Lynn E. Ochiltree
Funeral Director - Owner
Born and raised in Wilton, Iowa, Lynn has deep roots in Iowa being the sixth generation to make Iowa his home. He attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where he received his B. A. majoring in History. Following graduation from Simpson College, he attended the Kansas City Kansas College of Mortuary Science, receiving a Degree in Mortuary Science. After Mortuary College, Lynn began his funeral service career working with the Westover and Dunn's Funeral Homes in Des Moines and later Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City.
Lynn made the decision to become a funeral director when he was just 12 years old. His great grandmother became ill and died in the early part of 1980. During her seven-week illness, he witnessed her decline and was troubled by how she appeared. When she died, no one prepared him for what to expect when he saw her at the funeral home. However, when the funeral director (Al Lacock) took Lynn's family in to see her, Lynn was speechless. She looked beautiful! Lynn was left with a positive memory picture which has been his inspiration in helping others ever since.
In 1996, Lynn opened Ochiltree Funeral Service & Aftercare in Winterset, Iowa. Lynn also owns and manages Grief Support Services, an aftercare organization assisting care-giving professionals in maintaining relationships with families. Grief Support Services now publishes and distributes two bereavement newsletters entitled TRANSITIONS and RENOVATIONS. These newsletters are designed to help those who grieve adjust to a life changed by loss.
Lynn's wife, Brenda (Primrose) Ochiltree, shares in the responsibilities of managing Ochiltree Funeral Service and Grief Support Services. On November 26, 2008, Lynn and Brenda were blessed with the birth of their son, Christian Lee Ochiltree.
He is a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Winterset, the IFDA (Iowa Funeral Director's Association), the NFDA (National Funeral Director's Association), the Madison County Chamber of Commerce of Winterset, the Wilton Historical Society of Wilton and the Wilton Masonic Lodge #167 of Wilton.
Lynn served as the President of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (Term April 2004 to May 2005).
Additionally, Lynn currently serves as the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board representative for the funeral directors of Iowa as well as serving as the Pursuit of Excellence Chairman for the National Funeral Directors Association since 2006. Lynn has also served since 2005 on the board of Funeral Services of Iowa, a fully owned subsidiary of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.
If you haven't visited us yet, we would like to show you how our funeral home can comfortably serve your family.
Ochiltree Funeral Service & Aftercare... Built on two acres, on North John Wayne Drive, we offer a 100% wheelchair accessible facility with no steps, handicapped accessible restrooms, a paved lighted parking area to accommodate 175+ vehicles and two landscaped gardens with pergolas for people to enjoy.
Our lobby is comfortable
Our chapel is spacious
Our children's room is unique
Our library is quiet
Our lounge is informal