Jim Mitchell Honored for 50 Years in the Funeral Industry
Jim Mitchell of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service Honored for 50 Years of Service to the Funeral Industry
Bozeman, MONT. (September 10, 2014) Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory today announced that James R. “Jim” Mitchell, funeral director and former owner of Dokken-Nelson, has been recognized and honored by the Montana Funeral Director’s Association (MFDA) for 50 years of service to the funeral industry—an accomplishment only a small number of funeral directors have achieved.
Mr. Mitchell received a plaque and gave a short speech at the 2014 MFDA State Convention Gala Dinner held in Billings on Tuesday, June 24.
“I got started in this business because I was asked to sing at a funeral,” said Jim Mitchell. “It didn’t take very long before I was helping with services and eventually went to mortuary school. It has been a great journey, and one I’m thankful to be able to continue to be a part of.”
“I am thankful the MFDA recognized Jim’s commitment and service to our industry,” said Chris Remely, owner and funeral director at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. “Jim’s heart and compassion for serving families is evident by his long career in funeral service.”
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—eventually selling the business to Chris and Monica Remely in 2007.
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; Love Inc.; 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.
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About Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory is a full-service funeral home that has been serving the Gallatin Valley for more than 100 years. Dokken-Nelson is committed to providing families with caring, compassionate service to help make a difficult time a little easier—working with loved ones to create meaningful life celebrations. They offer customized memorial items, video tributes, and they are the pre-planning leader in the Gallatin Valley. For more information please call 406.587.3184 or visit www.dokkennelson.com.
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