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David Klassen

Funeral Director

David Klassen realized his passion for the funeral service at a family funeral.  He observed the care of the funeral director and decided then and there to pursue a career in funeral service.

As well as being a licenced Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, David holds a degree in music and counselling.  David worked with and was mentored by Perry Bulbuck for more than 27 years, before Perry’s unexpected death.

David is a member of the Funeral Board of Manitoba.  He enjoys volunteering on various committees and  community events.  He and his wife Melissa are members of the Russell Alliance Church.

They  have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  He has many other interests revolving around music and sports.  David enjoys spending time with his family and friends.



Bryce Paterson

Funeral Director

Bryce Paterson was born and raised in Hamiota, Manitoba.  Bryce found his calling in his teen years to commit his life to serving families during their grief. Bryce serves his families with care and compassion.  Bryce has been fortunate to serve families with a great team of professionals since he began with The 110 group in 1998. Bryce is a certified Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  He began his training in 2004 through the Western School of Funeral Service and graduated with honours. During their spare time, Bryce & Michelle enjoy spending time with their daughters Michaela and Évangéline, as well as having quality time with family and friends.

Rick Thom

Funeral Director

As a young man, Rick Thom was impacted by the death of his mother and wanted to be able to assist others as they went through the grief process. The memories he carries on how his family was assisted when his mother passed away still gives him reason to minister into the lives of the families he serves.  Rick has heart for the people he serves and listens to the families as they share their stories.  He strives to assist them in planning a funeral that will honour the life of their loved one.


Rick began working with Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service in 1977, is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, having graduated from the Western School of Mortuary Practice.  Rick has also completed numerous continuing education courses to better support the families he serves.


Rick and his wife Wendy, who is the pastor of the Shoal Lake Baptist Church, have resided in Shoal Lake since 1988 and have two married sons and have three grandchildren whom they love to spend time with.

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