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At Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, our experienced staff of caring professionals has been serving Salem, Oregon, and the surrounding Willamette Valley area for more than 100 years.
Flexible event space
Facility is available to host your personal events
- Large capacity chapel
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Recently renovated
Flexible chapel space
Our chapel can be used for hosting your religious events
- Multiple chapels
- Piano/Organ on site
- Coffee lounge
- Catered events
- Large reception area
Services available to support planning events
Arrangements by phone and email
complete funeral planning without needing a funeral home visit
Tribute video production
Services available to create a tribute video for the service or obituary from photos and videos.
- Audio and video equipment
- Live music available
- Popular music selections
- Intimate reception area
space available for corporate and organization meetings
- Overnight visitations
- Black car service
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Latin music selections
- Ritual washing
- Cremation viewing suite
- Cremation cemetery options
- Option for home delivery of ashes
- Option for mail delivery of ashes
We want you to feel confident planning a funeral for yourself or a loved one. Here are some of the unique benefits we offer to help relieve your family of emotional and financial burdens.
National plan transferability
Personal Planning Guide
Free online obituary
Experts in honoring veterans
Away from home protection
Celebration of life
Compassion help line
100% Dignity Service Guarantee
Individualized funerals in Salem
We provide the highest quality service 24 hours a day, each and every day. We are here to assist you and your family in arranging a funeral that is specifically designed to meet your needs. We believe that funeral services should reflect the lives of those being honored. That's why we strive to create meaningful tributes to loved ones who have meant so much to family and friends.
A team that's here for you
Our licensed funeral directors at our funeral home and chapel care for families during an often stressful and difficult time. We view this not as a job but as a sacred trust, so we take great care to bring integrity, compassion and clear communication into everything that we do.
We understand losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience and at Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, we are committed to providing you with compassionate, professional and personal service. It is our honor to serve the Salem community. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or if you would like more information about our funeral services.
We Honor Veterans
At Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, we understand 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. We have taken steps to ensure our staff is knowledgeable of all the benefits available to military veterans and their families.
In addition, we host community events annually in honor of our veterans and work closely with local veterans organizations. 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.
Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors has been in Salem for over a century.
Our Salem funeral home
In 1909, Terwilliger Funeral Home was established at 770 Chemeketa Street in Salem, Oregon. In 1939, Charles C. Edwards purchased the funeral home and it became known as Terwilliger-Edwards Funeral Home.
Another funeral home named Salem Mortuary was established in 1928 at 545 North Capitol Street in Salem, which later became known as the Walker-Howell Funeral Home.
In 1944, Terwilliger-Edwards and Walker-Howell merged and became known as Howell-Edwards Funeral Home. The funeral home was located at the Capitol Street address until 1966 when the property was purchased by the state of Oregon.
Chapel of the Gardens
Before moving to its new location, Charles C. Edwards retired. B. James Doerksen and Lee C. Edwards became co-owners of the funeral home. In 1966, Howell-Edwards-Doerksen, Chapel of the Gardens opened its doors at its current location, 1350 Commercial Street SE in Salem.
The Rigdon-Ransom Colonial Chapel
W.T. Rigdon Company, located at 299 Cottage Street NE in Salem, was founded in 1891 by W.T. "Taylor" Rigdon after he purchased the Rotan Undertaking Parlors. In the early 60s, Hollis Ransom joined the firm and the name changed to Rigdon-Ransom Colonial Chapel.
In January 1999, Rigdon-Ransom Colonial Chapel sold their facility to the Salem Family YMCA to be used as a teen center. They then merged with Howell-Edwards-Doerksen, Chapel of the Gardens.
Today, Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors is proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers.
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