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Mike & Helen Carlson Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.

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Kathleen S. Gilbert Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Pre-Need Counselor

Kathleen is a Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate. She worked in Leavenworth, KS before moving to Manhattan.  She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club, and an attendee at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

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Mathew Ratliff Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mathew Ratliff originally from Pierce, Nebraska is a graduate from the American Academy McAllister Institute, with a major of Mortuary Science. Mathew joined Carlson's Irvin-Parkview in 2018.  Mathew is married to Betty and has three children.

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Alejandra Browne Student

Alejandra Browne is currently a student of American Academy McCallister Institute, majoring in Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis.  

Mike & Helen Carlson

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike has over 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from Solomon High School, he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University and received his BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge and is a member of the Manhattan Lions, Manhattan Rotary, and the Vista Coffee Group. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and a licensed insurance pre-need counselor. Mike is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Via Christi Health Center in pain management and infectious diseases. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas, she also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. They have 6 children together, Kelli Carlson, Amanda and Ed Groh, Thomas Owens, Shannon Owens, Adam Owens and Shauna Owens.  They are also proud grandparents of Nevan Carlson, Adam Groh and Arabella Elam.

Kathleen S. Gilbert

Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Pre-Need Counselor
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Kathleen is a Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate. She worked in Leavenworth, KS before moving to Manhattan.  She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club, and an attendee at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

Mathew Ratliff

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mathew Ratliff originally from Pierce, Nebraska is a graduate from the American Academy McAllister Institute, with a major of Mortuary Science. Mathew joined Carlson's Irvin-Parkview in 2018.  Mathew is married to Betty and has three children.

Alejandra Browne

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Alejandra Browne is currently a student of American Academy McCallister Institute, majoring in Mortuary Science. She is a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis.