Professional Staff


With two locations serving communities throughout Central Oregon, our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is here to provide comfort and guidance through a challenging time and assist you with planning a service of remembrance for your loved one.



Creed Lute

Creed Lute
Licensed Funeral Director

Born and raised in Oregon, Creed lived in the Willamette Valley until 1985, when he moved to Bend. He has been in cemetery and funeral service since 1988. He worked as sexton and cemetery supervisor for 12 years. He then served an apprenticeship and has been serving families as a funeral director for 10 years. He enjoys spending time with his three children and three grandchildren. He has been happily married to his wife, Angela, for 18 years. When he is away from the office, he enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking.



Cindy Larson

Cindy Larson
Licensed Funeral Director

Cindy graduated from Mountain View High School in 1980. She married her high school sweetheart, Kory, in 1983. Cindy worked at Peake Memorial Chapel in Milwaukie, Oregon from 1991 to 2003, moving back to Central Oregon in 2004. Cindy and her husband have one son, Brandon, who is retired from the Marine Corp. She has a love of gardening, camping and water sports. Cindy lives on a small farm with her family, chickens, and dogs.




Nena Close
Adminitrative Assistant


A 4th generation Oregonian, and a native Bendite, Nena joined the Daniel Family of Funeral Homes after a long career with another local family-owned business, The Bulletin. She may be new to the funeral home industry but not to caring customer service which was her focus for 35 years. She has seen many changes in the community and made long-lasting friendships with former classmates and business associates. She now provides customer service albeit in a different way as an Administrative Assistant.

Nena and her husband Ron, enjoy fishing, going to garage/estate sales to see what they can’t live without, and being active members of Tumalo Community Church. They are a blended family which includes four daughters and one son; six grand ”kids” who are now adults; and  four great-grands!  

Being a descendent of an early Oregon Trail pioneer family, Nena also has a passion for genealogy research and hopes to compile a family book for the next generations so those stories and photos are not lost to history or end up in her own estate sale someday!


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Bend Location

63875 N Highway 97, Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 318-0842 | Fax: (541) 382-3613

Redmond Location

485 NW Larch Ave., Redmond, OR 97756

Phone: (541) 504-9485

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