O n Christmas Day, 1964, fire swept through the funeral home causing thousands of dollars in damage. Roger Osthus, who was on duty at the home at the time, was asleep in the second floor apartment of the building. He was able to escape via the elevator in the building but was taken to the Dell Rapids Hospital suffering from the effects of the smoke. Fire departments from Baltic, Dell Rapids, and Renner answered the call. Plans were made immediately to remodel and temporary headquarters were set up in the Baltic Legion Hall. After the remodeling was completed, an open house was held May 16, 1965.
In 1976, plans were made for construction of a funeral chapel in Colton and on March 8, 1977, the Colton Funeral Chapel was completed.
On October 1, 1984, the association purchased the Julius Funeral Chapel in Garretson at 505 Canyon Avenue. As business expanded, federal ADA requirements and lack of space forced the construction of a new 4,000-square foot facility at 101 South Leslie Drive in the Johnson Development of Garretson.
To continue offering better facilities to the families served in the area, a 700-square-foot addition was added to the Colton Chapel in 1998. The addition included a casket display room and office.
In 1999, the directors were approached by citizens of Dell Rapids regarding the building of a funeral home in that community. A survey, conducted by the University of South Dakota, indicated a need and construction began in 2000. The 4,000-square- foot funeral home is located at 104 East 4th Street in Dell Rapids.
In 1998, the directors began encouraging women to serve on the board. Leonard Johnson and Leonard Sandberg of Crooks decided not to seek re-election in 1999. Joan Eitrheim and Cheryl Schoer were elected as the first women to serve on the Board of Directors at the 70th annual meeting in Colton.
Minnehaha Funeral Home is currently under the direction of Myron G. Nohava who has served since 1976, and Jeffrey Nelson who has been with the organization since 2001. Myron continues to live in Baltic while Jeff makes his home in Dell Rapids. Douglas G. Nohava joined the staff on January 1, 2005, and lives in Garretson. Also assisting at funerals are Jerome Johnson of Garretson and Dale Thompson of Baltic.