History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1902, two young men arrived in Redlands from Tennessee looking for work. F. Arthur Cortner and his brother George were born in Wartrace, Tennessee to a family of nine boys and two girls. Arthur, the seventh son of the family, attended grammar school and Brandon Training School. When he was 21, and worried about his health, his father gave him permission to come West. After three months of living in a tent on Washington Street in Redlands, he got a job with F.A. Wales, who operated a small funeral parlor on State Street. In 1905, Arthur and George bought a half interest from Wales, and in February the firm moved into a new building at Cajon and Olive, now occupied by the Y.W.C.A.. In July 1910, the firm of Cortner Brothers was born, and established its own building at the corner of Sixth and Olive, where it remained until December 1932, at which time the present quarters were constructed at 211 Brookside Avenue next to the old historical Redlands Post Office. George later went on to become business manager of the University of Redlands.

Cortner Chapel is proud to have an actual signed document by President Abraham Lincoln, authorizing the pardon of a confederate General after the war. We also hold numerous artifacts from the civil war era. Cortner Chapel also has the honor of an actual signed signature of "John Hancock", one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of course, has the largest signature.  Please feel free to tour our full service facility 7 days a week.

Our Valued Staff

It takes numerous team members to complete every important aspect of your loved one's arrangements. While you may not often see the entire team, they are steadfastly working behind the scenes to fulfill your family's needs.

  • Ami Carraud

    Ami Carraud, Office Manager

  • Bob  Noble

    Bob Noble, Funeral Associate / Pastoral Care

    Bob Noble has worked for Cortner Chapel since 2006. Several years ago, he sold pre-need for a cemetery in Los Angeles. Bob has a Master's Degree in Theology from the University of Toronto, Canada and has spent many years helping families prepare the funeral services at his church.

    Bob is very involved in his church, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church where he sings in the choir and is active on the church liturgy committee.

    Bob is married and has four children and sixteen grandchildren and besides spending time with them, he enjoys hiking and backpacking.

  • Duane Whitbey

    Duane Whitbey, Embalmer

  • Pastor Leon  Fikse

    Pastor Leon Fikse, Service Director

  • Tiffany Perisits-Yohn

    Tiffany Perisits-Yohn, Advanced Planning / Aftercare Specialist