Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery

East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens


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As sister locations in Bloomington, Illinois, East Lawn Funeral Home and East Lawn Memorial Gardens allow you to plan a cremation, funeral, memorial and burial at one beautiful, convenient location. We have compassionately served the Bloomington-Normal area for more than 85 years.





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Free Funeral Planning Resources

Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.

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A local team and attention to detail

Mausoleum at East Lawn Memorial Gardens CemeteryMany of our funeral directors have lived in the Bloomington-Normal area for a long time. They know the needs of their friends and neighbors, so you can expect compassionate care in a warm and friendly atmosphere. They proudly treat every family like their own.

All of the services at East Lawn Funeral Home are designed to truly reflect the lives of loved ones who have passed, while offering comfort to those who grieve. Our professionals will work with you to create a tribute that celebrates your loved one's life with thoughtful details that represent his or her passions, accomplishments and hobbies to create a lasting impression. Start with a story—we'll take it from there.

Cremation services

Many people don't realize that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in this increasingly common decision, a planning professional can explain the different choices. From a simple cremation without a memorial service to a witness cremation or a full funeral service before or after the cremation, we can help you understand the options and will handle all cremation arrangements.

A caring member of our staff can deliver a love one's urn to your home, or delivery of ashes can be arranged via the U.S. Postal Service. We also offer cremation jewelry, which is a lovely way to keep a loved one close.

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East Lawn Funeral Home understands the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Four Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, we are honored to serve our nation’s heroes and take this responsibility seriously. Our staff is knowledgeable about the benefits available to military veterans and their families and can help you obtain these benefits.

East Lawn Memorial Gardens cemetery

Located at 1002 Airport Rd. in Bloomington, East Lawn Memorial Gardens features a parklike setting on 43 acres. A peaceful final resting place, we provide a variety of traditional burial and cremation options and ample space for future generations to gather, reflect and remember. 

Traditional burial options

The cemetery has in-ground and aboveground options, including:

  • Indoor placement in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum
  • Entombment in a stately garden mausoleum
  • Burial in wonderfully landscaped gardens with flat bronze markers or upright granite monuments
  • Private commonwealth estates with shared granite benches
  • Private family estates
  • Private family mausoleums

Cremation options

Families who choose cremation often also choose cemetery memorialization for their loved ones. Cremation options at East Lawn Memorial Gardens include:

  • Gardens for urn burial
  • Glass-front niches inside the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum
  • A community ossuary

Take the next step

Our teams welcome you to learn more about our funeral and memorial services by calling or visiting to tour the facility or cemetery grounds. We consider it a privilege to serve the Bloomington-Normal area and remain committed to providing quality care.


East Lawn Memorial Gardens was established by R.L. Beeler of Burlington, Iowa. Beeler purchased a 30-acre tract of land from Fred Young in 1935. At the time, the property was located 2 miles east of the Bloomington city limits, just west of the new municipal airport on Illinois Route 9. Beeler employed Henry Oldman as the cemetery manager, and they began to sell cemetery property out of an office at 301 Peoples Bank Building in Bloomington.

In 1951, the cemetery was sold to Harold and Freda Bathe. Over the years, they made many improvements. Eventually, the Bathes opened East Lawn Funeral Home, which was then located at 1515 E. Empire St. In 1979, Harold sold the building and constructed a new facility on the grounds of East Lawn Memorial Gardens. At the time, this was an innovative idea and gave families the convenience of planning all of their funeral and cemetery arrangements in one beautiful location.

Today, East Lawn Memorial Gardens and East Lawn Funeral Home are members of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. We welcome the opportunity to continue our tradition of service to Bloomington-Normal families.


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