel H. Girdner Jr. was born to Dan Sr. and Della
Girdner in 1931. He was raised in Redding until he was 11 years old and
then moved to Yreka when his father started Girdner Funeral Chapel. He
had a typical small town upbringing but upon graduation from Yreka
High, he went to the big city. Following graduation from Stanford
University in 1954 and San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in
1958, Dan Jr. came back to work in the family business. In 1970, after
the Methodist Church had relocated, the Girdner’s bought and tore down
the old church and the house next door and built the current building
that houses Girdner Funeral Chapel. The original building was later
demolished to make room for the current parking lot.
In the tradition of his father, Dan Jr. was also very involved in helping the community. He was involved in many boards and in many organizations that benefit others. He raised his family of 5 with the same values that were instilled in him. He and his wife, June, worked together at Girdner Funeral Chapel until his retirement in 2003 and June later retired in 2006. They now enjoy traveling in their retirement years and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Our Valued Staff
Chris Girdner, Funeral Director, Embalmer & Manager
Chris is a native of Yreka. He attended Yreka Elementary School and graduated from Yreka High School. He attended college at Shasta College in Redding and Butte Jr. College and Chico State University, both in Chico. He is a 1990 graduate from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in San Francisco.
Chris is V.Pres/Manager, a licensed embalmer and a licensed funeral director (FDR512). He is a member of the California Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Chris and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Treyden and his wife, Laurel, Annie and Terah. They live in Big Springs and love spending time together in the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping. Chris was a founding member of Decision Life Church in Yreka and is a former board member for Madrone Hospice.
Jackie Girdner, Ad manager / Manager's Assistant
Jackie was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and raised in Mt. Hebron. She attended schools in Macdoel and Dorris and then went on to attend college in Redding and Chico, CA.
She met Chris at college and they were married in 1989. After living in San Francisco for a year, she and Chris moved back to Yreka to work in the family business. For much of the first years, Jackie raised their two children and stayed at home. Later, when the children were older, she went to work with Chris at the funeral chapel and has been there ever since. Jackie enjoys doing the ads and creating custom folders for families as well as just assisting Chris in the running of the business.
In her personal time, Jackie can be found gardening and spending time outdoors with her animals. She enjoys serving in different organizations that benefit others in the community.
Gregg Girdner, Funeral Counselor
Gregg was born and raised in Yreka. He attended Yreka Elementary School and graduated from Yreka High School. He is a 1983 graduate from Santa Clara University. Gregg worked for 20 years in retail with Payless Drug Stores and Office Depot before returning to Yreka and joining the staff at Girdner Funeral Chapel.
Gregg and his wife, Jeanne have two children, William and Robert. They live in Yreka. In his spare time, Gregg can often be found in his garage where he makes wooden toys and other wood projects.
Robert Girdner, Funeral Director & Apprentice Embalmer
Robert is the first of the 4th Generation of the Girdner family in the funeral business. As Gregg's son, and Chris' nephew, Rob has a passion and desire to carry on the legacy that his family has established.
Rob graduated from Yreka High School in 2007, and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Santa Clara University in 2011. He then decided to pursue the family business, and he graduated from American River College of Mortuary Science in 2013. Rob is a licensed Funeral Director (FDR 3631) and an Apprentice Embalmer.
Rob and his wife, Cicily, maried in July of 2013. The couple live in Big Springs with their Blue Heeler, Maycee May. Rob and his family enjoy hunting, fishing, backpacking, and serving in youth ministry.
Shawn Jole, Funeral Counselor
Fred Wichmann, Groundskeeper & Cremation Specialist
Jamie Nowdesha, Pre Need Counselor & Insurance agent
Jamie was born in Medford, Oregon and raised in Siskiyou County. She attended Montague Elementary School, graduated from Yreka High School with the class of 2000 and was also a graduate of College of the Siskiyous.
For a short two year period, she enjoyed being a world traveler! She made trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, New Zealand, the South Pole, and Australia. Her most unique experience was living at the South Pole while working for Raytheon Polar Services.
Jamie currently works part-time as a Pre Need Counselor and a licensed Insurance Agent. She takes pride in educating the families on how to plan a meaningful service for their loved one. She organizes a majority of our Pre-Arrangement services with people in the community.