Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service
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At Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, we are honored to have earned the trust and confidence placed in us by those that we serve. We pledge to offer respectful and dignified professional service, service that a family should expect, service that a family deserves.

From the time the first phone call is received, throughout the service and beyond, each staff member at our funeral home contributes in an important way. We are very proud of our staff of caregivers who have been recognized nationally with a “Pursuit of Excellence” Award for their excellence in funeral service. To achieve recognition in the Pursuit of Excellence Program, a funeral home must meet at least 31 criteria in nine categories of achievement. The categories include: education, compassionate service, technical skills, community and professional service, library or media resources, professional development, staff training and public and community relations. 


 John R. "Bob" Kennedy

Licensed Funeral Director

John R. “Bob” Kennedy has been serving bereaved families since 1989. He has helped hundreds of Blue Earth area families plan meaningful, personalized services for their loved ones. He has been a licensed funeral director in Iowa and Minnesota for many years. 

Bob enjoys spending time with his wife, Dawn, and their three sons, Jack, Jared and Justin. Bob also enjoys playing tennis and softball, doing woodworking projects or relaxing with a good book. Bob is a more than 10-year member of the Lions Club.

Bob states, “I believe funeral services can be as unique, personal and meaningful as a family wishes to make them. I strive to treat people with the care and respect I would wish for my own family at such a difficult time.” 





Robert H. Broderick

Licensed Funeral Director

Rob has been serving bereaved families since 1994, joining the staff at Patton Funeral Home and Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in 2011.  

Rob grew up in Chadron, Nebraska and graduated from Chadron High School. He attended Chadron State College, the University of Nebraska “Go Big Red”, and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Oklahoma, graduating with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1996. Rob is licensed in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota. 

Before moving to Minnesota, Rob had been managing partner at the Black Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgis, South Dakota since 2005. He has been active in funeral service associations for several years, serving as President of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association District 5 from 2001-2006. Rob has also been a long-term active member of the Elks, member and President of the Sturgis Mustang Club, and an active member of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce. 

Rob and his family reside in Blue Earth and he is married to Jennifer (Meyer) of Chadron. Together they have two daughters, Ayla Ann and Rehgan Marie. 



 Tyler Schwichtenberg

Licensed Funeral Director/Certified Funeral Celebrant

Tyler grew up in Fairbault, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Mortuary Science Program in December of 2012.  He completed his internship at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

In addition to serving families as a licensed Funeral Director and soloist, Tyler is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and is able to provide personalized funeral or memorial services to reflect the personality and lifestyle of a deceased loved one.

In his personal time, Tyler enjoys time at the family cabin, traveling, and is very supportive and involved with theatre and arts.  Tyler serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Grief Connection, Hearts of Hope Camp of Minnesota, and is the owner and creator of the Funeral First Call App.





 Gary Owen

Licensed Funeral Director

Gary Owen is a licensed funeral director and is the retired manager at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago, Minnesota. When Bob and Rob are away with family, Gary is there to care for the families of Blue Earth. 









 Karla Tukua

Pre-Planning Specialist

In February of 2005, Karla completed training to serve as a funeral home Pre-Arrangement Specialist. With several years of experience under her belt, she joined the staff at Patton and Spencer-Owen Funeral Homes in 2011. 

Karla was born and raised on a farm between Frost and Bricelyn, Minnesota, the daughter of Elwood and May Monson. She graduated from Frost High School and then pursued an Associate of Arts Degree in child Development at the University of Minnesota-Waseca, Minnesota. In 1977, Karla moved to Albert Lea and began working at the Albert Lea Community Child Care Center. She later met and married her husband Gene Tukua, who is employed with the City of Hartland, where he handles the maintenance and utilities. They have two adult children, Naomi and Seth. 

Karla has worked in the area in many different capacities, but now has found her niche serving families who wish to pre-arrange their funeral plans. "People serving people" is her deepest desire and she is always available to help, whatever the need. 

While not serving families at the funeral home, Karla is busy meeting the needs of her family or the needs of the Ascension Lutheran Church. At Vista Covenant Church, she has served as chairperson of the Christian Education Board, Superintendent of Sunday School, coordinator of Vacation Bible School and has taught many years of Sunday School. Baseball is Karla's summer passion, as she spends countless hours watching her son coach as well as play the game. People are number one in Karla's life, and she is always willing to visit with families. 

Please call the funeral home to set up an appointment to visit with Karla about the benefits of pre-planning.


 Renny Anderson

Support Staff

Renny has been with the funeral home since 1995. He is a lifetime resident of Blue Earth and Elmore. Renny graduated from Elmore High School in 1952 and had worked for the Farmers Elevator Coop (now Wantonwan Farm Service) for 38 ½ years before retiring in 1995. Renny is a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a twenty-three year member of the Blue Earth Lions Club. He resides in Blue Earth with his wife, Donna, and they have three children, Debra of Blue Earth, Diane of St. Augustine, Florida and Randy of Blue Earth.

 Bud Schwab

Support Staff

Bud Schwab has been associated with Patton Funeral Home & Crematory since 2000. He was a 1957 graduate of Blue Earth High School and later a graduate of Mankato Commercial College. He also continued his education at Mankato State University. He was a long time worker at Winnebago Manufacturing and later Tafco Equipment, before retiring in 2000. Bud’s history of community service culminates in his 12 years on the Blue Earth City Council, serving four years as Mayor of Blue Earth. Bud and his wife Erma have four sons and one daughter: Todd of Cambridge, MN, Damon of Portland, Oregon, Brent of New River, Arizona, Chad of Minneapolis and Erin Schwab of Blue Earth. Bud enjoys woodworking, wood carving and gardening.

 Tracy Zierke

Support Staff

Tracy has been helping conduct funeral services for three years. Tracy is a lifelong Elmore resident, graduating from Elmore High School in 1983. Tracy farms near Elmore and lives in Blue Earth.  He is the father to two wonderful daughters, Rena and Delaney. Tracy enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing and participating in all kinds of recreational sports.









 Donna Anderson

Support Staff

Donna has helped families at the funeral home occasionally throughout the years and has recently joined our staff full-time. Donna grew up in Blue Earth and graduated from Lakota (Iowa) High School in 1955. She was a Nurse Assistant at Blue Earth Hospital for several years before beginning work for Blue Earth Valley Telephone in 1969. Donna was a telephone operator and was supervisor of the answering service for the past twelve years, retiring in 2003. 

Donna is a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. She is also a member of the Blue Earth Hospital Auxiliary. She and her husband, Renny, have three children; Debra Arends of Blue Earth, Diane Anderson of St. Augustine, Florida, and Randy Anderson of Blue Earth.

 Marvis Northwick

Support Staff

"In Loving Memory"

Marvis Jean Northwick, age 83 of Blue Earth, died Sunday July 27, 2014 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms officiating, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 30th, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at Memorials are preferred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center or United Hospital District Home Health/Hospice. 

Marvis was born July 3, 1931 the daughter of Otis T. and Mildred B. (Peterson) Hougen. Marvis was raised and educated in Blue Earth. She was united in marriage to Russell “Mike” Northwick on May 5, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. She worked as a telephone operator at the Blue Earth telephone company and went on to work at Blue Earth Area Schools for 26 years as a cook. After retirement she began working for Patton Funeral Home, where she took great pleasure in greeting and visiting with many people. 

Marvis was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and an active member in the VFW and Legion Auxiliaries. She enjoyed spending time with her twin sister, Mavis, playing bingo and finding treasures at rummage sales. She also cherished weekends at Sager Lake with dear friends and family. Marvis, above all, enjoyed people and time spent with others. 

Marvis is survived by her daughter, Ranet (James) Schmeichel of Odessa, MN and son Ryan (Marie) Northwick of Blue Earth. Also surviving are her sisters, Beverly (Frank) Kitzman of Janesville, & Erma (Bud) Schwab of Bass Lake. Grandchildren: Corey (Fiance Christina) Joyce, Shawn (Shea) Joyce and Chris (Lacy) Joyce, Jeremiah Schmeichel, Ryan Schmeichel and Daniel Schmeichel, Raina (Tim) Juba and Reid (Kim) Northwick; nine great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter due in November along with many nieces & nephews and their families. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Mike, brother, Jerry Hougen, twin sister, Mavis Anderson, sister-Nylene Holmseth, brothers-in-law: Andy Anderson, Laurice Holmseth, Butch Northwick, Eugene Northwick & Robert Northwick and sisters-in-law: Blanche Wells Char Northwick & Mona Teig.

 Elaine Olson

Support Staff

 G. Jean Bierly

Aftercare Specialist 

Jean has been a hospice volunteer and bereavement group facilitator since 1990. In 1997, she helped to co-found Interfaith Caregivers which serves senior citizens in Faribault County. Since 2007, she has been semi-retired and continues to volunteer with both hospice and Interfaith Caregivers. 

In her role as the Aftercare Specialist with Patton Funeral Home, Jean’s caring and compassionate heart for people serves as a gift that enables her to accompany others during their time of loss. 

Jean has three adult children: Lars, Leif, and Clare. She enjoys reading, traveling, meeting new people, and participating in activities with her faith community at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

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