Who we are
The David K. Dahlgren Funeral Home has been a vital part of the Philipsburg area for over 55 yrs. Throughout this time, we have remained at the same location at 228 North Centre Street. Having served at the helm since its start, David K. "Ken" Dahlgren began his start in the funeral business after serving in the US Army during WWII. After he returned back to his hometown, Mr. Dahlgren attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Once his training was complete, he began to serve his internship at a funeral home in Morrisdale, PA. However, due to the untimely death of the owner, Mr. Dahlgren had to complete his internship at another funeral home. He chose Koch Funeral Home in State College, PA.
Once he met the requirements for the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Board, he returned to his home town and established the David K. Dahlgren Funeral Home. Initially the funeral home was comprised of the house on the corner of Spruce and Centre Streets. As time went on and traditions in funeral service changed, Mr. Dahlgren closed in the front porch to make a lobby. He then built a chapel onto the side of the house. This served a dual purpose; first and foremost it was a chapel where the actual funeral service could be conducted for the families. Its second use was to provide another visitation room to accommodate a larger number of family members and friends.
Always looking to do more for the families, Mr. Dahlgren purchased the former Johnston Law office located next door to the funeral home. With this purchase, he was able to expand the lobby, add a handicap accessible restroom, arrangement conference room and an expanded casket and urn display. He also added an ADA compliant ramp and handicap accessible entrance to the front of the funeral home. It was during this time that he also purchased the property across the street to create an off street parking lot for the families and visitors. Additional properties that border the funeral home have since been purchased and provides additional parking with easy access to the ramp entrance.