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.

Our Valued Staff

  • David Bone

    David Bone, Owner & Funeral Director

    David has been serving families in funeral service for more than 26 years. After serving in the US ARMY during Operation Desert Storm, he attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service, in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated in 1992. His career has taken him from Kentucky to Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

    David feels honored to have the opportunity to carry on the traditions of Columbia Funeral Home, after successfully managing several Funeral Homes in the Portland area, as well as owning Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

    David and his wife Darcey are the proud parents of ten-year-old twins, Bella & Nathan, and a 16 year old daughter Patience, who delight and inspire them to be the best possible people they can be. In his spare time, when it rarely appears, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the drums and traveling.

    David is committed to serving families during their time of need. His experience gives him the ability to assist families in making the decisions that create lasting memories and life tributes honoring the lives of the loved ones entrusted to our care.

  • Darcey Bone

    Darcey Bone, Owner

    Darcey Bone serves as Business Manager for Columbia Funeral Home and Hillside Chapel. She began her career in the nonprofit sector. For close to 10 years, she worked as Development Director for, what was then Oregon Donor Program, and is now Donate Life Northwest. She takes great pride in helping that organization grow its capacity and revenues sources over her time there. After, the birth of her twins, Bella and Nathan, in 2006, Darcey left her position to become a full-time mom.

    She very much enjoys working with her husband David to serve the families of St. Helens and Oregon City and the surrounding areas. She and David live in Oregon City and are involved in the community.

    Darcey serves as the fundraising chair for her children's school, Springwater Environmental Sciences School, is a member of the Oregon City Rotary and is still involved with Donate Life Northwest as a volunteer fundraiser.

  • Holly  Houston

    Holly Houston, Funeral Director/Funeral Home Operations Manager

    Holly grew up in Prineville, OR, after graduating from high school she moved to the Portland area while she attended mortuary school at Mt. Hood Community College, graduating with a degree in Applied Science/Funeral Service Education in 2003. Holly has been a part of the funeral industry in many areas of the state for over 10 years now. Working in the Willamette Valley area, on the Southern Oregon Coast and in Central Oregon. She relocated to St. Helens in July of 2014 after being offered a position at Columbia Funeral Home. She is a very active member and past president of Columbia County Rotary Club and serves as a Board Member for the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. During her spare time, she enjoys working outside in her yard, being with friends and family enjoying the outdoors and watching her favorite football teams. Holly enjoys serving her families during one of the hardest times of their lives and she takes great pride in her effort to do so.

  • Cherise VanHooser

    Cherise VanHooser, Funeral Director

    Cherise Van Hooser is a funeral director/ embalmer at Columbia Funeral Home. She has moved all around Oregon while growing up, but considers herself from Portland, Oregon, where she has spent most of her time. It was not until her last term of finishing up a general associate’s degree at Portland Community College, that she realized she wanted to take a different career path, with the gentle push of a professor, she decided to change gears. She went back to school at Mt. Hood Community College, and graduated with a degree in Applied Science and Funeral Service Education in 2015. While she was going to school, she started out at Columbia Funeral Home as their intern, after graduating she has since stayed and grown here. Cherise is a member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Helens and enjoys being involved in the community any way she can. During her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, whether camping in the woods or kayaking on the river, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her dog. She looks forward to growing within the community.

  • Russ Crawford

    Russ Crawford, Sexton of Columbia Memorial Gardens

  • Carynn Cozad

    Carynn Cozad, Intern

    Carynn Cozad is an apprentice at Columbia Funeral Home. She moved to Oregon September 2016, from Spokane, Washington to pursue her degree in Funeral Services at Mt Hood Community College. She is looking forward to learning and growing as an apprentice. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her two cats.