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Our staff are committed to providing support, compassion, information and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

Everden Rust Funeral Services - Kelowna

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Jason Everden Funeral Director & Partner jason@everdenrust.com

Jason is a graduate of Penticton Secondary School and completed three years of study at the Okanagan University College in Kelowna . He apprenticed with Everden Rust Funeral Services in Penticton and Kelowna and received his Funeral Director and Embalmer's license from the British Columbia Funeral Director Apprenticeship Program, in 1998. He has managed the Kelowna location since the retirement of Marvin Rust in 2004. In the past, Jason has been an active Rotarian and served as: board member of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club and board member of the Inaugural Cremation, Interment & Funeral Services Industry Advisory Group under Consumer Protection of British Columbia. He is currently serving a two year term as director on the board of the British Columbia Funeral Service Association in Victoria.  Jason is married to wife, Kim and together they have two sons: Brandon and Nathan. They have lived in West Kelowna since 2002.

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Jonathon "Jon" Everden Funeral Director & Partner jon@everdenrust.com

Jonathon "Jon" graduated from South Hill High School in Vancouver. Following high school, he worked in restaurant management in Vancouver and Honolulu earning many awards as top producer.

After several years, Jon decided on a career change and joined the Vancouver Coroner's Service. He returned to the Okanagan in 2005 to begin his funeral service apprenticeship with the Everden Rust's Kelowna location. Jon is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer graduating from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2007. He currently works at Everden Rust's Kelowna location. Jon and his wife, Sayo have one daughter Katie and together they live in Kelowna.

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Aron Meier Funeral Director / Embalmer aron@everdenrust.com

Aron was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and has spent most of his life in the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast.  Aron entered the profession in 1999 while caring for his grandfather, and being involved with his funeral arrangements.  In 2003 the family relocated to the Okanagan as funeral director; after a few years was entrusted with the title, Assistant Manager of Valleyview Funeral Home in Rutland.  Aron enjoyed the freedom to grow, and always made it his passion to serve a client family in the same manner he would want to be treated.  In January 2015, having just celebrated 15 years within the profession Aron felt led to join the Everden Family where he is currently fullfilled.  Aron has been a Rotarian for 10 years; a member of Downtown, Lake Country, and currently Kelowna Sunrise.  Aron and wife Teresa are Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, and currently have 7 children.  As a family we attend and affiliate with Willow Park Church Hwy 33 campus.  Aron loves life and the outdoors, hunting, gardening are a few of his passions.  Aron has a big heart, is kind and gentle.  He effortlessly brings a calm, no pressure compassionate presence.

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Susan Murphy Funeral Director sue@everdenrust.com

Sue was born in Vancouver British Columbia where upon graduation, she worked in Human Resources for several years.  After the birth of her daughter, Megan and sons, Trenton and Connor, she took a break from the work force to spend time raising her children.  Once her kids were established in school, she started a new career with Service Corporation International, specializing in pre-arranging funerals and cremation services.  Always the nurturer, Sue’s passion involved helping the families navigate through one of the most difficult times in their lives.  Upon the passing of her own parents and her youngest graduating high school, Sue decided that the timing was right for a new setting.  She chose Kelowna as her destination, packed up the kids, cats and dog and started on her new adventure.  She was hired by  Everden Rust in 2014 as a pre-arrangement counseller, which led to the role of a funeral director's apprentice.  She earned her British Columbia Funeral Director's license in June of 2017 and brings a heart of understanding and compassion to the families she serves.

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Norman "Norm" Nelson Funeral Director info@everdenrust.com

Norm has over 45 years experience in funeral service having graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science in 1965.  

Most recently, he managed Valley View Funeral Home in Rutland from 1994 - 2007. Norm currently holds his British Columbia Funeral Director and Embalmer's license and is certified to operate Everden Rust's on-site crematorium. Norm is also a Rotarian, having been a member at Calgary, Summerland and Ogopogo Rotary Clubs. He has two daughters, Tanya and Michelle and two grandchildren, Tijana and Enya.

Everden Rust Funeral Services - Penticton

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Bill Everden Founder, Funeral Director & Certified Funeral Celebrant bill@everdenrust.com

As founder of Everden Rust, Bill has over 45 years experience in funeral service. Since moving his family to Penticton in 1987, Bill has been very active in the community of Penticton. He has served as: local coordinator for the B.C. Special Olympics; President of: the Penticton Kiwanis and Skaha Rotary Clubs; Chairman of the Penticton United Church Board; board member of the Community Resources Society; member of the Allocations Committee of the United Way; Vice Chairman of the Pathways Addiction Resource Society Board; Chairman and board member of the Penticton Hospice Society. Bill lives in Penticton with his wife June and together they have three sons Jeff, Jason, and Jonathon, who are all licensed funeral directors under the firm. Bill retired in 2012 and now helps out when needed on an “on-call” basis.  In April of 2017, Bill become a certified Funeral Celebrant by completing the certification program with InSight Institute.  He has made himself available to families that want a more personalized celebration of life, memorial or funeral service. 

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Jeff Everden Funeral Director & Partner jeff@everdenrust.com

Jeff completed high school at Penticton Secondary School in 1989 and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Victoria in 1993. Jeff spent a number of years working in Vancouver 's downtown eastside as a mental health home-support worker with the Portland Hotel Society and St. James Community Service Society. Jeff returned to Penticton to learn the family business in 2001. In 2003, He graduated with honors from the Western School of Funeral Service as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Jeff manages Everden Rust’s Penticton location. Jeff is active in the community of Penticton as a board member of the Penticton United Church and with Pathways Addiction Resource Society. Jeff is married to wife, Sandra and they live in Penticton.

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Tran Reinders Funeral Director / Embalmer tran@everdenrust.com

Tran was born in Richmond, British Columbia and his family moved to Penticton in 1990. After graduating from Penticton High School in 2000 Tran moved back to the coast and worked as a shipper and receiver in the motorcycle parts industry. In 2003 he began working alongside Jonathon Everden for the Vancouver Coroner's Service. After several years Tran relocated to Red Deer, Alberta,( the hometown of his long-time girlfriend). In 2009 he entered funeral service as an attendant with Eventide Funeral Chapels. Tran graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary with his Embalmers license in 2012. Upon being licensed, Tran was looking to settle out west and accepted a position with Everden Rust Funeral Services in Penticton where he went back to school and earned his B.C. Funeral Director’s & Embalmer’s License in 2014. Tran, his spouse Becky and their son, Layne currently live in Penticton, where he works with Everden Rust.

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June Everden Office Manager june@everdenrust.com

While attending Business College in Belleville, Ontario, June and Bill began dating. They continued their friendship in Toronto and started their careers. June's first job was a secretarial position at Weston Bakeries the Head Office in downtown Toronto. June and Bill Everden were married in 1970. The following year they started their family. 

Over the years, June has  worked as medical secretary for general practitioners, oncologists and Human Resources Assistant at Westpark Hospital in Weston, Ontario. In the Okanagan, June spent ten years working for the Interior Health Authority in various capacities. Since 2003 June has worked with her family as Office Manager for the Penticton Everden Rust facility and she also helps out at the Kelowna and West Kelowna facility as needed. June lives in Penticton with husband Bill. They have three sons Jeff, Jason, and Jonathon, who are all licensed funeral directors under the firm.

Everden Rust Funeral Services - West Kelowna

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Glen Whittaker Funeral Director glen@everdenrust.com

Glen Whittaker was born and raised in Victoria BC, Glen studied business administration at college before embarking on a career in retail management, which lasted for over 25 years. He was then introduced to funeral service. A career change became inevitable, and Glen has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2002.  The most rewarding part of the job remains to be what drew him into funeral service in the beginning: seeing families progress from the loss of a loved one to “turning the page” and beginning a new chapter in their lives.  Much of Glen’s time away from work is dedicated to Lions Clubs International, another avenue of service to his community.  Glen and his wife, Elaine, enjoy quality time with family. Vacations vary from Saskatchewan to Victoria, with the occasional cruise to warmer winter destinations. They spend as much time as possible with their only daughter and her family.  Glen and Elaine have been season ticket holders to their local junior hockey team (currently the West Kelowna Warriors) for many years. Glen also enjoys football (CFL please!) and a good book.

Bill Everden

Founder, Funeral Director & Certified Funeral Celebrant
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As founder of Everden Rust, Bill has over 45 years experience in funeral service. Since moving his family to Penticton in 1987, Bill has been very active in the community of Penticton. He has served as: local coordinator for the B.C. Special Olympics; President of: the Penticton Kiwanis and Skaha Rotary Clubs; Chairman of the Penticton United Church Board; board member of the Community Resources Society; member of the Allocations Committee of the United Way; Vice Chairman of the Pathways Addiction Resource Society Board; Chairman and board member of the Penticton Hospice Society. Bill lives in Penticton with his wife June and together they have three sons Jeff, Jason, and Jonathon, who are all licensed funeral directors under the firm. Bill retired in 2012 and now helps out when needed on an “on-call” basis.  In April of 2017, Bill become a certified Funeral Celebrant by completing the certification program with InSight Institute.  He has made himself available to families that want a more personalized celebration of life, memorial or funeral service. 

Glen Whittaker

Funeral Director
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Glen Whittaker was born and raised in Victoria BC, Glen studied business administration at college before embarking on a career in retail management, which lasted for over 25 years. He was then introduced to funeral service. A career change became inevitable, and Glen has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2002.  The most rewarding part of the job remains to be what drew him into funeral service in the beginning: seeing families progress from the loss of a loved one to “turning the page” and beginning a new chapter in their lives.  Much of Glen’s time away from work is dedicated to Lions Clubs International, another avenue of service to his community.  Glen and his wife, Elaine, enjoy quality time with family. Vacations vary from Saskatchewan to Victoria, with the occasional cruise to warmer winter destinations. They spend as much time as possible with their only daughter and her family.  Glen and Elaine have been season ticket holders to their local junior hockey team (currently the West Kelowna Warriors) for many years. Glen also enjoys football (CFL please!) and a good book.

Jason Everden

Funeral Director & Partner
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Jason is a graduate of Penticton Secondary School and completed three years of study at the Okanagan University College in Kelowna . He apprenticed with Everden Rust Funeral Services in Penticton and Kelowna and received his Funeral Director and Embalmer's license from the British Columbia Funeral Director Apprenticeship Program, in 1998. He has managed the Kelowna location since the retirement of Marvin Rust in 2004. In the past, Jason has been an active Rotarian and served as: board member of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club and board member of the Inaugural Cremation, Interment & Funeral Services Industry Advisory Group under Consumer Protection of British Columbia. He is currently serving a two year term as director on the board of the British Columbia Funeral Service Association in Victoria.  Jason is married to wife, Kim and together they have two sons: Brandon and Nathan. They have lived in West Kelowna since 2002.

Jonathon "Jon" Everden

Funeral Director & Partner
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Jonathon "Jon" graduated from South Hill High School in Vancouver. Following high school, he worked in restaurant management in Vancouver and Honolulu earning many awards as top producer.

After several years, Jon decided on a career change and joined the Vancouver Coroner's Service. He returned to the Okanagan in 2005 to begin his funeral service apprenticeship with the Everden Rust's Kelowna location. Jon is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer graduating from the Canadian College of Funeral Service in 2007. He currently works at Everden Rust's Kelowna location. Jon and his wife, Sayo have one daughter Katie and together they live in Kelowna.

Aron Meier

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Aron was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and has spent most of his life in the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast.  Aron entered the profession in 1999 while caring for his grandfather, and being involved with his funeral arrangements.  In 2003 the family relocated to the Okanagan as funeral director; after a few years was entrusted with the title, Assistant Manager of Valleyview Funeral Home in Rutland.  Aron enjoyed the freedom to grow, and always made it his passion to serve a client family in the same manner he would want to be treated.  In January 2015, having just celebrated 15 years within the profession Aron felt led to join the Everden Family where he is currently fullfilled.  Aron has been a Rotarian for 10 years; a member of Downtown, Lake Country, and currently Kelowna Sunrise.  Aron and wife Teresa are Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, and currently have 7 children.  As a family we attend and affiliate with Willow Park Church Hwy 33 campus.  Aron loves life and the outdoors, hunting, gardening are a few of his passions.  Aron has a big heart, is kind and gentle.  He effortlessly brings a calm, no pressure compassionate presence.

Susan Murphy

Funeral Director
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Sue was born in Vancouver British Columbia where upon graduation, she worked in Human Resources for several years.  After the birth of her daughter, Megan and sons, Trenton and Connor, she took a break from the work force to spend time raising her children.  Once her kids were established in school, she started a new career with Service Corporation International, specializing in pre-arranging funerals and cremation services.  Always the nurturer, Sue’s passion involved helping the families navigate through one of the most difficult times in their lives.  Upon the passing of her own parents and her youngest graduating high school, Sue decided that the timing was right for a new setting.  She chose Kelowna as her destination, packed up the kids, cats and dog and started on her new adventure.  She was hired by  Everden Rust in 2014 as a pre-arrangement counseller, which led to the role of a funeral director's apprentice.  She earned her British Columbia Funeral Director's license in June of 2017 and brings a heart of understanding and compassion to the families she serves.

Jeff Everden

Funeral Director & Partner
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Jeff completed high school at Penticton Secondary School in 1989 and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Victoria in 1993. Jeff spent a number of years working in Vancouver 's downtown eastside as a mental health home-support worker with the Portland Hotel Society and St. James Community Service Society. Jeff returned to Penticton to learn the family business in 2001. In 2003, He graduated with honors from the Western School of Funeral Service as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Jeff manages Everden Rust’s Penticton location. Jeff is active in the community of Penticton as a board member of the Penticton United Church and with Pathways Addiction Resource Society. Jeff is married to wife, Sandra and they live in Penticton.

Tran Reinders

Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Tran was born in Richmond, British Columbia and his family moved to Penticton in 1990. After graduating from Penticton High School in 2000 Tran moved back to the coast and worked as a shipper and receiver in the motorcycle parts industry. In 2003 he began working alongside Jonathon Everden for the Vancouver Coroner's Service. After several years Tran relocated to Red Deer, Alberta,( the hometown of his long-time girlfriend). In 2009 he entered funeral service as an attendant with Eventide Funeral Chapels. Tran graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary with his Embalmers license in 2012. Upon being licensed, Tran was looking to settle out west and accepted a position with Everden Rust Funeral Services in Penticton where he went back to school and earned his B.C. Funeral Director’s & Embalmer’s License in 2014. Tran, his spouse Becky and their son, Layne currently live in Penticton, where he works with Everden Rust.

Norman "Norm" Nelson

Funeral Director
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Norm has over 45 years experience in funeral service having graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science in 1965.  

Most recently, he managed Valley View Funeral Home in Rutland from 1994 - 2007. Norm currently holds his British Columbia Funeral Director and Embalmer's license and is certified to operate Everden Rust's on-site crematorium. Norm is also a Rotarian, having been a member at Calgary, Summerland and Ogopogo Rotary Clubs. He has two daughters, Tanya and Michelle and two grandchildren, Tijana and Enya.

June Everden

Office Manager
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While attending Business College in Belleville, Ontario, June and Bill began dating. They continued their friendship in Toronto and started their careers. June's first job was a secretarial position at Weston Bakeries the Head Office in downtown Toronto. June and Bill Everden were married in 1970. The following year they started their family. 

Over the years, June has  worked as medical secretary for general practitioners, oncologists and Human Resources Assistant at Westpark Hospital in Weston, Ontario. In the Okanagan, June spent ten years working for the Interior Health Authority in various capacities. Since 2003 June has worked with her family as Office Manager for the Penticton Everden Rust facility and she also helps out at the Kelowna and West Kelowna facility as needed. June lives in Penticton with husband Bill. They have three sons Jeff, Jason, and Jonathon, who are all licensed funeral directors under the firm.