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Funeral Director / Owner
Matt 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.
Matt is a past-president of the Lakeshore District of the Wisconsin Funeral Director’s Association and currently serves at the Vice-President of the Wisconsin Funeral Director's Association. 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 and his wife Nicky, along with their five children, are members at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Bend where Matt serves on the St. John's West Bend Foundation Board. Matt's greatest joy in life is spending time with his family and investing in his children's lives. As a family they enjoy going on road trips, camping, hiking, biking, and boating. Matt is looking forward to the day when his children can join him on the golf course and the ski hill.
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.
Family Services Coordinator & Pre-Arrangement Specialist
At an early age, Kelly began to volunteer at a nursing home with her elderly neighbor, discovering a passion for helping others and a desire to make the world a better place. Kelly is originally from Cedarburg, WI and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Media Studies, and Spanish from St. Norbert College in 1999. In 2015, Kelly received her Project Management and Leadership Professional certifications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
After a successful career in sales and marketing, Kelly worked as a Family Service Counselor at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Milwaukee, WI before joining the staff at Myrhum Patten and Twohig Funeral Homes as a licensed and certified prearrangement specialist and family services coordinator. Kelly is passionate and dedicated to servicing families in pre-planning for their future. She enjoys networking and educating the community on the importance of creating a healing funeral.
In her personal time, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, reading, and writing.
After attending the funeral of his grandmother in 2016 at Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, Eric knew that the Funeral Service Industry was his life’s vocation. Subsequent to graduating from Hartford Union High School in 2020, Eric attended Moraine Park Technical College and graduated in August 2022 with an Associate Degree in Business Management. He is also a Certified Project Coordinator, and has a diploma in Business Logistics Coordination. What Eric enjoys most about working at Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home is the camaraderie and friendliness of everyone around him, along with the joy of fulfillment in assisting people who are enduring the worst experience of their lives. Eric also enjoys supporting the Funeral Directing staff in order to fully optimize the care and attention given to families.
During his free time, Eric is oftentimes helping people, or spending quality time with friends and family. Eric loves going to Bucks and Brewer games, or watching from home - as well as traveling, drinking coffee, having a cigar with friends, collecting watches, listening to music, and catching up on a favorite TV show. Eric lives in Slinger and is a member of St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Mayville.
From a young age, Brianna knew she was meant to be a funeral director. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science and after searching, she found her calling here with all the other compassionate staff at Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes. She is excited to be involved with such a wonderful community helping those in the area remember and honor the lives of their loved ones.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, watching sports, and riding her motorcycle. Brianna and her husband, Bill, have two cats, Cat and Cadde.
Son of parents of Norwegian, German and Scotch-Irish heritage, Lee was born in Northern Township (now part of Bemidji, MN) during the Spring of ’81. Graduated from the local high school and partied like it was 1999, then graduated from the local university in aught-three, later that year he was united in marriage to Amanda J. Jason at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Go My Children With My Blessing was the recessional hymn during the wedding and “go” the couple did. They had a brief stint in North Dakota, before saying, “Hello Wisconsin” and moving to the suburbs of Milwaukee. Lee graduated with honors from MATC-West Allis in aught-six. He worked for some of the area's other fine funeral homes for several years. The year 2014 brought an employment change for Lee. He was hired as an RCA for United States Postal Service. After run-ins with dogs and wasps, Lee knew it was time to return to the profession he was trained in. He saw the light and was called back to funeral service in the Spring of 2018. Being on a mission from God, Lee feels honored and blessed to serve as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Certified Funeral Celebrant at the Myrhum-Patten and Twohig Family Funeral Homes.
Lee and his wife, Amanda, live in the town of Hartford. Together they have one son, Louis. They belong to Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford, where Lee has served on the church board, and puts on his Sunday School shoes and teaches the first and second grade students. When not at work, Lee and his family enjoy playing with their two Siberian cats, Shamus and Marshall, going to Pike Lake State Park, and splashing at water parks.
he is feeling “indoorsy” Lee enjoys reading, listening to songs that were hits
before his mother was born, and speaking in television and movie quotes. Feel free to contact Lee via email, phone, or
text anytime you have funeral, cremation, or end-of-life related questions; or
if you simply want to talk KJV, NIV, SCDP, JMM, Hank, Ralph’s, Mocha Joe’s,
chocolate babka, or Scranton, PA. (*See
if you noticed any song lyrics or TV/movie quotes/references in the above
paragraphs. There are at least a dozen).
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 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. In 2018 he married Whitney Pfeiffer at Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum. Steve has a daughter, Rosie, and a son, Spencer.
When Steve is not working, he enjoys shooting trap with his wife and dad at Mayville Gun Club and Lomira Sportsman's Club, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.
Chad Gavigan is the son of Colleen Gavigan, and was born in Milwaukee in 1987. Chad has lived in many areas of southeast Wisconsin, but ultimately has made West Bend his home. In 2016, Chad married Brittney Ulik at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend. Chad and Brittney have three children, a son Sawyer who was born in 2018, a daughter Ingrid born in 2020, and a daughter Savannah born in 2023.
Chad’s passion and desire to help others in their time of need and become a Funeral Director was God’s calling for Chad after the loss of his son Sawyer in 2018. Chad is a 2022 Graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College in Funeral Service.
When not at Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, Chad enjoys watching the Chicago Blackhawks and Green Bay Packers, along with spending time with friends and family, perhaps around a campfire with a cigar and whiskey in hand.
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 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 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.
My name is Emma, and as part of the team at Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, I work remotely providing meaningful aftercare for the families we serve via text message and email. I cherish the opportunity of connecting with families every day by sharing helpful resources and having genuine conversations. It’s an honor serving our community in this capacity and implementing values I hold dear in my personal life as well! Namely, kindness, selflessness, and connection.
Outside of work, you’ll catch me reading a book, going for a run, or spending
time with my family.
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
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.