History & Staff

At Lienkaemper Funeral Chapels and Thomason Funeral Home & Crematory , we have provided customizable memorial services for over 60 years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.

If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Vale and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

About Lienkaemper Funeral Home

From 1907 the Ontario area deaths were originally handled by the Peterson family who owned the Peterson Furniture Store. Caskets were kept in the basement of their establishment. In 1935-36 they built a new “modern” funeral home on Northwest First Avenue. Soon after, the Peterson family sold the funeral home to George Beechler. On February 15, 1961 Bertelson and Lienkaemper purchased the business. Burt & Joyce Lienkaemper started Nyssa Lienkaemper Funeral Home in 1933. Their son, John and his wife Norma later ran the businesses, buying out the partners. In 1971 the High Funeral Home was built in Vale, Oregon. In 1985 the Lienkaempers purchased the High Funeral Home. In October 1989 Malletta-Vertin partnership purchased the 3 businesses and sold them in August 1993. In June 2007 Gary & Debby Trick purchased the 3 businesses: Ontario, Nyssa and Vale Chapels. Gary, while in high school at Fruitland High School, in 1969 was hired by John Lienkaemper to help around the funeral home and later served his apprenticeship under John.

About Thomason Funeral Home and Crematory

Started by Lloyd Northam in 1910, the funeral home was originally located at the current site of the Weiser Elks Lodge. Sometime during the 1940’s, Billy Jones purchased the operation from Mr. Northam, whereupon it was renamed Northam-Jones. Dale Thomason began working for Mr. Jones in the mid-1940’s, and the business was moved from the Idaho Street location to the newly built facility (and current location) at East Court and Second streets in 1949 or 1950. Dale Thomason purchased Northam-Jones from Bill and Evelyn Jones in 1966. In the late 1970’s Dale asked his son Bob if he’d prefer moving back to Weiser and eventually taking over the family business. Bob Thomason took over the reigns in the mid 1980’s held them through the 90’s and through 2005 when he decided to sell the funeral home to Gary and Debby Trick.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Carrie Melton
Location Leader & Licensed Funeral Director

Carrie entered the funeral profession through hospice care. After COVID arrived, she was no longer able to assist the elderly as she ran her own business providing podiatry care for the elderly. She then went on to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Funeral Director where she could assist those through the grieving process. Foundation Partners Group opened the door and she is now the Location Leader for Lienkaemper Chapels in Ontario and Thomasons Funeral Home in Weiser, Idaho.

Gary Jensen
Licensed Funeral Director

Gary Jensen was born and raised in Idaho.  He attended and graduated from San Francisco College Mortuary Science in 1995.  He started his career in the funeral service industry in Salt Lake City, Utah where he served as an apprentice at Evans and Early Mortuary.  In 2013, he returned to his hometown of Weiser, Idaho where he accepted a funeral director position at Thomason Funeral Home.  He has enjoyed reconnecting with the community and old friends but more importantly he has enjoyed being close to family once again.  Gary loves serving the families here in Idaho.  He prides himself on serving each family with compassion and respect.    Gary and his wife of 29 years, Yvonne have 6 children and 1 grandson.  

Trey Jensen
Licensed Funeral Director

Trey Jensen was born in Boise, ID and raised in Carson City, NV. With Trey’s father also being a funeral director, he has grown up and been around the funeral service profession most of his life. Trey graduated from Carson High School in 2011. Upon graduating, he served a 2-year LDS mission in McAllen, Texas. During this time, his family moved to Weiser, ID to be closer to family. Shortly after returning home, he married his wife, Genesis. Trey and Genesis decided after getting married in 2015, that they would stay in Weiser and Trey would attend Mortuary School and begin his apprenticeship under Gary Trick at Thomason Funeral Home. In 2019, Trey graduated from Arapahoe Community College with an associate degree in Applied Mortuary Sciences and continued working for Lienkaemper-Thomason Funeral Chapels as a licensed Funeral Director.

In May of 2021, Trey and his family, moved to St. George, UT and joined the staff at Metcalf Mortuary. During his time there, he enhanced his love for the profession and acquired many traits and skills to better serve the community.

In September 2022, Trey and his family made the move back to the Treasure Valley to rejoin the staff at Lienkaemper-Thomasons Funeral Chapels as a licensed Funeral Director.

Trey and Genesis currently reside in Weiser with their two sons Eli and Kai and three dogs. He loves sports and all things outdoors. Trey grew up playing basketball and football and still loves a little friendly competition whether it’s on the field or court. His family loves to escape their busy lives and go hiking, camping, fishing or anything that allows them to be outside.

Trey is excited to rejoin the staff here at Lienkaempers and Thomasons and feels honored and blessed to be able to serve the families here and surrounding communities.

Roland Henderson
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Roland Henderson retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 out of Marine Barracks 8th and I in Washington DC. After a 20 year military career, he attended the University of the District of Columbia and received his AAS degree in Mortuary Science in 2005. Roland relocated in 2007 to Eugene, Oregon where he was employed at Rest-Haven Memorial Park. In 2010 he relocated to Lakewood, Washington and for the next several years he was employed with Mountain View Funeral Home and New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home. While employed at Mountain View Funeral Home he was selected as Funeral Director of the year in 2014. In 2022 Roland joined the staff of Lienkaemper Funeral Chapels in Ontario. Roland is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

He and his wife Tina reside in Fruitland, Idaho.

Yvonne Jensen
Lead Administrative Assistant

Yvonne Jensen was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois but has always loved the country life.  Moving to Weiser with her family in 2013 has proved to be such a great move for their family.  In July of 2013 she also joined the staff at Thomason Funeral Home where she works as an administrative assistant.  Being able to serve and help families in their time of need has been such a blessing in her life.  

Carrie Bracamonte
Lead Administrative Assistant

Carrie Bracamonte was born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in Boise, Idaho. In 2017, she moved out of the city to be in the country and found herself in Payette, Idaho. In July 2022, she joined Lienkaemper Chapel where she works as an Administrative Assistant. This by far is the most rewarding job she has ever had. She has two grown children that she extremely adores and in her spare time loves to garden and grow all kinds of flowers. She is a big fan of coffee and the sun.