History & Staff
Parker Kohl Funeral Home’s history dates back to the 1870s in Faribault. Three generations of families have operated the Kohl Funeral Home and Parker Funeral Home until 1978, when James E. Kohl and John G. Parker merged their respective businesses into one.
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 operate Parker Kohl Funeral Home, McRaith Funeral Home, and Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home. They, along with their dedicated staff, work together to provide service beyond the expectations of every family they serve. Each funeral home has its own individual history that we would like to share with you. Please click on each facility below to learn about the generations of service that have been provided.
Our Valued Staff
Steve has been a licensed mortician since 1987. He is a partner of the Kohl & McRaith Funeral Homes with his brother, John Kohl. Steve was raised in Faribault and graduated from Bethlehem Academy High School. He then 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 has been a licensed mortician since 1993. He is a partner of the Kohl & McRaith Funeral Homes with his brother, Steve Kohl. John was raised in Faribault and graduated from Bethlehem Academy High School and 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 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.
Brian has been a licensed mortician since 2008. He graduated from Mankato East High School in 1983 and attended the University of Minnesota/Waseca. Brian has farmed in the Eagle Lake area since 1983. In 2007, he graduated from South Central College with a degree in Farm Business Management and also from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL with a degree in Mortuary Science. He has been employed with the Kohl-McRaith Funeral Homes since 2000. Brian and his wife Gina have three children and reside in rural Eagle Lake on their family farm. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville and the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association.
Jesse is a 2007 graduate of Faribault Senior High School and a 2010 graduate of the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota. While attending the program, Jesse was the president of the Mortuary Science Student Association. Jesse was the recipient of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association Past President Scholarship and was selected as the student of the year by the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association for 2010. He originally began working with us in 2003 and continues to show his dedication to those we serve. Jesse resides in Faribault and is involved with the Faribault Rotary Club.