Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries

"A cemetery is a history of people...

"a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today.  A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering.  Always."

Janet F. Schneider, Glendale Cemetery Historian

The Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries have served the needs of the community since 1848, beginning at Woodland Cemetery, and will continue to serve the community for the years to come. 

All are welcome to come and enjoy their aesthetic and historic offerings, and to utilize these cemeteries that are preserving the historical integrity of Des Moines. 

The Park and Recreation Departmnt manages and maintains the following cemeteries: 

Elm Grove Cemetery (Map)
6501 Indianola Rd., Des Moines, IA 50320

Glendale Cemetery (Map)
4909 University, Des Moines, IA 50311

Laurel Hill Cemetery (Map)
3601 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines IA 50317

Oak Grove Cemetery (Map)
3903 SW 31 St., Des Moines, IA 50321

Sims Cemetery (Map)
3605 E. University, Des Moines, IA 50317

Woodland/St. Ambrose Cemetery (Map)
2019 Woodland, Des Moines, IA 50312

For information pertaning to any of these locations, contact the Des Moines Municipal Cemetery Customer Service and Sales office at 515-248-6320 or email us. 

Cemetery Search

Use the Cemetery Search to look for interments within the City of Des Moines' cemeteries.

The search can use the cemetery, partial first and last names, and interment (burial) date range.  

The search results include interments from all municipal cemeteries including the following: 


Woodland and St. Ambrose

Laurel Hill

Oak Grove


Elm Grove