History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

In July of 1986, Doug Hamilton and Dick Birk, as partners, built a new funeral facility in Marshall, Minnesota, and Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home became a reality. Doug was operating manager/partner from the start.  In 2003, Doug purchased the business and became sole owner. Shortly thereafter, the firm name was changed to Hamilton Funeral Home. 

Hamilton Funeral Home welcomed a second director, David Sprik, to the staff in 2006.  In July of 2020, David and Elly (now owners) welcomed Emily Erickson, licensed funeral director to the staff.

We are also blessed to have Lee Raske, Jim VanHyfte, and Brian West also on our our team to help on services and with other non-licensed work.  Ann Schlenner and Jennifer VanKeulen regularly assist with other events and in the office.

David, Elly, and our staff will continue offering Marshall and the surrounding communities funeral service with integrity. We promise compassionate, dignified, and professional funeral care to each family we serve for years to come.

Our Valued Staff

  • David C. Sprik

    David C. Sprik Owner, Director

    David grew up in Chanhassen and attended Minneapolis Lutheran High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. He went on to Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, for 2 years before transferring to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where he met his wife, Elly. David graduated from SMSU with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He went on to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science in 2006. In September of 2014, David and family took over Hamilton Funeral Home as Doug and Chari moved into retirement.
    He serves one the boards of Minnesota River Valley Service, LLC (the crematory, that has been right here in Marshall since 1999, owned by Hamilton Funeral Home), the Marshall Cemetery, and True Light Christian School.
    David and Elly have 3 children: Tyler (14), Jolie (11), and Kyla (8). Enjoyments outside of work include golfing, the Vikings, going to the lake, visiting family all over Southwest Minnesota, spending time with his children, and promoting the community.

  • Elly J. Sprik

    Elly J. Sprik Owner, Office Manager

    Elly (Director of the Directors) grew up in Glencoe, Minnesota. She went to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where she met David. Elly graduated from SMSU with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. She then was blessed to be at home with Tyler, Jolie, and Kyla. She previously worked part time at Marcotte Jewelry in Marshall but now helps full-time in the office and still manages to coordinate three children’s lives.
    Elly is proud to be a member of the Junior Achievement board and serves First Lutheran Church on the praise team and and music coordinator. She also helps on the True Light Christian School Promise Banquet committee.

  • Emily Erickson

    Emily Erickson Funeral Director

  • Jennifer VanKeulen

    Jennifer VanKeulen Office & Funeral Assistant

  • Ann Schlenner

    Ann Schlenner Event Assistant

    Ann grew up in Granite Falls, Minnesota. She went to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where she graduated with a bachelors degree in education. Ann continued her education and received her Masters Degree and Principal Licensure from Saint Mary's University. Ann worked as an elementary teacher in the private and public school systems for 10 years. Ann is married to Ryan Schlenner and they have four children named Gabriella, Jocelyn, Ahnya and Magnus. Family comes first for Ann. You can find her going to sporting events, practices and extra curricular activities any given day. Ann is a member of First Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with her family at the lake, traveling and Saturday morning coffee with friends.

  • Lee  Raske

    Lee Raske Funeral Assistant

  • Jim  VanHyfte

    Jim VanHyfte Funeral Assistant

  • Brian West

    Brian West Funeral Assistant

  • Doug & Chari Hamilton

    Doug & Chari Hamilton Director / Former Owners

    Doug and Chari Hamilton are the former owners and are still active in the community. They help on services and are important to our continued success. They winter in Arizona and spend time with their 3 daughters who live in the area. The retirees are enjoining their free time!