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Services & Obituaries

Robert Goettle
December 2, 1952 ~
September 03, 2015
Date of Service: October 07, 2015

Frank 'Phil' McCandless
April 28, 1932 ~
September 24, 2015
Date of Service: October 09, 2015

Betty Austin
January 25, 1934 ~
October 02, 2015
Date of Service: October 08, 2015

Harvey Myer
March 8, 1927 ~
October 05, 2015
Date of Service: October 09, 2015

Marie Gambill
August 31, 1912 ~
October 06, 2015

Michael Hockel
August 29, 1945 ~
October 05, 2015

Michael Hockel
August 29, 1945 ~
October 05, 2015

Ray Sperry
September 30, 1936 ~
October 04, 2015

Joy Wruck-Tucker
April 30, 1961 ~
September 29, 2015

Vince Guhin
November 21, 1946 ~
September 27, 2015

Ruben Schott
September 3, 1936 ~
September 27, 2015


Understanding Green Burial

GBC LogoDokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the  Green Burial Council (GBC); a nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in the field of funeral service. Dokken-Nelson received its certification, along with a Three Leaf rating—the highest available from the GBC.


When green burial is selected, all aspects of burial remain as “natural” as possible—including non-formaldehyde-based care and cleansing products, natural fiber caskets and shrouds, and no vault to facilitate a quicker return to the elements. Green burial limits the environmental impact by using products made of renewable resources.


Green burial funeral service options are similar to a traditional funeral service. The primary difference is the selection of fluids used for sanitation and preservation. Options for a green burial service include: 

  • No visSunset Hillsitation, no services (direct burial)
  • Private family visitation (usually no embalming required)
  • Public visitation, utilizing embalming with formaldehyde-free fluids
  • Home vigil

While there are no official “green” cemeteries in the state of Montana, the Gallatin Valley has several cemeteries that do not require the use of a vault: Sunset Hills Cemetery; Reese Creek Cemetery; Fir Ridge Cemetery (West Yellowstone); and Dry Creek Cemetery. With green burial, grave markers that don’t intrude on the landscape are typically selected—such as shrubs and trees, or an engraved flat stone native to the area. The available marker options vary by cemetery.


Understanding Green Burial PDF

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