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At David-Donehower Funeral Home, our care for families does not end with the funeral. Each family that we serve will receive our family survey form, which when completed, allows us the opportunity to learn more about how we serve our community and whether or not we were able to address every need of the family. The survey enables us to improve our service to families in the future. 

Please take a moment to read just a few of the testimonials received from families served. 


"I wanted to thank all of you for the excellent service provided to us by each and every one of you for all of us, during this difficult situation. From the time I stopped in and asked if there was anyone who could come out to the house to talk about a funeral because my husband was unable to come into town. Dave Karsnia volunteered to come the next day and brought all the info so Tom could have a choice in his destination. From then on we were treated well by everyone. You met all our needs with a smile and we all appreciated it. I will not hesitate to recommend you to everyone I see."    ~Sincerely, Mary Johnson 

"We couldn’t have been more pleased with Shawn, Kim and the entire staff! They were amazing. Everything was wonderful, as the staff is the best ever! They helped us get through a tough situation, wonderfully."  ~Anonymous family

"Shawn, Shelley, Kim and Staff – I want to say thank you for being so good at what you do! You are special people. We have had a lot of losses in our family, but have never experienced the kind of sincere caring and compassion you demonstrated to our entire family during this most incredibly difficult time. 

Words cannot express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary job you all do! Thank you for caring so much…words can't express the peace of mind you give to others through what you do....and not so much what you do, but how you do it! You guys are the best. God Bless"        – The Family of John Jay Householder

"Thank you very much for the wonderful, personal service you all provided for our family in the final days of our Dad…no request was turned down and each was fulfilled with such a warm attitude. Thank you all for making such a difficult time glide by so smoothly."

"Thank you for all your help at the time of my mom's passing. There is so much to think of in a short time. Your concern and assistance made it so much easier. A special thanks to Kim. Your help with all of the printing saved me a lot of time. We appreciate everything you did in honor of mom."

"Shawn was great to work with, as he was very caring. Felt like he was a part of our family. He has a sense of humor that worked for (our family). (We) were very satisfied with the arrangements, that's why we chose David-Donehower."

"Very satisfied. Everyone at David-Donehower did a great job. Thanks for being a sponsor of Bob Becker's Old Time Radio Show."

“…How Grateful I am for all you did for our family to make mom’s death and subsequent duties related to funeral plans, etc. so easy. You have no idea how much I appreciate not only all you did, but also, Kim sitting with me in an effort to get a program that was so Bev. She is remarkable. I also know there were other staff involved who I did not meet that made sure the visitation and funeral were perfect. And it was perfect. There are no words to express the dignity and honor you showed my mom, other than my sincere and heartfelt thank you. I can only hope the life I live will warrant the same honor you showed to mom.”

"The staff at David Donehower Funeral Home is so professional and have been so helpful and respectful in every experience I have had with them."

"We were extremely satisfied - they went "Beyond the Call of Duty" in service. They could not have been better. They are very compassionate people. Even though it has been a month they are still there for a person, they are wonderful people, the world needs more like them."

"Just a note to let you know how much our family appreciated Shawn Nygaard as he helped us with the funeral of my father-in-law two weeks ago in Detroit Lakes. He did an outstanding job and went beyond our expectations. He was there for us during a difficult time and words do not express how helpful he was."

"Dave is excellent - we would never consider going elsewhere, everything was perfect."

"David did an excellent job and we did not feel pressure at all and all of my wishes were granted and everything attended to including making burial arrangements 3 ½ months later at Fort Snelling. We were so impressed. Dee helped me with the photos on the service folder, without her time and expertise this would have not been done."

"They went above and beyond, we had the memorial service at the Community Center so more arrangements than normal were made and they were done graciously!"

"My husband had his funeral planned and they took care of all of his wishes. I was very satisfied with my husband's beautiful service. They fulfilled all of my wishes."

"This is such a long overdue Thank you to the David Donehower Funeral Home for doing such an amazing job at our mother's funeral. And a special thank you to Shawn Nygaard for all his hard work, dedication and willingness to help out in whatever way possible - from the start of the process to the end, to assure a wonderful ceremony and tribute to our mom. We so appreciate his time and talents as well as your whole staff for making our family feel like a part of your family. God's Blessings to each and every one of you."

"David worked around our schedule and in an expedited manner. He was very compassionate and thorough. David was just fantastic during our difficult time. Would have been much different without him. Thank you, David."


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