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Services & Obituaries

Mary Martin
July 7, 1956 ~
October 17, 2016
Date of Service: October 27, 2016

Ross MacPherson
May 12, 1938 ~
October 18, 2016
Date of Service: November 06, 2016

Ray Byerly
January 17, 1952 ~
October 18, 2016
Date of Service: October 29, 2016

James Schmidt
September 9, 1930 ~
October 24, 2016
Date of Service: November 05, 2016

Rosemary Bashor
May 17, 1922 ~
October 23, 2016

Nell Moore
February 14, 1923 ~
October 22, 2016

Alice Dudley
June 27, 1936 ~
October 21, 2016

William Grabow
September 10, 1924 ~
October 18, 2016

Douglas Abraham
March 24, 1943 ~
October 18, 2016

Lois Milligan
October 25, 1929 ~
October 17, 2016

Carolyn Clark
September 22, 1930 ~
October 16, 2016


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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Family Feedback

"Thank you for all your help and support during the death of my mother.  I was very impressed with your staff throughout this difficult process.  With your help we were able to say good-bye to our mother in a very meaningful way.  Our loss is still so new, but our thanks to you for the care you showed."

~ Lisa F.
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