About IFDA

About IFDA

Expanding the Horizons of Funeral Service in Iowa

The Iowa Funeral Directors Association strives to be your future forward, centralized resource for funeral director members and the Iowa families they serve. We represent over 525+ Iowa licensed funeral directors and their dedicated staff members.


We are advocates of funeral service interests to the industry, government and the profession. Get to know the IFDA Officers and Board of Governors, the FSI Board of Directors and your IFDA Staff by exploring the links below.

Mission Statement: Promoting and supporting funeral service excellence.

Vision Statement: Provide trusted expertise to families in their times of need.


Engaging funeral directors is vital to success and growth. It involves creating networking opportunities, promoting excellence, recognition, advocacy, committee involvement, technology integration, and professional development. Fostering engagement among funeral directors is crucial to maintaining motivation, being well-informed, and ensuring steadfast dedication in offering end-of-life services and support.


Education plays a paramount role in funeral services, underscoring its importance for funeral directors. In essence, education is the cornerstone of a funeral director's career. It equips them with the knowledge, skills, and compassion needed to guide families through one of the most challenging moments of their lives and ensures that they do so with professionalism, empathy, and integrity.


Elevating the funeral profession is a commitment to excellence, compassion, and professionalism. The funeral profession is a multifaceted career that encompasses education, ethics, innovation, community engagement, and a commitment to service. Funeral service professionals play a vital role in providing comfort, support, and closure to individuals and families during some of the most challenging moments of their lives.

A History of Service


IFDA is Founded

On February 23, 1881, In Iowa City, Iowa at the hotel St James, a meeting was called for the purpose of creating a state undertakers association. Aaron Park of Wilton Junction was elected as the first President.


21st Annual Meeting is Held

Between 1881 and 1901 IFDA grew from 21 to 277 members. The Annual Convention was attended by over 250 people.


A Trust is Created

A law is passed to raise dues and provide a portion back to the State Department of Health to then set money aside and pay to the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmer Examiners.


IFDA Celebrates 100 Years

Scotty and Ruth Wagler and Bill and Dorothy DeJong worked all year to pull together the centennial convention for IFDA. The Century Yearbook is created.

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Join our network of more than 575+ members and enjoy benefits such as an exclusive weekly newsletter, access to continuing education opportunities, endorsed partnerships, and legislative representation for items of interest to the profession.