Description of Jason’s Remarkable Funeral Service

Funeral services for Jason were held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday April 21, 2005. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m., at which time the service began.

Monroe CrossingThe family originally planned to include some of Jason’s favorite music, possibly a CD of the band Monroe Crossing.  Then it was discovered that Monroe Crossing would be performing nearby the next day.  A few phone calls later, and three members of the band graciously agreed to perform live at the service!

Funeral Program (click to scroll through scans)


  • Hundreds of people filed past Jason’s casket to pay their final respects.  Visitors included many friends and acquaintances, most of Jason’s very large extended family, and some family friends who drove considerable distances.  Former Minnesota Viking Chuck Foreman, who considered Jason a close personal friend, expressed his sincerest admiration directly to the parents.
  • The mood often changed from grief to happiness as people shared stories about Jason’s many exploits and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Acoustic Guitar Performance...............................  Nicholas Benham (cousin)
Jason’s Memorabilia (click to scroll through larger images)


Post Service

  • Carrying out of Jason by casket bearers:
    • Bradford Ray
    • Jesse Leraas
    • Gene Kiphuth
    • Cory Wipper
    • Suneco South
    • Joey Wood
  • Honorary casket bearers included:
    • Scott Keeler
    • Matthew Ray
    • Eric Ray
    • Rick Seagraves
    • Nick Benham
    • Nathan Ray
    • Jason Freitag
    • Cyle Paumen
    • Michael Commerford
  • Rather than the standard fare, refreshments were comprised of Jason’s favorite foods, including popcorn, key-lime pie, and his favorite kind of orange soda & root beer (which could only be found out of state).
  • Jesse James BobbleheadAttendees were encouraged to pick up a Jesse James Bobble Head Doll (created by Jason) on their way out.

Floral arrangements (click to scroll through larger images)