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 to a corporation in August 1993. In June 2007 Gary & Debby Trick purchased the 3 businesses: Ontario, Nyssa and Vale Chapels from the corporation to return them back to being family owned and operated. 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 for half of the current decade. Bob Thomason, in 2005, decided to sell the funeral home to Gary and Debby Trick.
Gary Meeker, Gary and Debby Trick, Yvonne and Gary Jensen, Bob Thomason, Patty Walker, Carole Kunz
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. ur 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.
Gary Trick was born in Ontario and graduated from Fruitland High School in 1972. While in high school was hired by John Lienkaemper to help around the funeral home and later served my apprenticeship under John. Graduated from Mortuary Science at Mt. Hood Community College. Married Debby Hemenway and have one son and two grandchildren. Debby and I have worked together in funeral service for over forty years and have enjoyed helping families.
Debby Trick was born in Weiser and graduated from Payette High School in 1973. Gary Trick and I have been married for 45 years and we have one son and two grandchildren. Gary and I have worked together in funeral service for over forty years and continue the joy of helping families.
Gary Meeker Born and raised in Ontario, Oregon. Graduating from Ontario High School and Treasure Valley Community College. After attending Southern Oregon University and Boise State University, graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in Funeral Service Education. Have been with Lienkaemper Chapel for over 30 years. Married with 5 children.
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.
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.
Andrea Bybee I was born in Spokane, Washington, and since my dad was in the Air Force, I am an Air Force brat. I’ve had more time in administrative positions than I want to admit. I graduated from Grand View High School in Grand View, Idaho; graduated from Boise Secretarial Center; and I’ve had some college courses at Boise State University. My hobbies include reading, knitting, crocheting, snowmobiling, and raising my two dogs. I’ve been with Lienkaemper Chapel for almost four years.