Our History

In 1928, Carroll P. Locke came to Waterloo where he worked for other funeral homes. In 1945, he and his wife Margaret purchased Petersen Brothers Funeral Home and renamed it Locke Funeral Home. Both devoted their time and energy to the funeral home until their deaths, Carroll in 1963 and Margaret in 1982.

In the early 1950’s, their sons, John and Fred joined their parents in the funeral home. In 1968, seeing a need for expanded and modern facilities, they constructed the facility at 1519 West Fourth Street.

In 1973, Jack, John's son, joined the family full time as a third generation funeral director.

In 1985, Fred sold his interest in the funeral Home and moved to North Carolina. In 1993 John and Jack expanded the facilities to twice their original size in addition to complete remodeling and refurbishing of the existing portion.

In 2001, Eric, Jack's son, joined the family full time as the fourth generation funeral director.

In 2011, after 60 years, John’s health required he retire.

Through addition of staff and facilities we feel we are able to serve any family with whatever instructions they may have. In 1946, C. P. Locke vowed we would be “Where your wishes govern,” and we are proud to say that, four generations later, that is still the case.

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