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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Nathan Streed

Nathan Streed

Nathan Streed was raised in Ortonville, MN, attended Willmar Community College and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He joined our staff in 1993 as a Funeral Director/Mortician and became a partner in June of 1998.

Nathan and his wife, Wendy, who works for Willmar Public Schools, live in Willmar and have five sons.  Isaiah (Megan), Zechariah, Noah, Kaden and Jacob. He is a member of Church of St. Mary where he is a Eucharistic Minister, does A/V, and serves on the Building-Grounds and Cemetery Committee.  He also serves as the Sexton of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  He is a member of Rotary and either serves or has served on the following boards: Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee, United Way of Kandiyohi County, Rice Hospice, City of Willmar Zoning Appeals and 100 Yard Club, Willmar Take Down Club and Willmar Public Schools Board of Education. He currently is the Board President for Bethesda Homes of Willmar.

Nathan enjoys attending sporting events and in the summer playing golf at Hawk Creek in Raymond.  He is committed to helping and caring for the families wishes to create a meaningful service of remembrance.

Email: nathan@hafh.org


Steve Maher

Steve Maher

Steve Maher grew up in Benson and is a 1994 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He joined our staff in June of 2000 as a Funeral Director/Mortician and mainly serves the Johnson Funeral Home in New London, Belgrade and Paynesville. Steve became a partner in the funeral home in June of 2004.

He and his wife, Kristy, a school counselor at Willmar High School, live in Spicer with their children, Mackenzie, Maxwell and Emily. Steve is a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church and the New London Lions Club.

He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his family. Steve's experience in funeral service started in high school when he began working for the funeral home in his hometown of Benson. "I was attracted to the opportunity of serving people. I find it very rewarding and challenging to help guide and care for people as they create a meaningful tribute for their loved one.I can't imagine anything more rewarding than serving people at one of the most difficult times in life."

Email: johnsonfuneral@tds.net


Terry Smith

Terry Smith

Terry Smith grew up in Windom, and is a 1996 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He joined our staff in December of 1999 as a Funeral Director/Mortician and primarily serves Harvey Anderson Funeral Homes in Willmar, Clara City, and Kerkhoven. He and his wife, Tanya, a Practitioner at ACMC and Rice Memorial Hospital, live in Willmar with their children Elijah and Sophia. Terry is a member of Vinje Lutheran Church, and has been active in Lions Club, Jaycees, Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and Pheasants Forever. He enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, bike riding, and spending time with his family.

Terry's interest in funeral service began as a teenager when he experienced the death of some close relatives. "The death's of my cousin and later my grandmother, both from leukemia, left me with questions around mortality. I found it worthwhile to help at the local funeral home and by doing so, came to terms with some of my questions." Terry began working at a funeral home in St. Paul and later in rural Minnesota where he could be an active part of the community and get to know the people he serves. "I enjoy the satisfaction of helping people at a difficult time and helping them create a meaningful services that celebrates the memories and life of their loved one."

Email: terry@hafh.org


Chris Martins

Chris Martins

Chris Martins joined our staff in 1993 as office manager. She is a native of Willmar and a graduate of Willmar Area Vocational Technical Institute. Chris and her husband Ray, a corrections officer for Kandiyohi County, live in Willmar and have two grown children, Abby and Ben. She is a member of Vinje Lutheran Church. She enjoys watching baseball, tennis and movies, reading and spending time with family and friends.

As office manager, Chris is responsible for the filing of legal documents, notifying Social Security, preparing and filing insurance claims, accounts receivable/accounts payable and payroll, as well as assisting the directors in coordinating obituary notices and service information. It is estimated that there are approximately 50 details that must be attended to when a death occurs. We help complete as many of these details as possible to help lessen the burden on our families. "I am proud to be part of the Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Homes staff and being of help to you and your family."

Email: chris@hafh.org


Tony Whelchel

Tony Whelchel

Tony joined our staff in March of 2006 as a Funeral Director/Mortician. Tony will be working out of our Paynesville office where he will be serving the communities of Paynesville, Belgrade and New London. 

He was born and raised in Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. He is a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church. In his spare time, Tony enjoys sports, music, hunting and fishing. Tony became interested in funeral service when a close friend of his family died. From then on I wanted to make sure that everyone received the proper care they need.

Email: jfhome@lakedalelink.net


Ryan DeGree

Ryan DeGree

Ryan grew up in Willmar and is a 2008 graduate of Willmar Senior High, a 2010 graduate of Ridgewater Community College and a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota.

He joined Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Homes as a director in 2014 and primarily serve families from Willmar, Clara City and Kerkhoven but will assist as needed with the Johnson Funeral Homes. While in college, he worked as a Directors Assistant at Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Home and also at Morris Nilsen Chapel in Richfield, MN. 

Ryan is married to Kristi (Elkjer), who works at Life Science Innovations, and they live in Willmar with their son, Landon. They are  a members of Refuge Church, where her family has gone for many years. He is a member of the Next organization in Willmar and also is an ambassador for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and West Central Ducks Unlimited. 

In my spare time, I enjoy football, basketball, golf, hunting and spending time with my family.

Email: ryan@hafh.org


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