Pat & Sue Patton
We grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota at a time when you could
ride your bike to Metropolitan Stadium for a Twins game and to Bush
Lake to meet your friends for a day at the beach. When we graduated
from Lincoln High School it still had a cornfield around it!
Pat graduated in 1978 from the University of Minnesota (B.S.
Mortuary Science) and then served his internship with the Range
Funeral Home in Virginia, Minnesota. During the next few years, he
was a staff funeral director with Albin Funeral Chapel in
Minneapolis while Sue was an underwriter for Home Insurance in
Edina. When our first son was born we knew we wanted to find a
smaller community to raise our family.
Not long after this, we were invited to Melrose, Minnesota to
meet with Bernie and Mary Schad, who needed a manager for their new
funeral home in Sauk Centre. So in 1984, we moved to Sauk Centre
and Pat began working for Schad Funeral Homes. Bernie was a great
teacher in the profession but also a great example of how to become
involved in the community. In 1993 Bernie and Mary transferred
ownership of their funeral homes to us.
Pat is a past member of the Executive Board of the National
Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), is a past president of the
Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and is a member of
the MFDA Service Corp. Board of Directors. He has held the
Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation of the
Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 1995 and is
also a licensed insurance agent. He is also a member of the
Federated Insurance Advisory Council. He has been a member of the
Sauk Centre Lions Club since 1985 and is a past president. He was a
Certified Eye Enucleator and in 2003 was presented the Helen Keller
Sight Award from the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. He is also a past
president of the Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce and served as
the Chamber representative on the Sauk Centre Economic Development
Authority. He has also been a member of the advisory board of Saint
Michael's Home Care and Hospice since its inception.
Sue was a member of the task force that established the Sauk
Centre Senior Center and served for several years on the Springfest
Committee for Holy Family School. She also served as a board member
of Sauk Centre Opportunities, the Minnesota Star City Committee and
the Celebrate Minnesota Committee. For several years she also
served as secretary of the Sauk Centre Area Hockey Association.
Since 2000 she has been a licensed insurance agent. Sue is
responsible for most of our administrative duties, managing
accounts payable and coordinating funeral follow-up with families
we have served. She also coordinates our weekly radio program
"Music and Memories" and our annual Christmas Service of
We have two sons, Nathan and Adam. Nathan is married to Heather
and they have one son, Ethan; our first grandchild! Adam is married
Linda has been a funeral director at our Melrose funeral home
since 2000. She was previously employed as a licensed funeral
director with Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud, Minnesota and
Brenny Funeral Homes of Albany and Holdingford, Minnesota. She is a
1998 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary
Linda was raised in Sauk Centre. She and her husband, Brad,
reside in Albany, with their two sons, Brandon and Kyle.
Courtney joined our staff as an intern in July of 2016 after
graduating from the University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary
Science). She had worked for us part-time for the past few
Courtney was raised in the New Munich area.
Tim joined our staff as a funeral director in July of 2015. Pat
and Tim began their funeral service careers together at The Albin
Chapel in Minneapolis, where Pat was Tim's preceptor during his
internship. He has also worked at funeral homes in Faribault,
Cambridge, St. Paul and Shoreview, and most recently in Forest
Lake. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S.
Tim was raised in Toluca, Illinois but now makes his home in
Melrose along with his two little schnauzers - Sylvia and
Mark joined our staff in October of 2007, after working at
funeral homes in Minneapolis for eight years, most recently at
Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels. He graduated from Bemidji State
University (B.S. Biology, Chemistry) and in 1999 from the
University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science). Mark grew up in
northern Minnesota and enjoys fishing, hunting, and most other
He and his wife, Sara, and their two daughters, Nora and Hazel,
reside in Sauk Centre.
Sara is our full-time prearrangement specialist working with
community members to prearrange and prefund their funeral
arrangements. She joined our staff in November of 2007 as a funeral
She grew up in central Minnesota. She is a 2002 graduate of the
University of Minnesota (B.S. Mortuary Science) and then worked at
Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels in Minneapolis.
She and her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Nora and
Hazel, reside in Sauk Centre.