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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Shane Decker

Shane Decker

Licensed Funeral Director/Manager

A native of Milnor, North Dakota, Shane graduated from Milnor High School in 1992. He attended Mayville State University, in Mayville, ND, before graduating from Cinncinati College of Mortuary Science in Cinncinati, OH. Shane served as a funeral director in ND for over 12 years, before taking a sales position in the funeral industry.

Shane joined Pedersen Funeral Home in November of 2010 and he began managing the funeral homes in November of 2013. He holds funeral director's licenses in MN, ND and SD and also holds an insurance license in MN and ND.

He and his wife Deb make their home in Morris with their children Riley, and Durgin. They are members of the First Lutheran Church in Morris. Shane is also a member of the Morris Lions, Morris Rifle Club, and has served on the PDT Golf Board.


Brooke Sanders

Brooke Sanders

Licensed Funeral Director

Brooke joined the staff at Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes in July 2012.

A native of Pierre, South Dakota, Brooke graduated from T. F. Riggs High School in 2008. Brooke graduated from the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. She received her Minnesota license in the summer of 2013.

Brooke makes her home in Starbuck.


Amanda Moen-Lee

Amanda Moen-Lee

Licensed Funeral Director

A native of Glenwood, Minnesota, Amanda graduated from Minnewaska Area High School in 2002. She attended the University of Minnesota, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. After completing her internship in Minneapolis, Amanda began her career in Ortonville, Minnesota in 2008. She worked in Ortonville and then Pipestone, Minnesota before moving closer to “home.” Amanda joined the staff of Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Home in 2017.

Amanda and her daughter, Lauren, make their home in Morris.


Colleen Neal

Colleen Neal

Office Manager

Originally from Beardsley, Minnesota, Colleen graduated from Beardsley High School in 1977 and from Alexandria Vocational Technical College in 1978. Colleen joined the staff of Pedersen Funeral Home as office manager in November 1999.

Colleen and husband, Jim, live on a farm near Alberta, MN. She has one son, four step-children and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta, and enjoys reading, going for walks and spending time with her grandchildren.


Rose Murphy

Rose Murphy

Aftercare Coordinator

Born and raised in the Morris area, Rose graduated from Morris High School and Alexandria Technical College. Rose joined the staff of Pedersen Funeral Home in February 2003 as a visitation assistant.

Serving families at the funeral home, along with personal experience with death and grief, spurred an interest in further study leading to completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Grief Studies from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2010. Rose has a keen interest in serving as a resource for individuals and families as they journey through grief following the death of a loved one. She will provide those grieving with an opportunity to talk about loved ones, suggest additional sources of support, and serve as a link to the funeral home for additional needs people may have following the death of a loved one.

Rose and her husband, Dan, reside in Morris and have two adult children. Rose is also employed at the University of Minnesota, Morris and is a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.


John Anderson

John Anderson

Funeral Assistant

John is a longtime resident of Morris, where he taught Junior High Science at Morris Area High School for over 25 years. John joined the staff at Pedersen Funeral Home in July 1992.

John and his wife Marty have five children and several grandchildren. They have been active members of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris since coming to town, and he currently serves on the Calvary Cemetery Board. Some of John’s hobbies include gardening, bird watching, fishing and playing cards.


Steve Hokanson

Steve Hokanson

Funeral Assistant

Born and raised in Morris, Steve graduated from Morris High School in 1965. Steve worked for United Parcel Service in Morris from 1969 to until his retirement in 1999. Steve joined the staff of Pedersen Funeral Home in October 1999. Steve also runs his own lawn care service in the Morris area. Steve and his wife Randee have three grown children. Steve is a life-long member of First Lutheran Church in Morris, and in his personal time, enjoys gardening and woodworking.


Jere Solvie

Jere Solvie

Funeral Assistant

Born and raised near Cyrus, Minnesota, Jere graduated from Cyrus High School.  He joined the staff at Pedersen Funeral Home in July 2003.

Jere is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, where he is very active in the church choir. Jere and his wife Paulette live and farm in the Cyrus area, and they have two children and one grandchild. 


Lauris Johnshoy

Lauris Johnshoy

Funeral Assistant

Born and raised near Starbuck, Lauris graduated from Starbuck High School. Lauris joined the staff of Starbuck Funeral Home in April, 2001. He is a life-long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church near Starbuck. Lauris’ hobbies include farming and traveling.


Lyle Rambow

Lyle Rambow

Funeral Assistant

Lyle Rambow grew up in Raymond, Minnesota and graduated from Atwater High School, where he was a three sport athlete. He attended Willmar Community College, where he played football and baseball. He then attended the University of Minnesota Morris receiving his Bachelor degree in Math Education. Lyle later attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Master’s degree in Math Education. Lyle taught math at Morris High School for 36 years, where he also held the titles of varsity assistant and offensive coordinator for the Tiger football team; was head baseball coach for 30 years and assistant for 3 years and basketball coach for 7 years. He also played 16 years of town team baseball for the Raymond Rockets and Morris Eagles from 1974-1989. Retiring from MAHS in 2014, Lyle continues to teach college math classes at the UMM. He began working as a funeral assistant at Pedersen Funeral Home in March of 2016. Lyle has a knack for making the families we serve at ease. He also seems to know or have a connection to everyone in the country.

Lyle and his wife Londa make their home in Morris and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys pheasant hunting, dogs, water skiing, snow skiing, rock & roll, attending sporting events and especially lake life with the kids, grandkids and friends.


Sharon Johnshoy

Sharon Johnshoy

Visitation Assistant

Sharon joined the staff of Starbuck Funeral Home in April, 2001.


Kenneth Hodgson

Kenneth Hodgson

Funeral Assistant

Ken joined the staff at Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes in 2015, after completing a career in choral directing that spanned fifty years.

The last thirty-four years were spent at the University of Minnesota, Morris where Ken developed the UMM Concert Choir into a well-recognized performing organization touring nationally, with frequent international concert tours.

After retirement, Ken moved to his second passion and developed a vineyard and winery under the non-commercial label of "K&L Vineyard".

Ken and his wife Linda live in the country west of Morris and enjoy spoiling their grandchildren and maintaining a warm and loving relationship with their many dear friends.


Tom Holm

Tom Holm

Tom Holm grew up on a dairy farm near St. James, Minnesota. He attended one year of college at Mankato State and then finished his Agriculture Education degree at North Dakota State University where he met his wife, Mary. He taught Vocational Education in Minot and Walhalla, ND until 1984 when he and Mary purchased the Neche Greenhouse which they owned for 21 years. In 1995, they moved to Morris where Tom works in the horticulture program at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

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