History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Parker Funeral Home originated in the 1870s as the Ray Funeral Home. David Ray operated the funeral home and was later joined by his daughter Flora Ray Parker. She continued the operation of the business and was joined by her son, John Parker.

The Kohl Funeral Home was originally the McCarthy Funeral Home, which was purchased by Edward Kohl in 1942. Edward and his wife, Gertrude operated the funeral home and were joined by their son, James Kohl. His sons, Steve Kohl and John Kohl, have continued to operate the funeral home.

Brothers, Steve and John Kohl currently own and operate Parker Kohl Funeral Home.  They, along with their dedicated staff, work together to provide service beyond the expectations of every family they serve.

Our Valued Staff

  • Steve Kohl

    Steve Kohl, Funeral Director/Owner

    Steve has been a licensed mortician since 1987. He is a partner of Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory with his brother, John Kohl. Steve was raised in Faribault and graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program and started his career in funeral service in 1987 in Owatonna, MN. In 1990 he returned to Faribault and the Parker Kohl Funeral Home. Steve and his wife, Gail have two children and reside in Faribault. He is actively involved in his church, the Faribault Sertoma Club, the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and the Faribault Knights of Columbus.

  • John  Kohl

    John Kohl, Funeral Director/Owner

    John has been a licensed mortician since 1993. He is a partner of Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory with his brother, Steve Kohl. John was raised in Faribault and graduated from St. John's University. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program and started his career in funeral service in 1993 at Parker Kohl Funeral Home. John and his wife, Kris have three children and reside in Faribault. He is actively involved with his church, his children's school, and is a member of the Faribault Lions Club and Faribault Knights of Columbus.

  • James  Kohl

    James Kohl, Funeral Director

    James Kohl was raised in Faribault and graduated from Bethlehem Academy High School and the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science. He served in the U. S. Army for three years with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. He joined his father, Edward Kohl, and began his funeral service career in Faribault in 1965. In 1978, he merged his business interest with the Parker Funeral Home and since that time the firm has been known as the Parker Kohl Funeral Home. He and his wife, Kay, have four children and ten grandchildren. He continues active with the firm in a consulting capacity.

  • Jake Kohl

    Jake Kohl, Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Jerry Duchene

    Jerry Duchene, Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Carmen Horejsi

    Carmen Horejsi, Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Deanna Bauer

    Deanna Bauer, Office Assistant