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    Ryan Hal Branin


    Ryan Branin has been involved in funeral service in Portland, Oregon, for more than a decade. He was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, where he served a 6-month apprenticeship with Cloverdale Funeral Home. His brief but experience-rich time with Cloverdale solidified Ryan's decision to pursue funeral service as a career.

    In 2004 Ryan earned his degree in mortuary science at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. He has served as a funeral director ever since.

    Ryan considers it a great privilege to work with the team at Skyline Memorial. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve families and help honor the lives and memories of their loved ones.

    Ryan enjoys cycling, music, art and appreciating nature in Portland's Forest Park and at the Oregon Coast.

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    Rachel Ann Essig

    General Manager

    Rachel Fox began her career in cemetery service in 2008, managing 14 historic cemeteries in the Portland metropolitan area. Growing up in rural southwest Michigan, Rachel had a mother who encouraged outdoor play, and so Rachel and her brother often visited old cemeteries. This created a lifelong appreciation for sacred places and the stories they hold about their communities. Rachel studied art history and Spanish at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After serving as the historic cemeteries program manager for a local municipality, Rachel joined our team as a general manager in 2013.

    Rachel has served as vice president, president and presiding past president for the Cemetery Association of Oregon beginning in 2011. She also works with the State of Oregon for the protection of cemeteries. She has served as the ex officio for the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation and as secretary of the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. Rachel enjoys spending time with her three teenage children, cooking, music, art, hiking and especially camping at the Oregon Coast.