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Memorial Park Cemetery, located from 78th to 81st and Hillcrest Road, was established as a burial “park” in 1922 by the late Bernard DeVry. Bernard’s idea of a park like setting was to convert a family farm into cemetery grounds, requiring burials be memorialized only with flat markers. His innovative thinking for the time prospered into one of the most beautiful and peaceful burial grounds in the city. Marble statuary, flowers, lakes, and ponds, not to mention thousands of trees, adorn the Memorial Park grounds in a 380-acre setting truly blessed by nature.
In 1964, H.W. “Bill” DeVry, Jr., operating Memorial Park in its third generation acquired the adjoining Green Lawn Cemetery at 81st and Hillcrest. Later that year, Park Lawn Funeral Home was established at the corner of 83rd and Hillcrest. Today, Park Lawn is one of the largest funeral and cemetery complexes serving the entire metropolitan area under family ownership and management. Siblings Hank and Vincent DeVry and Diane DeVry McBride maintain the traditions founded by their great-grandfather, Bernard, while remaining mindful in their competitive marketplace. Today, Park Lawn offers the most beautiful facilities, the most caring and responsive staff and the most competitive pricing available in the area while enjoying the integrity the DeVry Family has held steadfast for four generations.
“Numerous major firms of our kind have sold or merged with conglomerate corporations,” said Hank DeVry, Park Lawn General Manager. “We’re proud to stay family owned and family operated. It’s nice to know there are a few of us left.”
Park Lawn Funeral Home is also equipped with a crematorium and is available for burial services in any other cemetery. Their charges may be easily comparable with so called “discount funeral homes”, all the time providing their incomparable facilities and service. The cemetery park is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come see the years of beauty, tranquility, and service by the DeVry family to those in their hour of need.