Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 208-344-4441 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Dorn R. Rademacher

Dorn R. Rademacher

Funeral Director / Managing Partner

Dorn started his career in funeral service on October 1, 1979 at Relyea Funeral Chapel. He worked for Mr. Russell A. Relyea, the founder of the business. In early 1982, Dorn was approached by Mr. Relyea about purchasing the funeral home. On October 1, 1982, Dorn and his father-in-law, Mr. G. Conway Grant, purchased the business from the Relyea family. Upon Conway's retirement in 1991, Dorn purchased his 1/2 interest, becoming the sole owner of the funeral home. Dorn is the Managing Partner of Relyea Funeral Chapel and recently celebrated 38 years with the funeral home in October 2017.

Dorn has been married to Holley (Grant) Rademacher for 38 years. He has four children and eleven grandchildren at present. His hobbies include skiing, boating, golfing, and spending quality time with family.

Email: wecare@relyeafuneralchapel.com


Charles R. Grunig

Charles R. Grunig

Funeral Director

Charlie started his career at the Relyea Funeral Chapel in the fall of 2005.  He is married and has three daughters and a son.  Charlie serves as a member of the Idaho Funeral Service Association and is actively involved with his local church. 

Charlie enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and reading.

Email: wecare@relyeafuneralchapel.com


Derk B. Heiner

Derk B. Heiner

Funeral Planning Advisor

Derk started at Relyea Funeral Chapel in 1993 as a pre-planning advisor, helping families their desired arrangements ahead of their time of need.

Derk is a native Idahoan. He was born in Burley, was raised in Cambridge, and is now living in Melba. His parents are Lynn and Jeanne Heiner of Melba, Idaho.


Derk married Lisa L. Lenz in 1985. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

Derk's hobbies and interests are his family, his involvement in the Latter-Day Saints Church, waterskiing, basketball, horseback riding and training horses.


Ellen Ransom

Ellen Ransom

Administrative Assistant

Ellen Ransom began working at Relyea in 2016 as an administrative assistant.

Ellen is married to Karl and together they have four daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking, fishing, and being in the outdoors. She is actively engaged with her local church.


Cindy Gildesgaard

Cindy Gildesgaard

Administrative Assistant

Cindy has been with Relyea Funeral Chapel since July of 2017.  She appreciates the opportunity to work with the great Relyea team and helping families who have experienced recent loss. 

Cindy has been married to her best friend and husband Kris since 1983 and has three grown children she is crazy about.

Cindy enjoys nature, long drives, music, a good book and, mostly, a great conversation.  She is grateful for work, family, friends and, especially, Jesus, who all bring great joy and purpose to her life.


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