Wilhelm's Portland Memorial began as Portland Cremation Association, forming the Northwest’s first cremation association. The cornerstone was placed February 5, 1901 in the still-existing historic chapel structure.
The Povey Brothers, Louis C. Tiffany and the Gerlichs (stained glass artists) designed & installed many of the beautiful historic stained glass skylights and windows throughout the main chapel entryway. In 1910 construction continued on niche and vault room memorials.
At that time, it was renamed “The Portland Memorial”. Construction and improvements have continued over the last 100 years. The historically significant mausoleum encompasses two and a half city blocks and is one of the largest indoor cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2008 our family company, Wilhelm Funeral Home took over the management of Portland Memorial and combined it together to form Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home. Our family-owned company now offers the services of a funeral home, several chapel areas, reception center, crematory, mausoleum and cremation garden all in one convenient location.
We recently dedicated a mural painted by Shane Bennett and other associated artists on the exterior West side of mausoleum which is the largest outdoor hand painted mural in the United States. You can view a time lapse video of over two years worth of work in a few minutes right here on our website.
We are now also "pet friendly" and can provide private cremation services and memorials for your faithful family "companion". We are a privately owned and managed family business.
Our entire staff, management and ownership are Oregonians living and working in your community. We have three separate and unique locations in the Tri-County area and two separate locations on the central Oregon coast offering funeral home, cremation and cemetery services.
We realize you have a choice when it comes to selecting a funeral home or cremation center and the trust that thousands of Oregonians have placed in us is not taken lightly. Each individual is unique and by providing personal service at each of our family owned locations where funeral costs need not be expensive, we have separated ourselves from many typical funeral homes and cemeteries.
For your convenience, arrangements can be made at your home, over the phone or at one of our other locations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Lincoln counties. You can reach any of our convenient locations by simply calling (503) 236-4141.