We are dedicated to serving families and honor the opportunity to help guide families through this difficult time. The professional staff at Millennium are local, we are your neighbors, we are your friends and we are your shoulder to lean on.
We are committed to listening to your needs and assuring you that we will carry them out just as you have wished. We pride ourselves with offering excellent service to the families that have choosen us and we are here to help you, when you need us.
James W. Young’s passion in the death care industry began as a young man working for a relative’s successful funeral home. A native of West Virginia, Jim spent his adolescent years assisting in his family’s grocery store in Clendenin, WV.
Jim relocated to Florida in 1982 after high school graduation. He graduated Miami Dade School of Mortuary Science in 1985 and began his career at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home where he served his internship.
With the knowledge and dedication of a business owner, Jim opened Young & Prill Funeral Homes, established in 1992 in Port Saint Lucie, Stuart and Sebastian, FL. In 2001, Jim founded the Seawinds Funeral Group serving Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. He is a current partner of Boyd Panciera Family Funeral Care in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL. Jim has guided many young funeral directors with his professionalism, knowledge of various funeral customs and management. Jim was a past President of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, past president of the Jensen Beach Kiwanis and former board member of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Jim and his wife, Timea, enjoy traveling and attending Miami Dolphin Football games. Jim has 2 beautiful daughters and a beloved son.
Timea is a native of Hungary who immigrated to the United States in 2006 and later became a citizen. Timea developed a passion for the funeral industry at a young age and was eager to start work in a funeral home when she came to America. She began working in a local funeral home where she met her husband, Jim. Together they have served many families in the area. Timea is dedicated to helping families through the most difficult time in their lives. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and volunteering at the local Catholic church.
A lifelong resident of Vero Beach, Rachel began working in a funeral home at the age of 17. She knew from a young age that this was her calling. Rachel graduate from Vero Beach High School in 2004 and Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2007. Rachel has served the Treasure Coast community for over 11 years as a Funeral Director and Funeral Home Manager with compassion and integrity. Rachel and her husband Kevin, a Lieutenant with Indian River County Fire Rescue, are proud parents of 2 children, and a rescue dog.
Billy is a lifetime resident of Vero Beach. He attended Vero Beach High School and graduated from Tabernacle Baptist School in 1980. Billy earned his degree in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade Community College in 1996. He has served the Vero Beach Community with dedication for over 24 years as a funeral director at Strunk Funeral Homes. Billy and his wife Sara are proud parents of their two adult children and new grandparents to an adorable grandson. In his spare time, Billy enjoys hunting, fishing, air boating, and travel.
Philip M. Buxton is a second-generation funeral director and embalmer. He is a native of Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2002. Following high school, he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa on a full academic scholarship. While at USF he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management. Then he followed in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers and enrolled in mortuary school. He graduated from the St. Petersburg College Funeral Services Program with an Associates of Science degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming. He returned to Okeechobee to serve his internship at his parents’ firm, Buxton Funeral Home. Growing up in the funeral industry, Philip recalls the compassionate and professional nature of his father’s approach toward funeral directing. It is from his father’s example that led Philip to join the family business. He has been passionately serving the families of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast for over 12 years.
Philip lives in Okeechobee with his wife, Renee, who is Vice President and Controller at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida in Belle Glade. Together they have two boys; Emerick (7) and Oliver (5). Philip loves all things Batman, spending time with Renee and the boys, and entertaining himself with artistic hobbies.
Russ Wiley began his career in the death care industry in Shawnee, OK working on the grounds of the cemetery that his father and mother owned. Because of his keen interest in the funeral service industry, he attended Central State University in Edmond, OK. He received his bachelor’s degree in Funeral Service Education in 1974 and was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer that same year. In 1978 he opened a new funeral home on the grounds of the cemetery his parents owned. Resthaven Funeral Home and Resthaven Memorial Park became the first combination funeral home/cemetery in the State of Oklahoma.
In 1990 Russ joined a major national funeral service corporation and was promoted to several positions across the country. This includes locations in Portland, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Florida. He came to Daytona Beach in February of 2015 as the Director of Operations for a large corporate firm. It was there that he became acquainted with Jim Young, the owner of Millennium Cremation Service. He recently joined Millennium Cremation Service as a funeral director to continue serving families with same compassion and integrity that was instilled by his parents.
Russ has been actively involved in his profession and served as President and Chairman of the Oklahoma State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors for many years as well as serving as Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State Board of Embalmers, Funeral Directors and Operators of Cemeteries and Crematories.
A licensed pilot for many years, he is the Past President of the Oklahoma Pilots Association and Past President of the Flying Funeral Directors of America. Russ received several awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for his work on legislative matters related to aviation in the State of Oklahoma.
Russ is an Eagle Scout and served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1970- 1976. He is a 32nd degree Mason and lifetime member of the Shawnee Masonic Lodge, a member of the India Temple Shrine and a member of the United Methodist Church. He has three children, David, Deborah and Daniel who all reside in Las Vegas, NV. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to Las Vegas to visit with his three children and two grandchildren.
Erol is a native Floridan, born and raised in Vero Beach. His family has owned funeral homes throughout Florida and Vero Beach for many years, so he began working in the funeral home at a young age. In 2015, he graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Science in Geographical Information Systems. Erol takes pride in helping families plan final arrangements and educating them on the many options available. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting with friends and family and spending time with his fiancé.
Tamas Boroczky was born in Budapest, Hungary. He immigrated to America in 2011 and became a U.S. Citizen in 2018. Tamas resides in Vero Beach with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his family. Tamas has worked in the funeral industry since 2011 and enjoys helping families through caring for their loved ones with dignity and compassion.
Cyndi was born in Vero Beach, FL and began working in the funeral industry in 2014. Having seen her Uncle care for families throughout the years she discovered she too had a passion for serving families. Cyndi attended St. Petersburg College to obtain the knowledge required for her direct disposal license. Cyndi resides in Vero with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her local Catholic church and spending time making memories with her family.
Larry Russell is a Funeral Prearrangement Specialized Expert with 40 years of experience serving families with educated and financially wise decisions. He has also developed some of the most proficient pre-arrangement teams which have assisted tens of thousands of families in making the perfect selections.
In the last ten years, Larry was the first to offer comprehensive educational presentations spotlighting the importance of having all the information needed to make prudent choices. The Educational Programs along with complimentary luncheons are held at popular restaurants and community centers. Larry says one of the intriguing elements of his program is witnessing the attendees’ reactions to the enlightening prearrangement possibilities available along with the exceptional Guaranteed Travel Protection Program. Additionally, Larry has the opportunity to provide innovative seminars and workshops in the areas of grief, traumatic stress, PDST, and crisis management all to foster awareness for the community needs.
Presently, Larry is still and has been at the side of James W. Young Jr. for nearly 30 years. Young, who is an exemplary Funeral Professional, is the founder of Millennium Crematory as well as the founder and/or owner of 9 funeral homes and crematories. The only thing Larry enjoys more than his profession is spending time with his wife and family and of course, his fur children!
Claudia has been specializing in the Funeral Home/Cemetery industry for over 20 years. She is considered an expert in the industry for making pre-arrangements for end-of-life services for all denominations. Whether it is a simple cremation, shipping to another state or country, a celebration of life, a traditional burial as well as all things having to do with veteran burial benefits. An accomplished speaker, Claudia has been hosting educational seminars at community centers churches, club houses and restaurants for over 15 years. Born in Germany and having lived most of her growing up years on military bases in Europe and the Middle East, makes Claudia familiar with final arrangement traditions throughout the world. Claudia carries a preneed funeral license and insurance license and is fluent in German.
Thomas Deshler is a Family Services Counselor for Millennium Cremation Service. Thomas grew up in the big sky country of Montana and graduated with honors from Anaconda High School. He received numerous service medals in the United States Navy including three Navy Achievement Medals and an honorable discharge. Thomas then worked for AT&T receiving their top award for sales and became a Circle of Excellence member. He attended University of Phoenix while working full time. Thomas is also a legacy member of the Vero Beach chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association. Thomas enjoys the outdoors with his high school sweetheart and son Cameron who reside in Vero Beach. “I have a passion for people with a great attention to detail”.
Estelle has been a resident of Vero Beach for over 40 years. She graduated from Rolling College with a master’s degree in criminal justice and began work as a probation officer for the Florida State Corrections Department. She later moved into elementary education, beginning as a substitute teacher in the Indian River County School District. Estelle taught fourth grade at Fellsmere Elementary School and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Indian River Community College. Estelle joined Millennium in 2019 as a family service counselor. She loves the beach and spending time with friends and family.
Ilan comes to us having had a successful career in planning and financial services. He has known and worked with Jim Young for over 25 years, specializing in helping families with their pre-planning needs.
Born and raised in Des Moines, IA, Jaycee moved to Vero Beach at the age of 16 and began working in the funeral industry at age 19. She graduated from Indian River State College with an Associate’s degree in Secondary Biology and is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Outside of work and school Jaycee enjoys exercising, spending time with her large family, art and designing custom clothing.
Halen Dugan began working for Millennium Cremation Service in January of 2021. Since then, he has been an asset to our team. Halen was born and raised in Vero Beach and attended Vero Beach High School and Charter High School. Before joining Millennium, Halen had a background working in new construction and commercial roofing in Dallas, Texas for six years. Outside of work, Halen enjoys fishing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Debbie began her career in the funeral industry in 1999 after she and her husband Bob took an early retirement from owning Dairy Queen Stores in Northwest Indiana and moved to Florida permanently. In her time off she enjoys golfing, bowling, reading, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Patti is a fourth generation Floridian and a second generation funeral director. She was raised in Melbourne, graduating from Melbourne Central Catholic High School and receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University. Patti received her Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta. She has been a licensed funeral director for over 35 years and worked in her parents’ funeral home in Melbourne for many years before moving to the Treasure Coast in 2005.
Patti is married to Rick and has one daughter, six grandchildren and two spoiled rescue dogs. When not working Patti enjoys relaxing on the back porch with the fur babies.
Thomas G. “Tommy” Metts has been a Licensed Funeral Director for 46 years. He has held licenses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Originally from South Jersey he owned, managed and was associated with funeral homes in Haddonfield and Barrington, New Jersey for thirty-two years until moving to Marco Island, Florida in 1999. He relocated to Port Saint Lucie in 2005 and has been serving the area ever since. He has been a familiar face to the families of the Treasure Coast and was the manager of Treasure Coast Seawinds in Stuart from 2014 until he departed in October 2021.
He and his spouse reside in Southbend in Port Saint Lucie with their Golden Doodle puppy, “Kiki”, two Chihuahuas, “Oscar” and “Chichi”, and their two feline friends, “Callie” and “Munchkin”.
Our caring professionals are here to assist you and your family during this difficult time. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to assist in immediate arrangements or pre-arrangements.
The service from Millennium was outstanding. Rachel was sweet, personable and very comforting. It was important to me that my dad was kept locally where I knew where he would be. Very nice facility, state of the art and quality of my fathers remains were so refined compared to my mothers years ago. I highly recommend this place for an affordable choice for your loved one. Thank you for making an already stressful event easy. With high regards, the Esposito and Keith Family.
Millennium Cremation provided a fantastic service to our family at a difficult time. Our beloved mother passed away in Vero Beach and the rest of the family was in other parts of the country. Due to the Covid health crisis, none of us could get to Vero Beach in person. That's where Millennium took over. They helped us manage everything, coordinated with a cemetery in Maine, managed the obituaries, expedited all the paperwork, and even delivered an important document locally that saved us days. Funeral director Rachel was a godsend, and she made it clear what she was going to do, and what we needed to do. If you know what you want, Millennium is highly recommended, and the savings versus the full service mortuaries is significant.