Al McGahan, CFSP
Al was born in Ohio and raised in Missouri. He graduated from high school in Brookfield, Missouri in 1976. Following graduation from high school, Al attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting and a minor in computers. After graduating from college Al attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio graduating with his degree in 1982. In October of 1982, Al moved to Billings, Montana where he did his apprenticeship at Dahl Funeral Chapels. In May of 1984, he accepted a position with the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney.
Al is the father of three adult children, Lisa, Josh, and Keely. He is a member of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, Elks Lodge, and the Moose Lodge. He is a past president and current member of the Sidney Lions Club and the Montana Funeral Directors Association. Currently, Al is Montana’s Representative on the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board.
He enjoys riding his Harley Davidson, driving his Brother’s Jeep, golfing, and just hanging out with friends.
Robert "Robb" Pulver, Funeral Director
Robb grew up in Lovell, WY and Colstrip, MT. While living in Wyoming he was a volunteer fireman and an EMT. He began his career in funeral service in 2004 and received his degree in Mortuary Science from MT Hood Community College in Oregon. He has served as a funeral director in St. George, UT, Mesquite, NV, Las Vegas, NV, and Miles City, MT before making his home in Sidney, MT.
Robb loves the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golf and the University of Wyoming Cowboys. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Jem. They have raised four amazing children and have three grandchildren.
DJ Newgard, Funeral Director
DJ Newgard was born and raised in Mohall, ND. He graduated from Mohall Public School in 1996. He attended the University of Minnesota Crookston & Minot State University, where he also played football. DJ then attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science graduating in 2000. He remained in Northern California, working in funeral service for 22 years.
DJ is married to his wife Sherri Newgard, son Brayden & German Shephard “Dakota”. DJ is an avid sports fan; especially for his son Brayden’s teams. He also enjoys working out at the gym, reading, watching movies and spending time with his family.
Joan Schrader, Office Manager
Joan Schrader grew up and graduated from high school in Chehalis, WA. She and her husband, Jason, have 2 children, Kaleb and Naomi. In 2013, Jason came to Sidney, MT to work in the oil field. So, after 40+ years in SW Washington, the family relocated to Sidney in 2014.
Joan joined Fulkerson~Stevenson Funeral Home in August of 2018, after working the last 8 years as an Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional. Her goal as Office Manager is to provide some measure of peace and comfort to grieving families, by honoring their loved one in every way possible.
Joan enjoys watching her children play sports, crocheting, reading, and walking her dogs.
Rick Clemes, CFSP - Director
Rick Clemes is a Culbertson, Montana native. He has been involved with funeral service for 43 years, 37 of those practicing his profession in the Williston area. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman and is a graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.
He is married to Linda and they have three daughters; Kendra (Justin) Routh, Heidi Clemes and Allyson (Shawn) Helde. They have 7 grandchildren. Rick has served as Past-President of the North Dakota Funeral Directors Association, was a Past Master of Mount Moriah Lodge #51, A.F. & A.M. He also is a member of the Dickinson York Rite and Kem Temple of the Shrine and the Korner Lions Club. He is a member and serves on the Church Council at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Williston. He enjoys golfing, walking and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Kurt Baade, Funeral Director
Kurt was born in Livonia, MI and grew up in Martinsville, IN. He attended Vincennes University before graduating from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN. Upon graduation, he spent 25 years serving families in Palm Beach County Florida. He then accepted a position with a firm in Anchorage, AK where he spent five years. He now calls Williston home with his 3 Alaska Sled-dogs... Maya, Abby, and Frayja.
Kurt looks forward to assisting families and serving our community.
Billie Burkhalter Lockie, Office Manager
Billie joined our Williston/Watford City/Tioga branch in August of 2015. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and was raised in Washington, Alaska and Montana. She graduated from Manhattan, MT in 1995. She had a 17 year career with the City of Miles City, Mt as a Human Resource/Payroll Officer.
In July 2015, Billie married Shaun Lockie and joined him in Williston. Together they have four adventurous children, Alexis, Hayden, Austyn and Britton. They love spending time with their family; especially zip lining, boating and going to the Williston Arc.
Billie and her family attend Life Church Assembly of God.
Billie enjoys her job and feels it is very rewarding.
Zoanni Liffrig, Administrative Assistant
Zoanni was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota. She is a graduate of Williston High School and attended 2 years at UND Williston. Her husband John is in Real Estate and Development. Together they have 2 children, Terra and Tyler. Terra and Aaron Erickson have 3 children, Zachary, Addyson and Gabriella, they live in Williston. Tyler and Jacque Liffrig have 3 children, Lexa, Brynn and Gavin, they live in Bismarck.
Zoanni has worked in the Funeral Business since July 1997. When asked, she will say, it is the most rewarding job she will ever have in her lifetime.
Spending time with her family and grandchildren is one of her top priorities. Her hobbies include gardening, canning, baking, entertaining, fishing, traveling and the Sioux Hockey Games. Decorating her home for the holidays is a must and she enjoys finishing one project and starting another.
Zoanni and John attend Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Danielle Fladeland, Stanley Office Manager
Danielle Fladeland joined the Springan Stevenson family in June of 2021. She was born and raised in the Stanley, North Dakota area and considers herself a "lifer" there. Danielle is married to her high school sweetheart, Lionie Fladeland, and together they have three children; Cassidy, Colter, and Coda. Her family lives in Stanley where together they work and raise cattle.
Danielle is very active in her small community, and is involved in many organizations and activities. Her and her family love to travel all over and attend as many sporting events each year as possible. When she isn’t chasing her children’s events, you can usually find them all at the lake fishing or spending time with family and friends.
Danielle loves spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, playing cards, sewing, and gardening.
Danielle is a member of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Steve Pearce, Advance Funeral Planner
Steve was born and raised in Layton, Utah. While attending Weber State University, he began working with Skilled Nursing Facilities as a Business Office Manager, which he continued to do for 16 years. After moving to Pocatello, Idaho, Steve began working as an Advance Funeral Planner in 2011. While in Idaho, he served on the Bannock County Board of Community Guardians for 9 years.
Moving to Williston, North Dakota in 2021, Steve is excited to assist families in avoiding emotional and financial burdens by pre-planning. He enjoys sports, camping, and reading.
Steve Sanford, Funeral Attendant
Steve has been a lifelong resident of Watford City. He has been a self-employed carpenter for 23 years. Steve has been a volunteer fireman in Watford City for over 25 years and is currently on a 2nd term for the City Council.
Steve enjoys volunteering and helping his community in many ways. He loves to golf, hunt, fish and enjoys summers at the lake.
Steve has been married to his beautiful wife of 24 years, Laura, their children are Alexis (Brandon) Kindred (beautiful granddaughter Camryn), Brooke and Levi.
Gary L. Skarphol, Funeral Attendant
Gary attended school in McGregor ND, graduating in 1968. He enlisted in the US Army, serving in Vietnam from 1970-71. He is retired from the ND Dept. of Transportation in Williston after 42 years (1973-2015).
Gary is married to Shirley. They have one daughter, Stephanie; 3 grandchildren – Brittany (Tanner Farstveet), Dalton, & Dawson; and 2 great grandsons – Hudson & Fletcher. They are members of Gloria Dei Church.
Gary is Chairman of the Governing Board of the ND Veterans Home, and serves on the Williston Park Board. He is active in the American Legion, also being a member of the VFW, DAV, AmVets, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Moose, the Shrine, the Masons & the Elks.
Terry Niel Thomas, Funeral Attendant
Terry was born in Williston, ND and was raised on the family ranch east of Williston. He attended rural District 8 School Howe #2 and graduated in 1973 from Williston High School. He graduated in 1974 from Lake Region College, ND.
Terry married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jean Sloan and together they raised two daughters, Lynn and Angie. They are blessed with two granddaughters, Makenzie and Harper.
Terry worked the coal mines at Stanton, ND and spent 28 years in the oil patch, retiring in 2014. He also served 4 and half years in the US Army, spending 3 years in Bad Kissingen, West Germany, Ft Sill, OK and was in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Terry is a member of the VFW Post 12169, Williston, ND and VFW District 3 Commander.
Terry’s hobbies are hunting, target shooting and chasing after his granddaughters.
He is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston.
Darwin Stevens, Funeral Attendant
Darwin Stevens was born and raised in Williston, ND. He graduated from Williston High School and UND-Williston in 1986 with a degree in welding. He continued in the welding field for the next 23 years before joining the safety / sales in the oilfield. After completing his Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and Occupation Safety Management programs, he became the safety / sales manager for Busy Bees Hot Oil Inc.
Darwin joined the Williston Volunteer Fire / Ambulance in 1991 earning his FF / EMT certifications followed by serving as Assistant Chief from 2000-2006 before becoming the Battalion Chief in 2006 and retiring from his Chief duties in 2016 and still continues to proudly serve the community.
In 2015 he became a Certified Auctioneer and personal property appraiser from Continental Auctioneer School in Northwood, IA.
He and the entire family own and operate Stevens Auctioneer Services.
He enjoys camping and riding motorcycle in the Black Hill of SD in the summer months and there winter home in Yuma, AZ. He is a charter member of the Fire & Iron Station #116 MC.
Darwin and his wife Debbie have 3 kids, Heather (Jon) Korner of Williston, Brenden (Allayna) Stevens of Williston and DaeMynn of New York along with 3 grandchildren Linkin, Aislynn and Taurin.
Kelsi Heuer, Funeral Attendant
Kelsi Heuer was born and raised in Sandy, Oregon into a funeral home family. Kelsi’s grandfather founded the funeral home which her mother now owns and operates. All through high school and after, Kelsi took a role in many jobs in her family’s business. Besides working there, she pursued her interest in the fire and medical field.
Kelsi and her husband, Randy moved to Williston in November of 2020 with their two fur-children, Charlie Brown and Lucy.
Kelsi enjoys hunting, fishing, music, working with her dogs and spending time with family.
They attend Life Church Assembly of God.