D aniel H. Girdner Sr. was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He began the legacy of Girdner Funeral Chapel that is now spanning 3 generations.
In December of 1942, Dan Girdner Sr. became partners in Bills and Burton Funeral Home. It was one of the 2 funeral homes in Yreka at the time. His family continued to live in Redding where he had been employed by McDonald’s chapel. In early 1943, he was able to move his family to Yreka and bought out his partner in the funeral home in order to establish Girdner Funeral Chapel. The original funeral home was located on the corner of Center and Oregon Streets, next to the United Methodist Church.
Dan was heavily involved in the community and never knew a stranger. He loved to spend time with friends and family, loved camping and fishing and teaching his grandkids to do the same. He passed these characteristics down to the next generations. Dan Sr., and later Dan Jr., continued the tradition serving Siskiyou County families with the utmost care and compassion. Dan Sr. passed away in July of 1988.