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Services & Obituaries

Willis 'Pat' Daniel
December 18, 1925 ~
October 19, 2014
Date of Service: October 26, 2014


Richard D. Evans
January 28, 1924 ~
October 15, 2014


Mary Doyle
September 8, 1953 ~
October 14, 2014


Hazel Knight
January 17, 1918 ~
October 12, 2014


Dr. Albert Heetderks
July 2, 1928 ~
October 10, 2014


Elisabeth Veltkamp
August 23, 1939 ~
October 10, 2014


Kenneth Tiahrt
February 5, 1935 ~
October 08, 2014


Merna Allen
December 13, 1921 ~
October 04, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lolita Morgan , Funeral Director Assistant

An aspiring funeral director, Lolita began working in 2012 as a Funeral Director Assistant to better understand the unique service Dokken-Nelson provides.  She is currently a student at Montana State University and is planning on attending mortuary school in 2015.  A sixth-generation Montanan, Lolita enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities, along with reading, journaling, and leading a girl's service group for her church.

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.



Pre-planning information
Family Feedback

"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."

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News & Events

Free Pre-Planning Seminar

Thursday, Oct 9, 2pm or 6:30pm ~ Holiday Inn Bozeman



Hope Lutheran Grief Support Group
8-Weeks: Starts 10/6/14, at 6:30pm

Rocky Mtn Hospice Bereavement Support Group
9 Weeks:  Starts 9/16/14, 5:30pm

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

EYES OF FREEDOM MEMORIAL: May 29 to June 1, 2014
Honoring Those Who've Answered the Call to Service

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