Staff

At Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Homes, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve.

From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way. We are very proud of our staff of caregivers who are fully equipped to present all the information needed for you and your family to make informed, comfortable decisions.

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Tim and Tana Mundwiler

Owners/Licensed Funeral Directors

Tim and Tana (Jaeger) Mundwiler graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1984. They returned to the family business in Milbank, and represent the third generation of funeral directors in the Mundwiler family. Tim and Tana purchased the Milbank business in 1989, and in 2010, became co-owners of the Larson Funeral Homes in Ortonville, MN; Clinton, MN; Graceville, MN; Browns Valley, MN; as well as Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home in Milbank.

Tim and Tana have three daughters: Kaylee, Amber, and Jamie. Tim has been a member of the Milbank Fire Department since 1984. He was honored as South Dakota Lions Funeral Director of the Year in 1996. Tana serves as a board member on the Milbank Community Foundation and is the co-chairman of the Milbank Combined Appeal. Tim, Tana, and their girls enjoy quarter horse showing and are proud to claim several World Champion titles.

 
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Erik Eliason

Licensed Funeral Director

Erik joined the staff at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Homes in 2015.

Erik grew up in Fergus Falls and after graduating from Fergus Falls High School, he attended Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Erik then relocated to Illinois, where he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In 2013, Erik moved back to Minnesota and completed his Funeral Director Internship in Little Falls.

Erik looks forward to being a part of our community.

 
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Penny Tower

Pre-Planning Specialist/Office Assistant

Joining the staff in July 2011, Penny is joyfully returning to her homeland after living away for 36 years. Penny loves serving the families coming to Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Homes as she assists the Funeral Directors in the office and also provides Pre-need Funeral Planning services.

Penny's career background includes education and ministry.

Penny and her husband, Scott, have two daughters - Sarah, living in Ohio, and Anne, living in Texas. In her personal time, Penny enjoys traveling, handiwork, visiting, music, reading and nature.

 
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Ileta Herberg

Licensed Funeral Director/Support Staff

Ileta joined the staff at Larson Funeral Home in 2007, as a Licensed Funeral Director. Ileta retired in 2014 and continues to help out at the funeral home as needed.

Ileta resides in Clinton, where she grew up.

 
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Jim Foster

Retired Funeral Director/Support Staff

As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science, Jim is now retired and helps out at the funeral home as needed.

Jim served as the Chief Financial Operator of Ortonville Area Health Services and Appleton Hospital and Nursing Home for 24 years. He worked in Funeral Service in the mid 1980's, and returned to his original career in 2013.

Jim and his wife Neva are the proud parents of three children; Nathan, Adrienne, and Allison. They have six grandchildren as well.

Jim and Neva have lived in Ortonville since 1978 where Jim has served on the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and as an EMT and ambulance director. Jim and Neva are members of First English Lutheran Church.

Jim's hobbies include outdoor photography, biking, community theatre, pontooning, and motorhome camping.

 
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Jerry and Darlene Jaeger

Support Staff

Jerry and Darlene are the parents of Tana Mundwiler. They provide tremendous support for Tim and Tana with their commitment to the family business. Jerry (and his dog, Cayenne) assist with non-local transports. Darlene assists with visitations, funerals, cleaning, and hospitality. They adore their six grandchildren. Jerry and Darlene enjoy spending their winters in Texas and love their summers near Big Stone Lake.

 
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Armand Aswege

Support Staff

Armand very much enjoys his work and the rewards that working with families in their time of need bring to him.

Armand was born and raised on a grain and dairy farm. He graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in 1957. Following graduation, he joined the Army Reserve of which he served for six years. He continued to farm and dairy while he and his wife, Garnet, raised their two children, Troy and Tracy. In 1999 they moved to Graceville and at the present time, he is the Area Sales Representative for a Seed Company and Garnet works at Star Bank in Graceville.

Their son Troy and his wife, Brenda live in West Fargo and have three children - Katelyn, Nathan and Kristin. Tracy and her husband, Ron, live in Eden Prairie and have two boys - Frederick and Joseph. Armand and Garnet are members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Johnson, where Armand has served many years on the Church Council. In their free time they enjoy bowling and golf and spending time with family and friends.

 
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Joe Berning

Support Staff

Having lived in the Big Stone County area his entire life, Joe recently retired from law enforcement after 33 years. He served as Deputy for the county for nineteen years, and served as County Sheriff for fourteen years.

Joe and his wife Debbie have two children - Jason and his wife Shelly of Wheaton and Jennifer and her husband Troy Cronen of Clinton. They also have four grandchildren - Reese and Tyce Cronen, and Drake and Grant Berning. In his personal time, Joe enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling

 
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Michael Dorry

Support Staff

Mike was born in Ortonville and graduated from Ortonville High School. Mike served in the United States Navy and is a Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He has been the Commander of the VFW Post 3964 for the past twelve years.

Mike retired from Otter Tail Power Company after thirty-six years of service. He has been on the Ortonville City Council for eleven years and is a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Mike and his wife Diane have been married over forty years. They have two daughters, Lisa and her husband, Allan Ross, and Sara and her husband, James Reinke. Mike and Diane have three granddaughters, Alisha, Emily and Taylor Ross.

In his personal time, Mike enjoys spending time with family (including his dog Koko), boating on Big Stone Lake, and hunting.

 
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Conrad Severson

Support Staff

Conrad joined the Larson Funeral Home staff in 2011. He was previously employed in the banking business for 39 years. Since 1998, Conrad has been teaching the AARP Safe Driving classes in the area.

Conrad and his wife Sharol have been married for 47 years. They have three grown children and are the proud Grandparents of six grandchildren! Conrad is a lifetime member of the Masons and the Shrine. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton.

 
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Jamie J. Mundwiler

Support Staff

Jamie is the youngest daughter of Tim and Tana Mundwiler. She is currently attending Milbank High School and is an invaluable member of our team.

Jamie assists with visitations, arrangements, and is our “gal Friday.” She produces most of the DVD memorial tributes, as she is blessed with great technical skills. Jamie also enjoys singing with her father at prayer services and funerals.

In her personal time, Jamie is an accomplished equestrian, claiming two world titles.