John started his funeral service in 1992 at Leavitt's Chapel of Flowers Mortuary in Ogden, Utah. This is where his love of embalming and caring for the deceased began. After completing his apprenticeship in Utah, he moved to Oklahoma City to get his degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating in 1995. He worked in several funeral homes in the following years. In 2005, he became a full time embalmer and crematory operator. In 2018, he took over ownership of Oklahoma Mortuary Service.
Floyd (Gino) Richardson began his career in Mortuary Service in 1989 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gino graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral service in 2004. Upon graduation, Gino worked for several funeral homes in the Tulsa area and recently worked at Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow for 16 years. Gino decided to pursue his lifelong goal of having his own mortuary service. In 2022, with his friend, John Astle, they began to plan and make this goal a reality. Gino has a special gift of preparing the deceased for burial and takes his embalming skills very seriously. Gino looks forward to growing the mortuary he co-owns with John and to serve funeral directors with compassion, dignity, and respect.
Amy started her career in funeral service in 1996 working as a funeral attendant while working on a degree in business. While working there, she discovered her love of the industry. After graduating from USAO with a degree in Business Administration, she decided to further her education and enrolled in the UCO Mortuary Service program, graduating with a second degree in three semesters.
Following graduation, Amy began her funeral career at a corporate funeral home in the Oklahoma City metro. After working there a couple of years, she moved to a small town, family-owned funeral home and enjoyed the five years she spent working in the community.
Amy spent the next 7.5 years working as a recovery technician for the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank.
In 2022, Amy decided to join her husband John, helping run Oklahoma Mortuary Service. While most of her duties are administrative, she maintains her funeral director and embalming licenses, and is available to work the occasional funeral service.
Michelle has worked in the funeral industry since 2012, joining the OMS team in 2016. She has experience in the day to day operations of a funeral home. At Oklahoma Mortuary Service Michelle handles the filing of Death Certificates, transit and cremation permits, and dispatching first calls.
Kylie grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and moved to Edmond in 2010 where she attended Santa Fe High School. After graduation, Kylie went on to pursue her education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Intending to go to school for forensic science, she quickly changed her path after curiosity led her to a restorative art course in funeral service.
Kylie started her apprenticeship in 2016 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in Bethany, Oklahoma and quickly found her passion for helping others during the toughest trials of their lives. After graduating from UCO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service, she joined the Crawford Family Funeral Service team and was a full-time director at Ford Funeral Service in Midwest City, Oklahoma. After a couple of years serving that community as a funeral director, Kylie had the opportunity to join the team at Oklahoma Mortuary Service as a full-time Embalmer.
In her free time, Kylie enjoys traveling to see her family, spending time with her friends and animals, her dog Mera, and two cats, Onyx and Islay.
Sadie began her career in Funeral Service in 2019 after securing a job at a local funeral home. While working as a receptionist at the funeral home, she became interested in pursuing her embalming apprenticeship. In summer of 2020, she began embalming at Oklahoma Mortuary Service and grew passionate for caring for the deceased. She is currently attending UCO for her bachelor’s in Funeral Service, and will be licensed in the near future.
In 1995, Von Rooks graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service. The following year, Von started his career as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Demuth Funeral Home in Oklahoma City. In 2000, Von left the funeral home to work as an embalmer at a local mortuary service. In the 20+ years of working at various mortuary services in Oklahoma City, Von has taken pride in the skills he has learned. He is excited to be a part of the Oklahoma Mortuary Service Family.
After having been around the funeral industry his whole life, Ty officially began at Oklahoma Mortuary Service in April of 2020 as a Certified Crematory Operator. Ty is a graduate of the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma and is now enrolled at the University of Central Oklahoma, pursuing a second degree, this time in Funeral Service. In his spare time, Ty enjoys home projects, the great outdoors and tending to his plants and animals.
Chris began his career in funeral service in 2003. He attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 2005. Chris has a passion for serving funeral homes with embalming and restorative art. When not serving, he enjoys deer hunting and creating memories with his family.
After graduating with a Fine Arts degree in Photography, Katlynn (Kady) Chism began her schooling for Funeral Service in the beginning of 2020. By December she started her career in the field as an apprentice at Oklahoma Mortuary Service. With a brief period at a corporate mortuary service and funeral home, she is back at Oklahoma Mortuary Service and is now a licensed embalmer. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, photography, and spending time with her partner.
Kristen started her career in the funeral industry in 2006 working as an apprentice and later as office manager at Chapel Hill Funeral Home among other corporate locations in the Oklahoma City metro area for close to 10 years. She received her associate degree from Redlands Community College then attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond for a year. After ‘life’ hindered her education for a few years, she decided to go back to school at 40 and graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service with a minor in Grief, Death, and Dying during the pandemic in the summer of 2021. Kristen worked the last year at Billings Funeral Home in Woodward, Oklahoma as a funeral director and embalmer before she got the opportunity to work as a full-time embalmer with Oklahoma Mortuary Service.