Jeffrey A. Nathan, Licensed Director, Owner
Jeffrey A. Nathan was born in Fargo, ND on February 8, 1963 to Dennis O. and JoAnn J. (Jensen) Nathan. He was baptized at the Pillsbury, ND, Presbyterian Church and confirmed at Wyndmere, ND, Lutheran Church. He grew up in Fargo and Alsen, ND. He attended school in Adams, Goodrich and Wyndmere, graduating in 1981. Jeff attended NDSU before transferring to Wayne State College, Wayne, NE, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science. He graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX in 1985. Jeff made his home in Finley, North Dakota for three years. In 1987, he moved to Bismarck, ND and worked for the Boelter Funeral Home. In May 1990, he moved to Valley City where he worked for Oliver’s Chapel. In March of 1991, he purchased Ty Peterson's ½ share of the chapel and in January of 1996, he purchased Pam Holm's ½ share of the chapel. Jeff married Teresa Tangen (Dooher) on October 22, 2016, in Bar Harbor, Maine. They continued to make their home in Valley City and after a short battle with stomach cancer Teresa passed away January 18, 2018. Jeff is a member of the Valley City Kiwanis Club, Valley City Optimist Club, VCSU Foundation & Finance Committee, V-500, VCSU Century Club, VCSU Board of Regents, and Eagles Club. Jeff is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
He has three children, Joshua (JoEllen), Valley City; Erica (Brian) Eggers, Apple Valley, MN; Amber (Carl) Pederson, Valley City; grandchildren, Jayden, Nora, and Britta Pederson, Brynn and Harper Nathan, and Nolan and Audrey Eggers; a brother Daniel (Nancy) Nathan, Kindred, ND and a sister, Wendy (Dave) Johnson, Fergus Falls, MN.
Dennis Nathan was born in Fargo, ND, the son of Otto and Sylvia (Slater) Nathan. He grew up on a farm in Minnie Lake Township in NE Barnes County, ND. Dennis attended grades 1-6 at Minnie Lake School and grades 7-9 at the Grand Prairie Consolidated School. In 1960, he graduated from Pillsbury High School. He went on to attend NDSU.
In 1962, he married JoAnn Jensen, also a Pillsbury graduate. They were married at Baldwin Presbyterian Church in Pillsbury. He attained his BS Degree in 1964. Dennis began teaching in Alsen, ND in 1964. In 1965, he was named superintendent of school there. In 1967, he obtained his MS Degree in School Administration. They lived in Alsen until 1968 and then moved to Adams, ND where Dennis was superintendent and taught from 1968-1971. From 1971-1977, they lived in Goodrich, ND where Dennis continued his career as superintendent. In 1977, they moved to Wyndmere, ND, where he served as superintendent until retiring in 1996. In 1999, Dennis and JoAnn moved to Valley City, ND when he began working with his son, Jeff at the Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel.
Dennis is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where he has served on various boards and as an usher. He also belongs to the Lions Club, Elks Club, Valley City Area Retired Teachers, and several school administration associations.
Brooke Fraase Kohler Gubrud, Licensed Director
Brooke was born in Valley City, the daughter of John Kohler and Donna (Fraase) Kohler. She grew up in Valley City until she was in 6th grade moving to Fargo, ND and graduating from Fargo South High in 2001. As her dad and extended family remained in Valley City she always considered it to be home.
Brooke went on to attend the University of North Dakota receiving her master's degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). She married Brian Gubrud from Buffalo, ND. Brian farms with Brooke's family and together they have two children, Holt and Ree residing in Cuba Township.
Brooke worked as an OT throughout North Dakota primarily in long term care settings finishing her ten year OT career with CHI Health at Home and Hospice in Valley City.
Desiring to serve people in other opportunities, Brooke met with Jeff and Teresa Nathan in 2017 to explore the opportunity to return to school and become a funeral director in Valley City. With the support of her husband and children she attended the Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) online program graduating in 2019 as a licensed funeral director. Brooke has worked for Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel since 2018.