Arthur F. Ahlgrim, the founder of our firm, was a man of compassion. He believed that every human being was entitled to a dignified final tribute and that every bereaved family was deserving of the most comprehensive assistance it was possible to provide. With these beliefs as the foundation of his service, he established the first Ahlgrim Undertaking Parlor in Chicago.
In 1905, the business was moved to 1918 West 21st Street in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of families who were placing their trust in Ahlgrim’s service. Progressiveness, even in those days, was a distinguishing policy of the firm.
Concerned for the convenience of families living in the ever-expanding area, Arthur Ahlgrim established a second funeral home at 5701 West Division Street. By this time, his son, Walter, was active in the business and sharing in the management responsibilities of both funeral establishments. In 1944, after 52 years of serving others at the time of their greatest need, Arthur Ahlgrim retired and sold the business to Walter.
Roger Ahlgrim, one of Walter’s sons, also became a member of the firm and the Elmhurst funeral home was constructed and dedicated in 1956.
In 1958, DuPage Livery Service was formed to handle the funeral livery vehicles. At present, Roger’s son, Jeffrey, owns and operates the Livery.
Shortly thereafter, Walter’s other two sons, Arthur and Robert, joined the organization, which resulted in the building of the funeral homes at Palatine in 1964 and at Schaumburg in 1971.
In 1985, Roger’s oldest son, Douglas Ahlgrim, became a member of the firm; and the Lake Zurich funeral home was constructed and dedicated in 1987.
A sincere and dignified service for the neighbors in our communities has always been the primary concern of the Ahlgrim family and our purpose for being involved in funeral Service.
Since 1892 Ahlgrims have stood ready to serve our fellow man in their time of need; by providing prompt service, and a trained and dedicated staff to serve our families. We strive to understand and fulfill the needs of each family on an individual basis.