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Our Staff

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services

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Kerry Lees Owner, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kerry was born in Walla Walla, Washington, to Robert and Ellen (Ransom) Lees. Kerry attended the Milton-Freewater School District and graduated from McLoughlin High School. He moved to Portland and apprenticed at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, at the same time he attended Mount Hood Community College and graduating in 1979 with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Kerry was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service in Portland for 8 years. In 1987 he moved back to Walla Walla and with the help of his parents built Mountain View Funeral Chapel Inc., a division of Richard & Lees Cabinet Shop of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, opened February 1, 1988. A few years later Kerry added the onsite crematorium. On September 28, 2005 Kerry purchased the Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home on 1st and Birch Street in Walla Walla, and merged the companies into the current name, Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services. Kerry is also a licensed Global Atlantic (Forethought) life insurance agent.


Kerry enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson, KTM motorcycles. He is a member of the Church of Christ, the National Funeral Directors (NFDA), Washington State Funeral Directors Association (WSFDA) Blue Mountain District, Harley Owners Group, the East End Rod and Gun Club of Milton-Freewater, and the BPOE #287 Lodge Walla Walla.

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Brian Abell Oregon Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer-WA Funeral Director Intern-Global Atlantic Agent

Brian was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon.  He became interested in funeral services while still in high school.  After graduating, he served his apprenticeship in the Dalles, Oregon.  He later graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.  He became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1981.  Brian has served families in funeral service in many communities, including Portland, Prineville, Ontario, Pendleton, La Grande, and now Walla Walla.  He joined our staff in September of 2016.  He has been active in community service where he has served as past board member of Hospice as well as past president for groups including Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club in various communities.  Brian is also a licensed Global Atlantic Insurance Agent and can help you pre-plan a meaningful tribute for yourself or your loved one.  In his spare time Brian enjoys the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and rafting.

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Rebekah Heath Funeral Director Intern - Administrative Assistant mvcd@mountainview-colonialdewitt.com

Rebekah is a Walla Walla native; she graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2012 and is continuing her college education as an online student at Walla Walla Community College, her plans are to finish her education and internship to become a full time licensed Funeral Director. Rebekah is working as a full time Funeral Director Intern for Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt along with being an administrative assistant for Kerry C. Lees. She is a current member at New Joy here in Walla Walla.

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Gordon Reoch Support Staff

With Mountain-View Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services since 2011

Kerry Lees

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Kerry was born in Walla Walla, Washington, to Robert and Ellen (Ransom) Lees. Kerry attended the Milton-Freewater School District and graduated from McLoughlin High School. He moved to Portland and apprenticed at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, at the same time he attended Mount Hood Community College and graduating in 1979 with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Kerry was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service in Portland for 8 years. In 1987 he moved back to Walla Walla and with the help of his parents built Mountain View Funeral Chapel Inc., a division of Richard & Lees Cabinet Shop of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, opened February 1, 1988. A few years later Kerry added the onsite crematorium. On September 28, 2005 Kerry purchased the Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home on 1st and Birch Street in Walla Walla, and merged the companies into the current name, Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services. Kerry is also a licensed Global Atlantic (Forethought) life insurance agent.


Kerry enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson, KTM motorcycles. He is a member of the Church of Christ, the National Funeral Directors (NFDA), Washington State Funeral Directors Association (WSFDA) Blue Mountain District, Harley Owners Group, the East End Rod and Gun Club of Milton-Freewater, and the BPOE #287 Lodge Walla Walla.

Brian Abell

Oregon Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer-WA Funeral Director Intern-Global Atlantic Agent
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Brian was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon.  He became interested in funeral services while still in high school.  After graduating, he served his apprenticeship in the Dalles, Oregon.  He later graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.  He became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1981.  Brian has served families in funeral service in many communities, including Portland, Prineville, Ontario, Pendleton, La Grande, and now Walla Walla.  He joined our staff in September of 2016.  He has been active in community service where he has served as past board member of Hospice as well as past president for groups including Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club in various communities.  Brian is also a licensed Global Atlantic Insurance Agent and can help you pre-plan a meaningful tribute for yourself or your loved one.  In his spare time Brian enjoys the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and rafting.

Rebekah Heath

Funeral Director Intern - Administrative Assistant
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Rebekah is a Walla Walla native; she graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2012 and is continuing her college education as an online student at Walla Walla Community College, her plans are to finish her education and internship to become a full time licensed Funeral Director. Rebekah is working as a full time Funeral Director Intern for Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt along with being an administrative assistant for Kerry C. Lees. She is a current member at New Joy here in Walla Walla.

Gordon Reoch

Support Staff
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With Mountain-View Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services since 2011