Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.

Justin G. Herman, CFSP and Roxanne R. Herman, Funeral Directors/Owners

Justin and Roxanne Herman are pleased to have purchased the former Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home on February 1, 2012. Justin is the son of Ronald and Elaine (Knuth) Herman.  His family has called the Wisconsin Rapids area home for over five generations.

Justin was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids. He graduated from Lincoln High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois. Justin has served the Wisconsin Rapids area as a licensed funeral director for over 16 years. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice,  past president of the Wisconsin Valley Funeral Directors Association, and served on the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors having been elected by his peers to represent the Wisconsin Valley District at the state level.   Justin is an active member of the Wisconsin Rapids community and has served in leadership roles with many area service organizations.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial and the Acacia Foundation of Central Wisconsin.

Roxanne was born and raised in Fifield, Wisconsin.  She graduated from Park Falls High School and moved to Wisconsin Rapids in 1996 and is proud to call Wisconsin Rapids her home.  Roxanne earned a degree in Mortuary Science from DMACC in Iowa in 2015.  She has been with the funeral home since 2012.  Roxanne earned an associates degree in both nursing an paramedic medicine from MSTC in Wisconsin Rapids.  Prior to joining the funeral home staff, she worked as an operating room nurse for several years.  Roxanne proudly served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard for six years as a military police officer.  Roxanne is a member of Elmer Blonien American Legion Post 485 in Rudolph and served as the past adjutant for American Legion Post 9 in Wisconsin Rapids.

Justin and Roxanne live in the town of Grand Rapids with their two children, Makayla and Matthew.  They are active members of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, the Grand Rapids Lions Club, and Friends of Veterans Helping Veterans.

In their free time, the Herman's enjoy spending precious time together with family.  They love to travel and spend time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping.  Justin and Roxanne also enjoy attending their children's activities and an occasional Packer game.

Peter J. Jacoby II, Licensed Funeral Director

Peter J. Jacoby II has recently joined the staff at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in his hometown of Wisconsin Rapids. Pete is a 1997 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and has been a licensed funeral director for the past 20 years and also holds a life insurance license. He began his funeral directing career as a funeral director apprentice at Taylor Funeral Home, under the direction of Irv Vollert and the late Mike Jennings, before entering mortuary college. Peter, the son of Pete and LaDon Jacoby, and his wife Jean (Arndt) Jacoby, daughter of Clarence and Linda Arndt, are natives of Wisconsin Rapids and have two children, Peter III and Amelia. Peter is a firefighter with the Park Ridge Fire Dept. and also a volunteer Airport Ambassador at the Central Wisconsin Airport. His interests include aviation (having obtained his pilot training at Wings Air Charter in Wisconsin Rapids), sports and spending time with his family. He looks forward to assisting and serving the people in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding communities on a pre-need and at-need basis.

Martin S. Obsuszt, Apprentice Funeral Director

Martin is a licensed funeral director apprentice with the funeral home. He has 12 years of experience in the funeral industry. His main occupation is as a History teacher in Montello, WI. He and his wife, Karen, a life-long Wisconsin Rapids resident, reside in Wisconsin Rapids with their 3 daughters and are members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Karen serves as a teacher. In his free time, Martin enjoys playing golf, hunting and spending time with his family.

Ron and Elaine Herman, Funeral Director Assistants

Ron and Elaine Herman enjoy assisting the staff at the funeral home wherever they are needed.  Ron is retired from Consolidated Papers/Stora-Enso/New Page where he worked in maintenance for over 43 years.  Elaine is retired from Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools where she worked as an exceptional educational needs aid for over 20 years.  Both are lifelong residents of Wisconsin Rapids.

Ron uses his maintenance skills to keep things operational in the funeral home building.  You will find Elaine busy coordinating and serving funeral lunches and life celebration events in the funeral home's luncheon and reception area.



Irvin C. Vollert, Former Owner/ Part-Time Licensed Funeral Director

Irv is a lifelong Wisconsin Rapids resident and former owner and president of Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home.

Irv retired from Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home on February 1, 2012, after over 45 years of dedicated service to the Wisconsin Rapids community.