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James K. Dufour

James K. Dufour

Co-Owner

James has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for almost 20 years. He has served the communities of Lebanon, Tigard, Keizer, Salem, Eugene, and his hometown of Albany. He attended schools in Albany and Corvallis. James has been married to his wife Kristal, for 29 years. They attend Neighborhood Church in Albany , and have two grown daughters. James is the middle of three boys. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandson. James is a member of Takena Kiwanis Club (past president), New Business Generation club of Albany, Greater Albany Rotary Club, is a past board member for Habitat for Humanity, and serves on both the CARA Board and Albany TLT Advisory Committee.  James is a 2016 Leadership Albany graduate.


Kristal R. Dufour

Kristal R. Dufour

Co-Owner

Kristal is a licensed funeral director and licensed life insurance agent. She graduated from West Albany High School and Linfield College. Kristal has been married to her husband James for 29 years. They attend Neighborhood Church in Albany, and have two grown daughters. Kristal is an Executive Board Member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, past board member for Friends of the Family Ministries,  past President of Mid-Willamette Family YMCA and board member of Mennonite Village Foundation. Kristal is a 2015 Leadership Albany graduate. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, working in the yard and spending time with her grandson and family. 


Joshua Payton

Joshua Payton

Funeral Director and Embalmer

After graduating high school in Iowa, Joshua moved out to Oregon in 2003 and earned a degree in Sociology from O.S.U.  Josh began his career in funeral service in 2012 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Joshua is married to Rachel, and they have one daughter.   Joshua enjoys disc golf, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. Josh is a 2017 Leadership Albany graduate.


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