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History & Staff

We welcome you to our website. We take great pride in being a family-owned funeral home and strive to serve families as if they were our own. We are dedicated to professionally serving each family and helping to create a personalized and meaningful memory of their loved one. This website has been created for the families and communities we serve. Our website provides families with a variety of information and offers to the public our online obituary and video tribute program. We hope that the information contained here is helpful to all. We value any thoughts that may assist us in better serving families and encourage you to contact us with your thoughts and comments.

Our Mission 

We will professionally serve every family with the dignity, care, and compassion as if they were our own. We intend to exceed each family's expectations by creating a meaningful experience to reflect the life of their loved one. Through service to families and the communities we serve, we hope to develop relationships for generations to come and build on the pride we take in our reputation.

Our History

Following his schooling in 1970, Randall G. Hartquist, began his ministry to families in funeral service. Early in his career he managed funeral homes in Butte, Montana, Burnsville, Minnesota, and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. In 1984, he purchased the Lindquist Funeral Home in Pipestone, Minnesota where he and his wife Cindy raised their family while operating the funeral home. Through dedication, hard work, and attention to detail, he earned the confidence of many families in the Pipestone area. In 1995, the funeral home acquired the Walz Funeral Home, which was also located in Pipestone. In 2004, Randy and his family purchased the Foster Funeral Home in Jasper, Minnesota which Randy had managed since 1984. At this time, the Utoft-Johansen Funeral Homes in Lake Benton, Minnesota and Tyler, Minnesota, along with the Engebretson Funeral Home in Luverne, Minnesota, were also purchased. In December of 2012, Jeff and Sara purchased the funeral homes from Randy and Cindy. Since that time, Jeff and his wife, Sara, and his parents, Randy and Cindy, along with their dedicated staff members, Christopher Johnson, Amanda Lee and Lewis Epple, have continued to professionally serve each family with the dignity, care and understanding they deserve.

Our Valued Staff

Randall G. Hartquist

Randall G. Hartquist, Funeral Director

Randy was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 with his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. During this time, he married his wife, Cindy. Randy has been active in funeral service throughout his years and has served on many positions within the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, most recently serving as the Southern Regional Director.

He is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone where he has chaired various committees, served as an Elder, twice served as chairman of the congregation, and sings in the church choir. Within the community, he has served on many boards, including the United Way, Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Advisory Board, Past President of the Pipestone Band Board, Past President of the Hiawatha Club,

Pipestone Performing Arts Board, and Past President of the Pipestone American Cancer Society Board. He annually chairs the "Love Lights A Tree" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He enjoyed his ten-year membership in the Opland Singers, and he is a member of the Kiwanis Club. While he served as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, he organized and chartered Pipestone's Golden K Club. He has lifetime memberships as a Vietnam Veteran in the Pipestone V.F.W. Post #3814 and Michael-Boock American Legion Post #6 where he is a past Post Commander. He and his wife Cindy have four children.

Cynthia C. Hartquist

Cynthia C. Hartquist, Certified Pre-Arrangement Specialist

Cindy was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and was raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge before being married to her husband, Randy.

Cindy is certified by the National Funeral Directors Association in the area of pre-need services and is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

She is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone and is active in the community, focusing volunteer efforts on the Pipestone Enrichment Foundation. She is also a member of Chapter C PEO and the Hiawatha Club. She is on the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust in Pipestone, and she currently serves on the City of Pipestone Charter Commission. She and her husband Randy have four children, nine grandsons and three granddaughters.

Jeffrey R. Hartquist

Jeffrey R. Hartquist, Funeral Director

Jeff was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he received his B.A. Degree, majoring in Business, before attending the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Along with his license in funeral service, he is a licensed insurance agent, specializing in funeral burial insurance.

He began his vocation in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. In 2004, Jeff joined the family-owned funeral home with his wife, Sara, and moved to Luverne, Minnesota. In 2013, Jeff and Sara purchased the family business from his parents, Randy and Cindy Hartquist.

Jeff and his family are active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where Jeff has served on stewardship ministry, WINGS, and participates in bell choir. He is a member of the Luverne Lions Club and the Luverne Rotary Club, and he has served on the Luverne Chamber of Commerce Board and the Luverne Area Community Foundation Board. In 2016, Jeff served as President of the Minnesota Funeral Director's Association and continues to serve as the current Past-President and on the Legislative Committee. He and his wife Sara have three sons, Henry, Benjamin and Graham.

Christopher L. Johnson

Christopher L. Johnson, Funeral Director

Chris was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and was raised in the Twin Cities area. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S. Degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science. Following his schooling, Chris began his vocation in the Twin Cities area.

In 2004, Chris joined our funeral home. He and his family live in Tyler, Minnesota, and are active members of Danebod Lutheran Church where Chris serves on the church council and the stewardship and outreach ministry. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as President, and is active within the Tyler Area Community Club. He and his wife Trina have four children, Noah, Julia, Ruby, and Poppy.

Lewis Epple

Lewis Epple, Funeral Director

Lewis was raised on a beef cattle farm in Montrose, Minnesota. He grew up there, loving the outdoors and spending time with his two brothers and sister. Lewis has been a life-long member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, going to Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Grade School in Delano, Minnesota and West Lutheran High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. While he was a student at West he was a member of the traveling choir. He enjoyed visiting the many WELS churches in the area and meeting new people every Sunday. Lewis enjoyed working for the Three Rivers Park District throughout his high school and college years. He worked there as a seasonal carpenter’s assistant. While there he did fun/odd projects, worked with the full time carpenters, and learned how to use many different and fun power tools.

In October of 2012, Lewis was married to his wife, Jenna, and they lived in Maple Grove, Minnesota while they both finished up school. In May of 2013, he graduated from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis with a B.S. Degree in Mortuary Science. In June of 2013, Lewis and Jenna moved to Pipestone to join the Hartquist Funeral Home Staff. Since coming to Pipestone, Lewis and Jenna have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Juniper was born in September of 2014, and Beverly in October of 2016. The family enjoys going for walks at the Monument and spending time at home. In his spare time, Lewis loves making cold-process soap and experimenting with different recipes.

Montana McClure

Montana McClure, Funeral Director

Montana was born in Luverne, Minnesota to Jerry and Danette McClure. She was raised on the family ranch two miles outside of Magnolia. She attended Luverne Public Schools and graduated in 2013. While home from college in the summer, Montana worked in the greenhouse at Bomgaars in Luverne. Montana attended St. Cloud State University until May of 2016, when she transferred to the University of Minnesota in August of 2016. She graduated from the Medical School at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. After graduation she moved to Pipestone and began working with the Hartquist Funeral Home.

In her spare time, Montana enjoys reading fantasy novels and horror novels, drawing, writing short stories, watching/collecting movies, and petting every animal that she can. She loves spending time with her cats, Charlie and Blondie. Montana is most excited about being able to meet new people and get involved in the community.

Greta Reese

Greta Reese, Funeral Director

Greta was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and was raised in Dayton, Minnesota. During high school, Greta and her family relocated to a hobby farm in Hanover, Minnesota, where she enjoyed caring for a variety of animals including horses, goats, chickens, and more. While in high school Greta participated in the “Postsecondary Education Options” program and was able to earn her A.A. degree majoring in Liberal Arts through North Hennepin Community College. She then furthered her education at the University of Minnesota where she earned her B.S. degree in Medical Science, majoring in Mortuary Science.

In October of 2017, Greta moved to Luverne and joined Hartquist Funeral Home. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, George and horse, Charlie. Greta is looking forward to getting involved in local activities and learning more about her new community in Luverne!