Hancock County Cemetery

Find Hancock County Iowa cemeteries, memorial parks, mausoleums, graveyards, gravesites, graves or mortuaries. Cemeteries provide information on funerals and burial services including internment, headstones and grave markers, burial grounds, cemetery plots, vaults, crypts, as well as burial records for national, state,.

Forest City Oakland Cemetery 1445 U.s. 69 Forest IA 50436 641-585-2924

About Hancock County Cemeteries

Cemeteries in Hancock County, IA are burial grounds where cultural, ethnic, or religious burial observations and rituals are practiced. Public Cemeteries in Hancock County make their plots available to the general public. Hancock County Private Cemeteries restrict their use based on religious affiliation, family, ethnicity, or some other group identifier. Military Cemeteries in Hancock County are generally restricted to veterans and other individuals who have served in the armed forces. In some cases, family members of veterans may also be buried in Military Cemeteries.

Interested parties may contact Cemeteries for questions about:
  • Finding a cemetery near you
  • Hancock County Public and Private Cemeteries
  • Military Cemeteries in Hancock County
  • Information about funerals and burials
  • Hancock County burial records and gravesite history
Hancock County Burial Records

Hancock County burial records, which are of interest to genealogists and family researchers, are available as public records. Burial records for individuals buried in Hancock County may be obtained from the office of the Hancock County Cemetery where that burial took place. The Hancock County government may provide these records at the Offices of the Hancock County Cemetery, Hancock County Parks and Public Works Departments.

Public Cemeteries in Hancock County, IA

Public Cemeteries may be owned by the Hancock County government, or they may be privately owned. They are open to the public and generate most of their revenue from the sale of individual burial plots, gravesites, and mausoleums in Hancock County, Iowa. Government-owned Cemeteries may also be partially funded by the operating budget of Hancock County. The operation and maintenance of government-owned Cemeteries in Hancock County is usually the responsibility of the Hancock County Parks Department or Public Works Department.

Hancock County Private Cemeteries

Iowa Public Cemeteries that are privately owned include Cemeteries owned by Hancock County businesses and non-profit organizations, such as churches. A Cemetery owned by a church or other religious institution may be considered a Public Cemetery if it is open to the general public. Many Cemeteries are owned by small, Hancock County based businesses. However, a growing number are owned by a handful of large, national companies. In these cases, a local Hancock County business is often retained as the operator of the Cemetery.

Cemetery Operations

The licensing and operation of Cemeteries is regulated by Iowa State. The location of Public Cemeteries is regulated by local ordinances and Hancock County zoning rules. Iowa State requires Hancock County Public Cemeteries to establish an endowment or other fund for the perpetual care and maintenance of the Cemetery. A certain portion of each burial plot sale must be designated for the future care and maintenance of the Cemetery grounds. These requirements are intended to ensure that funds are available to maintain the Cemetery even after all of the burial plots have been sold. Iowa may also regulate service fees charged by Hancock County Cemeteries.