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

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

Woodland and St. Ambrose
Laurel Hill
Oak Grove
Elm Grove

Des Moines Municipal Cemetery was established in 1884 and is one of the most historical operating cemeteries in Iowa.  The perpetual care cemetery is tranquil, peaceful, beautiful, well-maintained, and our team is committed to excellence in our industry.  There are more than 173,000 interments throughout our seven cemeteries within the city of Des Moines. 

We provide various services such as traditional burials and unique options for cremated remains.  Whether planning for future burial needs or facing the difficult task of arranging for a loved one's burial, our team is here to guide you through the process.  We work hard to ensure your wishes to conduct the burial of your loved one with the dignity, integrity, and the respect your family deserves.


General Information
  • The cemeteries are divided into blocks, which have varying types of burials, planting options, and monument(s) or marker(s) that are permitted.

    One central or family memorial, including flush markers, is permitted on a space, lot, or plot and will be centered within that location.

    In blocks where “foot type markers” are permitted, markers will be placed at the end of the grave farthest from the base of the central or family memorial on the lots or plots. Foot markers are not allowed on single space burials.  (This does not apply to lots sold prior to October 1, 1996.)

    The lot owner or person placing a memorial and/or flower receptacle (vases or nosegays) is responsible for cleaning, repairing and maintaining such fixtures.  Flower receptacles must remain flush with the ground when not in use and, if not properly placed, can be removed by the Park and Recreation Department without notice.

    Interment, disinterment, removal or interment services are not allowed on Sundays or on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Days or Christmas Days.

    No monument may be marked, engraved, stamped or otherwise identified with the name or logo of the monument company from which it was made or purchased.

Cemetery Search
  • We can help you find your loved one’s burial location.  Our cemetery database provides information on cemetery, block and lot.  If you are seeking additional information or if you are unable to locate the site, please call 515-248-6320 or email us.   

    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:

    • Elm Grove
    • Glendale
    • Laurel Hill
    • Sims
    • Woodland and St. Ambrose
Location Maps
    • 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 pertaining to any of these locations, contact the Des Moines Municipal Cemetery Customer Service and Sales office at 515-248-6320 or email us.

  • The City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries is a unique part of our cultural heritage, and many opportunities to support our efforts.  Giving opportunities include historical preservations, providing infant headstones, supporting cleanup, raising sunken stones, supporting volunteer programs and supporting our capital improvements efforts are examples.  Although the seven cemeteries is owned by the City of Des Moines and managed by the Parks and Recreation Department, grave markers are private property, and owners are accountable for repair and maintenance.

    Some family members have faithfully overseen the upkeep of their loved ones' graves for many years.  However, as families have moved away and descendants have passed on, a number of graves have been neglected.  A great deal of professional and volunteer conservation work has been performed on damaged headstones, but every year additional grave markers are affected by problems associated with age, ground settling, and vandalism.

    Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to preserve this cultural treasure by providing funds to help pay for much-needed conservation work as well as provide necessary tools, equipment and other improvements in the historic cemetery.

    How to donate:
    You can also contribute to Des Moines Municipal Cemetery by sending a check to the address below:

    Friends of Des Moines Parks
    Note on your check:  Restricted for Municipal Cemeteries
    Glendale Cemetery
    4909 University Avenue
    Des Moines, IA  50311

    Please include your name and address with your donation so that we can send an acknowledgment letter and tax deduction information.  To learn more, schedule a tour or to volunteer your time, contact us at 515-248-6320.

Contact Us
  • General Information
    Glendale Cemetery
    4909 University Avenue
    Des Moines, IA  50311