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About Us

“If it isn't right, we'll make it right or you won't pay for it.”

Welcome to our Funeral Home website. Our family of Funeral Homes, including Lahey & Dawson Funeral Services, Hayden & Lahey and Haylock-O'Hara & Lahey employ your friends and neighbors in constant service to our communities. Our history of providing honest, dependable, family-oriented service sets us apart from all others. We thank you for your continued faith in our professionalism and want you to know that our doors are always open to you and your family.

History: Maquoketa

In 1850, William Harrison founded the funeral home. In those days people brought strings the length of the body, and coffins were made to order. His furniture and undertaking parlor was located in the Romer Bakery Building in Maquoketa. The current location of the funeral home was established in the 1930's. The three-generation business was sold in 1950 to James F. O'Hara & George Haylock, area residents and funeral directors. They operated the business until their retirements. Randy Lahey purchased the business from the Haylock-O'Hara families in 1988.

History:  Wyoming, Olin, Oxford Junction, and Lost Nation

Hayden Funeral Home was established in Oxford Junction, Iowa in 1918, by Clyde Hayden. In 1942, his son, Lewis Hayden, joined the firm and in 1943, Lewis purchased the business. In 1963, Clyde's grandson, Lynn Hayden, joined the firm and in 1977, Lynn purchased the business. Donald Woodley joined the firm in 1986, and became Lynn's partner in 1993.

In 1962, the Campbell Funeral Home at Olin was purchased. In 1963, the Wallace Funeral Home at Wyoming was purchased, and in 1988, the Malamphy Funeral Home at Lost Nation was purchased, for a total of four Hayden Funeral Home locations.

All of the former Hayden Funeral Homes have been completely remodeled and are handicap accessible. The Olin facility was built in 1998 on the south side of Olin.

Randy Lahey later acquired the Hayden Funeral Homes in 2003 from Lynn Hayden & Donald Woodley. In 2016 Courtney Dawson purchased the business from Randy Lahey which is now known as Lahey and Dawson Funeral Services. 

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