About Us

funeral home

The Burns Family
Burns's Riverside Chapel is a family-owned and family-operated funeral home offering funeral and cremation services in Florence, Oregon. Providing service to the communities of Florence, Reedsport, Deadwood, Mapleton, Swisshome and Yachats, our family is honored and privileged to serve your family.

Alan Burns, Funeral Director
In 1980, Alan Burns graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He holds both embalmers and funeral directing licenses. Under apprenticeship at his father's funeral home in Roseburg, Oregon, Alan served from 1978 to 1987 at Wilson's Chapel of Roses. In September of 1987, Alan and his wife, Karen, moved to Florence, Oregon to manage Riverside Chapel previously located in Old Town. In 1992, they purchased the local cemetery, Pacific Sunset. The only cemetery in Florence, Oregon that is open to the public. That same year, they purchased Riverside Chapel renaming it Burns's Riverside Chapel and expanding services to include a crematorium. In 2004, construction began on the present location of 2765 Kingwood Street. Completed in January of 2006, the new location expanded services to include a pet crematorium. The only pet crematorium on the Oregon Coast.

Alan has been very active with the city government of Florence, Oregon both as City Councilor and Mayor. He is a past President of both the Rotary Club of Florence and the Florence Chamber of Commerce. As a Mason for over 30 years, Alan is a current member of the Florence Masonic Lodge.

Karen Burns, Funeral Director
From 1979-1981, Karen attended Umpqua Community College where she obtained an Associate in Arts Degree. In 1983, Karen and Alan were happily married. In 1990, Karen became a Iicensed Funeral Director serving her apprenticeship in Florence, Oregon. Karen and Alan have two children, Kourtney and Kenton, both of whom were born and raised in Florence, Oregon and graduated from Siuslaw High School. Karen has been active with the Rhododendron Pageant and is currently a member of Kiwanis Club of Florence and is the Chairperson for Sponsered Youth.