Owner, Funeral Director
He transferred to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he was active in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He served his internship at Washburn McReavy Funeral Homes in the Twin Cities and graduated with distinction from the University Of Minnesota in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in mortuary science. Brian served his apprenticeship in Iowa at Dunn’s and Westover Funeral Homes in Des Moines.
He then returned home to assist his father in 1994 and purchased the business from him in January of 2001. Brian is married to Bonnie Rayhons of Garner. They have three sons, Samuel, Ray and Reed.
Dean was born at Clarion and grew up in Garner. He graduated from Garner High School in 1956 and attended Mason City Junior College. He graduated from the University of Iowa and continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he received his mortuary science degree. Dean served his apprenticeship at Bruce’s Funeral Home in Fort Dodge and then returned to Garner to teach high school biology.
In 1975, he purchased the Boughton Funeral Home in Britt and Woden and in 1976, the Bohn Funeral Home in Garner. Dean is married to Beverly Schaefer of Britt. They have three children, Brian, Brent and Kristine.
John was raised in Ackley, Iowa and graduated from Marshalltown High School. Before entering mortuary college in Dallas, Texas John was employed in the health care field with his father who was a medical doctor. After graduating from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science he began working at the Petersen Funeral Home in Forest City. When Stan Peterson retired in 1994, John and his wife, Deb, purchased the funeral home. In 2010, he merged the business with Cataldo Funeral Home. John and his wife, Deb, have two boys, Paul and Tristan. John is a licensed funeral director and celebrant. As a celebrant John is able to officiate at services when families may not have a minister or prefer a service that is more personal in nature.
Bonnie (Rayhons) Cataldo
Bonnie (Rayhons) Cataldo was born in Britt and raised in Garner. She graduated from Garner-Hayfield High School in 1990 and continued her education at Waldorf College in Forest City where she was active in the women’s basketball team. She graduated from Simpson College in Indianola with a degree in elementary education. She and her husband, Brian, have three sons, Samuel, Ray and Reed. Bonnie helps with visitations and office work.
Doris (Schaefer) Boekelman
Doris (Schaefer) Boekelman was born and raised in Britt. She lives in Britt with her husband, George, who is a retired deputy sheriff for Hancock County. They have three children, Sandy, Mike and Susan. Doris helps with visitations, services and housekeeping.