149 Years of Cemetery History in Junction City, Oregon

 

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE - ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monday, May 29, 2017 --- 10:00 am

 

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IN THE COMPANY OF OREGON PIONEERS AND FOUNDING FAMILIES

Wade Skinner and The Team
Wade Skinner's team carries a casket in procession to Rest Lawn in 2007

Rest Lawn Memorial Park is a 14.35 acre cemetery, located 4.5 miles west of Junction City, Oregon, one half mile north of High Pass Road on Territorial Highway, just southwest of Cox Butte. The first burial was in 1868, with 145 individuals interred there prior to 1900. For much of the 1900's the cemetery was owned and operated by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Oasis Lodge #42 of Junction City.

MANY NAMES, SAME PLACE

The cemetery has had a number of names over the years, including the Barrow Cemetery, the Bear Creek Cemetery, Cox Butte Cemetery, IOOF Junction City Cemetery, Long Tom Cemetery, Mahon Cemetery, and Oasis Lodge #42 IOOF Cemetery. In the mid to late 1960's, the cemetery became privately owned and the name was changed to Rest Lawn Memorial Park.

The cemetery is still privately owned, changing hands in 2014 to the stewardship of Permaculture advocate Cynthia Beal, a resident of Lane County since 1989, who has a personal passion for gardening and sustainable agriculture, and is bringing a range of natural burial options for both cremated and full-body remains. A final name change is being contemplated - perhaps a return to the Cox Butte Cemetery name, in keeping with geographical history of the place - is in the cemetery's future.

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Cemetery Maps

Here are the maps to the cemetery's gardens and sections. The sections are marked with metal pins in the grass and can sometimes be hard to find, but if the grave has a marker the location should get you close enough without needing to use find the pins. 

NEW NATURAL BURIAL AREAS - Coming Soon:

  • The Elders - Full body burial graves, sequential, forest hedgerow burial
  • The Fern Forest - natural cremation burial
  • The Birch Grove - natural cremation burial with Marble Upright headstones
  • The Orchards - natural cremation and full body burial - private tree plots

The Burial Book

Download or view the cemetery's burial book in PDF format here. It's organized alphabetically, by last name, followed by the Garden, Section, Block and Space of the burial.It's over eighty pages long and contains the records of over 5,500 burials. 

If you notice an error, please send an email to the cemetery office (on the contact page) so that we can correct it.


Natural Burial at Rest Lawn Memorial Park

 

 

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Natural Earth Burials at Rest Lawn

Over a century ago, Rest Lawn's very first graves - back when it was the old Cox Butte Cemetery or during its stint under the OddFellows and Masons - were natural; no vaults, mason-made markers, and simple wooden coffins. Inspired by the natural burial movement spreading throughout existing cemeteries in the UK and the US, Rest Lawn is working with the Natural Burial Company to recreate that pioneer tradition once more, but with a modern twist. 

A natural burial returns the body directly to the earth, usually unembalmed, and in a biodegradable coffin or shroud. Vaults or grave-liners are not required if a natural container is used. (see www.beatree.com)

Additional grave opening and maintenance fees are required with natural burials, but an outer burial container is not. Even with these additional fees, the cost of a natural burial (excluding funeral director fees and coffin costs, which vary widely) can be lower than a burial that requires even the least expensive outer burial container. 

A funeral director is NOT required at this cemetery, although a home funeral guide or someone experienced in the process and acting as the legal funeral director in charge of the disposition must participate.

NATURAL BURIAL PLANNING

Contact our office to arrange a tour and discuss pre-arrangements for a natural burial at Rest Lawn. 

Visit the Natural Burial Company's website - http://www.naturalburialcompany.com -- to see unique biodegradable coffins made from willow, seagrass and recycled newspaper, suitable for natural burial at Rest Lawn.

Natural funerals - without embalming, with the coffin or shroud placed directly into the earth - are becoming increasingly popular. Below, Wade Skinner and his team of draft horses delivers the casket for a funeral conducted at Rest Lawn.

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Contact Us at Rest Lawn

Rest Lawn Entrance
Flags on Memorial Day at Rest Lawn
Visiting Hours: the cemetery is open to visitors with family or friends interred here from dawn to dusk.
Office Hours: To speak with us about arranging for a burial or cremated remains interment here, appointments are best. Contact us by phone or email to set one up. 


Website
:    www.restlawnonline.com       
E-mail:     office@cemeteryservices.org**
Telephone: (541) 998-5810
Facsimile:  (541) 689-2703

Physical Address for our offices (DIRECTIONS LINK HERE):  
94335 Territorial Hwy
Junction City,OR 97448

Mailing Address:  
P.O. Box 2026,
Eugene, Oregon 
97402

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Ownership and Staff:

  • Owner: DKN Properties, Inc. 
  • CemeteryCynthia Beal
  • Manager: Cynthia Beal
  • Family Service Counselor: Don Dove
  • Family Service Administrator: Andrea Proett
  • Family Services and Bookkeeping: Shuree Sleeper

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Licenses and Permits:   

  • Certified by State of Oregon Dept. of Consumer and Business Services as a Certified Provider of Pre-arranged Cemetery Services and Merchandise.
  • Certificate to Operate a Cemetery Issued by State of Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board
  • Member: Cemetery Association of Oregon