Our Staff

Our Staff

Theresa Zollars, Manager (Hopkins Chapel) and Funeral Director

Theresa Zollars

Manager (Hopkins Chapel)/Funeral Director

Theresa grew up in the small Northeast Michigan village of Mikado located in Alcona County. She graduated from Alcona High School in 2002 and then joined the United States Navy. She spent just shy of five years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman attached to the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. Theresa was first assigned to the pediatric department within the hospital, but a chance encounter and a lot of hard work allowed her the opportunity to be placed with the Navy Mortuary Affairs Department in 2004. Here she was tasked as the Burial at Sea Coordinator for the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region and was also the assistant to the Navy Morticians at NMCP. This opportunity opened the door for Theresa to be able to obtain an apprenticeship, complete mortuary school at Norfolk State University, and eventually obtain her funeral service licenses in Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan. It was also through this office that she and Tim met. After many years of working side by side together in the same family run funeral home in the south, and after the birth of their daughter, Vivian, Theresa and Tim decided it was time to move to Michigan to be closer to Theresa’s family after so many years away. In her down time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and camping with Tim, Vivian, Timothy and their golden retriever, Claire.
Tim Zollars, Manager and Funeral Director

Tim Zollars

Manager (Allegan Chapel)/Funeral Director

Tim was born in Castle Shannon, PA and was raised in Chesapeake, VA after his father accepted a railroad transfer when he was just four years old. He graduated from Western Branch High School and later from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. Tim has worked in the funeral service industry since 1990 and obtained his funeral service license in 1994. The majority of his career was spent in the Hampton Roads, Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina areas, and, as such, he holds licenses in both states as well as in Michigan. Tim and his wife, Theresa, met while working for a family owned funeral home in Chesapeake, VA. They have been married for ten years and together have a daughter, Vivian. Tim also has a son, Timothy, Jr. that is an accomplished welder in the Chesapeake area. Tim is a 32nd Degree Master Mason with life membership at Seaboard Lodge #56 AF & AM in Portsmouth, VA and is also a member of the Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies. When not working, he loves to hitch up the camper and take the family away for a couple of days to relax by a campfire somewhere.
Ron Lane, Funeral Assistant

Ron Lane

Funeral Assistant

Ron was born and raised in Franklin, WI, near Milwaukee. He graduated from Franklin High School. He then attended Moody Bible Institute, Calvary Bible College and Moody Graduate School. For 27 years, Ron served on the pastoral staff of four churches in Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. He recently retired from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids where he was an Academic Advisor for adults returning for their education. He met his wife, Gail, at Moody, and they were married in 1970. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Ron and Gail attend Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo. Ron enjoys working outdoors in his spare time and spending time with the kids and their families. Ron has been working for Gorden Funeral Residence since September of 2015.
Fred Perry, Funeral Assistant

Fred Perry

Funeral Assistant

Fred was born and raised in Newberry, MI. He is a graduate of Newberry High School, and Grand Rapids Bible Institute and Seminary. Fred had been a pastor for over twenty years in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. He had also managed an ambulance service in Kalamazoo for twenty years before retirement in 1995. He and his wife, Doris, have been married for sixty-one years and together have six children, twenty-one grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church in Allegan. In his spare time he enjoys fishing.
Rick Lussenden, Funeral Assistant

Rick Lussenden

Funeral Assistant

Rick was born in Hastings, MI and grew up in Hopkins, graduating from Hopkins High School in 1970. He is a lifelong member of the Church of Christ in Bradley. He hadsbeen married to Kathy for twenty-one years and between them they have four children and three grandchildren. Rick enjoys working on computers, flying his drone, gardening, and having a great looking lawn. He retired from the Allegan County Information Services Department in 2012 and has worked at Gorden Funeral Residence since May of 2014.
Dave Garvin, Funeral Assistant

Dave Garvin

Funeral Assistant

Dave was born in Weston, West Virginia and was a graduate of Lewis County High School and, later, West Virginia Business College. In 1971 he married Vicky and together they have three sons, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dave and Vicky are members of First Baptist Church in Allegan. He retired as a truck driver after thirty-two years. Dave likes to take camping trips and enjoys woodworking.
Lori Querback, Administrative Assistant

Lori Querback

Administrative Assistant

Lori began working at the funeral home in August of 2015 after working over thirty years in a corporate office setting. She married her husband, Alan, in 1987 and together have a beautiful daughter, Sarah. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling, camping, kayaking and exploring new areas around Southwest Michigan.
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