Chris Goes Funeral Director/Owner
Hi! My name is Chris Goes and I'm co-owner, with my wife, Stephanie, of Goes Funeral Care. I'm the funeral director and embalmer and the one who goes out at all hours and helps when someone has died. I make funeral, cremation or after death arrangements with the families we serve. I feel fortunate I've found a career I enjoy so and am regularly challenged by.
I grew up in my family's funeral home in New Jersey. I went to Mortuary School and received my National Board Certification and License to practice mortuary science in 1982. I worked with my parents for ten years and then decided to move my family to Fort Collins. I had worked for a local mortuary and then decided to offer funeral service my way, the way it was meant to be provided - as a service and not a sale.
I am involved with several organizations in our community including the Alzheimer's Association, the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, the Eldercare Network and the Foundation on Aging; and am a member of my church's Liturgy Committee and Pastoral Council. I believe it is important to participate in community, church and family oriented activities. Not just to give back from my own blessings, but to remain closer to and stay aware of what's going on. Please call me if you have any concerns that I might be able to help you with or email me at [email protected]
Stephanie Goes Office Manager/Owner
Hi! I am Stephanie Goes and I am a partner with my husband, Chris, in our business, Goes Funeral Care. I have a degree in Business Administration with majors in marketing and economics. I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service for several large companies including IBM, McGraw Hill Publishing and Neiman Marcus. I had worked in funeral service with my husband for 5 years in New Jersey at his parent's funeral home. I am the office manager and wear an assortment of other hats depending upon who is calling. I have an insurance license with the State of Colorado to be able to pre-fund final expenses.
In my free time I am involved with my church and sing in the choir. I garden organically and work towards sustainable living in our home. I enjoy cooking and eating what I have grown and spend time researching nutrition as a complimentary interest to my gardening - I do this as a cancer survivor. I feel very strongly about helping and volunteering at the grassroots level, rolling up my sleeves, getting in the trenches and making a difference in our community. Who knows, we might change the world!
I have helped to create Goes Funeral Care because I felt there was a need in our community to offer funeral service in a different way. A way where a family could feel more in control, where they could be better educated to make informed decisions best for them, where they wouldn't be taken advantage of in their vulnerable state and where the cost is not so great and there is no pressure or guilt to buy. If you ever wish to speak with me I can be reached at 970-482-2221 or email at [email protected]
Brett Jarman Funeral Director
I am the other Funeral Director for Goes Funeral Care. I became interested in funeral service at a particular early age in life; as a result of the passing of a close family friend, then the movie “My Girl”. I felt connected to the funeral director roll and how he was able to accomplish the impossible task of providing compassion, healing and confidence for a grieving family. From that funeral, I was able to understand the value of developing and providing my unique talent for helping families through their pain, loss and loneliness; to creating a positive, healing, long lasting experience. I am committed to serving our families by extending comfort, compassion and finding meaning through their loss.
Originally from South Dakota, I earned my Associate’s Degree in Applied Science of Marketing through Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. For Mortuary School, I graduated from John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tennessee, earning my degree in Mortuary Science with a concentration in the Art of Funeral Service. I am also certified, through Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator.
After considering various career opportunities, I chose Goes Funeral Care because of their devotion to “doing what is right for each family, not necessarily what is the best interest of the company, by industry standards… It’s about service…not sales.”
Currently, I am an ambassador for the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce through the Red Carpet Committee. Where I have the opportunity to network with other professionals, engage and promote new and existing businesses. Our goal is to showcase businesses unique traits, ideas and opportunities within the community. I value spending my free time with my new wife, Theresa, where we are avid concert enthusiasts. We enjoy the outdoors; camping, hiking and playing Frisbee golf. We love Colorado, as it affords us the opportunity to experience all facets of our interests and building our lives and careers together.
John B. Farrell Funeral Home & Crematory Assistant
John B. Farrell, IV is the Funeral Home & Crematory Assistant for Goes Funeral Care & Crematory, Inc. His previous work experience includes being the Facility Supervisor for Security at Poudre Valley Hospital from 2001-2013 and from 1971-2003, John worked in Wide Roll Manufacturing at Kodak in Windsor, Colorado. Happily married to his lovely wife Jean since 2006; he has two sons, Ian and Nathan and two step daughters, Debbie and Lisa and step son, Jeff.
John is a native of Wilson, Oklahoma, growing up with two brothers and a sister. Tragically, John lost his younger brother in 2004. After graduating from high school, John became an astute student from the "University Of Hard Knocks," and has been a dedicated alumni ever since. John is a Vietnam Veteran 1968-1969 and served for four years in the Air Force Air/Security Police. He loves spending time with his family, being a homebody, spending time outdoors fishing & hunting and working for Goes Funeral Care. He also enjoys traveling and still wants to explore our beautiful state of Colorado.
John's dedication to learning the funeral care business and how to serve people in a caring manner, has been a great, personal achievement. Through humility, compassion and respect for life, John is able to help families through the dark times and in turn, his experiences have, in his words, "made me a better person."
I am Rachel, the newest addition to the Goes Funeral care staff. At this point, I’m learning a little bit of everything as I go through Mortuary School along with my employment here. Born and raised in Texas, I moved to Colorado to attend college at CSU. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and English in 2007 and went on to work in hospice care, where I found my life’s work, supporting individuals and families through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
My approach to funeral care comes from this time spent serving people on the other side of this journey. In working with hospice, I learned not only how important these final moments are, but also the days, weeks and months that follow someone’s passing. I am honored to have found Goes Funeral Care where I work alongside others whose mission aligns with my own, to help families create the most positive experience possible, to help them remember the person they have lost in their own way.
Outside of work, I enjoy the usual Colorado stuff – hiking, camping, snowboarding and spending time in the mountains. I also volunteer with Homeless Gear, a wonderful organization that serves a growing need in our community. I love being part of this community where we care for each other and embrace all that life has to offer.