Our Valued Staff

The staff at Korsmo Funeral Service has many years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Families choose us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

  • George  Korsmo

    George Korsmo, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

    Although George was born in Longview, Washington, he has spent almost all of his life in Moorhead. When George was five years old when his Mom and Dad moved to Moorhead and opened the funeral home. George attended school in Moorhead and graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, Concordia College in Moorhead, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he received his professional training.

    In 1974 George was married to Ruth Haugland from International Falls, MN. Ruth is George's full-partner at work, as well as home. Ruth is in charge of the business office and assisting families with pre-arranging services. They have two children, James, who is married to Cindy, and Joy, who is married to Josh Herrell, and eight grandchildren, Nathan, Paul, Lucas, Caleb, Josiah, Landon, Theo, and Noah.

    George and Ruth live in south Moorhead and are both active in the church and the community.

  • Shawn Nygaard

    Shawn Nygaard, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

    Shawn grew up in Edmore, ND, graduating from Edmore High School in 1998. He attended the University of North Dakota and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 2002. From 2002-2006, Shawn was employed at Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home in McVille, ND Cooperstown, ND and Lakota, ND. In 2006, Shawn accepted a position with David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN.
    On January 1, 2020, Shawn and his wife Sarah became partners at Korsmo Funeral Service. Together they will continue the long-lasting tradition of compassionate care our community has trusted over the years. Shawn and Sarah have three children.
    Shawn is a Minnesota and North Dakota licensed funeral director and is a member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association as well as the National Funeral Directors Association.
    In his spare time, he enjoys fishing the FM Walleye tournaments, coaching his son in sporting events, and spending time at the lake with his family.

  • Tom  Pence

    Tom Pence, Licensed Funeral Director/Pre-Arrangement Counselor

    Tom, a Minot, North Dakota native and graduate of Minot High School, received his degree in Mortuary Science from Mount Hood College, Gresham, Oregon, in 1978. Tom managed a funeral home in northwestern North Dakota for thirteen years and joined our firm in 1993.

    In addition to being a licensed funeral director, Tom is also a licensed insurance agent in both Minnesota and North Dakota, able to assist families with all aspects of pre-planning their services.

    Tom and his wife Brenda make their home in Fargo, ND.

  • Conrad  Barnes

    Conrad Barnes, Licensed Funeral Director

    Conrad, a native of Casselton, North Dakota and graduate of Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, North Dakota, received his in degree Mortuary Science from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas, in 1994. After serving his internship in Madison, South Dakota, he has spent the last 21 years serving families in communities in northeast North Dakota and most recently rural Clay County. He joined the Korsmo Funeral Service staff in August of 2012. Conrad and his son, Sheldon, make their home in North Fargo.

  • Danelle Dunn

    Danelle Dunn, Licensed Funeral Director

    Danelle was born in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Fargo North High School. She received her degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. After moving back to the Fargo-Moorhead area, she started serving her internship at Korsmo Funeral Service, in February of 2018. Danelle became a licensed funeral director for Minnesota and North Dakota in 2019.

  • Ruth  Korsmo

    Ruth Korsmo, Owner/Pre-Arrangement Counselor

  • Barnabas

    Barnabas "Barney", Grief Support

    Barney has ben employed at Korsmo's for seven years, serving as both a greeter and "sympathy dog." His favorite pastimes are seeking out treats and swimming at the lake with his family.

  • Paulette Korsmo- Frith

    Paulette Korsmo- Frith, Pre-Arrangement Counselor

  • Peggy  Rezac

    Peggy Rezac, Secretary