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

Dawn Mamer

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 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.

 

Molly Wilson

Molly Wilson

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Molly Wilson has worked at Smith & Kernke since 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016. She married her husband Travis in 2017 and they have 2 pet miniature Dachshunds children, Finn and Belle. Molly is warm and exuberant in her service to others. She is an expert at cosmetic application and receives so much gratitude from the families she serves. Molly loves to travel in her spare time.

 

Jenna Howard

Jenna Howard

Office Manager/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jenna Howard graduated from Westmoore High School and afterwards graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Mortuary Science from UCO, with a minor in Humanities as well as in Grief, Death, and Dying. While in college, she served her apprenticeship at Smith & Kernke and returned to Smith & Kernke after working at the Oklahoma Funeral Board and at other funeral homes in the Oklahoma City area. She married her husband, Jordan Howard, in 2016, and they welcomed a baby girl, Bexley in 2019. They also have two very loved & spoiled dogs: Mosby and Robin. Jenna has been the timpanist with the Oklahoma Haydn Festival orchestra since its founding year in 2012. Jenna and Jordan are active in the OSSO community, playing in a number of leagues including kickball and bowling.

 

Andrew Ousley

Andrew Ousley

Funeral Director Assistant/Licensed Apprentice

Andrew is a 2018 graduate of OU, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing a degree in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science. While at OU, Andrew was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity as well as the University of Oklahoma Lacrosse Team. He and his fiancé Taylor plan on marrying in July of 2020. They live in Edmond, Oklahoma and attend Crossings Community Church. Andrew enjoys coaching middle school lacrosse in his free time.

 

Shelia Brown

Shelia Brown

GriefShare Coordinator/Staff Support

Shelia Brown came to work for Smith & Kernke in May 2016, retiring after 32 years as the Controller of the trade association AOGC. Shelia serves as our GriefShare coordinator and Ambassador. She has been a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church since 1991 and has served on many committees, chairman of the Welcome Team and is a facilitator for GriefShare. Shelia and her late husband Preston have four children and eight grandchildren. She has always been service oriented and working with the Smith & Kernke staff is a perfect match for her talents.

 

Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

Staff Support/Merchandise Specialist

Gary Thompson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1970. He has spent his entire life in the funeral supply industry. His civic involvements include being the Past President of Oklahoma Symphony Board of Directors as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Red Bud Classic, coaching and supporting Casady High School football and Bishop McGuinness baseball. Gary has three children, Scott, Christy and Mark. He attends Crossings Community Church.

 

Marcial Mitchell

Marcial Mitchell

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Staff Support

Recognized industry-wide for his technical training and forward thinking, Mr. Mitchell has more than five decades of experience in the funeral industry. With a record of high customer satisfaction as an owner/operator of funeral homes and related services, he has also achieved success in meeting corporate objectives. He holds accreditation as a Texas Funeral Director and Embalmer and an Oklahoma Funeral Director and Embalmer. In his free time, Mr. Mitchell serves in community organizations including the Committee of 100 of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Sinfonia. An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Mitchell “cleanses his soul” in the company of good friends who share his enthusiasm for the outdoors. He and his wife, Cathy, make their home in Oklahoma City.