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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Since 1966, the families in Fort Dodge and Webster County area have called upon Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services for the finest service, the most comfortable facilities, and the most compassionate attention to their needs. Families trust the Gunderson staff in their time of need because of our reputation for professionalism, understanding, flexibility and attention to detail. The wide range in options are that we offer to families are virtually limitless and the  care our funeral staff family offers to those families we serve simply know no bounds.

Mr. Sellergren retired in 1977, and the company was renamed Gunderson Funeral Home. Upon Robert C. Gunderson’s death in 1989, Phillip Gunderson assumed management. He, his wife Keely, and his staff, have been extensively involved in community service and philanthropic activities. Annual sponsorships in support for Trinity Hospice, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, public and private school foundations and a host of community activities. Phil and Keely are Past Co-Chairs of the St. Edmond Ball, serve as Co-Chairs of the Every Option Every Hope Capital Campaign for a Comprehensive Cancer Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center. Phil and Keely were recognized in 2008 as Philanthropists of the Year by the Fort Dodge Alliance for Philanthropy. Phil is 2003 recipient of the Spirit Of St. Edmond Alumni Award given for his outstanding dedication, service and commitment to his community, his church and to St. Edmond Catholic School System.

Our firm is a member of and is consistently recognized by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association with the Award of Excellence, an award for community service.Member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Cremation Association of North America, International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Phil Gunderson and the Gunderson Staff continue to build upon the legacy and tradition of the original three partners, understanding and providing for the individual desires of families in their time of need.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Friendship Haven Times 2017 (PDF)

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Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.Together, we make this place amazing.

Phil  Gunderson

Phil Gunderson

Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer
Keely  Gunderson

Keely Gunderson

Rob  Gunderson

Rob Gunderson

Kevin  Rogers

Kevin Rogers

Funeral Director / Embalmer
Dallas  Wall

Dallas Wall

Funeral Director / Embalmer
Janet  Hubbell

Janet Hubbell

Pre-Planning Consultant / Funeral Director / Embalmer / Celebrant

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