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Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory

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Seattle, Washington, 98118

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Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory
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4567 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, Washington, 98118
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Always Open

About Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory

Serving families since 1907, Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory strives to make a positive difference in the lives of those going through a difficult time. We provide sincere compassion and are always courteous to those we help.

Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory has served the Rainier Valley and Greater Seattle since 1907. It is still located at its original site in Southeast Seattle at the corner of Rainier Avenue and South Alaska Street.

To many, Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory is a Seattle landmark, recognized for its well-kept building and immaculate landscaping. Many Seattleites know the funeral home for its traditional Christmas display that annually attracts thousands to the Rainier district. It is the oldest business in Southeast Seattle and the oldest member of the Chamber of Commerce. Over the years the business has been very active in the community, especially in sports. Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory is well known in the Rainier Valley for sponsoring successful teams in baseball, hockey, bowling and Little League.

Wilbert Lewis, former owner for over 40 years, was very active in the community. He did city and state serving, among many other activities, as President of the Washington State Boxing Commission, the Lions Club, Seattle Park Board and the Washington State Funeral Directors Association. Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory continues to support many groups, causes and churches throughout southeast Seattle.

The original owners of Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory were Fred and Georgia Rasmussen. Wilbert Lewis worked for Georgia Rasmussen for many years before and after WWII, and eventually bought the business in the early 1950s. After faithfully serving the Seattle community for many years, Wilbert retired in 1988 and passed away in 1996. Wilbert's son, Paul Lewis, then bought the business and is the current owner. As one can see, Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory has remained independent and family owned since its inception.

The building began in 1906 as a modest house bought for the family of Fred Lassen and stood on the present location of Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory. Leo Lassen, son of Fred, grew up here and went on to be the radio voice of the Seattle Rainiers baseball team

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