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ASD’s Funeral Director Artist of the Month: Jerry Kayser


Mar 10, 2015

The origin of funeral directing in America began with artistry. Furniture builders, woodworkers and other craftsmen were called upon to build coffins for our nation’s fallen after the Civil War. As the death toll began to rise, skilled tradesman, who often worked under the title, “Furniture Maker and Undertaker”, were often needed to measure the deceased, prepare the body for viewing and assist with the burial. It was these artisans that laid the foundation for the funeral profession.

The artistic spirit of our nation’s first undertakers lives on in the creative pursuits of funeral directors today. The delicate art of embalming requires focus, excellent eye-hand coordination and an eye for detail, so it’s no surprise that many funeral professionals are creatively gifted. We were curious what other artistic skills and passions funeral directors possessed, so we reached out to our clients and asked them to share their creative talent with us. The response blew us away.

Each month, ASD will be featuring a different funeral director artist on our blog. This month, we are pleased to share photos from Jerry Kayser, Director of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory in Moses Lake, WA. Jerry designed and built a clubhouse for his three granddaughters. The photos show the construction of the playhouse (aka ‘Kayser’s Cottage’) from start to finish.

Jerry and his son, Ben, lay the foundation for the clubhouse.

Jerry’s granddaughters checking out the half-completed clubhouse.

Building the roof.

Almost finished!

Just a few final touches left…

The completed Kayser Cottage

The inside of the playhouse.

We love all of the little details on the house. What a sweet gift to give to your grandchildren! Thank you Jerry Kayser for allowing us to share your artistic talent on ASD’s blog!

Click here to see last month’s Funeral Director Artist spotlight.

ASD’s “Funeral Director Artist of the Month” Series

Are you a craftsman, woodworker, painter, sculptor or another kind of artisan? ASD is doing a special feature on funeral directors who are artistically talented. Tell us about your talent and send us a photo of your work so we can show others what you do when you’re not doing outstanding work at your funeral home. Please email all photos and information to

Click here to learn how ASD’s solutions for funeral professionals can give you more time to pursue your creative passions.


About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at


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