Ross E. Brende was born on December 24, 1979 in Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Duane “Duke” and Patti (Shelquist) Brende. He grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids graduating from Dell Rapids Public High School in 1998. Ross graduated from Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Pre-Mortuary Science in 2002. He attended mortuary school at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX. While there he was elected into the Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity for academic excellence. Ross was employed by Rest Haven Funeral Homes in Rockwell, Rowlett, and Royse City, TX. He graduated in 2003. In April of 2004, Ross was given the opportunity to move back to his home town of Dell Rapids, SD. Ross became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in April of 2004 after a year apprenticeship with Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids and Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Ross has his South Dakota life insurance producers license and is a qualified pre-arrangement counselor with Great Western. Ross and Tiffany became owners of Kahler Funeral Home on January 1, 2020 when they renamed the business to Kahler-Brende Funeral Home.
Ross and his wife, Tiffany are members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Ross has served on the Dell Rapids Optimist Club, the Dell Rapids Community Fund, been active in Amateur Baseball in Dell Rapids, a member of Rocky Run Golf Course, coached his son's athletic teams, is on the St. Mary and Riverview Cemetery Boards, is on the board of directors for Junior Achievement and the Dell Rapids Baseball Association, teaches CRE and numerous other community activities and organizations.
Ross and Tiffany have three sons, Jace, Brooks and Jax.