Our Staff

James A. Beaton
Funeral Director

Phone: (920) 855-2144
Cell Phone: (920) 366-9107

Born just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, James moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2009. In 2015 he learned of a funeral home in Downtown Gillett, Wisconsin, and relocated to the small city northwest of Green Bay. He immediately immersed himself in the Gillett community, volunteering countless hours for a variety of church, school, and civic organizations. To further serve the city of Gillett, James conducted a successful write-in campaign for mayor in 2018. He began his 2-year term as mayor in April 2018.

A staunch supporter of small business, James helped convert the inactive Gillett Business Association into a thriving community organization. As mayor and president of the GBA and the Gillett Civic Club, James is doing his part to make Gillett a dynamic and prosperous community.

In late 2016, James expanded into Green Bay with a West Side funeral home. As funeral director of Legacy Funeral Chapels in Green Bay and Gillett (plus an Abrams venue), James compassionately and professionally serves people in their time of need.

James is a graduate of the Funeral Service Institute of the North East, graduating Magna Cum Laude with proficiencies in Funeral Home Finance and Administration. In 2008, he earned the distinction of "Funeral Director of the Year" in his native New Hampshire.

In his free time, James enjoys spending time with his three daughters, camping, motorcycle riding, and traveling.

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Russell Walker
Funeral Director
Phone: 920-855-2144
Cell Phone: 920-819-1407

Russell S. Walker was born in International Falls, Minnesota. After high school graduation he attended University of Minnesota for his pre- mortuary science work. He graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1974.

Russ owned and operated his own funeral home in Menominee, Michigan for over 25 years. During that time period he met and became friends with Armin Kuehl. When Armin decided to retire he approached Russ about purchasing the funeral home to keep the traditions of Kuehl Funeral Home in the Gillett area.

Russ served the Northeast Wisconsin Funeral Directors District for 8 years serving in all of the chairs of the district. In 2003 he was elected to serve on the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors and in 2008 he served as President of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.

Russ served on the National Funeral Directors Association "Pursuit of Excellence" committee for several years. Russ enjoys being active in funeral service and serving the people of the Gillett area.
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Greg Kaminski
Family Service Associate
Phone: 920-855-2144

Greg Kaminski is a Family Service Associate with many years of sales and customer service experience. He is truly humbled to serve families during the worst time of their lives -- after they’ve lost a loved one. He believes no request is too big nor detail too small to help families get through the day. Greg says, “Thank you for choosing Legacy. We truly care and are here for you.”
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Tom Sherwood
Family Service Associate/Funeral Director
Phone: 920-855-2144

Tom Sherwood is a Funeral Director with nearly 50 years of experience, having obtained his State of Wisconsin Funeral Director's License in 1969. His goal is to provide conscientious service to the public.
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Moua "Jim" Yang
Family Service Associate
Phone: 920-498-1118

Moua Yang is a Family Service Associate who has been involved with Hmong funerals for many years. He enjoys helping people and being there for them in their time of need.
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Leng Vang
Family Service Associate
Phone: 920-498-1118

Leng Vang is a Family Service Associate who enjoys helping the Hmong community. At the time of a funeral, he’s there to help the community observe its cultural traditions.
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Liz Neuville
Family Service Associate
Phone: 920-498-1118

Liz Neuville is a Family Service Associate with 10 years of experience as a teacher and eight years of experience as an office manager. She’s known for her positive attitude and her willingness to assist staff, families and attendees in any way needed.
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Joshua McCarthy
Family Service Associate

Phone: 920-855-2144

Joshua McCarthy is a Family Service Associate and a City of Gillett alderman. His goal is to satisfy and accommodate the needs of families, going above and beyond their expectations. He wants families to feel welcomed and invites them to take advantage of all of the amenities the funeral home has to offer.

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Maintenance
Phone: 920-498-1118
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Chia Lee
Family Service Associate
Phone: 920-498-1118
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Sarah Nauke
Family Service Associate/Office Assistant
Phone: 920-855-2144

Sarah Nauke is a 2017 graduate of Gillett High School now studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During the summer and school breaks, she helps create a welcoming and comfortable environment at the funeral home. She shares her friendliness and openness with everyone she encounters.
Willow Pecha
Family Service Associate/Office Assistant
Phone: 920-855-2144

Willow Pecha is a student at Gillett High School and an office assistant at Legacy Funeral Chapels. She wants families to place their trust in the staff of Legacy Funeral Chapels. “We’ll be here if they have any questions or concerns. If they need anything at all, I hope they know they can come to us.”