The caring and experienced professionals at Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
We are committed to tradition. We stand for professionalism, considerate discretion and personal support. We respect both the wishes of the deceased and the bereaved and therefore address every concern as individually as possible.
Paying final respects to the deceased with dignity is just as important to us as offering support to the family and friends they have left behind. We will be there by your side in this difficult situation, to console you and give you the space you need to go through the process of grieving. We never lose sight of our role as an understanding companion to you during your time of mourning. You can turn to us for personal guidance. We will listen.
The Westlock Funeral Home was founded in the early 1920s by undertaker F.H. 'Farmer' Steele, who was also mayor of Westlock and a Conservative candidate in the Pembina federal constituency. His business was taken over in 1928 by James Hunter and his wife Libby who also operated a hardware store and started the first ambulance service.
Harry Peter bought the business in 1953 and did extensive renovations to the building, adding another stall to the garage and a new office and chapel to the old structure.
Ron Johnson began working at the funeral home with Peter and following Peter's death, Johnson and wife Barb purchased the business in 1960. Johnson would also serve as president of the Alberta Funeral Service Association from 1976-1978.
Johnson hired Bob Jones to assist him in 1969 and a major building project was undertaken in 1973 with the old building moved to Thorhild to operate as a branch of Westlock Funeral Home by Dave and Mary Yachimec.
The Johnsons retired from funeral service in 1980 and sold the business to Bob and Betty Jones, who owned and operated Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd. until 2019.
Today the funeral home is owned by Duane and Heidi Magus, In 1994 Duane started volunteering his time with the funeral home to gain experience so he could change careers from a utility operator to funeral director, in 1998 Duane started his apprenticeship and graduated in 2000 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
"We are honoured to carry on the legacy of the only family owned and operated funeral home in the area."