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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Troy Richardson

Troy Richardson

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer & Insurance Agent

Troy began his funeral service career in 1988 at his hometown funeral home, Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma, Nebraska. One night while in high school, he attended a career fair where he spent the evening speaking to a local funeral director. From this night on, he knew he wanted to make funeral service his career. In 1994, while in college, he worked at the Powers Funeral Home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He received his degree in Pre-Mortuary Science from William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1996. He then went on to obtain his degree in Funeral Service from Mid-America College in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1997. Troy became a licensed funeral director in 1998 in the State of Iowa. He relocated to Tempe, Arizona in December of 1999 and in February 2000 received his Arizona Funeral Director and Embalmer's Licenses. He also received his Insurance license in the State of Arizona in 2002.

Over the next several years Troy has worked at several funeral homes in the Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa areas until realizing a life-long dream to start his own funeral home. Richardson Funeral Home is the culmination of his 20+-year journey working with families during one of their hardest times. Troy is an avid sports fan and was a member of the William Penn College Men's Golf Team while in college. His passion for the University of Nebraska football team and the Arizona Cardinals is evident. Troy has been married to his wife, Sandra, for 17 years, and has a son, Bennett. Troy is an active member of the Tempe South Rotary Club, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Arizona Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Association, and the Better Business Bureau.

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Kelly Rae Whitt

Kelly Rae Whitt

Office Manager/Funeral Arranger

Kelly is an Arizona native, born in Flagstaff and raised in the East Valley, where she chose to raise her own family as well. She graduated from Dobson High School in Mesa and spent many years working in the staffing industry, placing contract workers in jobs throughout the two major utility companies. Kelly has always felt a calling to help people and began her career in funeral care in 2005. After responding to an ad for an administrative position at a South Phoenix funeral home and cemetery, she was offered the opportunity to work directly with bereaved families. It was obvious to her very quickly that this was the industry she was meant to be in.

Over the years she has worked as both a Family Counselor and a Funeral Arranger, spending countless hours helping families plan fitting memorial services and celebrations of life for their loved ones. Her keen attention to detail and ability to remember the "little things" when talking with families has been her key to creating services that loved ones will always remember. Her desire to further her education caused her to begin taking classes for Mortuary Science and since summer of 2020 she has completed eleven classes and plans to continue in the fall of 2021. Kelly is looking forward to helping many more families in the years to come.

When not serving families in their time of need, Kelly's time is spent with her husband and best friend, Ron and her two grown boys. She is proud "Mimi" of two of the most beautiful little girls ever, and two handsome, snuggle bug boys, the youngest born the very beginning of November 2021 .

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Tim Adkins

Tim Adkins

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

With over twenty years of experience in the funeral industry, Tim is a seasoned funeral professional. His desire is to help grieving families and loved ones as they go through their time of need, during what is one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. Tim constantly seeks to innovate with embalming techniques and has invented, developed, and produced various products and chemicals to that end. His ultimate goal is to provide a needed service and to be a consummate professional in all aspects of the business. Tim is licensed in the State of Arizona as Funeral Director and Embalmer.


Polly Bosworth

Polly Bosworth

Funeral/Visitation Attendant



Pastor Fred Morse

Pastor Fred Morse

Funeral/Visitation Attendant



Tom Mansfield

Tom Mansfield

Funeral/Visitation Attendant



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