875 W. Second Street
Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775) 323-7189
Fax: (775) 323-1684

Ross, Burke & Knobel, Reno

Blake Howe, Funeral Director, Embalmer and Event Planner
Email: bhowe@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: 775-323-7189
Fax: 775-323-1684

Blake has been the manager of Walton Funeral Home since moving to Reno from Colorado in 2000. He is a fourth generation funeral service professional, having grown up in the business and following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  

Blake is a graduate of Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In addition to being a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Nevada, he is a Nevada State Specialty Agent licensed in Life Insurance. By holding these licenses, Blake is able to assist families with any type of advanced planning arrangements, providing them with peace of mind for future needs.

He has served as past president of Kiwanis and Jaycees and is a former member of the Lions Club. He is currently active in the Rotary Club of Reno, where he has served on the board and supports several service committees.

Blake’s greatest joys are his two daughters, Reygan and Devyn.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his girls to visit family, and playing golf.

Mike Ficke, Funeral Director
Email: mficke@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: 775-323-4154
Fax: 775-827-4907

Lewis Noel, Funeral Director, Embalmer & Event Planner
Email: lnoel@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: (775) 323-4154
Fax: (775) 827-4907

Lewis is a veteran funeral service professional, receiving his licensure in 1960. Through his career, Lewis has owned and operated multiple funeral homes and cemeteries and has helped literally thousands of families create meaningful and unique celebrations of life.

He is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Washington and Nevada and is also a Nevada State Specialty Agent in Life Insurance. His experience is a source of confidence among his client families and his fellow professionals. In addition to helping families at their immediate time of need, he also specializes in advanced planning arrangements, assisting families in planning for their future.

Lewis enjoys golfing, travel and working in his yard, but his first love and interest is his family. He and his wife, Gail have three grown children and six grandchildren. They are active members of the Victory City Church. He is a 35-year member of Rotary International, being a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow.

Lisa Starkebaum, Funeral Arranger and Event Planner
Email: lstarkebaum
Office Phone: (775) 323-7189
Fax: (775) 323-1684

Lisa joined Walton's Family of Funeral Homes in 2011, bringing thirteen years of funeral service experience to the company. Lisa feels privileged and honored to be able to help families in their greatest time of need.

Born in Northeastern Colorado, Lisa enjoyed farm life during her childhood years. She moved to California where she completed high school and college, graduating with an Associate's degree.

Relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago, Sparks is now her home. She enjoys gardening, cooking, spending time with her canine companions, friends and family. She also enjoys lending a hand with volunteer work.

Amanda Stefani, Funeral Arranger
Email: astefani@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: (775) 323-4154
Fax: (775) 827-4907

Monique Rosado, Administrative Assistant
Email: mrosado@funeraltrust.org
Office Phone: (775) 323-4154
Fax: (775) 827-4907

Monique is married with three children. They enjoy doing puzzles together.