History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1975 Reamer Funeral Home was built by Alan Reamer at its current location.  Several years later Reamer Funeral Home acquired Quinnell Funeral Home, which had served the surrounding communities for over fifty years.  In 2002 Rod Galer, a licensed funeral director, and his wife Patsy purchased Reamer Funeral Home and the funeral home became Reamer Galer Funeral Home. Today, Rod and Patsy continue as owner/operators of the funeral home recently shortening the name to R. Galer Funeral Home.

Since purchasing the funeral home, the Galer's have continued to update the facility to ensure the comfort of the families they serve.  A barrier free front entrance was the first priority, and is now a reality.  This was followed by adding a family lounge with a children’s playroom. Smoking is not available inside the funeral home but a new protected smoking porch is provided. New areas have been added outside for family and friends to sit and visit. The Galer's have also installed a new sound and video system, allowing the families they serve more personalization options for each service.  New heating and air conditioning units provide utmost comfort in the spacious chapel which is furnished with many couches and overstuffed chairs.  A Lazyboy lift recliner is available for anyone who requires assistance sitting or standing. 

Rod and Patsy were born and raised here and have always called this area home.  They are thankful to be able to give back by serving families during their time of need. They are experienced at providing visitation and funeral services at the churches and gathering halls in the entire Eastern Upper Peninsula and through out the state of Michigan.


Our Valued Staff

Rodney  Galer

Rodney Galer, Manager/Director

Rod is a lifelong resident of Pickford. He received his Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing from Lake Superior State University in 1975. Following a 20 year career working as a bank officer, Rod owned and operated U.P. Home Nursing in Sault Ste. Marie. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 2003. He is active in the local Lion’s Club, serving for the twice as King Lion. During Rod’s 16 year tenure on the Pickford Board of Education he served as President and Trustee. He is especially proud of the outdoor athletic field and the gymnasium renovation that he was instrumental in accomplishing. Rod serves as the Manager/Director of Reamer Galer Funeral Home. Rod and his wife Patsy work together at the funeral home. They have three grown children and four very energetic grandchildren.


Patsy  Galer

Patsy Galer, Office Manager

Patsy is also a lifelong resident of Pickford, growing up as Patsy Nayback. She earned her Associate Degree in accounting from Lake Superior State University in 1975. Patsy manages the office at the Funeral Home and is also active with her accounting business serving many businesses and individuals. Rod and Patsy have three grown children and four energetic grandchildren. They are very close with their family and often travel to see them.


Ron  Rutledge

Ron Rutledge

Ron is a lifelong resident of the Pickford area. After a career in manufacturing and construction, Ron came to work at R. Galer Funeral Home in 2002. He is active in transporting loved ones and helping with services. He also does a great deal of the routine maintenance around our facility. Ron enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and his grandchildren. He enjoys snowmobile racing and can be found cheering on his favorite team of his son and grandson.


Sharon  Cottle

Sharon Cottle

Sharon was raised in Stalwart and has lived in Pickford all of her adult life. After retiring from her position as Executive Secretary of Pickford Schools in 2006 she has assisted Patsy in her accounting business and assists with funeral visitations as she is needed.