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McGilley and Frye Funeral Home and Cremation Service in downtown Olathe has offered personalized funeral and cremation services to families in Johnson County and northeastern Kansas for more than 100 years.

A focus on local care

Reception room at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation ServiceThe McGilley and Frye families have been providing funeral and cremation services since 1897. Over the years, we've maintained a commitment to area families while responding to the changing needs of our community.

Inside McGilley and Frye Funeral Home and Cremation Service, you'll find a large chapel that can accommodate up to 200 guests, a private family room and a music room. These options ensue you have suitable space to gather with friends and family. Additionally, our funeral home team will welcome you with understanding and compassion and guide you through the entire funeral planning process.

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At McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Two Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Personalized funeral services

With a focus on personal touch, our funeral and cremation services are designed to meet your family's needs and respect your loved one's wishes. We know how difficult it is to lose a loved one and have options that allow you to celebrate their legacy—in both traditional and non-traditional styles. Our funeral home services offer you quality, value and exceptional customer satisfaction.

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Everyone at McGilley and Frye Funeral Home and Cremation Service welcomes you with open arms and the care you expect from a locally operated funeral home. We consider it an honor to serve you, so please contact us if we can assist with your funeral or cremation services, whether at the time of need or when planning ahead.

History

In 1912, W.L. Frye moved with his wife, Ivy V. Frye, and 2 sons, W.L. Frye, Jr. and Martin W. Frye, to Olathe, Kansas, establishing his furniture and undertaking business at the location now occupied by the Olathe Post Office.

In 1929, W.L. Frye and Sons established Olathe Funeral Home as the first licensed funeral home in Johnson County at our present location. The Olathe community welcomed the funeral home, as more than 2,000 guests attended the open house. After many years of service to the community, an air-conditioned chapel with a seating capacity of 200, as well as a private family room and music room were added to the original structure in 1949.

Frye was also a chemist, manufacturing and selling Majestic Embalming Fluid in 8 states. He passed away in 1963 in Olathe at the age of 84 as the oldest licensed embalmer in the state of Kansas.

Our Family Tradition Continues

Martin W. Frye, better known to most Olathe residents as Hank, was born July 31, 1910 in Edgerton. He joined his father in the active management of the funeral home in 1931. With the exception of 3 years spent serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Hank Frye provided Olathe and surrounding communities with the same high standards of funeral service established by his father.

A graduate of Olathe High School and Williams Institute of Embalming of Kansas City, Hank held licenses in both Kansas and Missouri. Active in community affairs, he served as both president of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Optimist Club.

Under his direction, W.L. Frye and Son Funeral Home continued to build a reputation that inspired the confidence of the families we served. In 1978, our funeral home underwent extensive remodeling with the addition of a warmly decorated visitation chapel and a brick front exterior. Hank passed away in 1996 at the age of 86.

Present Day

In 2002, the McGilley family added W.L. Frye and Son Funeral Home to McGilley Memorial Chapels. This addition combined more than 200 years of experience, tradition and trust within McGilley and Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

We’re here to serve you and your family for many years to come. We are a member of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Dignity Memorial ® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, offering exclusive benefits, compassionate care and personalized service.

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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.

"From the moment we walked in for our appointment thru the days following the burial…Everyone we interacted with was very professional and sincere. Christina was wonderful to work with an made sure every detail was met. I can't say thank you enough to the minister and everyone else that works behind the scenes to make the passing of a loved one su

ch a beautiful moment for closure and healing."

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April 2022

"Jesse was very friendly and calming. All the staff I came in contact with were very welcoming. They brought a calm to a difficult situation."

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April 2022

"I can NOT explain how easy Jesse made such a difficult moment so easy. From the moment I called we could tell that he truly cared and was very supportive and comforting with the needs and wants of our loved one. I am so thankful for Jesse and his professionalism. From the first call he started out with giving his most sincere condolences which was

very meaningful and was willing to visit before a decision was made. The other place I called wanted my husband in their facility before any conversation took place. The whole staff was very kind but Jesse is what makes this funeral home the best. He will forever hold a special place in our heart and appreciate everything he did to help us get through the most difficult situation my girls and I had to face. May god bless you always Jesse and thank you for everything!!! The Chavez Family"

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February 2022

"The helped me customize everything just the way we wanted it. No unexpected bumps."

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