Our Staff

Messinger Indian School Mortuary

Nancy KeilNancy Keil, Manager, Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, is a graduate of the Miami-Dade College of Mortuary Science Program, Miami, FL. She has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1982 and served her internship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and joined Messinger Mortuaries in 1988. Nancy was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and lives with her husband Keith, son Matt, and daughter Erika in Scottsdale, AZ. She and her family are members of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Nancy is a member of the 100 Club of Arizona. She is active in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Ride for a Cure. Nancy is a past committee member of the National Funeral Director’s Association, past board member of Arizona Funeral Director’s Association and past chairperson of the Continuing Education Committee for the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

Derek BeachDerek Beach, Assistant Manager, Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, joined Messinger Indian School Mortuary in 2005. He attended the University of Oregon, Arizona State University and is a graduate of the Carsten Academy of Cosmetology, Tempe, AZ and Mesa Community College of Mortuary Science, Mesa, AZ. Derek is an Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, member of the Desert Botanical Gardens.

William R. William R. “Bill” Gumbert, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, attended Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and is a graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles, CA. He has been serving families in the Phoenix area for 47 years and a funeral director with Messinger Indian School Mortuary since 1998. He has three sons, and one grandson. Bill is a member of the Paradise Valley Silver Trowel Masonic Lodge #29, Phoenix, AZ, the Scottish Rite of FreeMasonry, S.J. Phoenix, AZ, El Zaribah Shrine, Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix Rotary Club #100, and the Executives Association of Greater Phoenix. His community involvement includes the Cancer Ball of Phoenix, AZ, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ and I.F.A.D.D. (International Foundation for Anti-cancer Drug Discovery.)

David RaaenDavid Raaen, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, has been affiliated with Messinger Indian School Mortuary since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mortuary Science. He was born in North Dakota and has resided in Phoenix since 1985.

Michelle HortonMichelle Horton, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, is a graduate of Mesa Community College School of Mortuary Science and has been a funeral director with Messinger Mortuary since 2004. Michelle grew up in Southern California and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

Michael ChurchMichael Church, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, has been affiliated with Messinger Indian School Mortuary since 2002. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Mesa Community College Mortuary Science. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and resides in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife, Lara, and three children.

Jim VickersJim Vickers, Director of Advanced Funeral Planning, Licensed Funeral Director, has been with Messinger Mortuaries since 1994. He was born in Ohio and attended Ashland University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science in 1962. In 1979, he graduated from Notre Dame College of Retail Merchandising. He has three sons and three grandchildren. He and his wife live in Scottsdale, AZ. Jim is a member of the Arizona Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and serves on their Membership Resource Committee. He is also a member of the Verde Vaqueros, the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and the East Valley Networking Association. He and his wife are members of The Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church.

Robert C. DrechslerRobert C. Drechsler, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, and Licensed Cremationist has been with Messinger Mortuaries since 1989. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology. He served as an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College in the Mortuary Science Department for 2 years. Currently he serves as a preceptor for this program and is a member of a disaster preparedness team. Robert has been married to his wife, Lesley Ann, for thirty-four years. They have four children and reside in Tempe, AZ. He is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, Christians in Commerce, past member of the Scottsdale Sunrise Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and secretary. Robert continues to serve the Scottsdale area in his chosen profession as he has for the past 19 years with over 30 years of experience.

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