The history of Iverson-Kassian
of our funeral homes date back many years. The Aaker Funeral
Home was founded in 1918 as the Graham Funeral Home. The
Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home was founded in 1949 as the
Wonder Funeral Home. Each has its' own story and contribution
to their community over the years. We could explain in
great detail the history of these firms, but it would
be too lengthy for your internet inquiry. The Cooperstown
Funeral Chapel does not have much history, but we have
to start somewhere. The history we want to share with
you is the history about us; the people who have come
to work together, making our funeral homes meet the needs
of the families we serve.
Our history begins in 1992, when Ryan Iverson
and Dan Kassian meet at the University of Minnesota where
they were both attending the Mortuary Science Program and
became friends. Both grew up in North Dakota small towns;
Ryan in Binford and Dan in Wilton. During the last year of
college, Ryan was home for the summer and began discussions
for employment with Robert Stanley of the Stanley Funeral
Home in McVille. In 1993 Ryan served his internship with Robert
and they continued working together. The following year Robert
began thinking about the future of the funeral home, so he
offered Ryan a partnership and the name changed to the Stanley-Iverson
Funeral Home. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota
in 1993, Dan was offered a position at the Mueller-Bies Funeral
Home in Roseville, Minnesota. Over the course of time, Ryan
and Dan remained in close contact. They continually visited
about the future of funeral service and how their ideas and
work ethic could benefit the families they serve.
In 1999 James
Aaker contacted Ryan about the future of the Aaker Funeral
Home in Lakota. After some discussion of our philosophy
and ideals, James decided to sell his family funeral home
to us, at which time we formed Iverson-Kassian Funeral Services,
Inc. Dan, his wife Tonya, and their two sons, Tim and Jesse
moved to Lakota in July of 1999. In January 2000, Robert
Stanley retired and Iverson-Kassian Funeral Services purchased
his interest in the Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home.
In the year 2002,
Iverson-Kassian Funeral Services began construction of the
Cooperstown Funeral Chapel in Cooperstown. It had been a
vision to serve this community, and with the advice and
suggestions of local residents, it became a long term commitment
to serve the Cooperstown area.
In April of 2003 we had a grand opening
celebration. We are gratified of the opportunity to share
with Cooperstown the level of service that we provide.
and Dan hired Jeremy Hoeckle in 2009. Jeremy and his wife
Rachel live in McVille.
Today we are constantly trying
to provide more meaningful services. Ryan, Dan, and Jeremy
continually brainstorm and research ideas of what we can
do better, how we can provide more, and always make our
families a top priority. Our history may seem limited if
you consider when we started, but the level of service we
provide will be a part of funeral service history.