Ertel Funeral Home


Keenan G. Ertel

Keenan, the 3rd generation of Ertels serving this area, is a licensed Mortuary Science Practitioner and has been associated with Ertel Funeral Home since 1978. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a B.A., received his mortuary science degree from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science which he graduated as Valedictorian of his class in 1980.

Keenan has been active within the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, serving a term on the Board of Directors. He has also been very committed to his community serving as a City Councilman, acting as a key figure to form and activate Hospice of Montezuma, and served on the Cortez Fire District Board for eight years. Keenan has been a board member of the Citizens State Bank of Cortez since 1988, and is active and supporting of his church.

Jake Huff

Jake came to work for Ertel Funeral Home June, 2005 when he and his wife, Kinsey moved to Cortez to bring a fourth generation to the Ertel tradition. Since that time Jake has quickly adapted to small town life and the joys of serving his community.

Jake was raised in Springville, Utah, receiving his education there. He played baseball in school and with his brothers in league play. He came to Colorado during his college years. After moving to Cortez, Jake is sharing his love of baseball and his experience by volunteering with the Cortez High School baseball team.

With a dedication to the families that call on Ertel Funeral Home, Jake hopes that he may be able to ease some of the burden associated with the loss of a loved one.

Jason Hernandez

Jason joined Ertel Funeral Home in July of 2006. Born and raised in Cortez, Jason chose to work at Ertel Funeral Home because of its outstanding reputation and commitment to serving families in need.

Jason is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends or just taking in the natural beauty of the Four Corners. Jason is a coach in the Montezuma-Cortez High School Baseball program and has been involved with local summer baseball programs for many years.

Following the death of a loved one, Jason offers to be available for those who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. It is his desire to help families honor and say goodbye in an appropriate manner for each individual.

Bruce Koons

Bruce, a licensed Mortuary Science Practitioner, joined the staff of Ertel Funeral Home July 2007, having moved from Durango. Born and raised in Ohio, he is a graduate of Rhodes State College with an A.A.B.; Ohio Northern University with a B.M. and B.ED.; and the University of Dayton with a M.S. For years he taught college and served in administration. Later, seeking to assist families at a most trying juncture in their lives, he attended and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Bruce is active in the Cortez Masonic Lodge #133 as a member and officer; and will be seeking other avenues of community involvement.

Through his years of funeral service experience in Ohio and Colorado, he hopes to compassionately serve the families of Cortez and the surrounding communities. By melding this experience with the fine tradition of Ertel Funeral Home and the expert staff, assist those families in facilitating the most expressive ceremonies designed around their needs and wishes.

Beverlee Ertel

Beverlee has been associated with Ertel Funeral Home since 1982 when she began calligraphying the personal and service information in the memorial books used with the funeral service. She became actively involved in 1993 when Keenan and she purchased the funeral home from Keenan's father. Since then, Bev has taken responsibility for the secretarial and office duties.

Along with her husband, Keenan, Beverlee raised their two children in this community. She has been involved in many community based educational programs, hospice, and is also very active and supportive of her church.

Bev is deeply touched by the opportunity that is given to her while serving and assisting families as they seek a way to say good-bye to their loved one. Very few life events cause a family to invite the community to come into their lives in such and intimate way as a death does. We are privileged to be invited in to assist and care.

Kinsey Ertel Huff

Kinsey, along with her husband, Jake moved back to Cortez to join the staff at Ertel Funeral Home. A graduate of Mesa State College, Kinsey began her career in the funeral industry at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. There she developed her skills in compassionate interaction with the families she served.

Coming to Cortez, Kinsey feels fortunate to be the fourth generation of Ertels associated with Ertel Funeral Home. A heritage handed from generation to generation, many of the attitudes of conducting a funeral service and attending to families have been passed down from the first Ertel.

Kinsey has found that aiding people in a time of need has proven to be very rewarding and fulfilling.

Kristy Aiken

Kristy Aiken became a part of our team in January 2013 as a receptionist. She grew up in Dove Creek but has lived in Cortez for over twenty years. Kristy along with her husband has two boys.

Ertel Funeral Home provides families with the support they need during a very difficult time in life. She looks forward to using her office skills to help support the families that we serve.

David Russell

David Russell joined the Ertel Funeral Home staff in September 2010 as the facility maintenance and graveside setup person. David was born in Denver and moved to the area twelve years ago. Having worked in various other fields prior to his employment at the funeral home, David brings a wealth of knowledge and an impeccable work ethic to Ertel Funeral Home. David is looking forward to providing behind the scenes support for Ertel Funeral Home and the families they serve.


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