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A Tradition of Service

Our History

Today's Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory had its beginning in the early days of Mason City. Founded in 1863 by Benjamin Randall, it was the first furniture and undertaking establishment in North Iowa and one of Mason City's first businesses. After Mr. Randall's death, the business passed to his three sons. In 1920, the business was purchased by Harvey B. Major and was operated as the Randall Major Funeral Home at 3rd and North Delaware. In 1939, the funeral home moved to its current location, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1959, Richard D. Erickson purchased the business from Mr. Major becoming the Major Erickson Funeral Home. Since that time, extensive modernization has taken place. Robert D. Erickson returned home to Mason City in 1984. Bob purchased the business from his father in 1990. Since then, the funeral home has undergone additional modernization with the installation of an on-site crematory in 1999.
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A Tradition of Service


For well over a century, North Iowans have learned to expect compassionate, dignified and affordable service from Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory and our predecessor funeral homes.

Today, our funeral home & caring staff is committed to serve the needs of the community with programs and services designed to aid you and your loved ones in making thoughtful decisions about memorialization planning.

 

 

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Robert Erickson Owner/Funeral Director

Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1982. He served his apprenticeship with Dunns/Westover Funeral Homes in Des Moines returning to Mason City in 1984 to join his father. Bob purchased the business in 1990. Bob and wife, Toni, (DiGregorio) have one son, Ryan, and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Richard Erickson Retired

Dick, a native of Roland, Iowa, graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and served his apprenticeship with Hamilton's Funeral Home, Des Moines. In 1959, he purchased the Major Funeral Home from Harvey B. Major. Dick and wife Marion (Charlson) have three grown children, six grandchildren and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Jamie Brundage Licensed Funeral Director & Monument Sales Counselor

Jamie is a 2003 graduate from the Mortuary Science Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She served her apprenticeship at the Shrine of Rememberance Funeral Home in Colorado, before joining the staff at Major Erickson Funeral Home in 2006.  Jamie is a native of Lehigh, IA.

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Scott R. Graham Funeral Director

Scott has been a licensed funeral director since 1997. Working with Bob Erickson and staff at Major Erickson Funeral Home marks Scott’s return to Mason City.  Scott is a Past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), having served as President in 2011-2012. Prior to that Scott was a District Governor of the North Central Iowa area as well as Secretary/ Treasurer and President-Elect for IFDA. Residing in Clear Lake, Scott is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and the proud father of one son, Kannon. 

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Tyler Schaefer Apprentice

Tyler is a 2016 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to attending Worsham, Tyler studied business administration at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.  While at Northwestern, he was a member of the wrestling team serving as team captain for two years.  Tyler is a native of Spencer, Iowa.

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Kim Wiltsie Pre-Planning Consultant

Kim, a Utah native, has had an extensive career as a manager for In-Home Care and Hospice. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah and is delighted to now provide prearrangement counseling for Major Erickson Funeral Home. She and her husband Timothy have one son, Alex.

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Clayton Schulz (1927 - 2015)

Robert Erickson

Owner/Funeral Director
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Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 1982. He served his apprenticeship with Dunns/Westover Funeral Homes in Des Moines returning to Mason City in 1984 to join his father. Bob purchased the business in 1990. Bob and wife, Toni, (DiGregorio) have one son, Ryan, and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Richard Erickson

Retired
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Dick, a native of Roland, Iowa, graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and served his apprenticeship with Hamilton's Funeral Home, Des Moines. In 1959, he purchased the Major Funeral Home from Harvey B. Major. Dick and wife Marion (Charlson) have three grown children, six grandchildren and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jamie Brundage

Licensed Funeral Director & Monument Sales Counselor
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Jamie is a 2003 graduate from the Mortuary Science Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She served her apprenticeship at the Shrine of Rememberance Funeral Home in Colorado, before joining the staff at Major Erickson Funeral Home in 2006.  Jamie is a native of Lehigh, IA.

Scott R. Graham

Funeral Director
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Scott has been a licensed funeral director since 1997. Working with Bob Erickson and staff at Major Erickson Funeral Home marks Scott’s return to Mason City.  Scott is a Past President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), having served as President in 2011-2012. Prior to that Scott was a District Governor of the North Central Iowa area as well as Secretary/ Treasurer and President-Elect for IFDA. Residing in Clear Lake, Scott is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and the proud father of one son, Kannon. 

Tyler Schaefer

Apprentice
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Tyler is a 2016 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to attending Worsham, Tyler studied business administration at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.  While at Northwestern, he was a member of the wrestling team serving as team captain for two years.  Tyler is a native of Spencer, Iowa.

Kim Wiltsie

Pre-Planning Consultant
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Kim, a Utah native, has had an extensive career as a manager for In-Home Care and Hospice. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah and is delighted to now provide prearrangement counseling for Major Erickson Funeral Home. She and her husband Timothy have one son, Alex.

Clayton Schulz (1927 - 2015)

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