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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Joe Vanden Avond Funeral Director
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Chad Chervenka Funeral Director
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Joe Schinkten Funeral Director
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Jerry Henrigillis Funeral Service Associate
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Bridget Vandelist Advance Funeral Planner
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Abby Webster Office Manager
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Rebekah Boucher Funeral Apprentice
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Randy Hansen Funeral Service Associate
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John Rennells 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,  West De Pere Snow Owls and Way-Morr Lions Club, and Moose Lodge 801, Green Bay. 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.

Joe Vanden Avond

Funeral Director
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Joe Vanden Avond grew up in De Pere, the son of Keith and Lisa (Freis) 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.

After high school, Joe studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in spring of 2013. 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 is currently enrolled in the MBA Program at St. Norbert College.

Joe enjoys the City of De Pere's recreation programs, singing in the Dudley Birder Chorale and golfing. He is President of the Brown County Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, a member of The Pink Flamingos, a Board Member for the Kiwanis Club of De Pere and a member of the Current Young Professionals of Green Bay.

Chad Chervenka

Funeral Director
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Chad rejoined Ryan Funeral Home in the fall of 2019. He served his apprenticeship at Ryan Funeral Home and has been serving families as a funeral director in Brown County for over a decade. He and his wife Kristin (Fritsch) live in Rockland with their two children.

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, Secretary of the Funeral Directors Examining Board for the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services in Madison, Board member and Past President of the De Pere Kiwanis Club, Sacristan 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 twice Past-President of the Wisconsin Funeral Service & Cremation Alliance, and currently a member of the 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 splits his time between his home in Historic De Pere and a summer family cottage on the Bay of Green Bay in Door County. He has 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.

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.

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 20 years of experience, her focus is making sure families are well informed and comfortable with their decisions.

Bridget lives in De Pere with her two boys, Joe & Tommy.  Her husband, Mike, passed away in June 2018 from cancer.  She enjoys every moment with her boys and her family. She is very active in the community, in addition to her 20+ years of volunteerism with the De Pere Hockey Association. 

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.

Abby Webster

Office Manager
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Rebekah Boucher

Funeral Apprentice
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Rebekah started her apprentinceship at Ryan Funeral Home in January of 2020. She is from Green Bay and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2019. Aside from working at Ryan, she also attended UWGB. 

Rebekah will begin mortuary school at De Moines Area Technical College this fall. 

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.

John Rennells

Funeral Service Associate
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