Meet our team

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.

Our History

The Cook Family

Three Generations of Family Caring

Our family has a heritage spanning three generations of helping families navigate their way through grief. To be able to care for people in such a difficult time is a privilege and a calling for us.

Everything we do is geared toward healing as you honor a loved one. We are a full-service funeral and cremation service emphasizing the value of the path toward healing for the living.

  • Ron  Cook II

    Ron Cook II, President

    Ron grew up not only in a family of funeral directors, but also in our Byron Center Chapel. Today, he continues the Cook tradition, beginning a third generation of leadership and commitment. When Ron realized what funeral service was really all about - Community, Healing, Excellence, Trust, Family - he became incredibly passionate about it.

    Ron attended Grand Valley State University and earned his Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Ron strives daily to incorporate his faith into his work for the benefit of our staff and the families we serve.

  • Mary  Burdo

    Mary Burdo, Director of Human Resources

    Mary understands that helping families heal involves a team of dedicated employees. She enjoys working with a staff that is committed to providing excellent care to both our families and to the community. Mary finds it heartwarming and encouraging to read the many notes of appreciation from our families for the caring attention they received.

  • Hillene Hofstra

    Hillene Hofstra, Funeral Services Administration & Accounting

  • Dan  Larson

    Dan Larson, Funeral Director

    As a funeral director, Dan Larson listens to the needs of each family and helps them design a perfect tribute for their loved one. Dan walks with families through every step of the funeral and memorial process. His many years of experience in the funeral profession helps him understand loss and grief as he provides compassionate care and comfort to families during a most difficult time.

  • Greg  Tessmer

    Greg Tessmer, Funeral Director

    Since choosing funeral service as a career, Greg Tessmer has found unique opportunities to help families uphold their individual traditions and celebrate memories of a loved one. Greg understands the many options available for creating a distinctive service. He is committed to providing families a nurturing and healing atmosphere that begins to help ease the grieving process.

  • Don Mousseau

    Don Mousseau, Funeral Director

    Don is committed to families as they walk through the funeral planning process. He listens, connects, and relates to families. Don understands creating a meaningful tribute for your loved one is the beginning of the healing process.

  • Josh  Lackey

    Josh Lackey, Funeral Director

    Josh grew up with a passion for helping people. He is dedicated to walking alongside families as they remember and celebrate their loved one. Josh strives to incorporate his faith in the day-to-day connections with the families he serves.

  • Jack  Fisher

    Jack Fisher, Funeral Arranger

    Jack Fisher holds the firm belief that every individual is unique. He helps families select the personal touches that capture their loved one's personality. Jack understands how incorporating family traditions into the service allows a family to transform a difficult time into one of comfort and peace.

  • Joe Tower

    Joe Tower, Funeral Arranger

    The days following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming. Joe is committed to helping families honor their loved one as they gather, reflect and celebrate their life. He understands the value of providing an opportunity for tears, memories and even laughter to help cleanse the pain of loss.

  • Keith  Taylor

    Keith Taylor, Funeral Arranger

    Keith helps families design a service that reflects their loved one's life in the most personal and memorable way possible. He understands that the death of someone entrusted to our care deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

  • Gary  Leyendecker

    Gary Leyendecker, Monument & Marker Specialist

    Gary’s lifetime dedication to serving people with genuine care and integrity encourages healing in the grieving process. Gary comes to Monuments by Cook after nearly 4 decades of serving people with care and friendship as a pastor in 3 different churches. He is committed to helping you create a monument that beautifully reflects the life of your loved one.

  • Melissa  Mitchell

    Melissa Mitchell, Advance Funeral & Aftercare Specialist

    Melissa believes that preparing end of life decisions now is a priceless gift, not to mention great peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones. Preplanning gives you the opportunity to express your wishes and leave a final message that your loved ones will cherish. Melissa keeps the best interests of you and your family as a priority.

  • Rachel  Norton

    Rachel Norton, Advance Funeral & Aftercare Spcialist

    Rachel is serving our Byron Center, Caledonia, Wayland and Dorr families. She understands that planning for your funeral in advance is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your family. Rachel comes to us with many years of experience serving our community through Bible Study Fellowship. She enjoys helping area families now as part of the Cook team.

  • Emily  Merritt

    Emily Merritt, Advance Funeral Planning Administrator

    Greeting guests with a warm and inviting smile, a listening ear, and genuine compassion can make all the difference in the world to families as they step into our doors for the first time. Emily acts as a business ambassador for Cook where she provides reception services in addition to her responsibilities as the Advance Funeral Planning Administrator.

  • Karen  Piper

    Karen Piper, Office Manager

    Karen assists our funeral directors and families with life insurance and completing the many tasks and details needed to help families create a lasting personalized tribute.

  • Audrey  DeHaan

    Audrey DeHaan, Funeral Service & Veteran Benefits

    Audrey appreciates the opportunity to help families at a difficult time in their lives. She also provides assistance to families applying for veterans burial and memorial benefits.

  • Tasha Percy

    Tasha Percy, Funeral Service & Aftercare Specialist

    Tasha recognizes the true gift in helping to honor the life of a loved one while attending to many of the details of providing personalized services. She continues to care for families after the services letting them know they are not alone as they take the next step in their healing journey.

  • Sheri  Deppe

    Sheri Deppe, Food Service Manager

  • Kelly Mousseau

    Kelly Mousseau, Event Coordinator & Administration

    Kelly understands the value in creating a tribute for a loved one. She walks alongside families by tending to the many details that create a lasting memory for each family. As part of Kelly’s commitment to families, she meets with many of them after their services to provide continuing care in the days that follow. Kelly also contributes to our community by organizing and participating in local events that benefit our veterans, widows and widowers.

  • Justin Aten

    Justin Aten, Administration

    Justin's fun-loving demeanor and coaching ability is evident on the football field, the basketball court and on the Cook Funeral Services Team. He is thankful for the opportunity to help families during challenging times along with remembering the joy they shared with their loved one.

  • Amber  Kieliszewski

    Amber Kieliszewski, Multimedia Specialist

    Amber creates life stories and videos that will preserve and allow you to share the wonderful memories of your loved one. She has designed a beautiful selection of options to choose from or she can customize materials to include inspirational messages, special memories and pictures that will leave a lasting impression.

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