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Every Life Tells A Story...

TIMOTHY J. PLAISIERFuneral Director / Owner

Tim was raised in Spring Lake, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School. He attended Ferris State University, graduating with an Associate's degree in architecture and a Bachelor's degree in facilities management. After working in the truss design and engineered lumber industry for sixteen years, he felt called to take a new career path in funeral service. Tim worked for Sytsema Funeral Homes in Muskegon, Michigan. During this time he attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.

He has been married to his wonderful wife Tonya for over twenty-five years, and with her, they are raising their three boys, William, Andrew and Daniel.

 

CHARLES M. McKINLEYFuneral Director/Manager

Charlie was raised in Grant, the fifth generation of the McKinley Funeral Homes. He has earned degrees from both Southern Illinois University and Grand Valley State University.  Charlie started his apprenticeship at McKinley Funeral Home in June of 1991 and became a licensed funeral director in the fall of 1993.

Charlie has a son Alex and a daughter Alysha. Outside of work, Charlie enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, his horses and the family dogs.

 

BRANDON M. POORTENGAFuneral Director/Manager

Brandon was born and raised in Southwest Michigan. He has earned degrees from both Ferris State University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. While attending Worsham College, Brandon worked as a student associate for Cumberland Chapels in Norridge, Illinois.

Brandon served his apprenticeship at Pederson Funeral Home in 2016 and became a licensed funeral director in the spring of 2017. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys spending time outdoors with his girlfriend and their adopted greyhound.

 

TIMOTHY J. VALKFuneral Director / Preplanning Counselor

Tim is a graduate of Calvin College and also earned a Mortuary Science Degree from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia. He has been a licensed funeral director in West Michigan since 1994.  He and his wife Amy have been married for 25 years and have two sons and a daughter.
Tim has recently added "Preplanning Counselor" to his duties at the funeral home.

 

TAMMY VANDOORNE / Administrative and Funeral Staff

Tammy has lived her entire life in Grant.  Before coming to work at Fields-McKinley Funeral Homes five years ago, she worked as a banker. She has three sons and two grandchildren.

 

 

JOHN and RUTH FIELDS / Funeral Staff

John was raised in Hammond, Indiana.  He attended Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College and graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies.  He has served five churches as pastor over 44 years.  He and his wife Ruth have been married 54 years and have three grown sons and nine grandchildren.  John has been working for Fields-McKinley Funeral Homes for the past five years.

Ruth was raised in Quincy, Illinois.  She attended Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College.  She is married to her college sweetheart, John and has three grown sons and nine grandchildren.  Ruth has been a pastor’s wife for 44 years and for the past five years enjoys working for Fields-McKinley Funeral Homes.