Our History
The history of our Family Owned and Operated business began in 1899, with the birth of our founder, Morris Norman Nilsen, Sr., and continues today with 3rd generation owner, Morris N. Nilsen II. 
  • 1899Morris N. Nilsen Sr. was born

    Morris Norman Nilsen was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1899.
  • 1920sNilsen Funeral Car Service

    In the 1920s, Morris N. Nilsen Sr. began the Nilsen Funeral Car Service, providing transportation and personnel for Minneapolis/St. Paul area funeral homes.
  • 1929Morris A. Nilsen was born

    Morris Alden Nilsen, son of Morris N. Nilsen Sr. was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1929. He joined his father, working for the Nilsen Funeral Car Service.
  • 1952Morris N. Nilsen II was born

    Morris N. Nilsen II, son of Morris A. Nilsen, was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1952.
  • 1958Funeral Chapel Opened

    Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel was established in 1958 to serve the needs of the rapidly growing communities of Richfield, Bloomington, Edina, and South Minneapolis. Father and son opened the chapel at 66th Street and Portland Avenue South, in an area that had been mainly farmland only a decade earlier.
  • 1971-1972Morris A. Nilsen, President of MFDA

    Morris A. Nilsen served as President of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).
  • 1985 & 1987Building Expansion

    The Funeral Chapel building, offices, and parking facilities were expanded.
  • 1999-2000Morris N. Nilsen II, President of MFDA

    Morris N. Nilsen II served as President of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).

As of July 25, 2020, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, per Executive Order 20-81.


This includes all visitors making arrangements, and attending visitations and funeral services at our facility. We thank you for helping us keep our families and employees safe.


Learn more: Minnesota Dept. of Health Guidance

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