Rich traditions, proud history
Since 1923, generations of families have placed their trust in Oakcrest Funeral Services. We are proud of our history and continue the tradition of making outstanding service our #1 priority.
Mr. Warren Laird built a ‘store-front’ building in downtown Algona on Dodge Street (now occupied by Algona Chiropractic Clinic) and opened Laird Funeral Home.
William G. McCullough moved to Algona from Newton, Iowa, and joined Mr. Laird.
William G. McCullough’s son, Robert “Bob” McCullough became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and joined his father.
William G. McCullough died and Henry Geilenfeld, already working at the firm as a student, became a licensed funeral director and was employed by Bob.
Bob McCullough purchased an additional funeral home from Marion Hyink in Whittemore, Iowa (10 miles west of Algona) and moved it four blocks south.
Bob McCullough purchased the Frank and Emma Dingley home from Farm Bureau, who had occupied it since 1952. This became the new location of McCullough Funeral Home. The house was built in 1915-1916 was located at 218 South Moore Street, the current location of Oakcrest Funeral Services.
1919 Dingley Residence
In October, Michael Schaaf moved to Algona and joined Bob McCullough at Laird Funeral Home.
On January 1, Mike Schaaf and Henry “Hank” Geilenfeld purchased the funeral homes in Algona and Whittemore from Bob McCullough. Bob moved to Tucson, Arizona and passed away in 1982.
On January 1, Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Homes was formed, doing business as Oakcrest Funeral Services. The business included four partners, Tom Garry, Reg Roberts, Rick Murphy and Mike Schaaf. There soon became eight locations, including the former Garry Funeral Home of Bancroft, the former Blake Funeral Homes in Corwith, Lu Verne, Titonka, Renwick and Wesley and the locations in Algona and Whittemore. The business still maintains these locations, which serve Kossuth, Hancock and Humboldt counties in Iowa.
Funeral directors, Brian Schaaf (Mike’s son) and Victor Garry (Tom’s son) moved to Algona to join the team at Oakcrest. Mike and Tom retired from the firm and their sons, Brian Schaaf and Victor Garry then became partners with Reg Roberts and Rick Murphy. Mike continues to assist on funerals and help out when needed.
Reg Roberts retired from Oakcrest. Reg continues to assist on funerals as needed.
2014 – present
Rick Murphy retired from Oakcrest in 2014. Rick continues to assist on funerals as needed. Partners, Brian Schaaf and Victor Garry proudly continue the legacy their fathers and founding partners have built.