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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Lynn Drewes

Lynn Drewes

Licensed Funeral Director

Lynn was born and raised in Andover, Minnesota. She went on to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, graduating with a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Degree.  She went on to further her education, receiving an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science from Kansas City Community College.

In addition to working at the Funeral Home, Lynn also works as an LPN at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. 

Lynn and her husband Steven have two daughters and they are members of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.  Lynn is also a member of the Blaine VFW.  

In her personal time, Lynn enjoys spending time with family and friends, scrap booking, and reading.


Troy Diggins

Troy Diggins

Licensed Funeral Director

Troy grew up in Montevideo, Minnesota and graduated from Montevideo High School. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education. 

Troy earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1999, and he worked as a Licensed Funeral Director in the Twin Cities, Benson, and Montevideo before relocating to Perham in 2017, where Tonya is working as a Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health.

Troy and Tanya have five children: Kelsie, Tia, Troy, Finn, and Cate; and they enjoy spending their free time attending their children's sporting events, both in high school and college.  Their family is very excited to be in the Lakes Area.  


David Karsnia

David Karsnia

Licensed Funeral Director

David grew up and graduated from high school in Frazee, Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1971. While attending school in Minneapolis, David worked as a night attendant at O'Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home in St. Paul. Following his graduation, he moved to Detroit Lakes where he worked for the Donehower Funeral Home until 1975 when he moved to Sauk Centre to become manager of the Schad Funeral Home.

In 1981, David returned to Detroit Lakes where he and Ernest Gieseke purchased the Donehower firm. In 1984, David bought Mr. Gieseke's interest in the business and changed the name to David-Donehower Funeral Home. In 1997, David sold the funeral home to Thomas M. Vertin, long-time funeral director from Breckenridge, Minnesota, and David continued to manage the funeral home and serve families in need.

David is a member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA), where he has served on the Board of Directors (including a term as President in 2004-2005), and on the Service Corporate Board. 

In addition to his funeral service interests, David is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Masons, the 412 Lakes Antique Car Club, and the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary. 

He is a past board member for Ecumen (Provider of housing and services to seniors in Minnesota); a member of the Professional Car Society, a member of the Hospice of the Red River Valley Foundation Board, a past member of the Emmanuel Nursing Home Board, and Chairman of the Minnesota State Technical College Foundation Board.  

David and his wife, Maureen live in Detroit Lakes and are the parents of three children, Sheri, Jason and Tony.


Patrick Volesky

Patrick Volesky

Licensed Funeral Director

Patrick grew up in Iowa City, Iowa and first moved to the Detroit Lakes area in 2006. He later attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. Upon graduating in 2012, he and his wife Emily (Pfeifer) Volesky and their two children, Lauren and Madeleine returned to the Frazee area. They currently reside in Detroit Lakes.

In his spare time he enjoys time with his family, including practicing Tae Kwon Do with his children, along with hunting and fishing. 


Autumn Ambrozi

Autumn Ambrozi

Intern Funeral Director

Autumn joins the David-Donehower staff as a funeral director intern. She comes from Missouri but has lived in several places in the Midwest.

Autumn graduated at the top of her class from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, obtaining several awards during her college career.  While attending college, she was a member of the Diversity Matters Club and Delta Gamma Pi Sorority.

Autumn has received certification as a Celebrant, certification for Crematory Operations, and Certification in Disaster Mortuary Operational Response.

She enjoys traveling, writing, photography and sports.


Denise Fett

Denise Fett

Advance Funeral Planner

Denise was raised in rural Frazee and graduated from Frazee High School. After living in the Minneapolis area for three years, she moved back to the Frazee area and began a career in banking that extended over thirty-five years. Denise was VP of Mortgage Lending at a bank in Detroit Lakes prior to serving with Young Life Castaway Club on Pelican Lake for the last couple of years. She then took an early retirement.


Denise has been active in organizations in both the Detroit Lakes and Frazee communities. Currently, she is involved with TeacHaiti, a non-profit organization providing education for children in Haiti; volunteers with the local Young Life organization; and serves at Lakes Area Vineyard Church. Denise’s heart is at home enjoying time with family. Denise loves working with people and looks forward to the opportunity to serve others as the Advance Funeral Planner at David Donehower Funeral Home.   

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Valerie Knudsvig

Valerie Knudsvig

Grief Care Coordinator

Valerie was born in Sacramento, California to a military family. They lived in several states during her childhood with their home town being Mahnomen, MN. Valerie graduated from Mahnomen High School and attended college at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, earning a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. She also completed a Child Development Accreditation program. Her professional career experiences include: Residential Counselor for juvenile boys at McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Toddler Teacher at Children of the Lakes Child Care Center in Detroit Lakes; operated her own family child care business, Summer Haven Child Care; Becker and Clay County Area Coordinator for Provider’s Choice, Inc.; and Medical Social Worker at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes. 

Valerie enjoys life with her husband, Loran, and three children, Lee & daughter-in-law, Tricia, Mitchell and Andrea. They make their home on Little Cormorant Lake. Her hobbies include scrap booking, crafting, reading, playing games, and travel.

Valerie is a member of Lakes Area Vineyard Church and the Lake Park Women’s Auxiliary VFW. She has served on the Becker County Vulnerable Adult Protection Team, KARE Council, Detroit Lakes Family Child Care Association, LPA ECFE board, and the Ethics Committee at Essentia Health St. Mary’s. Valerie continues to welcome opportunities to volunteer service at church, school, and community activities. 

Valerie has a heart for caring as she provides ongoing emotional support to grieving individuals and families. Life after the death of a loved one can be challenging and painful. She is able to assist in the coordination of necessary paperwork, phone calls, and is familiar with other community resources. Her work with the STAR program (A Special Time to Always Remember) continues to make a positive difference in helping children better understand death, grieving, and the funeral process. The STAR class is available to families, civic groups and our community as requested. “The Caring Cup” is a new coffee group that meets the second and last Wednesdays of every month at the funeral home from 9:00am – 10:00am. This is a time for those who have experienced loss to connect with others for fellowship, support and encouragement in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Valerie looks forward to sharing a cup of coffee with you soon!


Julie Bachmeier

Julie Bachmeier

Office Manager

Julie grew up in Sheyenne, North Dakota and graduated from Sheyenne High School. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and HMR Management. 

Julie is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Julie and her husband LeRoy have one daughter, Whitney married to Zach and two grandchildren, Zayden and Tuck.  Julie loves spending time with family in addition to time spent on the farm in North Dakota.

Julie joined the staff at West-Kjos in 2018 and currently works at David-Donehower.


Jim Biewer

Jim Biewer

Funeral Home Assistant

Jim was born and raised in the Lake Park, MN area and graduated from high school in 1978.  Jim served with the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Aviation Division as crew chief on the Huey & Sikorsky helicopter until being Honorably discharged in 1981.

Jim has served 23 years on the Detroit Lakes Fire Department and has since retired.  In 2020 he joined the staff at David-Donehower, providing service to families served.  

Jim and his wife, Sue have two children; Serena (Dan) with 5 children and Kelsey (Jordan) with 2 children. 

Jim is a member of First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes and is a member of the American Legion in Lake Park.


Tim Schnitzer

Funeral Home Assistant



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