Funeral Director/Pre-Need Counselor
Mark was born in Omaha, NE in 1961. He moved to Dell Rapids when his parents purchased the Hermanson Funeral Home in 1968. After graduating from Dell Rapids High School in 1979, Mark attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1983. Mark attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. His study there earned him inclusion in the national funeral directors honor fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta. After graduating with honors in 1984, Mark moved to Rapid City to finish his apprenticeship at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. He became licensed in 1985.
Mark married Jenifer Peichel in August of 1985. They loved the Black Hills and continued to live and work there through 1986. Mark and Jenifer returned to Dell Rapids in late 1986 to become part of the family funeral home. They became proud parents of Megan, Thomas, Benjamin, and Gregory.
Mark and Jenifer moved their family to Sioux Falls in 1992 to establish Heritage Funeral Home, which they had started with other area funeral directors. After making the business viable by 1996, they realized that they wanted the family to grow up and attended school in Dell Rapids. At that time, they purchased the funeral business in Dell Rapids from Jim and Kay Kahler. They have owned and operated this business since that time.
Mark and Jenifer feel strongly about community involvement and betterment. They are members of St. Mary Parish in Dell Rapids. Jenifer has served on church boards and was a board member of the Dell Rapids Community Fund for several years. Mark has served on the church council and finance committee. He was a Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board director for nine years. He served on the Dell Rapids Museum’s Board for ten years and is a past president. He served on the Dell Rapids Park Board when it was active. He also served as an officer in his South Dakota Funeral Director’s Association district. Currently, Mark serves on the Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporations Board of Directors and is finishing his ninth year of service. He has also volunteered his time to serve as the Dell Rapids Cemetery sexton for the last eighteen years. Mark also serves on the St. Mary Cemetery committee for sixteen years, serving as Committee Chairman for the last twelve years. He also volunteers his time to serve as an adviser to the Stordahl Cemetery and the Riverview Cemetery.