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Staff members of Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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Kevin T. Spitzer Owner, Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
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Brett Riggs Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
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Brandon Leslie Owner, Funeral Director, Manager
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Chuck Mitzel, Jr. Funeral Director
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Wendy Schaunaman Administrative Assistant, Aftercare
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Kevin T. Spitzer

Owner, Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent

On December 18, 2000 Spitzer Funeral Home became locally owned and operated by Kevin T Spitzer.

With 22 years of professional experience, our goals are to ensure that all possible care, respect, and comfort is given to each and every family during their time of loss.

We believe that within moments of entering our home, you will sense the warmth and openness and know that you have made the right decision.

Whether you wish to visit about prices, at-need services, pre-arrangements or transferring pre-arrangements, we thank you for considering Spitzer Funeral Home.

Kevin T. Spitzer grew up in Eureka and graduated from high school in 1982. He attended Northern State University where he received an Associate of Science Degree. He interned at Miller-Huebl Funeral Home in 1985. In 1987, he received his Mortuary of Science Degree from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He returned to work at Miller-Huebl Funeral Home until 1993 when he became employed at Behrens Mortuary in Rapid City. In August of 1997, Kevin began managing Spitzer Funeral Home and on December 18, 2000, he purchased the funeral home.

Kevin has two children; Krystina and Danielle.

On November 13, 2006 Kevin purchased Miller-Huebl Funeral Home and now operates at 1111 S. Main St. as Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home.

Kevin and Lynda were married on September 13, 2009 in Key West, FL.

We welcome you to come and tour our facilities and meet our excellent staff.

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Brett Riggs

Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent

Brett Riggs grew up eighteen miles North of Aberdeen in Barnard, SD.  He graduated from Frederick High School in 2001.  Brett attended and graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.  He lived in Vermillion for 10 years before returning to Aberdeen in 2012.  Brett enrolled in Des Moines Area Community College and graduated top of his class with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2015.  While in college, Brett served his apprenticeship in Aberdeen.  Brett became a licensed Funeral Director in November of 2015 and started his career at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home.  Brett welcomed his first child, Kellen Wayne Riggs, with his girlfriend, Kelsey Schmidt, in September of 2016.  Kelsey is a nurse at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital and Aberdeen Health and Rehab.  They enjoy watching and coaching his nephew and two nieces in soccer.  Brett’s hobbies include traveling, cooking, hunting, playing sports and spending time with family and friends. 

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Brandon Leslie

Owner, Funeral Director, Manager

Brandon grew up in Goshen, IN and moved to Wessington Springs, SD in 1992.  He  graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1994.  He attended Northern State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice  option.  In 2000, he went on to receive his Mortuary of Science Degree from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN.  He served his apprenticeship at Price Funeral Chapel in Britton, SD.  Brandon joined us on June 1, 2002 as a licensed director, and in January, 2012 became part owner of Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home.  Brandon and his wife, Sara have three children, Micah Joshua and Levi. They attend the Assembly of God Church.  They enjoy time spent at Storybook Land and the Aberdeen Aquatics Center.

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Chuck Mitzel, Jr.

Funeral Director

Chuck Mitzel, Jr. grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from Central HS.  Growing up, Chuck worked for his dad’s landscaping and snow removal service. He is currently fulfilling his apprenticeship while studying through Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA to become a licensed funeral director. He began working full time with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home in January, 2015, however, he has been on staff since October, 2012.   Chuck chose funeral service because of an interest to serve others in his community.

 

In his free time, Chuck enjoys going to see live bands, concerts, hunting pheasants with his Golden Retriever, Bocephus, and stock car racing.

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Wendy Schaunaman

Administrative Assistant, Aftercare

Wendy Schaunaman is a graduate of Frederick High School. She spent a number of years in Arizona, Wyoming, and North Dakota before returning to the area in 1991. Prior to starting at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home in March of 2011, Wendy owned and operated a business on Main Street for ten years. She and her husband, Jim, have four grown children. Jim is employed by 3M. They attend the Aberdeen First Assembly of God Church. They have enjoyed the experience of having a number of foreign exchange students stay with them over the years from Germany, Japan, Brasil, India, China & South Korea. Both are very fortunate to have their parents living near enough to spend time with them. Together, some of their favorite things are taking walks and traveling to visit family and friends. They find exceptional joy spending time with their grandchildren.