Jim Drennan, 54 years old and a local mortician since 1959, and Steve Ford, having since been an apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer starting in 1984 under the direction of Jim and back from college for 2 years decided that not only their friendship and mutual respect for each other, but their age difference of 30 years could prove to be a successful asset to their venture.
With Jim's skilled woodworking experience he created most of the solid oak funeral related furniture, while Steve worked onsite with the various tradesmen in constructing the building.
In just over 3 months the funeral home was built, although it took a few months to receive any funeral business.
On January 1, 2002 Leah Ford, wife of Steve, became the firms first Apprentice Funeral Director. In February 2004 she became a fully licensed Funeral Director. Leah's calming yet tireless nature has rounded out the Drennan & Ford Funeral Home family.
In 2003 Drennan & Ford hired Douglas Ticknor, who brings many years of funeral directing and embalming experience. Douglas enjoys producing computer generated memorial videos and stationery. His trait as a very detail oriented funeral director and embalmer with high ethical standards has been an exacting match to the Drennan & Ford philosophy.
In August 2008 our funeral home was selected by the readers of the "Peninsula Daily News" as the "Best Funeral Home in Clallam County".
In April of 2009 Drennan & Ford hired Scott G. Hunter. Scott came to us from North Bend, WA. Scott has been a funeral director and embalmer for 15 years, he is married to his wife, Shellie and they have two daughters. Scott and his family enjoy snow skiing, hiking and spending time together.
In August 2009 our funeral home was selected for a second year in a row by the readers of the "Peninsula Daily News" as the "Best Funeral Home in Clallam County".
In July of 2010 we were selected to be the exclusive, Certified Veterans & Family Memorial Care Provider in Clallam County. Proudly serving those who have proudly served. Their website may be accessed at http://www.veteransfuneralhomes.com/. We also are an active supporter and drop off point for the "Cell Phones for Soldiers" organization. http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/.
In July 2010 our funeral home was selected for a third year in a row by the readers of the "Peninsula Daily News" as the "Best Funeral Home in Clallam County".
In August of 2011 our funeral home was selected for a fourth year in a row by the readers of the "Peninsula Daily News" as the "Best Funeral Home in Clallam County".
For the last three years we have spearheaded two very successful veteran related public service campaigns. "Sweaters for Veterans", in which we have collected sweaters and cold weather clothing to be distibuted to Clallam County veterans. Thousands of pieces of clothing have been donated within this drive. Secondly "Valentines for Veterans", in which we encourage area school teachers and children to create hand made Valentines which we collect in early February for distribution to injured Marines that are recuperating in U.S. hospitals and nursing facilities. Thousands of valentines have been distributed with this project.
In August of 2012 our funeral home was again selected for the 5th year in a row by the readers of the "Peninsula Daily News" as the "Best Funeral Home in Clallam County".
Today, over 20 years later, with much attention to detail, compassionate service and many hours of work, Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory is Clallam County's premier Funeral Home.