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Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Mark Jelinek Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent markmjelinek@gmail.com

Mark was born in Richland County and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Richland Center. He is the son of Dave and Marce (Slaney) Jelinek. Mark attended grade school at St. Mary's in Richland Center and was a 1999 graduate of Richland Center High School. The day following his graduation Mark began his employment at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. Mark attended the University of Wisconsin-Richland receiving his Associate Degree in the spring of 2001. He then transferred to The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Mark graduated from CCMS in the fall of 2002. Later in 2002 Mark received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License. In 2004 Mark received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin.

 

As a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center, Mark serves as lector and usher. He has been a member of the Parish Finance Committee, the Parish Council and was a Chair of St. Mary's Parish Festival.

 

Mark currently serves on the AGRACE Hospice, Richland County Steering Committee. He has also served as a trustee on the Muscoda Village Board, Muscoda Chamber of Commerce, and the Richland Hospital Board.

 

Mark is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In the Richland Center Council he serves as Chancellor and Council Historian. He served as the Financial Secretary for nine year, is a charter member of Richland Center Knights of Columbus Assembly 3393 served as the first Faithful Navigator and is a member of the Honor Guard. Mark assisted to start Churning Dirt, Motorsports Mayhem, and the Redneck Rally.

 

On the State level of the Knights of Columbus, Mark serves as the Director for the Helping Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Program, commonly referred to as the Tootsie Roll Program. He also serves as a Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Charities Board. Mark is the District Warden after he completed his 4 year term as the District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus in District 26 (Richland and Crawford Counties).

 

Mark is married to DeAnna (Riska) Jelinek, who works at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service as an office assistant. The couple has a son, Carter, who was born on October 26, 2013 which was Mark's parents 39th wedding anniversary.

 

Mark is a member of the Funeral and Cremation Service Alliance of Wisconsin.

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Nick Hodge Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent prattfuneralservice@gmail.com

Nicholas Hodge was born and raised in Richland Center, the son of Steve Hodge and Rhonda (Deets) Sutton. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 2007. After high school he attended South West Technical College, UW-Richland, and UW-Platteville.

 

In January 2011, Nick began working as an apprentice for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. While working at Pratts Nick attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He graduated in February 2014 and received his Wisconsin Funeral Director's License in March of 2014. In 2015 Nick received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin. Nick has become a very competent and caring Funeral Director and we are pleased he has chosen to share his skills with our team and with the individuals and families we serve.

 

On September 12, 2015 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Lacey (Polensky) Hodge. Lacey completed her nursing degree at South West Technical College and is currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Richland Hospital.

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Bennie Green Funeral Director

Bennie Green is the newest member of the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service team. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Richland County. His parents are Mike Green and Pam (Charleston) Green. Bennie was very active member of the Sabin Livewires 4-H club as a child. While attending Richland Center High School, Bennie enjoyed playing football and being on the track and wrestling team as well as being a member of FFA. During his time as an FFA member he competed in national contests and served as chapter president from 2007 – 2008. After his graduation from Richland Center High School in 2008, he studied at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 2011, Bennie moved back to the area working as a salesman at Sleepy Hollow in Viroqua and Vetesnik's in Richland Center. In 2013, Bennie purchased a small farm just outside of Boaz and married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth (Peckham) Green. Bennie is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3492. He also serves as a Board Member of the Richland Center School District. Bennie attended Des Moines Area Community College and received a degree in Mortuary Science in August of 2016 and received his Funeral Directors License in November of 2016.  In his free time, he enjoys exercising, gardening, and bowling. 

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Lola Higgins Former Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent prattfuneralservice@gmail.com

Entering funeral service was a second career opportunity for me. Previously employed at our local medical center as a Medical Assistant, I enjoyed the personal contact with the community. Pursuing a dream of further education led me to an interest in funeral service. I subsequently graduated from the Funeral Service Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1995. The personal contacts with the community continue, much to my delight.

 

My husband Paul and I were both raised in Richland County, and continue to live in rural Richland Center. If you have ever heard of Dosch's Corners, that was my family's homestead. We enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Wisconsin and attempt to canoe, bicycle, hike, walk, and drive the area as often as possible. We belong to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. Lola serves on the Board of Directors of Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community and their Development Committee.

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Rick Unbehaun Funeral Director / Former Owner

Rick has been a lifelong resident of Richland County, the son of Dean and Betty (Rux/Doudna) Unbehaun. The Unbehaun family arrived in America from Germany in 1848 and later settled in Richland County, Wisconsin in 1856.

 

Rick attended Brush Creek and Buck Creek grade schools and later graduated from Richland Center High School in 1967. The following day after graduation Unbehaun began working at the Pratt Funeral Service.

 

Rick continued working summers at the funeral home while attending the UW-Richland. While attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, Rick worked at the Schmitt-Bartelt-Gerber Funeral Home in Wauwatosa. After graduation in 1970, Unbehaun worked at the Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, where he received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License in 1971. Rick was then drafted into the US Army in 1971, serving most of his military service at Ft. Hood, Texas, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1973 with a rank of SP4. In February 1973, Rick returned to the Pratt Funeral Service, where he has remained full time ever since.

 

In 1974, Rick married the former Janis Van Brocklin, daughter of Eldon and Lilas (Popanz) Van Brocklin. Together, they enjoy traveling to many parts of the world, having enjoyed many exciting and unusual traveling experiences. Janis taught Spanish and English for the Weston School District and enjoys working in her yard and flower gardens. Janis retired from teaching in June, 2008. They have three "cat children".

 

Rick began as part owner of the firm in 1985 and is a member of many professional organizations, including the National and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association; Charter Member of the Funeral Service Alliance (FSA)and is presently on the Board of Directors of FSA; Charter Member of the Funeral Ethics Association; and a Life Member as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP). Rick completed over 8 years as a member of the Wisconsin State Funeral Directors Examining Board and retired as Chairman of the Board in October, 2005. He has been a lifelong member of the Peace United Methodist Church; member of the Richland Center American Legion Post #2267; and previously served on the Richland Center Economic Development board; was appointed and served on Military Academy Service Selection Boards for Congressman Steve Gunderson and Congressman Scott Klug. He is also interested in local, state and national politics and government and enjoys frequent trips to Washington, D.C.

 

Rick is honored to be able to serve our families in his profession of funeral service. He is also honored to be associated with a firm and fellow professionals and partners with the highest degree of ethics, dedication and professionalism. Although retired in June 2008, Rick continues to work at the funeral homes as needed or requested by families. During the winter months, Rick & Janis are enjoying warmer weather in Zephyrhills, FL.

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Duane Huston Funeral Director / Former Owner

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DeAnna Jelinek Office Assistant

DeAnna Jelinek was raised in Elk River, Minnesota. She graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. DeAnna loves to travel and credits her education for allowing her the opportunity to move and travel freely. She has enjoyed living and working in Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. While in college she studied abroad and after college she traveled the US and Canada while working for Women of Faith. DeAnna moved to Wisconsin in 2004 and has since called it home. DeAnna worked as a Social Worker for Richland County Health and Human Services from 2007 to 2013. DeAnna recently joined her husband Mark as the office assistant for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. DeAnna and Mark are the proud parents of their son, Carter.

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Craig Peach Associate

Craig was born and raised in Beloit, but has lived in Richland County since 1988. He serves as Pastor of the Lone Rock Congregational Church. He also serves as chaplain at Schmitt Woodland Hills in Richland Center. He previously worked in Hospice care in Richland County and Madison, working as a volunteer coordinator, Bereavement counselor, and chaplain.

 

Since January of 1996, Craig has worked with the funeral home assisting in services, officiating at services, and directing our aftercare program.

 

He is a nationally certified Bereavement Facilitator and a certified Palliative Care Specialist. He offers support and a listening ear to those in grief. He frequently speaks in Health Care institutions as well as in the community, seeking to educate people about grief and mourning.

 

Craig is married, with two children, four dogs and one cat. He considers it a real privilege to be involved with a great staff and to have the opportunity to serve our families during their time of loss.

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Dick Dalberg Associate

Dick was born January 21, 1939, in Crawford County and raised in Boaz. Dick graduated from Blue River High School in 1957. After graduation from high school Dick joined the Army. Dick was part of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1957-1960. Dick married Lorraine Fry. After leaving the Army Dick began woodworking for Art Martin Manufacturing until 1968 when he began working for Lunenschloss-Hansen. Dick left Lunenschloss-Hansen in 1976 and began working for Hiltbrand Floor Covering. In 1977 Dick was self employed doing floor covering. Dick retired from floor covering in 2001.

 

Dick is a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Richland Center; Dick is a member of the Backroad Express Riders, Richland Snow Drifters, and the Lions Club where he was a Melvin Jones Recipient.

 

Dick currently works part time for the Pratt Funeral Service and the Richland Hospital.

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Vern Clark Associate

Vern was born February 26, 1939 in Viola, Wisconsin. Vern graduated from Richland Center High School in 1957. After graduation from high school Vern attended DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois. In November 1958 Vern married Elaine Ewing and the couple was married for 49 years until Elaine’s death. After graduation from DeVry in 1959 Vern began working for Butler TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1964 Vern decided to move back to the area and started his own business. Vern ran Clarks TV Service until 1978 when he started the construction business. Vern retired from construction in 2007.

 

Vern is a member of the Peace United Methodist Church in Richland Center, and a member of the Lions Club.

 

Vern currently works part time for the Pratt Funeral Service and Richland County Health and Human Services.

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Carl Hansen Associate / Former Owner

Carl was born and raised in Richland County, the son of George and Julia (Eisbroden) Hansen. He attended grade school in Excelsior and attended and graduated from Blue River High School in 1961. Carl was employed at Borden Foods in Blue River after high school and then was employed with Shell Super Service in Richland Center. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1965 and was Honorably discharged in March 1967, serving overseas in Okinawa. He was employed by Lunenschloss-Hansen on April 1, 1967 and then transferred to the Pratt Funeral Service on July 1, 1983.

 

Carl married Ardith K. Schaffert on October 21, 1972. They have no children, but have had many cats and dogs.

 

He has been an active member of the Five Points Lutheran Church, serving in the choir, usher, and Church Council for many years.

 

Carl is a retired member of the Richland Center Fire Department, serving over 20 years, some of the years as an officer.

 

Carl is presently President of the Richland Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, and an active member of the Backroad Express Riders Moped Club. He is an officer of the Richland County Thrivent for Lutherans.

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Mark Jelinek

Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent

Mark was born in Richland County and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Richland Center. He is the son of Dave and Marce (Slaney) Jelinek. Mark attended grade school at St. Mary's in Richland Center and was a 1999 graduate of Richland Center High School. The day following his graduation Mark began his employment at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. Mark attended the University of Wisconsin-Richland receiving his Associate Degree in the spring of 2001. He then transferred to The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio. Mark graduated from CCMS in the fall of 2002. Later in 2002 Mark received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License. In 2004 Mark received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin.

 

As a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center, Mark serves as lector and usher. He has been a member of the Parish Finance Committee, the Parish Council and was a Chair of St. Mary's Parish Festival.

 

Mark currently serves on the AGRACE Hospice, Richland County Steering Committee. He has also served as a trustee on the Muscoda Village Board, Muscoda Chamber of Commerce, and the Richland Hospital Board.

 

Mark is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In the Richland Center Council he serves as Chancellor and Council Historian. He served as the Financial Secretary for nine year, is a charter member of Richland Center Knights of Columbus Assembly 3393 served as the first Faithful Navigator and is a member of the Honor Guard. Mark assisted to start Churning Dirt, Motorsports Mayhem, and the Redneck Rally.

 

On the State level of the Knights of Columbus, Mark serves as the Director for the Helping Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Program, commonly referred to as the Tootsie Roll Program. He also serves as a Director for the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Charities Board. Mark is the District Warden after he completed his 4 year term as the District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus in District 26 (Richland and Crawford Counties).

 

Mark is married to DeAnna (Riska) Jelinek, who works at the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service as an office assistant. The couple has a son, Carter, who was born on October 26, 2013 which was Mark's parents 39th wedding anniversary.

 

Mark is a member of the Funeral and Cremation Service Alliance of Wisconsin.

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Nick Hodge

Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent

Nicholas Hodge was born and raised in Richland Center, the son of Steve Hodge and Rhonda (Deets) Sutton. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 2007. After high school he attended South West Technical College, UW-Richland, and UW-Platteville.

 

In January 2011, Nick began working as an apprentice for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. While working at Pratts Nick attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He graduated in February 2014 and received his Wisconsin Funeral Director's License in March of 2014. In 2015 Nick received his Life Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin. Nick has become a very competent and caring Funeral Director and we are pleased he has chosen to share his skills with our team and with the individuals and families we serve.

 

On September 12, 2015 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Lacey (Polensky) Hodge. Lacey completed her nursing degree at South West Technical College and is currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Richland Hospital.

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Bennie Green

Funeral Director

Bennie Green is the newest member of the Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service team. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Richland County. His parents are Mike Green and Pam (Charleston) Green. Bennie was very active member of the Sabin Livewires 4-H club as a child. While attending Richland Center High School, Bennie enjoyed playing football and being on the track and wrestling team as well as being a member of FFA. During his time as an FFA member he competed in national contests and served as chapter president from 2007 – 2008. After his graduation from Richland Center High School in 2008, he studied at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 2011, Bennie moved back to the area working as a salesman at Sleepy Hollow in Viroqua and Vetesnik's in Richland Center. In 2013, Bennie purchased a small farm just outside of Boaz and married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth (Peckham) Green. Bennie is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3492. He also serves as a Board Member of the Richland Center School District. Bennie attended Des Moines Area Community College and received a degree in Mortuary Science in August of 2016 and received his Funeral Directors License in November of 2016.  In his free time, he enjoys exercising, gardening, and bowling. 

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Lola Higgins

Former Owner / Funeral Director / Licensed Insurance Agent

Entering funeral service was a second career opportunity for me. Previously employed at our local medical center as a Medical Assistant, I enjoyed the personal contact with the community. Pursuing a dream of further education led me to an interest in funeral service. I subsequently graduated from the Funeral Service Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1995. The personal contacts with the community continue, much to my delight.

 

My husband Paul and I were both raised in Richland County, and continue to live in rural Richland Center. If you have ever heard of Dosch's Corners, that was my family's homestead. We enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Wisconsin and attempt to canoe, bicycle, hike, walk, and drive the area as often as possible. We belong to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. Lola serves on the Board of Directors of Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community and their Development Committee.

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Rick Unbehaun

Funeral Director / Former Owner

Rick has been a lifelong resident of Richland County, the son of Dean and Betty (Rux/Doudna) Unbehaun. The Unbehaun family arrived in America from Germany in 1848 and later settled in Richland County, Wisconsin in 1856.

 

Rick attended Brush Creek and Buck Creek grade schools and later graduated from Richland Center High School in 1967. The following day after graduation Unbehaun began working at the Pratt Funeral Service.

 

Rick continued working summers at the funeral home while attending the UW-Richland. While attending the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, Rick worked at the Schmitt-Bartelt-Gerber Funeral Home in Wauwatosa. After graduation in 1970, Unbehaun worked at the Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, where he received his Wisconsin Funeral Directors License in 1971. Rick was then drafted into the US Army in 1971, serving most of his military service at Ft. Hood, Texas, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1973 with a rank of SP4. In February 1973, Rick returned to the Pratt Funeral Service, where he has remained full time ever since.

 

In 1974, Rick married the former Janis Van Brocklin, daughter of Eldon and Lilas (Popanz) Van Brocklin. Together, they enjoy traveling to many parts of the world, having enjoyed many exciting and unusual traveling experiences. Janis taught Spanish and English for the Weston School District and enjoys working in her yard and flower gardens. Janis retired from teaching in June, 2008. They have three "cat children".

 

Rick began as part owner of the firm in 1985 and is a member of many professional organizations, including the National and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association; Charter Member of the Funeral Service Alliance (FSA)and is presently on the Board of Directors of FSA; Charter Member of the Funeral Ethics Association; and a Life Member as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP). Rick completed over 8 years as a member of the Wisconsin State Funeral Directors Examining Board and retired as Chairman of the Board in October, 2005. He has been a lifelong member of the Peace United Methodist Church; member of the Richland Center American Legion Post #2267; and previously served on the Richland Center Economic Development board; was appointed and served on Military Academy Service Selection Boards for Congressman Steve Gunderson and Congressman Scott Klug. He is also interested in local, state and national politics and government and enjoys frequent trips to Washington, D.C.

 

Rick is honored to be able to serve our families in his profession of funeral service. He is also honored to be associated with a firm and fellow professionals and partners with the highest degree of ethics, dedication and professionalism. Although retired in June 2008, Rick continues to work at the funeral homes as needed or requested by families. During the winter months, Rick & Janis are enjoying warmer weather in Zephyrhills, FL.

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Duane Huston

Funeral Director / Former Owner
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DeAnna Jelinek

Office Assistant

DeAnna Jelinek was raised in Elk River, Minnesota. She graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. DeAnna loves to travel and credits her education for allowing her the opportunity to move and travel freely. She has enjoyed living and working in Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. While in college she studied abroad and after college she traveled the US and Canada while working for Women of Faith. DeAnna moved to Wisconsin in 2004 and has since called it home. DeAnna worked as a Social Worker for Richland County Health and Human Services from 2007 to 2013. DeAnna recently joined her husband Mark as the office assistant for Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service. DeAnna and Mark are the proud parents of their son, Carter.

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Craig Peach

Associate

Craig was born and raised in Beloit, but has lived in Richland County since 1988. He serves as Pastor of the Lone Rock Congregational Church. He also serves as chaplain at Schmitt Woodland Hills in Richland Center. He previously worked in Hospice care in Richland County and Madison, working as a volunteer coordinator, Bereavement counselor, and chaplain.

 

Since January of 1996, Craig has worked with the funeral home assisting in services, officiating at services, and directing our aftercare program.

 

He is a nationally certified Bereavement Facilitator and a certified Palliative Care Specialist. He offers support and a listening ear to those in grief. He frequently speaks in Health Care institutions as well as in the community, seeking to educate people about grief and mourning.

 

Craig is married, with two children, four dogs and one cat. He considers it a real privilege to be involved with a great staff and to have the opportunity to serve our families during their time of loss.

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Dick Dalberg

Associate

Dick was born January 21, 1939, in Crawford County and raised in Boaz. Dick graduated from Blue River High School in 1957. After graduation from high school Dick joined the Army. Dick was part of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1957-1960. Dick married Lorraine Fry. After leaving the Army Dick began woodworking for Art Martin Manufacturing until 1968 when he began working for Lunenschloss-Hansen. Dick left Lunenschloss-Hansen in 1976 and began working for Hiltbrand Floor Covering. In 1977 Dick was self employed doing floor covering. Dick retired from floor covering in 2001.

 

Dick is a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Richland Center; Dick is a member of the Backroad Express Riders, Richland Snow Drifters, and the Lions Club where he was a Melvin Jones Recipient.

 

Dick currently works part time for the Pratt Funeral Service and the Richland Hospital.

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Vern Clark

Associate

Vern was born February 26, 1939 in Viola, Wisconsin. Vern graduated from Richland Center High School in 1957. After graduation from high school Vern attended DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois. In November 1958 Vern married Elaine Ewing and the couple was married for 49 years until Elaine’s death. After graduation from DeVry in 1959 Vern began working for Butler TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1964 Vern decided to move back to the area and started his own business. Vern ran Clarks TV Service until 1978 when he started the construction business. Vern retired from construction in 2007.

 

Vern is a member of the Peace United Methodist Church in Richland Center, and a member of the Lions Club.

 

Vern currently works part time for the Pratt Funeral Service and Richland County Health and Human Services.

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Carl Hansen

Associate / Former Owner

Carl was born and raised in Richland County, the son of George and Julia (Eisbroden) Hansen. He attended grade school in Excelsior and attended and graduated from Blue River High School in 1961. Carl was employed at Borden Foods in Blue River after high school and then was employed with Shell Super Service in Richland Center. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1965 and was Honorably discharged in March 1967, serving overseas in Okinawa. He was employed by Lunenschloss-Hansen on April 1, 1967 and then transferred to the Pratt Funeral Service on July 1, 1983.

 

Carl married Ardith K. Schaffert on October 21, 1972. They have no children, but have had many cats and dogs.

 

He has been an active member of the Five Points Lutheran Church, serving in the choir, usher, and Church Council for many years.

 

Carl is a retired member of the Richland Center Fire Department, serving over 20 years, some of the years as an officer.

 

Carl is presently President of the Richland Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, and an active member of the Backroad Express Riders Moped Club. He is an officer of the Richland County Thrivent for Lutherans.