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 at 431 Third Street SW in Huron. On February 1, 1954, the Aaseths began operating from their new building, a colonial-style red brick structure at 1360 Dakota Avenue South, which was then located at the southern edge of Huron.

On January 1, 1978, George and Deborah Kuhler purchased the Aaseth Funeral Home, adding their name to the business in 1979. In that same year, the renovations were made to the building which changed the main entrance to the south instead of the west.

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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 June 1, 1985, the Kuhlers purchased the Brooks Memorial Chapel of Huron, which was located in what is now the Centennial Center on 4th and Kansas, from Ralph and Anna Marie Brooks.

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

In October 1986, the name of the funeral home was changed from the Aaseth Funeral Home to the Kuhler Funeral Home.

In April 2016, work began on an addition to the existing building, which expanded both south and west on the property, creating a much larger chapel and foyer, along with expanded space for a business office. The addition features a main entrance on the south and a handicapped-entrance on the east side.The previous chapel space was then remodeled into a reception room and conference room, and the previous office space was remodeled into a handicapped-accessible restroom and a children’s room.The new configuration provides more space, comfort, convenience and privacy for families.


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 their name is displayed on the official Hall of Excellence plaque at the National Funeral Directors Association headquarters. In addition, the firm is the proud recipient of the International 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, and the International Order of the Golden Rule.

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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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