At Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., we have provided funeral and cremation services for families in the Boyertown, Pennsylvania, area since 1874. With more than a century of service to the Berks County community, we firmly believe that every family who walks through our doors deserves excellent care and competitive prices.
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Personalized funeral service
Every person’s life is unique and deserves to be honored with a one-of-a-kind celebration. At Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., our professional and caring associates are committed to helping you create a memorable and meaningful tribute that reflects your loved one’s passions and individuality. From music to keepsakes and flowers, we can help turn your vision—no matter how simple or elaborate—into reality.
Our dedicated associates are committed to helping you during one the most difficult and emotional experiences in life. We promise to care for you in a compassionate, professional and personalized manner.
Spacious funeral home
Our Victorian-style funeral home facility is large and versatile enough to serve your needs while still remaining intimate and cozy. Please visit us at 111 North Reading Avenue to take a tour of our funeral home and meet our team.
We're a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. When you choose us, you not only receive the compassionate care you expect from a Boyertown operated establishment but also the value you deserve from the largest network of funeral, cremation and memorial service providers in North America.
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Established in 1874
The fascinating history of Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc. began in 1874 when Daniel C. Brumbach began undertaking at his furniture business. Mr. Brumbach moved the business from 112 East Philadelphia Avenue to 201 East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, in 1882. Mr. Brumbach was one of the organizers of the Boyertown Burial Casket Company. He believed caskets should be manufactured before they were needed for a funeral. This was at a time when a cabinet maker was called to quickly build a casket upon someone’s death.
The early years
Mr. Brumbach turned the business over to his son-in-law, James J. Brown, in 1905. Mr. Brown was one of the first people to train in the art and science of embalming. This became a very valuable trade to learn and was beneficial after the 1908 Opera House, fire when it was used to help aid in a long identification process. In 1933, Mr. Brown passed away and his widow, Ella, oversaw the business for 2 more years. She sold the business to Lewis B. Cauffman in 1935. He later moved the business to 34 Warwick Street.
Linwood W. Ott purchases the funeral business
In 1936, Linwood W. Ott, who worked for Mr. Cauffman, purchased the business. Mr. Ott purchased the home next door in order to expand his business in 1939. During this time, Mr. Ott and his wife, Mildred, designed and built custom awnings and shades as a secondary business. In 1952, Mr. Ott purchased a Victorian-style mansion at 111 North Reading Avenue. Built in 1891, this structure serves as the funeral home’s current facility. It was enlarged and redesigned in 1965.
Growth and expansion
Upon Mr. Ott’s retirement in 1979, Terry L. Starr bought the business. Mr. Starr purchased the St. John’s Parsonage at 115 North Reading Avenue in 1983, which today serves as an arrangement office and casket selection room. After a fire in 1994, the entire funeral home was remodeled.
In 1995, Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc. joined the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers. Mr. Starr and his wife, Charlene, stayed on to operate the business until their retirement in 2004.