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Services & Obituaries
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Ruth Harvey
November 6, 1926 ~
January 13, 2018


Robert Kleven
March 14, 1955 ~
January 09, 2018


Bruce A. Olson
June 28, 1949 ~
January 08, 2018


Dolores Dighans
November 21, 1943 ~
January 07, 2018


Lauren DeWise
March 26, 1982 ~
January 07, 2018


Dr. Albina Claps-Paglia
September 20, 1922 ~
January 05, 2018


Michael White
October 10, 1957 ~
January 03, 2018


 

Meet Our Staff

At Dokken-Nelson we are a team.  Our staff of skilled and talented people are what make Dokken-Nelson exceptional—providing the hands that do the work, embodying the integrity of the company, and focusing continuously on achieving client-family satisfaction. Each person is committed to going above and beyond what is just acceptable to ensure that your experience is as comforting and meaningful as possible.

Chris Remely , Owner & Funeral Director

Chris grew up in Bozeman, graduating from Bozeman Senior High School in 1987 and from Montana State University with a Business Finance Degree in 1992. He attended mortuary school at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in February of 1995, and has been with Dokken-Nelson since that time. Chris and his wife, Monica, purchased Dokken-Nelson in September of 2007. Chris served many years on the MSU Bobcat Club Board and on the Athletic Advisory Board, and is currently serving on the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation Board. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Montana Funeral Directors Association, and Grace Bible Church where he serves on the Deacon board. Chris and Monica have two daughters, Taylor and Ashley. When he is not working Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and attending MSU sporting events.

T.J. Goodwin , Funeral Director

T.J. and his wife, De, moved to Bozeman in the summer of 2007, when he joined the Dokken-Nelson family. T.J. graduated from Billings Skyview High School, and attended Mount Hood Community College in Oregon for mortuary science. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and served as a District Governor for the Montana Funeral Director's Association. In his free time, T.J. likes to spend time with his family, visit record stores, and take part in church activities.  

Stephanie Peterson , Funeral Director

Stephanie was raised in Pocatello, Idaho before moving to Bozeman in 2001 to attend Montana State University.  In 2008, she enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning her Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Directing/Embalming and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2010.  She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Montana Funeral Directors Association.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys dancing and music, and is Director of IndepenDANCE Community Dance Project.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their dog, especially hiking, camping, and traveling.

James (Jim) R. Mitchell , Funeral Director

Jim was born, raised, and educated in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He served his country in the United States Army, and upon his discharge moved to Hardin, Montana. In Hardin he was affiliated with the Bullis Mortuary from 1960 until 1973 when he became a partner at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman with Howard Nelson and Rexal Troth. Jim and his wife, Bernie, became sole owners of the firm in 1986. His involvement in the community and profession include: long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church; The Bozeman Symphony Society; the board of trustees for the Bozeman School District; the Montana State University Athletic Scholarship Association; the QK Club (Quest for Knowledge); the Bozeman Lions Club; and a long-time member of the National Funeral Directors Association and also the Montana Funeral Directors Association where he served as President in 1982. Jim was presented with the "Celebrations of Service" Award by the MFDA for 45 years of service to the funeral profession—an award only a handful of funeral directors ever receive. Since retirement, Jim has been an active volunteer at Love In the Name of Christ and a board member of the Bozeman School Foundation.

Vickie O'Leary , Administrative Assistant

Vickie and her husband, Paul, moved back to Bozeman in 2012 after 17 years away, at which time she joined the Dokken-Nelson family.  She is a native of Great Falls, graduating from C M Russell High School and receiving an Associate’s Degree from MSU.  She and her husband have three grown children and six grandchildren.  Together they enjoy their family, grandchildren, camping, gardening, and the outdoors.

Cyndi Lockart , Funeral Director Assistant

Cyndi grew up in Gallatin Gateway and graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1978. She has worked part-time for Dokken-Nelson as a Funeral Director Assistant since 2004. She has been a volunteer at the Bozeman Help Center on the crisis line. In her off time, Cyndi enjoys going to the movies and traveling.

Marilyn (Niebel) Carter , Funeral Director Assistant

Marilyn is a native of Bozeman. She and her husband of more than fifty years have three married daughters and four grandsons. She has been on staff with Dokken-Nelson since 1995. Prior to that she served as a secretary for her church for fifteen years. She is presently the Financial Secretary and Organist for Grand Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she has been a life-time member.

Frank Carter , Funeral Director Assistant

Frank Carter was born in Oklahoma and moved to Montana in 1945.  He graduated from Belgrade High and attended MT State College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Education, and a Master’s in Ag Economics.  He was employed by MSU Extension Service as a County Agent in Missoula, Broadwater, Meagher, and Lewis & Clark counties.  He was later employed as a Loan Officer for US Bank in Missoula.  He has been a member of Kiwanis International  and served as Club President, and as Lt. Governor for District 1.  He and his wife, Marilyn, moved back to the family farm near Belgrade in 1991. He is a member and Elder of Grand Ave. Christian Church, and a volunteer for Family Promise and Love In the Name of Christ.  He joined Dokken-Nelson as a Funeral Director Assistant in 2013.

Pat Lorang , Funeral Director Assistant

Pat is a Montana native, raised on a ranch south of Great Falls.  She earned a BS degree with honors from MSU and her first career was a high school science teacher and speech/debate coach.  Her family of 3 adult children, 7 adorable grandkids and a special niece and nephew bring constant joy.  In addition to entertaining friends, Pat enjoys traveling, Bobcat sports, and being outdoors in any summer activity the valley provides.

Paul Ruhl , Funeral Director Assistant

Paul was born in China as his parents were missionaries with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He spent his first two years there, and the next 13 years in the Philippines. Since moving to Bozeman, Paul spent 12 years as a customer service agent with Delta Air Lines and has been part-time with Dokken-Nelson since the summer of 2010. Playing golf if the temperature is above 50 degrees is his favorite pastime.

Lolita Morgan , Funeral Director Apprentice

Lolita began working in 2012 as a Funeral Director Assistant during her senior year of high-school.  After graduating from Montana State University, Lolita continued her education at Mount Hood Community College where she received her Mortuary Science degree in 2016.  A sixth-generation Montanan, Lolita enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities, along with reading, photography, and serving her church. 

Tim Borgogna , Funeral Director Assistant

Tim and his wife Joanna completed their bachelor degrees in biology at Point Loma Nazarene University before moving to Bozeman in 2014 to pursue their graduate studies at Montana State University. Both are currently Ph.D. candidates in the department of Microbiology and Immunology. Tim joined the Dokken-Nelson staff in 2017. In his free time he enjoys participating in youth ministry within the valley and will never pass up an opportunity to go hunting or fishing.  



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"Thank you for the wonderful care you took of my mother, father, and the whole family throughout her funeral process.  The service was beautiful, as was the video.  Thank you for allowing us to hold the reception there.  It was very comfortable and warm.  We so appreciate your caring, concern, and respect."

 
News & Events
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SERVICE OF HOPE: Holiday Service of Remembrance
Sunday, December 3 ~ 2pm

COMPASSUS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
9 Weeks:  Starts 9/19/17, 5:30pm

HAVE THE TALK OF A LIFETIME
Click to Request Your Free Guidebook

NEWS RELEASE: Have the Talk of a Lifetime
November 19 ~ 2pm & 6:30pm

Jim Mitchell Honored for 50 Years in the Funeral Industry
MFDA Recognizes 50-Year Commitment at State Convention

 


     
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