Helping families celebrate a life lived.


Services & Obituaries

Nancy Eloise Traucht
September 22, 1934 ~
January 11, 2020
Date of Service: January 17, 2020

Chloe M. Kuhnhausen
July 1, 1922 ~
December 29, 2019
Date of Service: January 25, 2020

Lorraine S. Heth
December, 7, 1925 ~
January 13, 2020

Martha Drury
November 12, 1960 ~
January 12, 2020

Jean Catlett
September 10, 1942 ~
January 11, 2020

Henrietta Grinwis
November 28, 1918 ~
January 10, 2020

Ronald Lee Callantine
March 24, 1935 ~
January 10, 2020

Charlotte Van Dyk
March 10, 1928 ~
January 07, 2020

Jane E. Davis
June 1, 1927 ~
January 03, 2020


Meet Our Staff

At Dokken-Nelson we are a team.  Our staff of skilled and talented people are what make Dokken-Nelson exceptional—providing the hands that do the work, embodying the integrity of the company, and focusing continuously on achieving client-family satisfaction. Each person is committed to going above and beyond what is just acceptable to ensure that your experience is as comforting and meaningful as possible.

Chris Remely , Owner & Funeral Director

Chris grew up in Bozeman, graduating from Bozeman Senior High School in 1987 and from Montana State University with a Business Finance Degree in 1992. He attended mortuary school at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in February of 1995, and has been with Dokken-Nelson since that time. Chris and his wife, Monica, purchased Dokken-Nelson in September of 2007. Chris served many years on the MSU Bobcat Club Board and on the Athletic Advisory Board, the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation Board, and the Grace Bible Church Deacon Board. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Montana Funeral Directors Association, and Grace Bible Church. Chris and Monica have two daughters, Taylor and Ashley. When he is not working Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and attending MSU sporting events.

Stephanie Peterson , Funeral Director

Stephanie was raised in Pocatello, Idaho before moving to Bozeman in 2001 to attend Montana State University.  In 2008, she enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning her Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Directing/Embalming and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2010.  She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Southwest District Governor for the Montana Funeral Directors Association.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys dancing and music, and is Executive Director of IndepenDANCE Community Dance Project.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their dog, especially hiking, camping, and traveling.

Roy Olpin , Funeral Director

A fourth-generation funeral director, Roy attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1995-1996, and graduate school at Boston University from 2000 to 2002. Currently a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Louisville, Roy spends much of his spare time preparing his dissertation and teaching part-time at MSU Billings. The love of his life, Covona, enjoys many of his interests, including hiking, biking, and taking the path less traveled on that next road trip.

James (Jim) R. Mitchell , Funeral Director

Jim was born, raised, and educated in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He served his country in the United States Army, and upon his discharge moved to Hardin, Montana. In Hardin he was affiliated with the Bullis Mortuary from 1960 until 1973 when he became a partner at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman with Howard Nelson and Rexal Troth. Jim and his wife, Bernie, became sole owners of the firm in 1986. His involvement in the community and profession include: long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church; The Bozeman Symphony Society; the board of trustees for the Bozeman School District; the Montana State University Athletic Scholarship Association; the QK Club (Quest for Knowledge); the Bozeman Lions Club; and a long-time member of the National Funeral Directors Association and also the Montana Funeral Directors Association where he served as President in 1982. Jim was presented with the "Celebrations of Service" Award by the MFDA for 45 years of service to the funeral profession—an award only a handful of funeral directors ever receive. Since retirement, Jim has been an active volunteer at Love In the Name of Christ and a board member of the Bozeman School Foundation.

Shanna Hamilton , Administrative Assistant

Shanna was born and raised in Billings, MT--a 2nd generation graduate from Billings Senior High in 1987. Shanna moved to Bozeman in 2014 with her husband, Cory, and two girls, Braelyn & Kennadi, after he finished his military career. She loves to spend time with her family outdoors hiking, BBQing, walking the dog, or skiing. She also loves to take road trips exploring palces off the beaten path. Before joining the Dokken-Nelson team, she spent her career in retail sales management.

Cyndi Lockart , Funeral Director Assistant

Cyndi grew up in Gallatin Gateway and graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1978. She has worked part-time for Dokken-Nelson as a Funeral Director Assistant since 2004. She has been a volunteer at the Bozeman Help Center on the crisis line. In her off time, Cyndi enjoys going to the movies and traveling.

Paul Ruhl , Funeral Director Assistant

Paul was born in China as his parents were missionaries with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He spent his first two years there, and the next 13 years in the Philippines. Since moving to Bozeman, Paul spent 12 years as a customer service agent with Delta Air Lines and has been part-time with Dokken-Nelson since the summer of 2010. Playing golf if the temperature is above 50 degrees is his favorite pastime.

Elizabeth Hecker , Funeral Director Assistant

Elizabeth is a Montana native, having grown up in six different towns across the state since the second grade. She is currently enrolled at Montana State University as an undergraduate pursuing a BS in Land Rehabilitation; with future plans to attend graduate school. Elizabeth has been part-time with Dokken-Nelson since the winter of 2016. In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and fly fishing with her chocolate lab, June.

Tim Borgogna , Funeral Director Assistant

Tim and his wife Joanna completed their bachelor degrees in biology at Point Loma Nazarene University before moving to Bozeman in 2014 to pursue their graduate studies at Montana State University. Both are currently Ph.D. candidates in the department of Microbiology and Immunology. Tim joined the Dokken-Nelson staff in 2017. In his free time he enjoys participating in youth ministry within the valley and will never pass up an opportunity to go hunting or fishing.  

Pat Lorang , Funeral Director Assistant

Pat is a Montana native, raised on a ranch south of Great Falls.  She earned a BS degree with honors from MSU and her first career was a high school science teacher and speech/debate coach.  Her family of 3 adult children, 7 adorable grandkids and a special niece and nephew bring constant joy.  In addition to entertaining friends, Pat enjoys traveling, Bobcat sports, and being outdoors in any summer activity the valley provides.

Alice Van Dyke , Funeral Director Assistant

Alice was born in Missoula and grew up on what is now the Wheat Montana farm in Three Forks. She and her husband are 2nd generation cattle ranchers in the Gallatin Valley. She enjoys traveling, especially to any beach. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and serves as a board member of the state motocross association. 

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"Words cannot express our thanks and appreciation for all you did for the service and for the family.  No matter how busy you all were during that time, you always made us feel like we were #1 on the list!  All of the special touches you helped us with made the service and our struggles much easier to deal with.  Again, our heartfelt thanks."

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