History & Staff

Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

At Accent Funeral Home, we want you to know that we are committed to helping your family and loved ones with compassion and understanding  during these most difficult times.
Accent Funeral Home was established by E. Faye Buchanan in 1986 with a vision to offer services in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere. In 1999 Randy Arnzen purchased the funeral home, again to operate as a sole proprietor; bringing modern day methods to old-fashioned personal care. In 2002 Randy married Danette, who is also a licensed mortician, and together they operate Accent Funeral Home.

The building in which Accent Funeral Home is housed is a tudor style home, built in 1938 for a local postman. It has since become a landmark in Meridian, Idaho. When remodeling the home to accommodate the funeral home, much care was taken to preserve the original architectural integrity of the building.

We have a personal relationship with the community and we are sensitive to the changing needs of the community. We are recognized by our professional quality of service, which is tailored to the needs and wishes of each individual family. Our hospitality and warm, comfortable facilities will make your family feel welcome. We take particular pride in our technical and professional abilities. Families often comment that our service and friendship has been of great comfort to them; especially in difficult or unusual circumstances.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Danette Arnzen
Location Leader

Rod Timmons
Funeral Director

Rod Timmons was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho; graduation from Nampa High in 1993. After graduation, he attended BSU, as a proud member of the Blue Thunder Marching band. In 2007, Rod decided to go back to school to become a funeral director, graduating from Arapahoe Community College in 2011. As a recent empty nester, he enjoys discovering new places whether a new restaurant or hiking trail and a good round of golf. Rod looks forward to continuing to meet and serve families, it brings him great joy to think that he can help in a small part in getting families through one of the most difficult times in life.

Randy Arnzen
Funeral Director

Emily Knudsen
Funeral Director Apprentice

Emily Knudsen has been with Accent Funeral Home since November of 2021 starting as an administrative assistant and becoming an apprentice funeral director. Emily was born and raised in Idaho where she continues to reside with her husband and her fur babies. She enjoys helping families through some of the hardest moments of their lives and strives to build lasting and meaningful relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys school, reading, and spending time with her dogs and cats.

Sara Walsh
Office Manager & Lead Administrative Assistant

Sara Walsh is our Office Manager/ Lead Administrative Assistant for Accent Funeral Home.  She joined our Accent family in December 2019. Sara was raised in Boise; graduating from Capital High School in 1996.  She and her husband, Monte reside in Weiser with their three children, Jed, Dalton, and Taylor.  Along with their three kids in they reside with, they have a daughter, Jacy and precious grandson, Tristan in Lewiston, Idaho.

Sara has been in the administrative field for over 25 years and it generally comes by her nature to care for people. 

Sara’s favorite part of working at Accent is meeting new families, helping them during a very difficult time in their life and building long lasting friendships.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, and traveling up to northern Idaho to see family. 

Elizabeth White
Administrative Assistant

Liz White joined the Accent Family in early 2022, as an Administrative Assistant, after 14 years in customer service. In her free time, Liz enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, all thing aesthetic. She also enjoys antiquing and “buying her relatives at the antique store” (collecting antique portraits) as she has a passion for forgotten treasures. Liz’s favorite part about working at Accent is helping families to honor the lives and legacies of those they have lost.