Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses has been part of the community since 1901. The original name was Roseburg Funeral Home. The name was changed when L.L. and Marietta Powers purchased the funeral home and changed the name to Chapel of the Roses. The funeral home was located on the corners of Oak and Lane Streets. The funeral home was purchased by Meredith and Mildred Wilson. A new funeral home was constructed at the current locate on Harvard Avenue and renamed Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. The funeral home had an open house and dedication on June 30, 1962.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Wilson's Chapel of the Roses & Sutherlin Chapel of the Roses was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Jay started as General Manager at Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses in 2021. He is originally from Baltimore, MD. He is a fourth-generation funeral director. Jay has been licensed in Maryland, Florida and California. Jay is a graduate of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. Jay is married to his wife Christine, the two have three children and two sons-in-law: Candace and Aaron, Tara and Tyler and Porter. In his free time, he hikes and watches sports.
Tyler has worked locally in the county as a funeral director for many years and has served many local families. He came on board to manage Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses and Sutherlin Chapel of the Roses in 2021. He has two children, Matthew and Hosanna, both are now in high school. Tyler is an active church member in Sutherlin and enjoys cooking and doing a wide variety of things from photography to playing video games.
Rusty was born in Southern California and moved to the area when he was 10 months old. He was raised in Roseburg and then in Lookingglass. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1979. Rusty married Sue Conn in 1982. They have a daughter Ashley. Rusty started his apprenticeship at Long & Shukle Memorial Chapel in the summer of 1985. He graduated from Mount Hood Community College with a Mortuary Science degree in 1988. He and Sue moved back to Roseburg and continued to work at Long & Shukle Memorial Chapel, Chapel of the Firs (now Sutherlin Chapel of the Roses) and Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. Rusty enjoys spending time with family, camping, traveling, and playing golf.
Advance Planning Advisor
Mickey joined Roseburg Memorial Gardens and Chapel of the Roses to assist local families with their funeral needs.
Mickey holds dual licenses; Advance Planning Sales with the State of Oregon, as well as a Cemeterian License with the Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board.
She also works with families in both Roseburg Memorial Gardens and Valley View Cemetery to arrange their cemetery needs,
Mickey's motivation: "Providing peace of mind, and heart, for my families while they are dealing with an emotional situation."
In Mickey's free time she can be found by her husband's side; being a devoted Mother and Grandmother; designing metalwork; creating arts and crafts; reading; at the beach, mountains, or a hot rod show all while keeping her fur babies close.
Lea Burrows joined our team at Chapel of the Roses in October of 2021. In her spare time, she enjoys spending with her 8 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Lea also spends time hiking, gardening & spending time with her pets and chickens. She volunteers with Red Cross, and several other community outreach programs.
Heather is a first-call technician for both our Roseburg and Sutherlin offices. She assists family members in a variety of tasks. She served our country in the military and served several tours of duty in Iraq. Heather is active in the community outreach program and is continually assisting with homeless outreach programs.
Daniel Otto joined the US Navy after High School, after serving our Country as Seaman he relocated to the Pacific Northwest where his passions lead him to work with our team at Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses to further serve the public in any way he could. He is a first-call technician and assists on removals.
He was born here in Oregon, but proudly left the area for a few years as he served in the U.S. Army as an experienced Tank Operator, which took him to Germany. When he returned to Douglas County, he joined the Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses family were he still works 20 years later. In Mark’s free time he is always outdoors doing things such as hiking the many wonderful trails in the area, fishing, & enjoying the lakes and coast. His favorite charity has been the Shiner’s Hospital for several years.