Mike is a third
generation funeral director. A great grandfather, two uncles were
in the family funeral business and cousins have gone on to become
funeral directors. He always felt that funeral direction was in
Originally from Hibbing, Minnesota, Mike graduated from the University
of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science
in 1990. After many years in the trade business (hiring out removal
and embalming services), Mike found his dream home.
The Thomson-Dougherty Mansion, on the north-west
corner of 26th Street and Park Avenue just south of Downtown Minneapolis,
was operated for many years as a funeral home by the Thomson family.
Mike saw it and fell in love with the elegant home. It is known
as Thomson-Dougherty to give homage to the previous family who
did funeral service there.
Mike believes that all families deserve to say goodbye their loved
one with respectful, compassionate and professional service in
a beautiful setting.
Mike has spent years studying
and teaching restorative art, the art of embalming and presenting
a body for viewing by family and friends. He is known for his
attention to detail in his work.
Mike is an active Shriner and Rotarian, served on the Minnesota
Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors, and has close
ties with the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science school,
being a former instructor there. Mike has been invited to teach
many continuing education courses for his colleagues.