Our staff's commitment to you

Once you request the services of Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family's personal touch is always present.

Please feel free to contact us. A member of our staff is always standing by to help.

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Scott Baeten Owner & Funeral Director
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James Wolfe Funeral & Managing Director
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Joe Schinkten Funeral Director
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Joe Vanden Avond Funeral Director
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Casey Kolb Funeral Service Associate
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Jerry Henrigillis Funeral Service Associate
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Jack Kiefer Funeral Service Associate
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Bridget Vandelist Advance Funeral Planner
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Peg Wood Part-Time Bookkeeper
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Joan Klister Administrator, Retired
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Randy Hansen Funeral Service Associate

Scott Baeten

Owner & Funeral Director
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Scott was born on August 11, 1969 in De Pere to Allen and Janice (Kamps) Baeten. Scott is the youngest of five.

Scott was a 1984 graduate of St. Boniface Grade School and a 1988 graduate of West De Pere High School. In 1992 he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois. On September 25, 1992, Scott married the former Carrie Micke at St. Joseph Catholic Church in De Pere. Scott and Carrie reside in the Town of Lawrence with their three children.

Scott has also been very active in the Knights of Columbus, and is a Past Grand Knight in Fr. Peters Council 8061 in Freedom, Wisconsin.

Currently Scott is a 3rd Degree member of Abbot Pennings Council 3955 of the Knights of Columbus, in De Pere, a member of Assembly 1724 of the 4th Degree Honor Guard, a member of the St. Norbert Abbey Associates, The Wild Rose Sno-Rovers, and West De Pere Snow Owls. He is also a member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Wisconsin Funeral Service Alliance, a Past President of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, and a CANA Certified Crematory Operator.

Scott's wife Carrie is a partner at ISC (Insurance Service Center) in De Pere. Scott and Carrie are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in De Pere, where Scott served as President of the Pastoral Council and School Board member. Currently he serves as an usher, as well as videotapes Masses. In his free time he likes to read and spend time with his family at their cottage in Wild Rose.

James Wolfe

Funeral & Managing Director
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James "Jim" joined the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory family in January 2006 and became a licensed funeral director in March 2007.

Jim was born in Janesville, WI and graduated from Janesville Parker High School in 1997. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, graduating in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology.

His beginnings with death care started with a summer job at a local cemetery in Oshkosh, helping with the maintenance of the cemetery grounds. Through his time working in the cemetery, Jim talked to funeral directors, inquiring about their work. In December 2002 he joined the staff of Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes in Oshkosh and started his career in funeral service. During his time with Konrad-Behlman, Jim served his apprenticeship learning the funeral profession. He enrolled at Milwaukee Area Technical College - West Allis, graduating in April 2006 with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service.

James is an active member and past president of the De Pere Noon Optimist Club, is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Green Bay, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, is a member of Current Young Professionals Network Green Bay, and a board member of the De Pere Historical Society.

Professionally, James is an active member of Wisconsin Funeral Service and Cremation Alliance (FSCA), member and past president of Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, board member of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, and a Cremation Association of North American (CANA) Certified crematory operator

Joe Schinkten

Funeral Director
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Mr. Schinkten is the former owner and director emeritus at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory of De Pere. A native of Door County, Joe joined Bob Ryan and Lloyd Meyer in 1978 as an apprentice and moved up in the ranks in the ensuing years. Joe continues his 40-year commitment to the families of Northeast Wisconsin. Ryan Funeral Home is a nationally recognized professional leader.

 

Joe's commitment to both the funeral profession as well as our community can be seen in his continuous, selfless service to Northeast Wisconsin, a trait that he picked up very early in life from his parents, the late Duffy and Alyce Schinkten and his predecessor, the late Bob Ryan.

 

Volunteerism remains his passion, as Joe currently serves on the Board of Trustees at  St. Norbert College, Board member and Past President of the De Pere Kiwanis Club, Sacristan and Finance Committee at Old St. Joe's Parish on St. Norbert College Campus, development committee of Unity Hospice, the Green Bay YMCA Y's Men's Club, a member of the De Pere Police and Fire Commission, member of the De Pere Main Street Committee, a member and Past President of the De Pere Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, member and Past Chairman of the St. Norbert College President's Club, founding member of the Celebrate De Pere Committee, Notre Dame Booster Club, three-time Wisconsin Volunteer of the Year from Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and Door County Maritime Museum, and past member of the Green Bay YMCA Board of Directors. Professionally, Joe currently is Treasurer and twice Past-President of the Wisconsin Funeral Service & Cremation Alliance, Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Associations, as well as past Chairman of the Green Bay Area Funeral Directors Association, Member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, CANA Certified Crematory Operator, and licensed insurance agent.

 

Joe and his wife, Susie, an independent graphic designer, split their time between their home in Historic De Pere and a summer family cottage on the Bay of Green Bay in Door County. They have two adult sons, Timothy and Andrew, who are involved in finance and hospitality industries. The family enjoys downhill skiing, swimming, golf, boating, traveling and adventure sports. The family belief of service to the community fuels his lifelong passion in funeral service. As emphasis shifts from success to relevance, the words "work hard and be nice to others" continues to motivate him every day.

Joe Vanden Avond

Funeral Director
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Joe Vanden Avond grew up in De Pere, the son of Keith and Lisa Vanden Avond. He attended Notre Dame Elementary School and Middle School, and jokes he started with Ryan Funeral Home in 2000 as a member of their Little League team. He graduated from De Pere High School in 2008, and enjoyed playing basketball and baseball there, as well as singing in the choir.

After high school, Joe studied at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in spring of 2013. While at Wisconsin, he remained active in his hometown during the summers, coaching for De Pere American Legion Baseball and volunteering at Summer Camp for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Green Bay.

His career in the industry began in Madison, where he worked for Cress Funeral and Cremation Services. He earned his diploma from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2014 and began working at Ryan Funeral Home shortly thereafter.

Joe enjoys the City of De Pere's recreation programs, singing in the Dudley Birder Chorale and coaching baseball. He is a member of the Brown County Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Kiwanis Club of De Pere and the Current Young Professionals of Green Bay.

Casey Kolb

Funeral Service Associate
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De Pere native Casey Kolb is our Senior Service Associate. Casey has been with Ryan Funeral Home for over 20 years, and was a close personal friend of founder Bob Ryan for many decades. Casey was associated with the legendary Ford's Purity Bakery of George Street for 47 years prior to his retirement in 1989. Casey proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air Force. Active in our community for decades, he served on the Valley Bakers Cooperative Board, the State Bank of De Pere Board, St. Francis Church Trustees, and De Pere Chamber of Commerce Officer.

Casey and his wife, the former Norma Jane Schumerth, raised three sons and two daughters and are the proud grandparents of fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They are proud members of the St. Norbert Associates and remain very active socially in our Northeast Wisconsin community.

Faith and family are Casey's cornerstones. His keen business acumen and community awareness are valuable to the management and direction of Ryan's.

Jerry Henrigillis

Funeral Service Associate
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Jerry Henrigillis was born and raised in De Pere. He has spent his entire life as an active member of the community. Jerry is the oldest son of Norbert and Beatrice (Linssen) Henrigillis. He has ten brothers and sisters, all of whom are currently in the immediate area. After graduating from St. Francis Grade School in De Pere, he attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida for two years. Jerry then graduated from De Pere High School in 1965.

After serving two years in the United States Army, Jerry returned to De Pere. He then began a 40 year career as a customer service and sales manager in the steel manufacturing field. He became owner of both of the corporations which employed him.

In addition to being involved in many business and manufacturing committees, Jerry is very active locally. He is a current member of the De Pere Redevelopment Committee, De Pere High School Booster Clubs and advisory committees for St. Francis Church.

On February 14, 1985, Jerry married De Pere native Ann VandenHoogen. Jerry and Ann are the parents of three sons, who currently reside with them in De Pere. The family continues to be active in many youth activities, including coaching baseball.

Among Jerry's many honors is his title as 2001 Volunteer of the Year bestowed upon him by the Greater Green Bay YMCA.

In his role as service associate at Ryan Funeral Home, Jerry is invaluable to our many cremation clients and funeral families served. His outstanding customer service and high level of personal service is an inspiration to our entire staff.

Jack Kiefer

Funeral Service Associate
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John (Jack) R. Kiefer is a local of the Green Bay area. He graduated from Premontre High School in 1969.

Jack served two years in the US Navy and three more years in the US Naval Reserves.

He attended UWGB and MATC where he graduated with an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. Jack worked as a Funeral Director for Schauer and Schumacher Funeral Home in Green Bay from 1972 to 1982, before switching to sales for six years, and then joining the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier. He retired in the Fall of 2012 after 25 years of dedicated service. Jack joined the staff of Ryan Funeral Home in January of 2013.

Bridget Vandelist

Advance Funeral Planner
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Bridget is our Certified Preplanning Specialist and licensed insurance agent with the State of Wisconsin specializing in funeral trusts and life insurance. With over 15 years of experience, her focus is making sure families are well informed and comfortable with their decisions.

 

Bridget and her husband, Mike live in De Pere with their two boys, Joe & Tommy. Mike is a truck driver, owner of Vandelist, LLC. In the summer, they are at local dirt race tracks cheering on her son Joe. Winters are spent at the De Pere Ice Center where Tommy plays hockey for the De Pere Voyageurs.

 

Bridget is a member of the De Pere Beautification Committee, an election official with the City of De Pere, De Pere Hockey Assoc. member and active in her son’s school and ever growing activities.

 

Growing up in a large Irish Catholic family in Askeaton, family has always been her priority… well, and a good whiskey old fashioned. Bridget is very proud to have been raised with a strong work ethic and grateful to be providing this service to the community.

Peg Wood

Part-Time Bookkeeper
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Peg was born in West De Pere to Raymond and Karen (Bougie) Brown, the oldest of 3 girls.

 

Peg attended her first 4 years of elementary school at St. Joseph’s Grade School in De Pere and was a 1980 graduate of Immaculate Conception Grade School in Oneida.  She went on to graduate in 1984 from St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay.  In 1986 she graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College from an Administrative Assistance program. In July of 1989, Peg married Mike Wood at Immaculate Conception, Oneida. Peg and Mike now reside in the Town of Oneida with their three children, Rebecca, Dallas and Sam.

 

Peg was very involved at Our Lady of Lourdes School while their 3 children attended the school and continues to help out when needed.  She now teaches Religious Education at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and is a member of the Blaise J. Peters Scholarship Fund.

 

Peg and her husband Mike own and operate an embroidery/screen print company, Abbie Road Imprinting, home of TheApronPlace.com.  Peg and Mike are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in De Pere.  In her free time, Peg likes to take care of her chickens, work on craft projects and spend time with family and friends.

Joan Klister

Administrator, Retired
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Joan Klister has been an important member of the Ryan Funeral Home family since July, 1991. She was born in Kaukauna, graduated from Holy Cross School and Kaukauna High School. She received a B.S. degree from St. Norbert College and an M.A. degree from St. Xavier University. Before working at Ryan Funeral Home, Joan dedicated 41 years to Catholic education as a teacher and administrator, including 17 years as principal at Notre Dame School in De Pere.

Over the years, Joan held memberships in many professional organizations. Currently, she is a member of the Learning in Retirement Program at UWGB, Spirituality in Retirement, a volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital, and a member and past president of St. Vincent Auxiliary. Joan is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in De Pere.

After twenty years of dedicated professionalism and service to the families of Northeast Wisconsin, Joan is taking a much needed break. She enjoys her retirement years filled with family, friends, community volunteerism, and church. She remains a valued best friend, business advisor, and mentor to our staff and family.

Randy Hansen

Funeral Service Associate
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Randy was born in La Pere, MI and grew up in Yorba Linda, CA, the birthplace of President Richard Nixon. After attending Troy High School he graduated from Fullerton Junior College with an AA in Business Management in 1972. In 1988, while serving in the Army, Randy obtained his Bachelor's degree from Embry Riddle University.

Randy joined the United States Army in 1972 becoming a helicopter and airplane pilot. After a very successful 25-year career, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Five (CWO5) in 1996. Randy and Deborah then returned to De Pere where he began another successful career with EAA (Oshkosh) as their Government Relations Director. Randy joined the Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory team in January 2014.

On September 4, 1978 Randy married De Pere native Deborah Danen at St. Mary's Catholic Church, De Pere. Randy and Deborah currently reside in the Town of Rockland where he is active in Town activities, currently as a member of the Town Planning Commission and as one of the Town's Chief Election Inspectors. Since his return to De Pere Randy has been very active in supporting Veterans activities throughout Northeast Wisconsin. He is an active member of the De Pere VFW Post 2113 Veterans Funeral Honor Guard and a board member of the Military Officers Club of Northeastern Wisconsin where he serves on the planning committee for their Veterans Benefit Golf Outing held at the Oneida Golf & Country Club every July.

In addition, Randy is a past Commander and Quartermaster of the De Pere VFW Post 2113 and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans chapter 3, the American Legion Post 426, and the United States Warrant Officers Association chapter 317. Randy is a past national Director of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), a strong supporter of the U.S. Army Reserves 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion's Family Readiness Group (FRG) based in the Village of Ashwaubenon and the Old Glory Honor Flight program.