Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.


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Mark L. Parrish Funeral Director / Owner mark@caldwellparrish.com

Mark is originally from Algona and is a 2005 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids before graduating from the DMACC Mortuary Science Program in August of 2008. While in mortuary school, Mark worked as a student at Caldwell Parrish. Following college, he worked as funeral director at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. In March of 2014 Mark rejoined the staff at Caldwell Parrish to fulfill his life long dream of owning a funeral home with his brother.

Mark is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 12432, Rotary Club of DMAM, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America. Mark is also a Certified Crematory Operator by the National Funeral Directors Association and is licensed to write pre need funeral contracts. He enjoys exercising, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

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John R. Parrish Funeral Director / Owner john@caldwellparrish.com

John Parrish grew up in Algona, Iowa where he graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 2008. After high school, he attend Kirkwood Community College where he received his associate's degree in Business. John went on to Des Moines Area Community College and received his degree in Mortuary Science. John is a Certified Crematory Operator by the National Funeral Directors Association. He worked at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory as a Mortuary student. John worked at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City before returning to Caldwell Parrish.

John is a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Knights of Columbus Council 12422, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, golfing, and is an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees fan.

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Daniel Gelhaus Funeral Director Intern daniel@caldwellparrish.com

Daniel Gelhaus grew up in Algona, Iowa.  He is a 2012 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School. Throughout high school he was active in sports, community organizations, and church activities.  He received his Associate Degree from Des Moines Area Community College in 2014.  In 2016, Daniel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. While attending the University of Minnesota he worked at the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzate. In July of 2016, Daniel joined the staff of Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory as a Funeral Director Intern.

Daniel is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and enjoys running and helping on the family farm in his spare time.

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Shannon Heinen Administrative Assistant shannon@caldwellparrish.com

Shannon grew up on a farm south of Ogden and is a 1996 graduate of Ogden Community High School.  After high school she attended Iowa State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services in 2001.  Following college, she worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health for seven years before becoming a stay at home mom. 

Shannon joined the staff at Caldwell Parrish in the fall of 2016 and is currently studying for her degree in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College.  She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  She and her husband, Doug, live in West Des Moines with their three daughters.  Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones. 

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Jim Raddatz Licensed Funeral Director

James D. Raddatz, better known as Jim, has been a licensed funeral director since graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science. He holds a license in both Iowa and Minnesota, and belongs to state and national associations for funeral directors and cremation providers. He has years of experience working in funeral homes in Rochester, Minnesota; Breckenridge, Minnesota; and Des Moines. He is originally from southern Minnesota, moving to Des Moines in 1978 and buying his own business in 1987.

Jim has a license to write preened funeral insurance and also designs monuments and gravestones for the families he serves. He designed the current funeral home building in 1995 and had it built to best meet the needs of families. Jim enjoys a network with Central Iowa funeral directors and provides many services for them when needed. He is pleased that his daughter, Gretchen, has followed in his footsteps to be a funeral director in Minnesota, and daughter, Ingrid continues to help him here.

As active director, he has limited spare time, but loves to watch his Minnesota teams on TV and also follows basketball and football for Drake, Iowa State and Iowa University. He is a member of the Masons and the Scottish and York Rites, Grace United Methodist Church, the Des Moines Civic Center and an active supporter of The Salvation Army. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve Program after college. He feels strongly that a life should be honored and remembered, and he is pleased to help people make a plan for memorializing in a way that is special, unique and comforting.

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Dean Forbes Pre Need Counselor

Mark L. Parrish

Funeral Director / Owner
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Mark is originally from Algona and is a 2005 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids before graduating from the DMACC Mortuary Science Program in August of 2008. While in mortuary school, Mark worked as a student at Caldwell Parrish. Following college, he worked as funeral director at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. In March of 2014 Mark rejoined the staff at Caldwell Parrish to fulfill his life long dream of owning a funeral home with his brother.

Mark is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 12432, Rotary Club of DMAM, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America. Mark is also a Certified Crematory Operator by the National Funeral Directors Association and is licensed to write pre need funeral contracts. He enjoys exercising, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

John R. Parrish

Funeral Director / Owner
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John Parrish grew up in Algona, Iowa where he graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 2008. After high school, he attend Kirkwood Community College where he received his associate's degree in Business. John went on to Des Moines Area Community College and received his degree in Mortuary Science. John is a Certified Crematory Operator by the National Funeral Directors Association. He worked at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory as a Mortuary student. John worked at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City before returning to Caldwell Parrish.

John is a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Knights of Columbus Council 12422, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North America. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, golfing, and is an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees fan.

Daniel Gelhaus

Funeral Director Intern
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Daniel Gelhaus grew up in Algona, Iowa.  He is a 2012 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School. Throughout high school he was active in sports, community organizations, and church activities.  He received his Associate Degree from Des Moines Area Community College in 2014.  In 2016, Daniel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. While attending the University of Minnesota he worked at the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzate. In July of 2016, Daniel joined the staff of Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory as a Funeral Director Intern.

Daniel is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and enjoys running and helping on the family farm in his spare time.

Shannon Heinen

Administrative Assistant
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Shannon grew up on a farm south of Ogden and is a 1996 graduate of Ogden Community High School.  After high school she attended Iowa State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services in 2001.  Following college, she worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health for seven years before becoming a stay at home mom. 

Shannon joined the staff at Caldwell Parrish in the fall of 2016 and is currently studying for her degree in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College.  She is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  She and her husband, Doug, live in West Des Moines with their three daughters.  Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones. 

Jim Raddatz

Licensed Funeral Director
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James D. Raddatz, better known as Jim, has been a licensed funeral director since graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science. He holds a license in both Iowa and Minnesota, and belongs to state and national associations for funeral directors and cremation providers. He has years of experience working in funeral homes in Rochester, Minnesota; Breckenridge, Minnesota; and Des Moines. He is originally from southern Minnesota, moving to Des Moines in 1978 and buying his own business in 1987.

Jim has a license to write preened funeral insurance and also designs monuments and gravestones for the families he serves. He designed the current funeral home building in 1995 and had it built to best meet the needs of families. Jim enjoys a network with Central Iowa funeral directors and provides many services for them when needed. He is pleased that his daughter, Gretchen, has followed in his footsteps to be a funeral director in Minnesota, and daughter, Ingrid continues to help him here.

As active director, he has limited spare time, but loves to watch his Minnesota teams on TV and also follows basketball and football for Drake, Iowa State and Iowa University. He is a member of the Masons and the Scottish and York Rites, Grace United Methodist Church, the Des Moines Civic Center and an active supporter of The Salvation Army. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve Program after college. He feels strongly that a life should be honored and remembered, and he is pleased to help people make a plan for memorializing in a way that is special, unique and comforting.

Dean Forbes

Pre Need Counselor
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