Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home sold to Dougherty
Dougherty Funeral Home has bought Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home, though clients of the Duluth businesses shouldn't expect any changes -- even in the names.
Dougherty Funeral Home has bought Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home, though clients of the Duluth businesses shouldn't expect any changes - even in the names.
"The only difference is there will be limousines there, because we have them and they didn't," said Dan Dougherty, owner of the funeral home at 600 E. Second St. "That was what was such a great part of it, the fact there wouldn't be any changes. They charged almost identical to us for caskets and services."
Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher, at 3208 W. Third St., has been in business since 1993. The owners approached Dougherty about the sale and deferred to him for comment.
The decision was an easy one, Dougherty said, because the alternative would have been tough for everyone.
"In our business you can sell to a corporation, and normally they will destroy your business, or you can keep it local," he said.
Two of the funeral directors at Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher will remain.
"We're very excited," Dougherty said. "It's good for us and it's good for them."
Dougherty bought the funeral home property for $465,000 through JMJ Farms Inc. - an homage to his parents' Hermantown farm. The JMJ stands for Jesus Mary Joseph.
Dougherty Funeral Home opened in 1948, and several family members operate funeral homes across the state. Dan Dougherty's son, Daniel, will be the fourth-generation owner locally.