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Columbia Funeral Home changes hands

Funeral directors from Oregon City are new owners


by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - David Bone, new co-owner of Columbia Funeral Home & Cremation Center, stands outside his business in St. Helens. John and Amy Potter sold the funeral home to David Bone and his wife Darcey. The deal closed March 13.After 14 years of owning St. Helens’ Columbia Funeral Home & Cremation Center, John and Amy Potter have sold their business to an Oregon City couple.

David Bone, the new co-owner of Columbia Funeral Home together with his wife Darcey, said the deal closed March 13.

With the help of the Potters, who have agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity during the transition, the Bones have been getting to know the south Columbia County community, including local churches and their ministers.

John Potter said he and Amy sold Columbia Funeral Home to David Bone because they “felt that his philosophy and business sense were similar to ours.”

Bone evidently feels the same.

“We have the same philosophy as it relates to helping people,” Bone said, adding, “The biggest thing about this business is service, and being able to help people during, in many cases, a very tough and difficult time in their life.”

Bone and his wife Darcey also own Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. He said he has been a funeral director for about 24 years.

As for the Potters, they are getting out of the funeral home business, John Potter said. They plan to move from their home in St. Helens across the country to Indiana, in order to be closer to family there.

“Most people, you know ... they’re happy for us leaving, [but] unhappy that we’re leaving, because a lot of people have enjoyed our time here with us,” Potter said. “We’ve gotten to know a lot of people and make some friends.”

The Potters preferred to sell Columbia Funeral Home to the Bones rather than to a larger company, Bone said, in the belief that the business should remain family-owned and not become corporate.

“We reinvest into our communities,” Bone said of businesses like his. “Community involvement is important to us.”

He added, “When [families] come in here and they meet with us, they know that we’re a family too, and we’re going to treat them like family, and that our goal is really, more than anything else, it’s to help them and to take care of what needs to be done. And we don’t have any other agenda other than that.”