May 2019 Business of the Month

Business logo for Hantge Funeral Homes

Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel
899 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-2128

 

HISTORY

Funeral Service in Hutchinson can be traced back to the beginnings of our local history and many changes have occurred over the years. In the 1800s, those known as “Undertakers” – who undertook the task of burying the dead – were also cabinet-makers who also made caskets when needed.  During this time, Funeral Service was often associated with furniture stores. Many times a visitation was held in the deceased’s home. The Dobratz and Quast families served the Hutchinson community in funeral service for many years.

A photo from the early 1900 with the H.A. Dobratz Building, a crowd of people and cars. Horse draws a carriage for an old funeral in the early 1900s Richard, Everett and Robert Hantge pictured with a hearse from the early 1900’s still owned by the Quast Family. This picture was taken at Esther Quast’s funeral on May 24, 2002.

  • 1911:A. Dobratz Furniture and Undertaking was established on Main Street.
  • 1973: Everett Hantge, a Brownton native who graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science, opened a funeral home in the former Quast Funeral Home in Hutchinson which was on the corner of Hassan Street and 2nd Avenue.
  • 1978: The Dobratz Family sold the funeral business and building to Everett Hantge. The Dobratz Chapel was renamed the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel, reflecting the continued tradition of the Dobratz name in Hutchinson. This location was on the corner of Glen Street and 4th Avenue, across from Peace Lutheran Church.
  • 1989: Robert Hantge, son of Everett Hantge, returned to Hutchinson after working in Minneapolis to join the firm. In 1991, Everett’s youngest son, Richard, joined the firm. Richard had also held employment in Minneapolis prior to returning to Hutchinson.
  • 1998: A Family Services Counselor and Preplanning Consultant, Brenda (Schramm) Hornick, was added to assist families with prearranging funeral and cremation services. In 1999, a crematory was installed at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel to provide our community with full cremation services.
  • 2000: The Hantge Family purchased the former Citizen’s Bank drive-thru bank building, which was converted into an additional south chapel, providing two chapel locations in Hutchinson.
  • 2003: The Dobratz-Hantge Chapel on Glen Street in Hutchinson was sold to Peace Lutheran Church. In the spring of that year remodeling construction had begun on the south chapel. It was expanded to provide two large chapels, a fellowship room (which provides an alternative place for families to hold luncheons), a fireplace room, and a larger selection room.
  • Today: Hantge Funeral Chapels continue to care for the special needs that occur at the time of a death in the communities we serve.

SUPPORT

Hantge Funeral Chapels believe the funeral honors the memory of the deceased while helping the survivors to accept the reality of death; it guides them to the healing of their grief. You and your family are the funeral home’s number one priority. A funeral is something that needs to be done right and the Hantge Funeral Chapels are fully committed to funeral service that is in your best interest.

It is the funeral home’s privilege to serve families and walk with them on their grief journey. Hantge Funeral Chapels allows families to receive the healing benefits of their aftercare program by inviting them to their annual Beyond Sorrow grief seminar and annual Holiday Remembrance Program. Working with their full-time funeral directors means you’re never alone. They are available to serve your family at any time… 24 hours a day, every day.

Peaceful photo of headstones in a cemetery Banquet tables and chairs set up for a luncheon post funeral A photo of an urn and candles symbolizing the cremation services offered by Hantge Funeral Chapels

SERVICES

The Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel owns their own funeral chapel and can take care of every aspect of the cremation process for you – you loved one never leaves their care. Their team allows you to incorporate personalized and creative ideas to celebrated the lives of your loved ones, whether it be a dove release, hose drawn carriage to the cemetery, or anything else to make the day special. Their team can also assist families in personalizing and creating the cemetery marker or monument.

Some are unaware that the Hantge Funeral Chapels also offer professional pre-planning. They have a full staff of licensed professionals who will come to your home or meet with you at the funeral home. Pre-planning and pre-funding allows your family the opportunity to make funeral arrangements and decisions before the need arises. The Dobratz-Hantge Chapel can host both a funeral service and a funeral luncheon to follow at the funeral home.

COMMUNITY

This family-owned funeral home supports, participates, and believes in our hometown causes, events and organizations. The staff and owners are your local friends and neighbors, and their goal is to provide sensitive and caring assistance during life’s most difficult times and create meaningful celebrations that honor your family and friends.