Caring Staff

Joseph C. Kernke, Jr.

Joseph C. Kernke, Jr.

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Joe Kernke is the second generation of Smith & Kernke Funeral Directors. He graduated from Cascia Hall Preparatory School in 1962. After high school he attended the University of Oklahoma, a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1966. Joe then attended Central State University and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Funeral Services. Joe's civic involvements include Past President of the Better Business Bureau, President of the Phi Delta Theta Oklahoma Housing Corporation, Past President of Committee of 100, Board of Directors of the Oklahoma County Mental Health Association, Rotary Club 29, Chairman of the Oklahoma Torchlight Education Foundation, Men's Dinner Club and the Advisory Board of the Credit Adjustment Company. Joe and his wife, Barbara, have been married since 1965 and they have three children, Brian, Todd and Keri.

 

Todd Kernke

Todd Kernke

Licensed Funeral Director

Todd Kernke graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School in 1988. After high school he attended the University of Oklahoma, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and graduated with a degree in Finance/Economics. He went to work for Kirkpatrick bank and operated the retail investment center for over 10 years. After being diagnosed with severe Crohn's Disease, Todd attended the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Funeral Services and began working for his family's business. He is a member of the Committee of 100. Todd married Sally Parker Kernke in October 2011 and they have a daughter, Jane, who was born July 2013.

 

Keri Kernke

Keri Kernke

Manager of Ever Faithful Pet Services

Keri Kernke graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School in 1993 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. Upon graduation, she worked for AT&T for 5 years. She is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City. Keri is the manager and operator of Ever Faithful Pet Funeral Home and Crematory by Smith & Kernke, a full service operation for pets. 

 

Brian Cogbill

Brian Cogbill

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Brian Cogbill was born and raised in Joplin, MO. A 1992 graduate of Joplin High School, Brian came to Oklahoma to play football at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Brian graduated in 1996 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. He has been married to Amber since 1995 and they have two children. He and his family attend LifeChurch. He is a member of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

 

Rick Osborn

Rick Osborn

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Rick Osborn grew up in Lawton, OK and graduated from Lawton High School. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1991 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. While in college, he served his apprenticeship at Smith & Kernke and returned to Smith & Kernke in 2007 from Ponca City. Rick has been married to Leslie since 1994 and they have three children, Austin, Lillie and Joshua. Rick attends the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium. He and his family attend Council Road Baptist Church and are active in each child's school and sporting activities.

 

 

Dawn Mamer

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Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

The most important thing to know about Dawn Mamer is that she has a servant's heart. She is a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City and Edmond area. In 1997 she earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Dawn is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and has had over 20 years of dedicated service to families in the community. Dawn is married to Bob and they are proud parents of one son, Mitchell. They live in Edmond and attend the Edmond Campus of LifeChurch. They enjoy their time most spent helping others. Dawn feels blessed to use her creative talents in honoring lives and personalizing each service to reflect an individual's unique story and personality.

 

Marek Province

Marek Province

Director Assistant

Marek Province attended Heritage Hall and Edmond Santa Fe High School. At the age of 17, Marek started her journey in the funeral industry as an Apprentice while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. Marek began working at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home in July of 2011. She has spent time volunteering at OU Medical Center Children's Hospital, is a certified volunteer for HeartLine (Contact Crisis Help Line), and has traveled to Houston, Texas to aide in the Hurricane Katrina effort.