In 1978 Gary F. Mortensen graduated from Minnesota State University and worked at Gordon Funeral Residence in Allegan. In 1980 he and his wife Sue moved to Central Lake with their two children, Stephanie and Ron, to purchase the Central Lake funeral home which was previously called the Ebert-Diton funeral home. Six months later they purchased the Matthew-Learned funeral home in Bellaire.
Gary and Sue became involved in both communities and often could be found volunteering their time to help others. They also joined several organizations and served on various boards.
In 1997 Ron graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and joined the family business. He along with his wife Holly were a welcome addition to both communities. They decided to expand their business again and purchased Paulin-Penzien funeral home of Mancelona in 2003. They had also been expanding their family with the additions of Jaynee, Isaac, and Gavin.
When Ron Winchester retired in 2017 they purchased his funeral home in Charlevoix and when John Hastings retired in 2019 they purchased his funeral home in Ellsworth.
With all their children in business with them the expansion was welcome. Jaynee's husband Kasey Poel graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2018 and Isaac Mortensen graduated from there in 2020. Jaynee is the office manager in Charlevoix and Gavin is handling grounds work and cemetery work while taking classes.
It has been an honor for our family to serve your family during their time of need.