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Funeral Home & Family History
Three Generations of Dedication
Funeral services have evolved through generations and so have the Dickinson Family Funeral Homes. Three generations of the Dickinson family have dedicated themselves to fulfilling the final wishes of departed area residents at the same time meeting the needs of the surviving family.
Donald D. Dickinson established Dickinson Funeral Home in 1955 and worked solely in our original homes until 1971 when his sons joined him in business. Donald's oldest son, Dean D. Dickinson obtained his mortuary Science degree at the University of Minnesota in 1967 but served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the United States Army prior to returning to La Crosse. Donald's second son, Darrell D. Dickinson, obtained his Mortuary Science Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and joined his father and brother at the homes. Donald retired in 1982 and his sons continued to loyally serve the La Crosse area.
Dean D. Dickinson retired from the business in 2002 and Darrell's twin sons Andrew P. Dickinson and Brian J. Dickinson soon joined the firm and assumed ownership of the buisness in July of 2009 bringing three generations of our family available to answer your questions and serve you.
Growing with the Community Since 1955
Our first location for serving you was at 1339 Caledonia Street on the North side of La Crosse. In 1963, Donald built the first building in Western Wisconsin whose sole function was to provide a "home" for funerals. This funeral home was built on three city lots at 1425 Jackson Street on the southside of La Crosse.
Recognizing community growth and responding to the need of families in the Onalaska area resulted in the Dickinson's building the Onalaska Funeral Home in 1974 located at 401 Main Street next to Onalaska City Hall. In turn, the need for more space on the Northside of La Crosse led to the construction of the Gillette Street chapel. This building located at 809 Gillette Street, replaced the use of the home on Caledonia Street and offered families modern conveniences out of a facility whose single purpose was to be a funeral home.
In 1988 a crematory was added to our Jackson Street facility. To this day it is the only crematory owned and operated by a funeral home in the La Crosse area.
As Holmen began to grow, again the Dickinson Funeral Homes responded to the need of the community and built a facility in 1992. In 1994 Dickinson Funeral Home acquired the Sletten-McKee-Hanson Funeral Home which was also located in La Crosse.