O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes staff members are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.
Donald O'Guinn, Ph.D. - President/Owner
phone: (810) 686-5070
Don received his B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and his Masters in Speech Communication from Texas Christian University. He also graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Don completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Ph.D. in Forensic Sociology.
Dr. O'Guinn was awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice in 1996 and won national election to the APFSP Board of Trustees in 2013. He is also a graduate of the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming in Columbia, Missouri. Don is certified in advanced postmortem reconstructive surgery. He was inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers in 2000. He is also a member of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors.
Don is a Regional Vice President for Disaster Management International of Little Rock, Arkansas and Reno, Nevada.. He is a graduate of the FEMA - Emergency Management Institute and is certified in Incident Management, Disaster Logistics, Hazard Mitigation and Public Disaster Communication. Don is also a graduate of the Tulane University School of Public Health with a certificate in Aviation Disaster Management. He is also a long standing member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Don is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and serves the Michigan Funeral Directors Association as a member of the Government Relations and Professional Education Committees. He is also a member of the Vienna Lodge #205 F&AM and the Bay City Consistory. Don is also certified by the In-Sight Institute of Oklahoma as credentialed Celebrant. Celebrants perform highly personalized funerals or memorials and non-religious ceremonies for those who have no church affiliation.
Don has two sons: Ryan and Aaron. He is past President of the Montrose Board of Education, the Montrose Blueberry Festival and the Montrose Chamber of Commerce. Don is also a current member and past director of the Clio Downtown Development Authority and Birch Run Area Chamber of Commerce. Don enjoys auto racing, antique cars and traveling in his spare time.
Julie O'Guinn - Accounting
Julie serves our staff as Accounts Manager. She handles accounts payable, receivables and payroll. She also works as our tax and insurance consultant.
Julie was born and raised in Millington. She graduated from Millington High School and Mott Community College. She completed her studies in Accounting at Central Michigan University. Julie was employed in restaurant management for years. She was also a longtime member of the Montrose Blueberry Festival.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel and interior design. She is also an active member of the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Grand Blanc. Aside from her two sons, Ryan and Aaron, Julie enjoys spending time at home with her dog, Abby.
Bernie Schmitz - Licensed Funeral Director / General Manager
phone: (810) 686-5070
We were honored to welcome Bernie to our family in 2001. He came to us with years of experience in funeral service and with an excellent reputation of professional integrity and compassionate care.
Bernie was a longtime employee and former manager of the Hill Funeral Home in Grand Blanc. He spent his earlier years in funeral service at Brown Funeral Home in Flint.
A native of Genesee County, Bernie graduated from Bentley High School and attended Michigan State University. He completed his mortuary education at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Bernie's warmth and tender care are evidenced by the countless lives he's touched and the gratitude he's earned from the families he has served. His is a special gift and a most important extension of our funeral home ministry.
"I knew at an early age that I liked helping people. Whether it was tutoring students or coaching sports- helping others is what I did best," said Bernie. Bernie serves our client families with that same sense of purpose and commitment.
In 2003, Bernie received his 25 year service pin from the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He is an active member of MFDA's District 7 and has an extensive background in OSHA and governmental licensing. Bernie is also an active member of the Clio Rotary Club.
He resides in Davison with his wife Kathy. He has one daughter, Katrina and a granddaughter, Miley. . In his spare time he enjoys camping, running and spending time with family.
Crystal Woodworth - Licensed Funeral Director / Branch Manager
phone: (810) 686-5070
Crystal has been an integral part of our funeral home family since 2008. She currently serves as the manager of our Birch Run Chapel and as a director at all four O'Guinn locations. She graduated from Fenton High School and completed the Pre-Mortuary Science program at Mott Community College in Flint. She served her internship at O'Guinn's and realized early on that funeral service was her life's calling.
Crystal completed her studies at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. She is nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and is licensed by the State of Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science.
Crystal is very gifted in the preparation arts and has extensive training as a professional embalmer. In 2015, she completed graduate studies at the Fountain National Academy of Embalming in Springfield, Missouri. She achieved certification in Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery and served as a Graduate Assistant at the academy. She also had the high honor of being inducted into the prestigious British Institute of Embalmers, based on her demonstrated proficiency and dedication to excellence in the field of embalming.
"It's the details that make the difference in all that we do," says Crystal. "When making arrangements I like to focus on personalization and making a funeral as unique as the indivdual. I believe that celebrating a life is a critical part of mourning a death. When presenting a loved one for viewing, I work hard to comfort families by making their loved ones look as natural and peaceful as possible because last impressions are important too." We are very blessed to have Crystal on our team and look forward to many years of serving families together.
Her professional affiliations include memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She is also a member of the Pet Loss Professional Alliance.
Crystal currently resides in Fenton. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, travel and reading.
David J. Potts - Preneed and Aftercare
Dave serves our client families as our Preneed Counselor, Aftercare Coordinator and manager of Superior Monuments of Montrose. He graduated from Fenton High School, and Mott Community College. Dave was formerly employed at General Motors and EDS for 28 years. He and his wife, Donita, have two children: Taylor, and Bryce.
Dave attends Central Church of the Nazarene and is active in the choir and praise team. He is an accomplished soloist and is a former member of The Gospelmen Quartet and Reconciled. He currently sings with Justified Quartet. Dave serves his church as a coach for youth basketball and as a member of Hope for the Fatherless. He and his wife have been participants in foster care and adoption.
In his spare time, Dave is a fan of auto racing, enjoys motorcycle touring, painting, golf, and travel and exercise. In 2013 Dave attempted and completed his first Marathon.
Shelly Beckman - Office Manager
Shelly serves as our office manager and brings extensive experience in business administration. She coordinates staffing and scheduling, files insurance claims, assists with veteran's and social security benefits, maintains record keeping and data entry along with overall business operations. She also is our consultant for keepsake jewelry and personalized tribute items.
Shelly is an active member of Central Church of the Nazarene where she is involved in music ministry and sports.
She and her husband Thad live in Swartz Creek with their two children: Jordan and Jaxon.
Gary Keeler - Staff Supervisor
Gary has been a longtime employee of O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes. He retired from General Motors in 1999.
Born and raised in Maple Grove Township, Gary has resided in Montrose for over 40 years. He is a U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Montrose American Legion - Harry Baker Post #367.
Gary serves as our staff supervisor and handles scheduling, logistics, fleet management and general building operations.
He serves as a Montrose Township Trustee and as Chairman of the Planning Commission. Gary also serves on various board committees.
He attends Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montrose. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus - Good Shepherd Council #8669 and has held several organizational offices including that of Grand Knight.
He and his wife Lois are active members of the Montrose community. They have 4 children. In his spare time Gary enjoys gardening and yard work.
Bobby Dye - Funeral Staff
Dave Ford - Funeral Staff
Dave is a longtime staff assistant at O'Guinn's and does a tremendous job in caring for our client families.
Dave retired from the Lamb Technicon Corporation in Warren, Michigan as a robotics technician and was also a member of the Iron Workers Local 25 in Novi. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School with a baseball scholarship to Central Michigan University. Dave is also a U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran.
He is a longtime member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Clio where he has coached softball for many years. Dave is an avid sports fan. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Clio and have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Debbie Ford - Visitation Staff
Debbie has been a part of the O'Guinn Funeral Home family for over 20 years and has been a blessing to our staff. She serves as a greeter, funeral attendant and staff assistant and is dearly loved by our client families.
Deb graduated from Mt. Morris High School and was employed by Century 21 Realty for 20 years. She is an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Clio. She enjoys music, decorating and spending time with her grandchildren.
She and her husband, Dave, reside in Clio and have 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.
Connie Grooms - Murray - Visitation Staff
Tony Hornak - Funeral Staff
Tony is a very dedicated and loyal member of our family and we are honored to have him on staff. He serves in numerous capacities at our homes and is always willing to help where needed.
Tony retired from Saginaw Steering Gear / Delphi with over 40 years of service. He was also a member of UAW Local 699. He is a U.S. Army, Vietnam War veteran and is an active member of the Birch Run VFW Post 7542.
He is a former member of the Birch Run Auxiliary Police Dept. and the Taymouth Twp. Fire Dept. Tony was also a longtime trustee of the Taymouth Township Board. He is a member of St. Francis & Clare Catholic Church in Birch Run. He enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking. Tony resides in Montrose and has two sons.
Ed Savoie - Funeral Staff
Ed is a very valuable member of our funeral home family. He assists with funerals, does yard and building maintenance and is a member of our removal and client transport team.
Ed graduated from Northwestern High School in Flint. He retired from GM Truck & Bus with 36 years of service and was a member of UAW Local 598. He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Flushing. Ed enjoys motorcycles and woodworking. He and his wife, Karen, live in Flint and have five children.
Jane Shamel - Visitation Staff
Ron Shamel - Funeral Staff
Janette Smith - Facilities
Glen Tanner - Funeral Staff
Bev Totten - Visitation Staff
Murray Vandefifer - Funeral Staff
Jerry Walker - Funeral Staff
Donna Weidenhammer - Visitation Staff
Lee Doll - Staff Associate
Duane Tripp - Staff Associate
Dennis Fent - Staff Associate
We were very blessed to welcome Dennis to our staff in 2014. He was a 1975 Birch Run High School graduate. Dennis also graduated from Delta College and Northwood Institute.
He owned and operated the Exit Restaurant in Birch Run for 38 years, retiring in 2013. He also owns Birch Run Mini Storage.
Dennis is a charter member of the Birch Run Rotary Club and the Birch Run Moose Lodge #2626. He is also a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Birch Run. Dennis serves as President of the Birch Run Men's Golf League. He is past president of the Birch Run Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Birch Run Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Birch Run Downtown Development Authority. He enjoys golf and hunting.
He and his wife Melissa have two daughters: Megan and Lindsay.