Licensed Funeral Director in MN and ND
Michael McIlheran grew up in Fremont, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Simpson College, Indianola Iowa. He also has a Masters of Divinity from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary in Edina, MN.
After serving as a paramedic/fire chief in charge of EMS for 27 years, Mike went to work in the Twin Cities working for a company that transported for 40 funeral homes and for the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, in addition to serving as a Lutheran pastor in Menahga and Sebeka.
Eventually, Mike realized all of his life experiences were preparing him for work in the funeral homes. He graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College and served a one-year apprenticeship in Walker, MN and a one-year internship at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.
Michael is married to Myla Worden of Fergus Falls. He has 5 children, 2 step-sons, and 5 grandchildren. In his spare time, Mike enjoys travel, flying as a private pilot, camping, photography and making candles.
The defining moment in his life was the loss of his wife, Brenda, age 39. "That moment taught me the importance of those in the funeral profession and how they can assist families in getting through their loss and moving on to a "new normal."