Helping families celebrate a life lived.


Services & Obituaries

Laurence Wallace
December 9, 1930 ~
November 20, 2015
Date of Service: November 27, 2015

David Manley
February 12, 1936 ~
November 23, 2015
Date of Service: November 28, 2015

Donna Johnson
March 10, 1927 ~
November 22, 2015

Helen Crawford
March 11, 1923 ~
November 20, 2015

Martha Kamp
May 24, 1928 ~
November 19, 2015

William J. Labenz
October 8, 1937 ~
November 18, 2015

Carole Carpenter
April 30, 1929 ~
November 18, 2015

Leone Hayes
August 22, 1925 ~
November 16, 2015

Charles Kirk
January 6, 1927 ~
November 11, 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

Pre-planning information
Family Feedback

"Chris, how do I ever find the words to properly or adequately thank you for your support and kindness during a very trying time.  You are a very special young man and have a wonderful way of making a very difficult time much more easy.  It was very comforting to deal with you.  You are a natural at your position.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

~ S. S.
News & Events

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Sunday, December 6 ~ 2pm

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NEWS RELEASE: Have the Talk of a Lifetime
November 19 ~ 2pm & 6:30pm

Jim Mitchell Honored for 50 Years in the Funeral Industry
MFDA Recognizes 50-Year Commitment at State Convention

EYES OF FREEDOM MEMORIAL: May 29 to June 1, 2014
Honoring Those Who've Answered the Call to Service


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