Shalom Funeral Staff

Gary Tessler

Gary Tessler

Managing Director/Vice President

Gary Tessler has a name and voice that are familiar to many Colorado residents, and a career path that might seem unusual to some. A writer, actor, teacher, journalist, and radio personality, he wrote for the Denver Post, used insight and humor to address current events, and even hosted his own Emmy award winning television show. Then, after a 25 year career in radio and television, he decided to embark on a new journey – one that would allow him to give back to his community.

He began serving as the Executive Director of Rose Hill Cemetery in 2003, helping Jewish families during their most difficult time. In 2005, he became the Vice President of Shalom Funeral Service, working to protect and honor the traditions of the Jewish faith, while helping and caring for families. He also completed the Bavli Talmud, a 7 ½ year study program, and the Shulchan Aruch Project Hichos Aveilus.

A lifelong resident of Colorado, Gary is committed to this community and its families. He and his wife Susan have raised their five children here in Denver, and Gary has spent much of his spare time working in community organizations, earning many honors along the way, and always striving to make a difference. Serving and helping others has always been a part of his life, and he’s honored to be able to do that at Shalom Funeral Service.

David Rabe

David Rabe

Funeral Director

David grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and earned a Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1992.  Following graduation he moved to the Gulf coast of Florida and spent 20 years enjoying the beautiful weather of Sarasota, Florida.  After spending many vacations in Colorado, the mountains beckoned and in 2012 he realized his dream of living in Colorado.  David enjoys hiking and outdoor activities in his spare time.  He and his partner of 28 years have two dogs and reside in the foothills of Littleton, Colorado.  David is honored to have served the Jewish community for many years and takes pride expertly guiding families through the process when a death takes place.

Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Funeral Director

I have been a funeral director for over 25 years. I have been with Shalom Funeral Service since 1996. We are a family owned funeral service benefiting the Jewish community. We conduct our services according to the Talmud.  I strive to keep knowledgeable while being compassionate towards our families’ needs. I am proud of our attention to our families and helping them through a difficult time in their lives while keeping with Jewish tradition.