Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

When a family suffers a loss due to a death, there are many decisions a family must make. The most important factor in making those decisions is having all the correct information available. With a full staff of funeral service professionals, Kaiser-Corson has the expertise to assist with every wish a family could have. It is extremely important that when you visit with someone concerning any aspect of funeral service, that person be licensed and equipped to present all the information, with timeliness and accuracy. Next to our legacy of funeral service, we are most proud of the professional associates at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc.



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Darren O'Donnell Funeral Director / Co-Owner darren@kaisercorson.com

     Darren has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes since February of 2000. He became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019. He grew up in Cresco, Iowa and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1990. He attended Waldorf College in Forest City, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mortuary Science in 1992.  Darren graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in the fall of 1993. Prior to joining Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Darren worked in the communities of Waterloo and Osage.

     Darren and his wife, Becky along with their family reside at the Readlyn location. They are the proud parents of Cameron, Colin, Casey and Claire. Darren and his family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. 

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Ryan G. Tucker Funeral Director / Co-Owner ryan@kaisercorson.com

     Ryan was born and raised in Sumner, Iowa. He is an honors graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Upon completing his funeral service internship in Fort Dodge, he joined Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes as a licensed Funeral Director in 2007. He became a co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Ryan is a Past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association. He served for three years on the Policy Board for the National Funeral Directors Association and has earned the credential of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

     In the community, Ryan is past Chair for the Bremer County Community Foundation, is a member of the Denver Lions Club and coaches baseball for the Denver Baseball Club. In 2019, he was named to “The Courier’s 20 under 40” which honors outstanding young leaders in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place. 

     Ryan is married to his wife, Kayla. They have two sons, Colby and Griffin, and live in Denver. He enjoys reading, cooking, playing golf, traveling, being outdoors and attending sporting events.

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Jon Dumermuth Funeral Director / Co-Owner jon@kaisercorson.com

     Jon has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home since 2007.  Jon was raised in Fayette, Iowa and graduated from the North Fayette High School, West Union, Iowa, 1989 and from Worsham Mortuary College in Wheeling, Illinois in 1999.  Jon served his apprenticeship with the Harden Funeral Home in What Cheer and continued to funeral direct there until 2007. He became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Jon resides at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock along with his wife Jodi who works for Cuna Mutual Insurance in Waverly.  The couple attends Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls and have four children; Tyler, Tiffany, Mason, and Cooper.  In his spare time you can find Jon with his boys canoeing, fishing, and hunting.

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Denee Muller Funeral Director / Co-Owner denee@kaisercorson.com

    Denee graduated from Monroe High School and the Des Moines Area Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program. She worked as a registered nurse prior to graduating from the Des Moines Area Community College Mortuary Science Program in 2011. She started her internship in November of 2011 and assumed a funeral director position after receiving her funeral directors' license in 2012, both at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes. She became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Denee has two daughters and lives in Waverly with her youngest daughter, Melanie.  Her oldest daughter, Kali, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She is a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.

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Dean O. Boeckman Funeral Director dean@kaisercorson.com

      Dean is native of Breda, Iowa and has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home since July of 2001. He is a licensed funeral director and holds an insurance license to sell pre-need. Dean is a graduated of Carroll Kuemper High School, Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Skokie, Illinois. Prior to joining Kaiser-Corson he was employed at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home in Fort Dodge, Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake and Barker Mortuary in Holstein.

      Along with his wife, Sheila, they reside in Waverly. They have three children, Lindsay (Tommy), Blake (Rachel) and Stefanie (Johnny) and four grandchildren, Jax, Addison, Josiah and Knox. He is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, which he served as President from 2010-2011, member of the National Funeral Directors Association and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Dean is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, enjoys playing golf, bike riding, walking with his dog, Herky along with spending time with his family.

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Kathy Traetow Funeral Assistant

    Kathy and her husband Roger have lived in Waverly since 2021, having lived previously on a farm NE of Waverly where they raised their four children.  Kathy enjoys serving the community and being a part of the Kaiser Corson family. 

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Jim Collins Funeral Assistant

     Jim is the son of Francis and Martha Collins in Ft. Dodge Iowa. With 14 siblings, Jim was right in the middle of the pack at number 7. After graduating from Twin Rivers in Bode, Jim was married and moved to Ft. Dodge and worked for Canteen Corp. After nine months he was moved to Storm Lake as Branch Supervisor.

     In 1971, Jim purchased a small interest in a new restaurant in Waverly called the Villager. He became full owner within a year and owned it for 23 years before selling the building to Pizza Ranch. During this time Jim also owned Oberheu Restaurant and WeatherVane in Denver.  In 2003, Jim purchased a building in Readlyn and moved to town and opened Sunrise Catering. Jim retired from the food business in 2023.  Jim and Beverly were married in Feb of 2004. Jim has five children from a previous marriage.  Bev has a son, and three adopted children.

     Jim enjoys collecting marbles, stamps, coins and old postcards. He enjoys his annual trip with Steve Wehr to Canada fishing. Jim and Bev enjoy hunting for vintage treasures on auction sites. Jim is looking forward to spending more time with his grandkids now that he is retired.

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Randy Wirtz Funeral Assistant

    Randy and his wife Roxanne have lived in Bremer County for the past 28 years. They both have enjoyed working for the public. Roxanne as a Library Assistant and Randy an ARNP. Randy continues to enjoy serving the community, but in a different capacity. 

 

    When not working Randy enjoys gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

Darren O'Donnell

Funeral Director / Co-Owner
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     Darren has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes since February of 2000. He became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019. He grew up in Cresco, Iowa and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1990. He attended Waldorf College in Forest City, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mortuary Science in 1992.  Darren graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in the fall of 1993. Prior to joining Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Darren worked in the communities of Waterloo and Osage.

     Darren and his wife, Becky along with their family reside at the Readlyn location. They are the proud parents of Cameron, Colin, Casey and Claire. Darren and his family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. 

Ryan G. Tucker

Funeral Director / Co-Owner
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     Ryan was born and raised in Sumner, Iowa. He is an honors graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Upon completing his funeral service internship in Fort Dodge, he joined Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes as a licensed Funeral Director in 2007. He became a co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Ryan is a Past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association. He served for three years on the Policy Board for the National Funeral Directors Association and has earned the credential of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

     In the community, Ryan is past Chair for the Bremer County Community Foundation, is a member of the Denver Lions Club and coaches baseball for the Denver Baseball Club. In 2019, he was named to “The Courier’s 20 under 40” which honors outstanding young leaders in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place. 

     Ryan is married to his wife, Kayla. They have two sons, Colby and Griffin, and live in Denver. He enjoys reading, cooking, playing golf, traveling, being outdoors and attending sporting events.

Jon Dumermuth

Funeral Director / Co-Owner
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     Jon has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home since 2007.  Jon was raised in Fayette, Iowa and graduated from the North Fayette High School, West Union, Iowa, 1989 and from Worsham Mortuary College in Wheeling, Illinois in 1999.  Jon served his apprenticeship with the Harden Funeral Home in What Cheer and continued to funeral direct there until 2007. He became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Jon resides at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock along with his wife Jodi who works for Cuna Mutual Insurance in Waverly.  The couple attends Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls and have four children; Tyler, Tiffany, Mason, and Cooper.  In his spare time you can find Jon with his boys canoeing, fishing, and hunting.

Denee Muller

Funeral Director / Co-Owner
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    Denee graduated from Monroe High School and the Des Moines Area Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program. She worked as a registered nurse prior to graduating from the Des Moines Area Community College Mortuary Science Program in 2011. She started her internship in November of 2011 and assumed a funeral director position after receiving her funeral directors' license in 2012, both at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes. She became co-owner of the funeral homes in 2019.

     Denee has two daughters and lives in Waverly with her youngest daughter, Melanie.  Her oldest daughter, Kali, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She is a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.

Dean O. Boeckman

Funeral Director
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      Dean is native of Breda, Iowa and has been with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home since July of 2001. He is a licensed funeral director and holds an insurance license to sell pre-need. Dean is a graduated of Carroll Kuemper High School, Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Skokie, Illinois. Prior to joining Kaiser-Corson he was employed at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home in Fort Dodge, Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake and Barker Mortuary in Holstein.

      Along with his wife, Sheila, they reside in Waverly. They have three children, Lindsay (Tommy), Blake (Rachel) and Stefanie (Johnny) and four grandchildren, Jax, Addison, Josiah and Knox. He is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, which he served as President from 2010-2011, member of the National Funeral Directors Association and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Dean is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, enjoys playing golf, bike riding, walking with his dog, Herky along with spending time with his family.

Kathy Traetow

Funeral Assistant
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    Kathy and her husband Roger have lived in Waverly since 2021, having lived previously on a farm NE of Waverly where they raised their four children.  Kathy enjoys serving the community and being a part of the Kaiser Corson family. 

Jim Collins

Funeral Assistant
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     Jim is the son of Francis and Martha Collins in Ft. Dodge Iowa. With 14 siblings, Jim was right in the middle of the pack at number 7. After graduating from Twin Rivers in Bode, Jim was married and moved to Ft. Dodge and worked for Canteen Corp. After nine months he was moved to Storm Lake as Branch Supervisor.

     In 1971, Jim purchased a small interest in a new restaurant in Waverly called the Villager. He became full owner within a year and owned it for 23 years before selling the building to Pizza Ranch. During this time Jim also owned Oberheu Restaurant and WeatherVane in Denver.  In 2003, Jim purchased a building in Readlyn and moved to town and opened Sunrise Catering. Jim retired from the food business in 2023.  Jim and Beverly were married in Feb of 2004. Jim has five children from a previous marriage.  Bev has a son, and three adopted children.

     Jim enjoys collecting marbles, stamps, coins and old postcards. He enjoys his annual trip with Steve Wehr to Canada fishing. Jim and Bev enjoy hunting for vintage treasures on auction sites. Jim is looking forward to spending more time with his grandkids now that he is retired.

Randy Wirtz

Funeral Assistant
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    Randy and his wife Roxanne have lived in Bremer County for the past 28 years. They both have enjoyed working for the public. Roxanne as a Library Assistant and Randy an ARNP. Randy continues to enjoy serving the community, but in a different capacity. 

 

    When not working Randy enjoys gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.