Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Cremation has been a part of the Northfield Community for over 50 years. In 1966, Duane Benson purchased the Zanmiller Funeral Home, which had been in business on Division Street since 1934. In 1971, he purchased the then Anderson Funeral Home on the corner of Fourth & Washington and consolidated the funeral homes. In 2001, when Duane retired, Andy and Suzanne Langehough assumed the business. Nationally recognized for innovation and commitment to service excellence, we listen to families to help them create simple ceremonies to one-of-a-kind tributes that become cherished experiences. Our professional and caring staff takes pride in providing high quality and affordable funeral services that meet the special needs of your family.
We offer a complete range of quality services from funerals to cremation, and are experienced at honoring many faiths and customs. We invite you to contact us with your questions, and we are glad to arrange a tour of our comfortable facilities. It is our goal to support you through every step of your arrangements and to pay tribute to the special memory of your loved one.
Andy is a 1986 graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program. A native of western South Dakota, he moved to Minneapolis in 1982 to attend Golden Valley Lutheran College. He began his funeral service career in 1984 as a night attendant at a funeral home in Brooklyn Center, MN. He has worked as a funeral director in Mountain Lake, Mankato, St. Paul and Princeton, MN. In 2001, Andy and his wife Suzanne moved to Northfield with their three children, Leigh, Rachel and Dan. They are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoy time with their families and their dog Knightly. Andy is active in many Northfield community organizations and Suzanne is an active member of PEO Chapter FR.
Preston graduated from high school in Long Prairie, Minnesota, and attended Moorhead State University. He continued his education in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from mortuary school with distinction. He served his internship at West Funeral Home in West Fargo, North Dakota. He was employed with the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, Minnesota, and Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna. He began working at Bierman Funeral Home and Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in January 2016. Preston is married to Susan who is employed by the Owatonna Public School District. The couple have two daughters, Paige and Abby. Preston and Susan have three adopted rescue dogs, Willow, Rachel and Scout. In his spare time, Preston enjoys golfing, running and working outdoors. He also enjoys following high school and college wrestling. He is a member of the Elks Club and St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.
Funeral Director – Retired
Jim is a Northfield native; his family settled in the area in the 1800s. He assumed the funeral home business from his grandfather, father and uncle. Jim is well respected in the Northfield area, and he retired (again) in 2017 after 40+ years of service to the community. Jim and his wife Mary are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Funeral Director – Retired
Duane is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Mortuary Science. He purchased the Zanmiller Funeral Home in 1966 and the Anderson Funeral Home in 1971, consolidating locations at 201 East Fourth Street. He retired in 2001, but continues to serve regularly at funerals. Duane is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a former member of the Jaycees and is a 50-year member of Rotary. He is an avid golfer, longtime member of the Northfield Golf Club, and a regular at morning coffee at the Hideaway. He and his wife Marie enjoy time with family, especially their grandchildren.
Family Services Coordinator
Lisa has worked for the funeral home since 2013, helping with funerals and with preplanning. She grew up in the Twin Cities area and graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She has lived in Northfield since 2000, when she married her husband who is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church. Lisa and Tim have two delightful daughters and two lively Cavapoos. In her free time, Lisa enjoys volunteering with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Northfield schools, and the family enjoys camping and playing games together.
Ray is a near lifelong Northfield resident. He is a Korean War veteran and has served with the American Legion Honor Guard, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and the Northfield Veterans Memorial Park Committee. He has been District and State Chairman for Sons of the American Legion since 1979 and served for 38 years on the Rural Fire Board for Waterford Township. He can be found most mornings exercising at the Northfield Senior Center. Ray and his wife Mary are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Charlene retired from the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan School District after 38 years of service, and joined the funeral home staff shortly thereafter. She is a lifelong Northfielder, and has served on the Waterford Township and Greenvale Cemetery boards for many years. Her part-time hobbies include farming and growing garlic.
We invite you to contact us with your questions at (507) 645-5123, and we are glad to arrange a tour of our comfortable facilities.