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Dear friends...When faced with life’s most difficult moments…now, more than ever, families are turning to Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Over the last nine years, you have made us your preferred funeral home…and we appreciate your trust more than words can say.

As the area’s most experienced and most knowledgeable funeral directors, Rachel and Joe have always been, and continue to be committed to providing you the service today’s family expect from the area’s most modern and most welcoming facility.

At the same time, we’re careful to never lose sight of our responsibility to remain affordable.  With these things in mind, we’re confident we will continue to provide the area’s best value, now and in the years to come.

We feel especially blessed to have the area’s most dedicated, most community involved staff to help you…a group of people with lifelong ties to the community.

We’re excited about our future…we know our plans for continued improvements will allow us to serve you even better.  Today and always, we thank you for your continued trust, serving you and your family is our great privilege and one we will never take lightly.

Thank you,
Joe Messenger, Rachel Smith & Staff

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If you've experienced a loss, or are planning in advance, we are here for your each step of the way. Planning a funeral is an emotional and sometimes overwhelming thing and having the right information can make things easier.

It is our mission to serve families in their time of need and welcome any questions you have.

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Every life is unique, and every service should be as well. We invite you to learn more about our services.




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What Our Families Are Saying

Joe, Rachel and the entire staff at Gaylord Community Funeral Home are simply the best. They handled virtually everything from start to finish professionally and with compassion. They are so easy to work with and they truly care about their clients. I highly recommend Gaylord Community Funeral Home.

Robert Mendham April 12, 2021

Thank you Gaylord Funeral Home for you exceptional service. Our family can’t express how much Joe and Rachel’s knowledge and professionalism made the passing of our dad that much easier. They were there to guide and help us every step of the way. We are truly grateful for your compassion and knowledge. Missy Goalen

Missy Goalen December 13, 2020

Thank you again so much Gaylord Funeral for taking such good care of my family. Thank you for the LIve Stream, it filled holes left by not being able to attend, plus gave me the opportunity to see family members I otherwise would not have seen. I want you to know that I am very thankful and grateful for the service you provide. May God Richly bless all your endeavors.

Thomas Bogaert December 12, 2020

From the moment Dennis and Curtis came into our home we were treated with such compassion and friendliness. The way they cared for our loved one was incredible. The patchwork quilt just warmed my broken heart. Thank you

Shauna Shaw April 15, 2020

I cannot say enough about the compassion, care, support and love that GCFH gives during such difficult times. From the moment you step into the front door to the times in the community months and years after the loss of a loved one, they are there with open arms. They work with you to create the most caring service for our loved ones. They go out of their way to be available. In such a time of loss and grief, Joe and his staff reach out with caring arms and wrapped them around you and lead your way. Thank you all for the service you provide in such difficult times.

Mary Don Howard September 15, 2019

Thank you so much for all of your expertise and caring. It was a beautiful service and a wonderful tribute to Brice. My family and I are very appreciative of all you have done, Joe and staff. May God bless you!

Wilma P. February 6, 2019

We are so very thankful to Gaylord Community Funeral Home and the professional and compassionate service they provide. All our needs were met and we felt so understood during our most difficult time. We couldn't have managed without Rachel; an outstanding lady. We our so grateful we chose Gaylord Community Funeral Home. Robert and Colleen H.

Robert and Colleen H. January 25, 2019

You are the most kind and wonderful people. Your service is wonderful. Thank you so much for your help. We really appreciate all you did for us. God Bless.

Joe & Mickie H. November 8, 2018

My family and I would like to thank Rachel and the staff for all of your kind words, patience and help during our loss. You made a very difficult time a little easier. Everything was well organized and very well planned. Thank You.

Patsy J. November 5, 2018

Being involved in the death of a loved one, I was apprehensive about the whole process, especially for what happens after the death. Joe, you are one of the most comforting, warm people I have ever encountered. You are professional and kind, honest, and straight forward. You made such a difficult task feel easy. The staff exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond to make sure that the deceased wishes were carried out in a beautiful way. From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my family, thank you. One of the things I will remember about this difficult time in life was the way you cared for not just our loved one, but for us as well.

Kylie Hart-Flynn October 20, 2018

Making arrangements for an unexpected death of a loved one is a very difficult experience. Joe and Rachel were both very comforting and went above and beyond the call of duty. I am so very appreciative all Joe's expertise and his kind heart. Thank you to all the staff at Gaylord Community Funeral Home.

Susan Begeman September 10, 2018

I would like to personally thank Joe and his staff for the kindness given during the preparation of my mothers funeral. He took the weight off our families shoulders during this difficult time. From deciding on the memories to the service and meal afterwards. Thank you Joe and staff for your kindness. From my family.

Joni Rusnell August 19, 2018

My family received absolutely superb, personal attention from Joe Messenger and staff during the recent loss and final arrangements for my father. Joe's concern for our understanding of details, our choices to be honored void of pressure to choose otherwise, as well as his thorough assistance in important details was incredible, all done with a truly caring and personal manner of interaction that meant so very much to every one of us! So thankful for the expertise, professionalism, and sincere kindness received by using the services of Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service during such a difficult time in our lives.

Pam Gamache August 7, 2018

Recently spent time with Joe Messenger Pre-planning a service and memorial. He was so kind, compassionate, and personal with my Husband and I. He had all the answers of our many questions, even before we asked. His kindness will never be forgotten by either of us. Thank you.

Connie Hayes July 11, 2018

The Kindness and professionalism extended to my family and I was above and beyond and very appreciated. Nothing was too small or too large for them to completely handle and help us through a very difficult time. Thank you again for everything and I pray that your business will always be successful and rewarding. Blessings to you Joe and the rest of your team.

Tom B.

Very professional and approachable, they had all the bases covered. I was blown away by all the small details and never a hesitation to check on anything we had questions about. The whole family was impressed and we felt extremely comfortable knowing they had taken care if everything.

Krys F.

Honesty & integrity, a complete package. Good people with compassion.

Michele S.

I can't stop telling everyone how wonderful Joe and his staff was. I wouldn't go anywhere else. At one of the hardest times in our lives, they bent over backwards to make us feel comfortable. They are so caring and truly compassionate and professional, which is nearly impossible to find anymore. Best experience I have ever had with a business!

Jenni C.

Your professionalism, compassion, patience and guidance in handling our sons’ funeral will never be forgotten. Your deep sensitivity during our difficult time was a Godsend.

Allen & Cheryl B.

During such a difficult time the staff was really there to help us with what we needed to get done. I lost both Grandparents within two days of each other and the way they treated us with such compassion really showed us what wonderful people they all are. For someone to sit with you those couple extra minutes and have such knowledge was truly a blessing. Thank you guys for taking a rough situation and making sure it all went smoothly for our family in mourning.