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Chuck Myrhum

Chuck Myrhum

October 19, 1951 - April 2, 2016

Charles Edward Myrhum, age 64, of West Bend, was granted eternal rest on Saturday, April 2, 2016 following a one month struggle with an aggressive cancer.

He was born on Friday, October 19, 1951 to the late Ole and Ruth (nee Weber) Myrhum at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.  As a young boy, Chuck helped his father at their furniture store and funeral home and eventually, at the age of 15, began helping his father with their ambulance service.  He graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1970 and continued his education as an accounting major graduating from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1975.

Chuck always felt that his real calling was in funeral service so he continued his college education and become a licensed funeral director in 1977.  During his career his commitment to serving both his profession and his community were evident.  He was an active member and past president of both the Lakeshore Funeral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.  He also had the honor of chairing several sub committees within the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.  He served on the board of appeals for the city of West Bend and was also an active member and past president of the West Bend Noon Kiwanis Club.  After taking over operations of the family business, Chuck was influential in remodeling their West Bend location which saw the addition of an on-site crematory to better serve the needs of the community.  He also helped expand the business from their one location in West Bend to four locations serving West Bend, Kewaskum, Mayville, and Lomira.  While he led an accomplished career, Chuck’s greatest joy was having the opportunity to work first with his father and later with his son.

Chuck was a care free man who loved life.  He enjoyed boating on the lake, hiking, going for bike rides, walking downtown at the farmers market, cooking, and going to plays.  He liked traveling and in recent years traveled to many destinations around the world.  He loved golfing and always looked forward to his annual golf weekend with the “Hasbeen Hackers”.  The fourth of July was Chuck’s favorite holiday and he spent it driving the Kiwanis go-karts in the local parade in the morning, spending the afternoon boating on Big Cedar Lake where he would later watch the fireworks display, and finally ending the day with his own amazing firework show.  He loved spending time with his daughter touring historic locations around Wisconsin and always looked forward to their special lunches together.  He lived for his grandchildren and loved spending as much time playing with them as he could.  

Chuck will be remembered as a hard working man who led by example and always did the heavy lifting.  He was humble, kind, and generous.  Above all, he was a selfless person who would do anything for anyone at any time. 

Chuck was a great mentor and friend who dedicated his life to serving others.  On behalf of all of us here at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes we are extremely honored to now have the opportunity to serve him.


Matt Myrhum

Matt Myrhum

Funeral Director / Owner

Matt Myrhum is a third generation funeral director here at the funeral home. Early on Matt had a desire to serve people so in addition to funeral service, he also considered a career in both ministry and elementary education. He ultimately chose to pursue a career in funeral service because he felt his passions for ministry and education could best be utilized by serving families in their deepest times of need. 

Matt graduated with honors from the Milwaukee Area Technical College Funeral Service program in 2003. While in college Matt received a variety of awards and scholarships which earned him the honor of being named valedictorian of his funeral service class. 

Today Matt serves as the president of the Wisconsin Funeral Director’s Association Lakeshore District. He enjoys the opportunity to be involved with his community through a variety of charitable organizations and especially enjoys the opportunity to speak with and educate local groups on a variety of topics pertaining to funeral service. 

Matt, his wife Nicky, and their son Nathan attend Community Church in West Bend. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, biking, boating, golfing, skiing, traveling, and most importantly spending time with his family and close friends.


Bob Patten

Bob Patten

Funeral Director / Owner

Bob Patten became a licensed funeral director in January 1991 after graduating from the Milwaukee Area Technical College funeral service program and completing his apprenticeship at the Myrhum Funeral Home. In 1998 he earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) after completing a 180-hour program of continuing education and events. 

He is a Past-President of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association (WFDA), having served as President in 2011-2012. He is a charter member and Past-President of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club, and has been honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow. He is member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in West Bend where he served as treasurer for several years. 

Bob and his wife, Kerri jo, have two children, Evan and Elise.


Cole Roberts

Cole Roberts

Funeral Director

Cole is the son of Wade and Shawn (nee McElhatton) Roberts and the brother of Maura. 

Cole is a 2011 graduate of Kewaskum High School and a 2014 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. Cole is a licensed funeral director and a licensed preneed insurance agent. 

Cole is the great-great-grandson of Edward F. Miller, the great-grandson of E. Pat Miller and great-nephew of Edward Miller, former owners of Miller Funeral Home. 

He is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. 

Cole enjoys working on motorcycles, cars and snowboarding. 


Jason Velicer

Jason Velicer

Funeral Director

Jason Velicer is originally from the Luxemburg, Wisconsin area and graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High school in 1994. He obtained a Bachelors degree from Carroll University in Waukesha in 1999. Jason joined Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service as an apprentice in January 2013. He graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College and became a licensed Funeral Director in December 2014. 

Jason and his wife, Jill, have been married since 2001 and live in West Bend, WI. Together they have six children, five boys and one girl. As a family they enjoy spending time together bike riding, camping, fishing and learning about life.


Steve Volm

Steve Volm

Funeral Director

Steve joined the Miller Funeral Home in September of 2011. In addition to being a licensed funeral director, he is also a licensed preneed insurance agent. 

Steve, the son of Steve and Sue Volm, was born and raised in Kewaskum on his family’s farm and graduated from Kewaskum High School in 2007. He attended college at UW Washington County and earned his degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2011 as a licensed funeral director. 

He is active in the community as treasurer of the Kewaskum Kiwanis Club. 

When Steve is not working, he enjoys shooting trap with his dad at Campbellsport Sportsman’s Club and Mayville Gun Club, hunting, fishing, skiing and snowboarding.


Kelly Owens

Kelly Owens

Family Services Coordinator/Pre-arrangement Specialist

Kelly joined our staff in July 2014 however she has been working in the industry as a licensed Life Insurance Agent, Preneed Specialist, as well as a certified Burial Prearrangement Counselor since 2009. 


She has many years of experience in business administration, operations, accounting, and analysis. Throughout her career, Kelly has helped many of her colleagues and customers identify specific needs and find solutions that best meet those needs. Kelly has served many individuals and families following the loss of a loved one by providing comfort, compassion, and the resources they needed to help settle personal affairs and cope with grief. 


 She enjoys educating families about their many options and helping them make informed decisions that will ease the burden on loved ones during a time of loss.  


Kelly’s family and friends describe her as a natural caregiver; assisting through advice, hands on support, emotional support and often prayer.  She understands the true extent of what it means to have care and compassion having cared for her mother through her journey with Alzheimers for nearly 10 years and continuing to care for her after the death of her father. 


 In her free time Kelly enjoys photography, watching sports (especially football), walking and playing with her dogs and spending time with friends, her two children and her granddaughter, and her siblings.  


To learn more about Kelly and her work visit, http://www.mytributeplanner.com/profile/011814/FH00001354



Dan Bertler

Dan Bertler

Funeral Assistant

Dan was born and raised in Milwaukee.  After graduating from High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Hospital Corpsman. After his time in the Navy, Dan went on to work the A.O. Smith Corp.  While at A.O. Smith, Dan attended Moraine Park Technical College for Criminal Justice.

Dan moved to West Bend in 1976 and joined the West Bend Police Department in 1980.  He worked a variety of assignments within the West Bend Police Dept. and retired in 2007 as a Sergeant/Watch Commander. Dan started working at the funeral home in April 2016.

Dan has two adult children and four grandchildren who live in the West Bend area.


John Kudek

John Kudek

Funeral Assistant

John was born and raised on a farm in the Town of Wayne. He attended St. Bridget’s and Holy Trinity Catholic Schools graduating in 1956. After attending Kewaskum High School he started his working career at Regal Ware in Kewaskum and worked there for nine years. After that he worked at Weasler Engineering retiring after thirty-seven years of service. He became an employee of Miller Funeral Home following his retirement in 2006. 

John and his wife, Jeaneen have been married 50+ years and have two married sons. They have eight step-grandchildren. 

They belong to Holy Trinity Catholic Church where they are active volunteers. He is a retired fireman from the Kewaskum Fire Department after volunteering for 22 years. He retired as a Lieutenant of the department. 

When not working at the funeral home, John and Jeaneen enjoy traveling and just taking life easy.


Dave Schildt

Dave Schildt

Funeral Assistant

Dave Schildt was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where he graduated from South Division High School in 1962. Dave is a U.S. Army Veteran and was a member of the Milwaukee Police Dept. for 31 years, retiring in 1996.

He and his wife, Doreen, have lived in Kewaskum since 2002. They have four children and two grandchildren. Dave and Doreen are members of Community Church in West Bend where they serve in several capacities. They enjoy camping, fishing, traveling, golfing, boating, and working on their property in the town of Kewaskum.

Dave joined the funeral home staff in 2012, fulfilling his desire to serve people in their time of need.


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