Our Staff

Derek Krentz - Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Derek moved from Nebraska to Hood River, Oregon when he was a teenager.  Funeral service is a second career for him--he was the owner of a construction company before retiring the tool belt.  Derek graduated from the Mt. Hood Community College's Mortuary Science program in 1998.  In 2007, he, along with his wife Domonique, purchased Erdman Funeral Home in Goldendale, Washington and renamed it Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.  In his spare time, Derek likes to fish, work on motorcycles and spend time with his friends and family.

Domonique Krentz - Intern Funeral Director and Office Manager

Domonique comes from a long line of funeral directors; her great grandparents, grandparents and parents all retired from funeral service.  She and her husband, Derek, have three grown children.  When she isn't working, she likes to read, spend time with family and looks forward to becoming a grandma someday.  (Yay!  Beautiful Alaina was born in November, 2016!).

Steve Gussick - Assistant

Steve has been working at Gardner Funeral Home for many years and is an invaluable asset to the team.  He assists in first calls, memorial and funeral services, and is the chief operator of Columbia River Crematory which is located on premises at the Gardner Funeral Home location.  Steve and his wife have two children.  He enjoys golfing and family time.

Jon Bilderback - Assistant

Jon mainly works at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale.  He is instrumental in assisting people and keeping the facility in top shape.  Jon helps on first calls, memorial and funeral services and also sets headstones for the families who order them from us.  Jon is married with two daughters, whom he loves to spend time with.