History

Rich traditions, proud history

Families have been placing their trust in us for generations. We have always made outstanding service our #1 priority and are honored to serve you. Our cemetery has been open since 1885. Our funeral home opened July 20, 2015.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery was established in 1885 by Herman Kountze, James Forsyth, William R. Brown, Milton Rogers, M.H. Buss, J.H. Brackin, H.G. Clark, J.J. Brown, O.S. Woods, and Charles H. Brown. The cemetery is mutually owned and operated without profit, with the title resting with the lot owners.

Historic Omaha family names sprinkle our peaceful hills; men and women who helped build our community. Forest Lawn is the largest war burial area in our area. Veterans who served our country in the two World Wars and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Spanish American War and even the Civil War rest here. We ensure, as the centuries roll on, nothing will disturb their tranquil sleep nor mar the beauty of this site.

With such a rich history, Forest Lawn truly has an aura that consoles and inspires. Forest Lawn offers historical walking tours, call today to arrange a guided visit of our grounds.

Our crematory is over a century old. Completed in 1913, our crematory performed the first ever cremation in Nebraska.

The equipment was designed and built by the Jarvis Engineering Company of Boston. The entire custom designed firebrick was molded from clay found only in western Pennsylvania. The large retorts were originally oil fueled but have since been converted to gas. After 83 years, the original retorts were retired from service in February 1996, to allow for the new state of the art retorts located at our service building.

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