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.

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Chris Remely Owner & Funeral Director
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Stephanie Peterson Funeral Director
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Roy Olpin Funeral Director
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James (Jim) R. Mitchell Funeral Director
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Shanna Hamilton Administrative Assistant
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Cyndi Lockart Funeral Director Assistant
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Paul Ruhl Funeral Director Assistant
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Elizabeth Hecker Funeral Director Assistant
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Pat Lorang Funeral Director Assistant
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Alice Van Dyke Funeral Director Assistant

Chris Remely

Owner & Funeral Director
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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, the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation Board, and the Grace Bible Church Deacon Board. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Montana Funeral Directors Association, and Grace Bible Church. 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.

Stephanie Peterson

Funeral Director
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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 Director's Association and Southwest District Governor for the Montana Funeral Director's Association.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys dancing and music, and is Executive Director of IndepenDANCE Community Dance Project.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their dog, especially hiking, camping, and traveling.

Roy Olpin

Funeral Director
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A fourth-generation funeral director, Roy attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1995-1996, and graduate school at Boston University from 2000 to 2002. Currently a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Louisville, Roy spends much of his spare time preparing his dissertation and teaching part-time at MSU Billings. The love of his life, Covona, enjoys many of his interests, including hiking, biking, and taking the path less traveled on that next road trip.

James (Jim) R. Mitchell

Funeral Director
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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.

Shanna Hamilton

Administrative Assistant
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Shanna was born and raised in Billings, MT--a 2nd generation graduate from Billings Senior High in 1987. Shanna moved to Bozeman in 2014 with her husband, Cory, and two girls, Braelyn & Kennadi, after he finished his military career. She loves to spend time with her family outdoors hiking, BBQing, walking the dog, or skiing. She also loves to take road trips exploring palces off the beaten path. Before joining the Dokken-Nelson team, she spent her career in retail sales management.

Cyndi Lockart

Funeral Director Assistant
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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.

Paul Ruhl

Funeral Director Assistant
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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.

Elizabeth Hecker

Funeral Director Assistant
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Elizabeth is a Montana native, having grown up in six different towns across the state since the second grade. She graduated from Montana State University in December of 2019 with a BS in Land Rehabilitation; with future plans to attend graduate school. Elizabeth has been part-time with Dokken-Nelson since the winter of 2016. In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and fly fishing with her chocolate lab, June.

Pat Lorang

Funeral Director Assistant
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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.

Alice Van Dyke

Funeral Director Assistant
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Alice was born in Missoula and grew up on what is now the Wheat Montana farm in Three Forks. She and her husband are 2nd generation cattle ranchers in the Gallatin Valley. She enjoys traveling, especially to any beach. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and serves as a board member of the state motocross association.