Located in West Des Moines, Iowa, McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary and Resthaven Cemetery provide people from many backgrounds with compassionate care. The funeral home and cemetery are located near Interstate 235 in West Des Moines, only minutes from interstates 35 and 80. Working together, they provide vital convenience and simplicity when planning final arrangements.
- Flexible event space
- Celebration of Life center
- Veterans cemetery section
- Flexible chapel space
- Waterside views
- Large capacity chapel up to 250
- Cemetery spaces available
- Custom headstones and markers
- Piano/Organ on site
- Family estates
- Flat markers
- Coffee lounge
- Onsite cemetery
- Catered events
- White glove service
- Event planning
- Arrangements by phone and email
- Tribute video production
- Audio and video equipment
- Live music available
- Popular music selections
- Intimate reception area
- In-home visitations
- White limousines
- Police escort available
- Cemetery flower delivery
Religious & Cultural
- Multicultural funerals
- Latin music selections
- Catholic cemetery section
- Incense burning
- Shomer available
- Ritual washing
- Scattering garden for ashes
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Cremation cemetery options
- Cremation niches
- Option for home delivery of ashes
- Option for mail delivery of ashes
- Scattering assistance
- Cremation gardens
A welcoming funeral home
We are committed to accommodating families of all belief systems and cultures at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary and are dedicated to creating the personalized services you and your family deserve. We believe a final service should reflect the uniqueness of a life and we design one-of-a-kind services that capture the essence of a person.
We offer everything from a traditional church funeral to a modern celebration of life with live music, catering and a send-off that reflects the personality and passions of yourself or your loved one. Whatever your vision or your loved one's wishes, we go the extra mile to try to make it happen.
The funeral home’s spacious chapel accommodates approximately 150 guests. The reception room comfortably seats 50 for a small service or a catered event before or after a funeral or memorial service. From a continental breakfast to a pie buffet to a full-service dinner, we will help you plan most any type of affair.
Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, the funeral home team can explain the process and different options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service or a witness cremation to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice—and handle all of the cremation arrangements.
Count on us
McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary and Resthaven Cemetery are members of the Dignity Memorial® network, the largest group of licensed funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America, and we are always here for you when you need us. Whether you are planning a funeral or cremation ahead of time or need immediate assistance, please call our funeral home team.
Resthaven Cemetery sits on 40 acres in West Des Moines, Iowa. With rolling hills, a serene lake that’s the home of a swan couple named Jack and Jill, and numerous water features, it is a beautiful final resting place and a picturesque setting in which to remember a loved one.
Resthaven Cemetery offers traditional ground burial as well as above-ground entombment. The cemetery property includes a cremation garden, cremation benches and cremation niches. There are 2 mausoleum choices: Garden Mausoleum overlooking the lake and the older Chapel Mausoleum. We also offer private family estates.
Resthaven makes it easy for you and your family to continue to honor those who are memorialized here through a floral placement program. Sign up and we place a lovely silk floral arrangement on your loved one's gravesite, crypt or cremation memorial twice each year: fall and spring.
We Honor Veterans
At McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary and Resthaven Cemetery, 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.
We recognize the selfless contributions of the men and women who serve in our armed forces in a number of ways. Most notable is the cemetery's black granite veterans wall, which includes the names of local veterans who have died and the dates in which they served our country.
The cemetery also hosts a popular Memorial Day event that includes lunch, a speaker from the community, live music and several veterans organizations and groups. We hold a Veterans Day event as well and participate in the Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Burial Program. 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.
Earl D. McLaren opened his 1st funeral parlor in 1921 at 409 Maple St. in Valley Junction and operated it there until 1927. He opened a 2nd location at the McLaren family home at 300 6th St., just west of the city hall. It operated there from 1927 to 1935. McLaren's moved to 312 5th St. in 1935, as Valley Junction grew and spread west.
In 1978, McLaren’s funeral home moved from Valley Junction to Resthaven Cemetery, at 19th Street and Ashworth Road, building a state-of-the-art funeral chapel on the cemetery grounds. Earl McLaren's son, John B. McLaren, was instrumental in the development of the facility and served as president of the combined Resthaven Cemetery Association and McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel and Mortuary until his retirement in 1983.
Designed to offer privacy to families while meeting the changing needs of the community, McLaren's Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary has lived up to our founder's promise to “serve as we would be served.” We believe that a high level of care is the mark of true professionalism.
Cemetery where the swans live
Resthaven Cemetery was established in 1931 by W.H. Colvin on the site of the former Mountain Dairy Farm. It was among the 1st cemeteries in the United States to allow only flush-to-ground grave markers.
R. Harley Riggs and Carl Ripper bought the cemetery from the Colvin estate in 1953.
Mrs. Fred Chander gave the cemetery its 1st pair of swans, Jack and Jill, in 1955 in memory of her late husband. Jack and Jill lived at the cemetery lake and raised a family. The lake is still home to ducks and swans, including a couple also named Jack and Jill.
Resthaven Cemetery operated a Christmas tree farm on the property for many years until 1998.
"A wonderful experience overall; the staff were helpful, kind and knowledgeable throughout the entire experience."
"A wonderful experience overall; the staff were helpful, kind and knowledgable throughout the entire experience."
Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer
"My son died several years ago, and i had kept his ashes at home. This ceremony was to transfer his ashes to his urn in the mausoleum. They suggested a military service and it was lovely."
"This was all new to us. My mom died unexpected. The staff was very helpful in planning the funeral."
Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer
"Everyone was very friendly. They went out of their way to make sure i was taken care of and my guests."