About Us

Gorder Mortuary Supply History

Gorder Mortuary Supply has served the funeral industry, state departments of health, tissue procurement organizations and medical examiners’ offices since 1977, providing solutions and when appropriate, products too, to its valued clients.

Founded by Arnold Gorder and his wife, Gorder Supply grew and supplied the funeral industry in and around the Midwest. In early 2002, Arnold decided it was time to pass the torch of Gorder Supply on. He chose Jim Messer to carry on and in July of ’02, Jim took the torch. Since then, Gorder Supply has continued to grow and prosper.

Jim has not lost sight of his customers. We work hard every day to ensure all of our customers are exceedingly satisfied. Our substantial network of advisors and vendors gives us the ability to respond quickly to our customers’ needs.

Product Ordering
Research & Investigation
Advice & Problem Solving
Referrals & Networking

Gorder Supply is a mortuary wholesaler company that supplies funeral homes in the Midwest and beyond with the items and materials needed to run efficiently and effectively.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the premier mortuary supply company in the Midwest through dedicated customer service, steadfast integrity, and ensuring that every customer is exceedingly satisfied.

Our Motto

  • “A (corporate) strategy based on mutual trust and clients’ needs should be valid in perpetuity.”
    – Benjamin Edwards, III, Former CEO, A.G. Edwards Inc. (now Wachovia),  6/21/07
  • “Innovation, everyday entrepreneurship and creativity are the aims of collaboration.”
    – Peter Keen
  • “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”
  • Alan K. Simpson, Former United States Senator of Wyoming.
Jim Messer

Jim Messer

A MN native, Jim lived in several states growing up. A graduate of Augustana College, Jim returned to the Twin Cities to earn a degree in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota. Married to his lovely wife Cynthia for over 32 years, they have two adult sons, Andrew and Ian. Jim is an avid scuba diver, jazz aficionado, and together with Cynthia loves to travel. After working as a licensed funeral director for many years, Jim purchased Gorder Mortuary Supply in 2002. Jim is dedicated to quality service. Always happy to hear from his customers, Jim and Debbie welcome every email and phone call, and encourage our valued customers to contact us directly for all their needs, whatever these may be.

Debbie Krieger

Debbie Krieger

Debbie is the newest member of the Gorder Supply Customer Service Division! Debbie grew up on a farm in Pine City, Minnesota. She attended vocational college in St. Paul, and then continued on to work for and provide exceptional customer service at the Target Co. corporate offices for over 25 years! Debbie is married with 3 children and two granddaughters. Gorder Supply is most happy to have Debbie on our team.

Ian Messer

Ian Messer

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ian graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He opted to move to the sunny Florida Keys. Ian is a PADI certified Master Scuba Instructor, and owns and manages a boat rental business. He will pop into the Gorder offices from time to time to trouble shoot the occasional problem, answer a few phone calls, or work on the latest Gorder project with his Dad.