What Family Ownership Means for You

Since Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory opened our doors over a century ago, our entire team has been committed to serving the families of East and West Wichita during some of their most difficult moments. It’s not just a job for us; it truly is our calling.

Every day, you hear about more and more family-owned funeral homes selling to large corporations. Not Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory. We continue to be family owned and operated. That means we don’t answer to a board of directors or private shareholders. We answer only to you – our neighbors, the families that make up this beautiful part of Kansas.

Why does this matter for you? There are several things that are unique to local, family-owned businesses – and funeral homes are no exception. These things set us apart from other local funeral homes, and they all benefit you and your family:

We know you will hold us accountable.

We are out and about in the community all the time. There are some families we have been serving for years, helping them plan funerals, burials, or cremations for a number of their friends and family members. We have a deep commitment to maintaining these relationships. We know there is a very good chance we will see them again – whether it’s at a favorite local restaurant or at a charity event. We feel a responsibility to treat them with the highest levels of respect. You can’t always find that level of accountability with a corporate-run firm. They have their own interests. You and your family’s satisfaction are our only interest.

We know this community.

Since we’ve been a part of this community for so long, we know what makes its residents tick. We live and work here and are intimate with the beliefs, culture, and traditions that make living in Wichita so special. With your help, when it comes time to plan a visitation or service after your loved one dies, we will know how to make it special. We will plan a service that reflects their interests, hobbies, culture, and accomplishments. Whether it’s a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the team at Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory knows how to help you plan a farewell that truly tells your loved one’s story.

We’ll pay attention to the details so you don’t have to.

We know it’s the little things that make the difference. That’s why things like the comfort and convenience of our facilities is of the utmost importance to us When you walk into Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory, we want you to feel right at home. We will also treat you with the same kind of compassion and respect we would extend to our own family at such a difficult time.

Whether you’re at your moment of need, or if you would like to make prearrangements, our family will work with our kind and professional staff to serve you and walk you through every decision you need to make. We’re always here for you – like a neighbor should be.