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Services & Obituaries

Carleen Crouse Parker
May 7, 1915 ~
April 17, 2014
Date of Service: April 26, 2014


Roger Edward Dunn
October 23, 1961 ~
April 17, 2014
Date of Service: April 24, 2014


Gertrude O'Connor
November 10, 1920 ~
April 20, 2014
Date of Service: April 29, 2014


Rita Foster
January 27, 1954 ~
April 19, 2014


Gladys Shelton
July 29, 1928 ~
April 17, 2014


Bettye White
March 16, 1923 ~
April 12, 2014


Brent 'B.J.' Vining
August 13, 1973 ~
April 10, 2014


Sydney Peterson
July 2, 1942 ~
April 09, 2014


Willard 'Bill' Keightley
October 8, 1927 ~
April 07, 2014


Shirley Sales
January 2, 1935 ~
April 07, 2014


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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 has 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, the Noon Rotary Club, 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 serves as a District Governor for the Montana Funeral Director's Association. In his free time, T.J. likes to spend time with his family, go to concerts, work on his model railroad, and listen to music.

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 a committe member for the IndepenDANCE Community Dance Project.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, James, especially hiking, camping, and shooting.

Rachelle Morton , Funeral Director

Rachelle is a Montana native who grew up in Roundup. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Montana State University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service from Mount Hood Community College. She has several years of experience in all aspects of the funeral service industry, and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Montana Funeral Directors Association. Rachelle enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, entertaining, dancing, reading, and being outdoors.

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.

Marilyn (Niebel) Carter , Office Manager

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.
Roy Linn , Funeral Director Assistant

Roy is an educator by education and training with experience as a high school teacher, school superintendent, and 30 years at Montana State University with the Montana Extension Service as a safety specialist of home and farm machinery. Roy retired June 30, 1995, only to work part-time for the MSU entomology department working with farmers and ranchers to maintain their private pesticide licenses. Upon leaving that department, Roy was asked by Jim Mitchell if he'd drive the funeral coach for a funeral one day, and has been part-time with Dokken-Nelson ever since. Roy enjoys working with people, and he gets that opportunity working at the funeral home. In his spare time he gets a lot of relaxation and enjoyment by refinishing old furniture in his woodshop.

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.
Larry Biladeau , Funeral Director Assistant

Larry grew up in Bozeman and graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1966. He has worked part-time for Dokken-Nelson as a Funeral Director Assistant since 2009. He volunteers at his church, LOVE INC, and SCORE. When he has time he likes to go camping with his family.
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.





Family Feedback

"Thank you again for the very special service for our Dad.  We will forever appreciate your kindness, hard-work, and your ability to make his celebration of life "just right."  Everything captured our Dad's good life right down to the 'can of Coke' and the special music...wonderful memories."

~ Cathy C.
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News & Events

Bereavement Support Group
9 Weeks:  Starts 2/11, 5:30pm

NEWS RELEASE: Cell Phones for Soldiers Phone Drive Results
Memorial Day Phone Drive Provides More Than 30,000 Minutes to Troops

Dokken-Nelson Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers
$1,000 Memorial Day Match

NEWS RELEASE: Green Burial
Dokken-Nelson Receives GBC Three Leaf Rating

D-N Team Members Travel to Harvard

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