Mailing Address: P.O. Box 121
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-263-0842
Our History - Muscatine Funeral Home Nichols Life Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services

Our History

Nichols Life Tribute Funeral & Cremation Services Muscatine Funeral Home has roots deep in the community and generations of experience caring for Muscatine area families.  Transitioning from a cabinetmaker's shop in 1863 to a store-front undertaking parlor in 1883. The firm is known for being progressive, having brought many 'firsts' to the funeral profession and Muscatine:
  • Iowa's first formal funeral chapel, 1924
  • First Muscatine undertaking establishment to use the term "Funeral Home"
  • First lady embalmer, 1924
  • First motorized funeral cars and ambulance
  • First pipe organ in chapel, 1927
  • Air conditioned building
  • Private family and reposing rooms
  • First funeral home to adopt a cost accounting system
  • Only local funeral home invited into the prestigious National Selected Morticians
  • First area funeral home to use service folders/memorial records, guest registers, temporary grave markers and sermon transcripts for each service
  • First area funeral home to offer prearranged funeral planning, 1927
  • First local funeral home to offer on-site catered receptions, January 1989
  • Iowa's first Cremation Memorial Center, August 1998
  • Muscatine's first crematory, January 1999

 1923 Circa 1925


                           Circa 1929


Circa 1938


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