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Our Staff


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Love Funeral Home Directors  Garret Gerdes, Travis Farwell & Tim Daum


Staff members of Love Funeral Homes are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff. Below is a listing of our full-time and part-time staff. 

Garret & Paula Gerdes

Garret & Paula Gerdes

Manager - Funeral Director/Embalmer

Garret S. Gerdes originally of Auburn, NE has been in funeral service since 1997 where he started working at the local funeral home in Auburn as a sophomore in high school. After graduation Garret attended Peru State College for 2 years as he worked toward his pre- requisite for a degree in mortuary science. After completing his pre-requisite Garret attended Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science where he graduated with a degree in mortuary science in May of 2003. 

Through mortuary school Garret worked at Porter Funeral Home as a student, where his skills grew as a funeral director and embalmer. In July of 2002 Garret was married to Paula A. Ebeler. Shortly before graduation he accepted a job at D.W. Newcomer and Sons Overland Park Chapel in Overland Park, KS.  Garret and Paula came to Limon, CO in July of 2003 which began Garret’s career at Love Funeral Home. 

Telephone: 1-719-775-2333

Email: lovefh@qwestoffice.net


Shelby Messer

Shelby Messer

Office Manager/Funeral Assistant

Shelby L. Messer, a native to Eastern Colorado, was born and raised in Hugo. After graduating top of her class in 2010, she attended Colorado School of Mines as a Golden Scholar. Realizing that a degree in engineering would not allow her to fulfill her passion of working closely with people, she began exploring other options.


Shelby moved to Minnesota in 2013 where she became a licensed cosmetologist and eventually ventured on to North Carolina. In April of 2015 she returned to colorful Colorado to be closer to her family and continue her education. A proud aunt of 3 beautiful nieces, Shelby is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, while striving to humbly provide local families with comfort and quality service during their moments of grief.


Telephone: 1-719-775-2333

Email: lovefh@qwestoffice.net


Angela Einspahr

Angela Einspahr

Office Manager/Funeral Assistant

Angela began working at the Burlington funeral home in April 2006.

Her duties include preparation of all needed paperwork for each funeral and video tribute design for families.

Angela and her husband Lee live in Bethune and raise their two children Tyler and Brandi.

Telephone: 1-719-346-8826

Email: loveburlington@gmail.com


Mike Jeffries

Mike Jeffries

Transportation Specialist/Funeral Assistant



Steve Winkelman

Steve Winkelman

Funeral Assistant



Tim & Kristi Daum

Tim & Kristi Daum

Owners - Funeral Director

Tim Daum and his wife Kristi were born and raised in Cozad, Nebraska. The couple graduated from Cozad High before going on to further their educations.   Tim completed his pre-requisite mortuary studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and later went on to graduate from Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science.  Tim obtained his degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service and passed The National Funeral Director’s Board Examination, earning his Embalmer License.  Tim worked for many different firms while in school, including Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad; Strattman-Obrien Funeral Home in Kearney; W.L. Frye & Son Funeral Home in Olathe, KS; Schrader’s Brown County Mortuary in Horton and Hiawatha, KS; and Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, NE.  Tim received both his Kansas and Nebraska Funeral Director and Embalmer Licenses following his internships at Schraders and Reynolds-Love.

Kristi also attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Kearney majoring in elementary education and early childhood special education. Throughout the years she has enjoyed teaching pre-school, substitute teaching, and providing early intervention services as a Service Coordinator for Early Childhood Connections in Eastern Colorado. Kristi also plays an active role in the funeral business, working alongside Tim.  

Tim and Kristi were married in the spring of 1995, and today their family has grown to include children Aly, Brenleigh, and Drew.  Aly received her Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. She now works as an Intelligence Specialist for the United States Air Force.  Brenleigh attends Concordia University of Nebraska, where she plays basketball and majors in Biology.  Drew attends McCook High School and enjoys football, basketball, wrestling, and golf, as well as hunting with his dad.

In October of 2000, Tim and Kristi purchased The Love Funeral Homes in Limon, Burlington, and Cheyenne Wells, Colorado from Ernie and Lori Love.  The couple moved their family to Colorado in order to carry on the Love family tradition of providing family-owned funeral service to the families of Eastern Colorado.  The family made Limon their home for ten years, and will always consider it a privilege to serve such a wonderful community.

In August 2006, Tim and Kristi, along with business partners Tim and Tawnya Strauser, purchased Blase Memorial and Blase-Wetzel Memorial Chapels in Gothenburg and Curtis, Nebraska.

In July of 2010 – knowing the Colorado families they had grown to love were in good hands with a dedicated staff and professional funeral directors – Tim and Kristi acquired Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook, moving their family closer to home.   They have enjoyed being back in their home state and have become actively involved in their new community. Tim currently serves as the District #7 President for the Nebraska Funeral Director’s Association and is a member of the Optimist Club, while Kristi enjoying volunteering with the McCook Chamber, serving on the SWNLI Board and is also a member of the McCook Cordials.  As a family, the Daums attend McCook Christian Church and are active in bible studies and youth group.  Tim and Kristi are honored to provide the families of Southwest Nebraska with quality, caring funeral service and constantly seek to improve that service with new, innovative ideas. 


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