We take pride in being the most professional, courteous, and caring funeral directors in the industry. Coming from a diverse background of work and life experiences, the Stonegate team is the lifeblood of the organization's success in helping our clients serve families in their time of need. We take great pride in going above and beyond for our clients and the families they serve (whom we often never even meet).
Michael J. Dijak
Hometown: Papillion, NE
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science -Truman State University
Favorite quote: "Life will pay whatever price you ask of it." -Tony Robbins
Michael is a seasoned entrepreneur who has a passion for developing people and growing businesses in local communities. Although new to the funeral industry, Michael has always preferred service-oriented work like this that has a tangible impact on every day people in the community. And he's very excited to have just recently started his Funeral Director Apprenticeship! Michael brings with him almost a decade’s worth of executive management, enterprise sales, and development experience and looks forward to helping Stonegate's clients.
Cremation Operations & Client Relations Manager
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Education: Associate's Degree, Mortuary Sciences -Kansas City Community College
Favorite quote: "The purpose of life is a life on purpose." -Robert Byrne
Matthew is an integral part of the Stonegate team who brings years of experience working with families, Funeral Directors, and large scale crematories. Matthew oversees Stonegate's cremation operations on a day-to-day basis and is also responsible for maintaining the exceptional quality of Stonegate's Signature Service Experience by staying in constant contact with each of our clients.
Embalming Operations Manager
Hometown: Clear Lake, IA
Education: Associate's Degree, Mortuary Sciences -Florida State College
Favorite quote: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Thomas is the lifeblood of Stonegate's care, preparation, and trade embalming operations. He has worked in a number of capacities at both large and small facilities over the course of his career. Currently, he oversees the daily operations of our trade embalming teams and also performs the majority of our autopsy, long bone, and special tissue donation cases. With years hundreds of cases under his belt, Thomas is an incredibly talented embalmer.
John F. Nolan
Partner, Development Operations
Hometown: Joplin, MO
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Sustainable Development -Truman State University
Favorite quote: "First say to yourself, what would you be? Then do what you have to do."
A successful entrepreneur in the landscape and healthcare staffing industries, John has a knack for developing processes that quickly and efficiently grow the bottom line of any small business while focusing on delivering a tangible and positive impact to customer experience. He has a proven record in customer satisfaction, growth, and process development.
Mr. "Stinky" Murphy Lee
Emotional Support / Funeral Service Dog
Hometown: Unknown, Rescued from Multiple Abusive Homes
Education: University of Unlimited Snuggles & All Day Naps
Favorite quote: "Life is hard, and then you nap."
Murph joined the Stonegate team shortly after he was nursed back to health through the help of the Kansas City English Bulldog Rescue Organization. When he's not "on the job" helping meet with families (always doing his best to break the ice sometimes by breaking wind) he stays close by Michael's side. Anyone and everyone is welcome to stop in and say hi to Murph, he doesn't know a stranger despite his abusive past.