About

Since 1917, Oehler Funeral Home has provided compassionate funeral care to the residents of Des Plaines, Illinois, and its surrounding communities. Although times have changed, our commitment to our community has not. And though traditions and customs vary from family to family, our promise to guide you through one of the most challenging stages of life never wavers.

A modern funeral home

Reception room at Oehler Funeral Home, Des Plaines

From the moment you walk through the doors and into the lobby of our state-of-the-art funeral home on Miner Street, you will feel welcome. Built with the needs of 21st-century families in mind, Oehler Funeral Home was designed to offer space and modern amenities.

Our flexible spaces accommodate memorial services large and small. A large reception area flooded with natural light is perfect for everything from a simple morning coffee to a themed evening party—and we even handle the catering. A charming play area for children keeps them safe and occupied. Need a sitter for a service? All you have to do is ask.

Celebrating loved ones

At Oehler Funeral Home, we create events that truly celebrate lives. Whether you seek a cremation with a champagne toast, a full traditional funeral service with a cemetery burial and a catered reception, or a creative outdoor celebration complete with a live band, favorite foods, a full bar and funeral favors, we take care of every detail.

From boating to birdwatching, guitars to golf balls, we take the things that mattered most to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt memorial. That's our pledge to you.

Your friend and neighbor

Oehler Funeral Home is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. When you choose us, you not only receive the warm, friendly care of a locally operated establishment, but also the value and benefits you deserve by way of the largest group of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.

Please contact us for immediate assistance or if you would like more information about our services.

History

Walter Oehler founded Oehler Funeral Home in 1917, a time when a funeral wake was still held in a family's home. In 1929, Walter began to encourage his clients to use the facility for funeral services as well as funeral preparation, thus helping establish a new tradition.

Many years of prosperity

For 86 years, Oehler Funeral Home prospered at 555 Lee Street, near downtown Des Plaines. Walter was active in many civic affairs, serving as chairman of the Des Plaines Centennial celebration in 1935, president of the Lions Club and a board of elders member at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was also president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.

In 1954, in an effort to ensure that the business would continue with the same level of compassion and professionalism after his death, Walter took 2 longtime employees as partners. Thomas J. Donovan and Robert E. Schaer continued to grow the business after Walter's passing in 1963.

In 1969, the partners doubled the size of the funeral home, and it eventually became one of the largest family-owned and -operated funeral companies in the state of Illinois.

A 21st-century move

In 2001, the city of Des Plaines embarked upon a redevelopment plan for the downtown area and asked to relocate the funeral home. Oehler Funeral Home moved to 2099 Miner Street, to a beautiful new facility that opened December 1, 2003. Photographs of Walter, Tom and Robert hang in the lobby, reminding staff and visitors alike of a long commitment to a high standard of service.

Today, Oehler Funeral Home is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"It was the worst time of my life, but Oehler helped me with all details in planning the services, the actual services, and follow up. Thank you."

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November 2021

"The staff are very friendly and professional. They are willing to go above and beyond to make sure everything is exceptional. They address any concerns right away."

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November 2021

"My family has been using Oehler for years and I've never had a bad experience"

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November 2021

"Oehler Funeral Home provided professional Memorial Service arrangements. The spray of flowers, portrait they prepared, the photos of our Mother, the heartwarming cd, the printed obituary and prayer cards were all well done. The hard cover book they created is a beautiful memento. Tom Murphy and Henry Lee gave us personalized attention, showed compassion as well as empathy and gave excellent guidance with the planning."

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October 2021

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