Our Staff

We have over 43 years of experience caring for families and providing comfort in the time of need. 

Michael O. Raymond

Michael O. Raymond, Owner and Licensed Funeral Director

Michael Raymond has been an active funeral director in Southern Maryland for 43 years. He was born and raised in La Plata and graduated from La Plata High School in 1968. Post graduation, Mr. Raymond moved to Louisville, KY and attended the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He soon after met his wife of 43 years, Kristina Raymond and in 1970 they both moved back to La Plata to start their new life.

Mr. Raymond still resides in his childhood home in La Plata and has two children, Mike Jr. and Lindsey, and two Boston Terriers, Penny and Lucy. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond are dedicated members of both Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata and St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Indian Head. Michael is dedicated to maintaining strong ties to his beloved town and is an active member within the community. Over the years, he has been involved in many civic organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, United Way, Hospice, HARC & ARC of Southern Maryland. In 2004, he was crowned "King Rex" for Civista Medical Center's Mardi Gras Ball and was awarded with the "Good Scout Award" by the Boy Scouts of America in 2010 for his outstanding community service.

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Bart Yates, CFSP
Licensed Funeral Director and Manager

Born and raised in La Plata, Maryland, Bart is a licensed Mortician and Life and Health Insurance Agent for Raymond Funeral Service. With over 30 years of funeral service experience, he holds an Associate’s Degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. 

Bart is a lifetime member of the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of the Dentsville Volunteer EMS and Auxiliary, Inc., he has been active and involved in his community throughout his life. Along with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Julia, Bart lives in La Plata with their three Westies and attends the La Plata United Methodist Church.  

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Diana E. Wilkerson
Licensed Funeral Director 

Diana was born in Clinton, MD and was raised in the Indian Head and Waldorf areas.  She is the youngest of 3, having 2 older brothers. Diana went to Lackey High School for two years and graduated from McDonough High School in 1997.  She received an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science in 2005 from Catonsville Community College.  

Diana has been with Raymond Funeral Service since April 2012. She currently resides in Brandywine with her husband Bobby, daughter Libby and their Yorkie, Dallas.  Diana is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Aquasco and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baden, she often volunteers at her daughter’s school, St. Mary’s Bryantown.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, and traveling.  Diana is a Washington Capitals and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Kevin J. Steckowski 
Funeral Assistant

Kevin has been a part of Raymond Funeral Service since September 2010 with over 18 years of experience as a funeral assistant. He is a member of the First Saints Community Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. 

Kevin is an active Maryland EMT/IVT and is the current Chief of the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad. He is also a Life Member and former Captain of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. He has been a volunteer EMT for 20 years. 

Kevin currently resides in Leonardtown, MD with his wife, Kelly, and their 4 children, Harleigh, Lukas, Shawn, and Kerri. 

Patsy Thomas
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager 

Patsy is the head of the "Command Center" and is usually the friendly voice you hear on the other side of the phone. She retired from the Charles County Board of Education after 36 years and has been with Raymond Funeral Service since August 2008. 

She graduated from La Plata High School with Mr. Raymond in 1968 and grew up in Southern Maryland on her family farm.

In her spare time, Patsy enjoys quilting, working on crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. She has two children, Beverly and Brian, and 5 grandchildren. She resides in Charlotte Hall with her husband, Allen.

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