History

The Kuhler Funeral Home began as the Aaseth Funeral Home, which was established by Keith and Isobel Aaseth on January 1, 1947. The business was first located in a large three-story wood frame house located at 431 Third Street Southwest in Huron. On February 1, 1954, they opened their new funeral home, a colonial-style red brick structure at 1360 Dakota Avenue South, which was then located at the southern edge of Huron. Keith and Isobel operated an ambulance service in conjunction with the funeral home until December 31, 1959, at which time they turned over the ambulance service to the Huron Fire Department. Between the two of them, Keith and Isobel held the office of Beadle County Coroner for a total of fourteen years.

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Keith and Isobel Aaseth


Over the years the appearance of the funeral home has changed to accommodate the needs of the business. The following are photos from the 1954 booklet and today’s look.

Although the entrance to the funeral home as been moved from the west to the south, the home-like atmosphere that the Aaseths created is still evident at the Kuhler Funeral Home.

1954

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Today

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On January 1, 1978, George and Deborah Kuhler purchased the Aaseth Funeral Home, adding their name to the business in 1979. On June 1, 1985, the Kuhlers purchased the Brooks Memorial Chapel of Huron. Ralph and Anna Marie Brooks had originally established the Brooks Memorial Chapel in Wolsey in 1961, and had remodeled the former Grace Episcopal Church building for use as a funeral home in Huron. The name of the funeral home was changed to the Kuhler Funeral Home in October 1986. The Kuhlers have continued the tradition of family owned funeral service begun by Keith and Isobel Aaseth and Ralph and Anna Marie Brooks.

Kuhler Bereavement Services was added in 1985, which includes community education, continuing care services, and grief and loss counseling.

At an open house Keith and Isobel hosted at the funeral home in 1954, they distributed a booklet with this stated purpose: “...to give a clearer understanding of our extensive capacity for assuming the responsibility for all funeral arrangements and performing the duties smoothly and faultlessly in a home-like atmosphere.” George and Deb have continued this tradition since 1978.


The chapel at the Aaseth Funeral Home faced the east and was entered from the northwest corner of the building. Today’s chapel faces the west, with the entrance from the southeast. An additional viewing area/chapel overflow is now in the northwest corner of the building where the former entry way was located.

1954

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Today 

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Kuhler Funeral Home has been certified as a "Pursuit of Excellence" funeral home by the National Funeral Directors Association. In 2006 they were honored for their longevity and consistency in participating in the Pursuit of Excellence program. The firm received a Hall of Excellence medal and have their firm's name and location on the official Hall of Excellence plaque at the National Funeral Directors Association headquarters. In addition, the firm is the proud recipient of the Order of Golden Rule's Gold Public Approval Award.

Kuhler Funeral Home is Huron's only independent and entirely locally owned funeral home. The funeral home is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association, the International Order of the Golden Rule, and the Funeral Ethics Association.

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In 1954, this area was the family room, which was adjacent to the front of the chapel and had a private entrance. Today, it is the funeral home’s office and arrangement area and the front of the chapel then is now the entrance to the funeral home.

1954

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Today

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