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.
“It’s designed for the families. I want to give them the gift of safety; a place where they feel safe to be who they are, and whatever they need to be in that moment,” shared the founder, David Dettling. “Not only that, we’ve got every amenity imaginable: a non-denominational chapel which seats 75 family members and their guests; two beautifully decorated state rooms with full audio-video capability, and a reception area with a full kitchen. We also offer catering services, so that families can invite their closest family members and friends to join them – without the need to cook and serve the food themselves.”
Dettling Funeral Home is innovation in funeral service. With style.
Our Valued Staff
David M. Dettling, Owner - Funeral Director
David M. Dettling, a native Houstonian, began his career in funeral service in 1988 after graduating from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. David joined Service Corporation International where he spent the next 19 years employed in numerous positions of managerial responsibility, including Manager, Corporate Telecommunications where he managed the telecommunications environment for more than 1000 funeral homes and cemeteries.
David obtained his funeral directors license in 1996 and began managing funeral homes and cemeteries. In the next 9 years he managed such prestigious funeral homes as:
• Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
• Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery
• Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery
David has spent his entire career serving families and his community. He has personally served hundreds of families that have experienced a death in their family and has been involved, from a management perspective, in the service of tens of thousands of families.
Over the last 25 years he has worked extensively with groups such as Rotary International where he was Treasurer and Historian for the Galleria Rotary Club and is a current member of the Rotary Club of West Houston, The Houston West Chamber of Commerce where he is a member of the Ambassadors Committee, The United Way Gulf Coast Region where he raised well over 1 million dollars for their charities, the Serra Club, and the Sacred Heart Society. David’s hobbies include golf, triathlons, ice hockey and hunting.
David married Deanne Howell in 1989 and has 2 wonderful boys, Jonathan “Jack” and Ross. Jack attends Mannes Conservatory in New York, New York Where he studies piano under the direction Thomas Sauer. Jack attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in Houston where he studied piano under the direction of acclaimed pianist Rodolfo Morales. Ross graduated Westside High School - 2011, where he played varsity baseball, Varsity Ice Hockey and was a member of the Texas Cycling Stable Team. He Graduated from the University of Houston and an is an active alumni member of the Pi-Epsilon Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He attended Houston's Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Ross A. Dettling, Funeral Director and Embalmer
2011 Graduate of Westside High School
2016 Graduate of the University of Houston
Alumni member of the Pi-Epsilon Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity
2017 Graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services
Patricia M. Courtois, Provisional Funeral Director
Patricia comes to Dettling Funeral Home with a background in Healthcare. She has a degree in Business Administration and also in Allied Science. Her desire to aid and support families drew her to a career in funeral services and as a Funeral Director with Dettling Funeral Home.