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Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Tom and Lori Kober

Funeral Director, Lori Kober has worked at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, SD for the past 11 1/2 years and has made this community her home. She also worked at Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home in Elk Point for the past five and half years.

She is originally from the state of Wisconsin where she grew up with her family on a dairy farm in Elkhart Lake. She began her education at the early age of three at St. John's School for the Deaf and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in 1985. She then attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. Lori's love and passion in the field of mortuary science inspired her to further her education and career by attending the University of District of Columbia where she successfully acquired an Associates of Applied Science Degree and graduated 3rd in her class in 1994. While studying at the University of District of Columbia, she was also employed full-time at Rapp Funeral Services in Silver Spring, MD and completed her apprenticeship there, which provided her with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the funeral business.

Lori's life was off to a great start, both professionally and personally. She married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas, in 1989 and in 1995 followed her husband's career to Sioux Falls, SD. In 1996 they moved to their current residence in Vermillion, SD.

Lori's unique skills, abilities, and love for people have truly helped her to excel in this most rewarding, yet challenging profession. She takes care of family's loved ones with great pride and dignity.

Lori and Thomas are members of St. Agnes Catholic Church, and an avid PACKER fans. She also is a member of National Funeral Director Association and South Dakota Funeral Director Association.

After many years of hard work and anticipation, it is with great pride that Lori announces the starting of her new business "Kober's Funeral Home".

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Eleanor Eagle Bear Personal Assistant

Eleanor was born in Illinois and raised in Indiana. She graduated from high school and attended a community college for business administration. Eleanor married and had two children. She came to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1970 with her family. She now has two children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In 1998 she met and married LeRoy Eagle Bear.

Eleanor worked at Avera McKennan Hospital for seven years in the medical record department, Communication Service for the Deaf for 10 years and for a drug and alcohol treatment center for six years as an administrative assistant. While working for Communication Service for the Deaf she learned ASL to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.

Eleanor loves to do crafts and quilting. She has made quilts for all of her family. She loves spending time and babysitting with her two great grandchildren.

She began working at the funeral home two years ago and is now working with Lori as her Executive Assistant.

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Ember Rhode

Ember Rohde grew up in Rosholt, SD. She graduated from Rosholt High School in 1999 and attended the University of South Dakota. She graduated with her B.S. in Social Work and Psychology in 2004. She then worked at the South Dakota Human Services Center from 2004-2014. She graduated with her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 and began working at Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services as a Child Services Counselor.

Ember creates memorial videos and sings solos for Kober Funeral Home. She wants to help families memorialize their loved one during a difficult time of loss.

Ember has a wife, Tammy, and a step-son, Karlis. Ember enjoys playing piano, singing, camping, and the Minnesota Vikings (but we let her work here anyway).

She and her family are members of United Church of Christ in Vermillion.

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Karen Brock Pre-Need Counselor

Karen Brock is a funeral Pre-Planning Consultant working for Kober Funeral Homes in Vermillion and Elk Point since the fall of 2014. She was a native of Plainview, Nebraska and is currently living in Elk Point with her husband, Bob. They have six grown children. She realized how difficult it was to plan her first husband’s funeral.

She sees the real need for the funeral insurance/or pre-plan the funeral to cease the burdens on the families. She used to work in Omaha, Nebraska on Medicare Fraud & Claims and moved to South Dakota in 1995. Brock helps to record those wishes, removing a burden from families at a time when they don’t often have the resources to deal with such decisions.

She is a compassionate person who loves helping people with their funeral decisions. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point.

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Richard Steenholdt

Richard Steenholdt is a lifelong resident in Vermillion, SD. He graduated from Vermillion High School and was employed at University of South Dakota for 31 years. Rick served with the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years.

Richard has assisted Alton Siecke and Lori Kober in various ways over the past years and still assists Lori Kober at the funeral home.

Richard has a wife, Susanne, and two sons, Ryan and Brandon. Richard enjoys sports, and collecting. He is an avid supporter of Coyote Athletics and Tanager Athletics.

He and his family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

Tom and Lori Kober

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Funeral Director, Lori Kober has worked at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, SD for the past 11 1/2 years and has made this community her home. She also worked at Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home in Elk Point for the past five and half years.

She is originally from the state of Wisconsin where she grew up with her family on a dairy farm in Elkhart Lake. She began her education at the early age of three at St. John's School for the Deaf and graduated from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in 1985. She then attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. Lori's love and passion in the field of mortuary science inspired her to further her education and career by attending the University of District of Columbia where she successfully acquired an Associates of Applied Science Degree and graduated 3rd in her class in 1994. While studying at the University of District of Columbia, she was also employed full-time at Rapp Funeral Services in Silver Spring, MD and completed her apprenticeship there, which provided her with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the funeral business.

Lori's life was off to a great start, both professionally and personally. She married her childhood sweetheart, Thomas, in 1989 and in 1995 followed her husband's career to Sioux Falls, SD. In 1996 they moved to their current residence in Vermillion, SD.

Lori's unique skills, abilities, and love for people have truly helped her to excel in this most rewarding, yet challenging profession. She takes care of family's loved ones with great pride and dignity.

Lori and Thomas are members of St. Agnes Catholic Church, and an avid PACKER fans. She also is a member of National Funeral Director Association and South Dakota Funeral Director Association.

After many years of hard work and anticipation, it is with great pride that Lori announces the starting of her new business "Kober's Funeral Home".

Eleanor Eagle Bear

Personal Assistant
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Eleanor was born in Illinois and raised in Indiana. She graduated from high school and attended a community college for business administration. Eleanor married and had two children. She came to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1970 with her family. She now has two children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In 1998 she met and married LeRoy Eagle Bear.

Eleanor worked at Avera McKennan Hospital for seven years in the medical record department, Communication Service for the Deaf for 10 years and for a drug and alcohol treatment center for six years as an administrative assistant. While working for Communication Service for the Deaf she learned ASL to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.

Eleanor loves to do crafts and quilting. She has made quilts for all of her family. She loves spending time and babysitting with her two great grandchildren.

She began working at the funeral home two years ago and is now working with Lori as her Executive Assistant.

Ember Rhode

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Ember Rohde grew up in Rosholt, SD. She graduated from Rosholt High School in 1999 and attended the University of South Dakota. She graduated with her B.S. in Social Work and Psychology in 2004. She then worked at the South Dakota Human Services Center from 2004-2014. She graduated with her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 and began working at Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services as a Child Services Counselor.

Ember creates memorial videos and sings solos for Kober Funeral Home. She wants to help families memorialize their loved one during a difficult time of loss.

Ember has a wife, Tammy, and a step-son, Karlis. Ember enjoys playing piano, singing, camping, and the Minnesota Vikings (but we let her work here anyway).

She and her family are members of United Church of Christ in Vermillion.

Karen Brock

Pre-Need Counselor
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Karen Brock is a funeral Pre-Planning Consultant working for Kober Funeral Homes in Vermillion and Elk Point since the fall of 2014. She was a native of Plainview, Nebraska and is currently living in Elk Point with her husband, Bob. They have six grown children. She realized how difficult it was to plan her first husband’s funeral.

She sees the real need for the funeral insurance/or pre-plan the funeral to cease the burdens on the families. She used to work in Omaha, Nebraska on Medicare Fraud & Claims and moved to South Dakota in 1995. Brock helps to record those wishes, removing a burden from families at a time when they don’t often have the resources to deal with such decisions.

She is a compassionate person who loves helping people with their funeral decisions. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point.

Richard Steenholdt

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Richard Steenholdt is a lifelong resident in Vermillion, SD. He graduated from Vermillion High School and was employed at University of South Dakota for 31 years. Rick served with the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years.

Richard has assisted Alton Siecke and Lori Kober in various ways over the past years and still assists Lori Kober at the funeral home.

Richard has a wife, Susanne, and two sons, Ryan and Brandon. Richard enjoys sports, and collecting. He is an avid supporter of Coyote Athletics and Tanager Athletics.

He and his family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.