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Tim and Kristi Daum

Tim and Kristi Daum

Owners - Funeral Director/Embalmer

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. 

Email: tkdaum@gmail.com


Sara Searcey

Sara Searcey

Office Administrator

Sara grew up on a dairy farm west of Alliance.  She graduated from Alliance High School in 1992 and Nebraska Christian College in 1996.  

Sara met her husband, Mark at college and they were married in 1995.  They moved to the McCook area in 1996.  They have two children, Courtney and Matthew.  They are active members of McCook Christian Church.

Sara enjoys her family and friends, reading, crocheting and making cards.

She has been with Carpenter Breland Funeral Home since April 2005.  

Email: sara@carpenterbreland.com


Aaron Koetter

Mortuary Science Student / Monument Installation


Email: monuments@carpenterbreland.com


Donna Mullanix

Donna Mullanix

Evening Visitation / Reception



Janet Fritsche

Evening Visitation / Reception



Gary Wiemers

Visitation and Funeral Service Assistant



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