Founded in 1895 by J.A. Coning, Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service is believed to be the first funeral home built in Faribault County. Beginning as a combination funeral home and furniture store, its first location was on Main Street in Blue Earth, where the dance studio is now located. The funeral home has a long and proud history of quality service to the Blue Earth area and surrounding communities.
John W. Kamrar Residence
Forsman Funeral Home 1950
Mr. Coning retired in 1928, and the two businesses continued to be operated by his son, Wayne Coning. In 1936 the funeral home was sold to Mr. James Cook.
A second funeral home was opened in the mid 1920’s at the J. Kamrar residence in Blue Earth, which was owned and operated by Mrs. Minnie Burke. The Kamrar location was sold in 1946 to Mr. Alfred L. Forsman, and in 1948, Mr. Forsman expanded the funeral home by adding a chapel to the existing structure.
John M. Patton purchased the funeral home on Main Street from Mr. Cook, in 1963. Mr. Patton and Mr. Forsman later partnered to begin the Forsman-Patton Funeral Home, operating out of both chapels until 1969. An expansion and renovation project was completed in order to double the square footage of the West 6th Street location, allowing the funeral home to accommodate the growing community.
After Mr. Forsman retired, John Patton solely owned and operated the Patton Funeral Home. In 1984, in an effort to serve the many families in surrounding communities, Mr. Patton purchased the Wicks Funeral Home in Elmore from Tom Wicks, and the funeral home name was changed to Forsman-Patton-Wicks Funeral Home.
In January of 1999, Tom Vertin, a third generation Minnesota funeral director, purchased the funeral service, and Bob Kennedy, licensed director, later purchased ownership interest. While working together, they have been able to continue the commitment of superior service to Blue Earth and surrounding area families.
In 2003, an open house was held at our new facility, located at 400 East 14th Street in Blue Earth. The new spacious facility is 100% handicapped accessible, and offers a warm inviting atmosphere for friends and family to gather and to celebrate the life of their loved one.
At Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, we know that it takes more than just a building to serve families, but we are excited to be able to offer the families of Blue Earth and the surrounding area a new facility, where service will be, as always, second to none.