History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home was founded in 1889; making it one of the oldest family owned businesses in Kandiyohi County.  Peterson Brothers is current operated by the fifth generation of the Peterson family.   


Our Valued Staff

Lance  Peterson

Lance Peterson, President/Funeral Director

Lance is the president of Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. He is a fifth generation funeral director and has been active with the firm since 1994. He is a Willmar native and graduate of Willmar High School. He attended Willmar Community College and the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree with a major in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota. Lance is an active member of the Church of St. Mary. He is Past President of Willmar Noon Kiwanis, Past President of Main Street Willmar, Willmar Area Chamber Board and member of Little Crow Anglers and the Little Crow and West Central Chapters of Ducks Unlimited. Lance lives in Willmar with his wife, Tina and their three children.


Jon  Burkholder

Jon Burkholder, Funeral Director

Jon is a native of Mayville, North Dakota. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and received a Composite Science Bachelor of Science Teacher Degree from Mayville State University. After teaching, Jon returned to school and recieved his degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. Jon has been with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home since 1979. Jon is a notary public.


Justin  Bos

Justin Bos, Funeral Director

Justin is a native of Willmar and a graduate of Willmar High School. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating with a degree in biochemistry, and the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. Justin worked as a funeral director in the Twin Cities before returning to the Willmar area in 2003. He is a member of the School Board for Willmar Public Schools, Vice Chair of the Willmar Civic Scholarship Association, member of the Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center Board of Trustees, Vice President of the Willmar Sertoma Club and is active with the Willmar Hockey Association. Justin is also an active member of Vinje Lutheran Church, where he has served on the church council, the nominating committe and as a lector and an usher. Justin lives in Willmar with his wife, Sara and their two children.


Audrey  Nelsen

Audrey Nelsen, Certified Preplanning Consultant

Audrey is the Preplanning consultant at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. She is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance. She is an active member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar and is active in the community, serving on the Willmar City Council and the Willmar Community Center Board. If you have any questions regarding advanced funeral planning, please contact Audrey.


Rolf  Peterson

Rolf Peterson, Funeral Director

Rolf is a graduate of Willmar High School, Macalester College and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science. He is a fourth generation funeral director and has been active with the firm since 1962. Rolf is a Past President of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, an active member and Past President of the Willmar Lions Club and is currently Vice President of the Willmar Area Shine Club. He is a member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.


Caryl  Peterson

Caryl Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer

Caryl is a graduate of New Ulm High School and Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. Degree and Vocational Teaching Certificate. She is also a Certified Mortuary Technician. Caryl serves as the corporation's Secretary-Treasurer. She is a Distinguished Past President of Sunrise Kiwanis, Member of Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs State Board, West Central Concert Series Board Member, Willmar Shrine Auxiliary, the P.E.O. Sisterhood.