J. Gayle King, founder of St. Louis Cremation, started his professional career in the funeral industry by washing cars for a local funeral home. Years later he started his own funeral home in Clayton, Missouri, in 1984. Since then, St. Louis Cremation has grown to its current status as Missouri’s oldest and largest provider of cremation services, operating near historic LafayetteSquare in downtown St. Louis since 1993.
Gayle, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, brought his son Oliver into the business in 2000. Thanks to Oliver carrying on family tradition as a licensed funeral director, ‘dad’ was able to semi-retire five years later. It was during that transition that St. Louis Cremation, which previously extended its services primarily to other funeral homes, expanded its services to the public.
As a licensed funeral home, St. Louis Cremation can do much more than the name implies. Its services, more extensive than typical funeral homes, include on-site cremation, transportation of donated remains to medical schools, traditional burial services, and veterans services, to name a few.
Not all funeral homes can offer on-site services (especially with regard to cremation), but St. Louis Cremation can. On-site cremation services and a goal to reduce funeral costs are just two of the many reasons you’ll want to discover more about St. Louis Cremation, whose mission statement is: “To go beyond what is expected and provide compassionate service to our community by treating them as we would our own during their time of loss and grief.”