Marion's Central ParkMarion City Library at Historic Santa Fe Depot

The signs of human endeavor were evident in the increasing number of new homesteads, schools and roads when Marion was incorporated. The pioneers were well acquainted with these achievements, yet, they were just as familiar with death. Many babies and young children died from measles, pneumonia, diphtheria and other illnesses easily prevented or cured in the mid twentieth century. Because of inadequate care young adults, especially women in childbirth, died, cemeteries had to be set aside for the dead. The first cemetery in Marion was Highland cemetery. The Highland cemetery Association was chartered in the winter of 1873. Land for it was bought from Marshall G. and Angeline J. Freeborn for $800.00. Lots were ready for sale in November 1873. Later Highland cemetery became the Marion City cemetery but is still referred to as the Highland cemetery today.

            Well known pioneers buried in this cemetery are Reuben Riggs and his wife Nancy; Thomas Wise, Sr., his wife Gabrella and Daughter Gabrella; William Billings, George Griffith and wife Elizabeth; J. Newton Rogers; William Shreve and Charity Shreve; Rebecca Baxter and Edson Baxter; John H. Costello and two baby daughters.

            The Highland cemetery Association is referred to today as the Marion cemetery Board. The City of Marion budgets maintenance yearly for the cemetery and supplies one full time person responsible for the care. The cemetery Board receives revenue from sale of burial lots and grave openings and closings. That revenue is used for improvements. The cemetery Board consists of a seven member board that reports to the Marion City Council yearly.

Highland cemetery is located at Eisenhower and Denver, across from the football field. If you are on Main Street, turn North at Eisenhower and drive to the second road on your left (Denver), turn left, drive approximately 1 block and turn right into the cemetery. If you are coming from Highway 256, turn south on Eisenhower (at Pizza Hut), drive approximately 1 1.2 miles to the second road on your right (Denver). Turn right on Denver and drive approximately 1 block and turn right into the cemetery.

Genealogy Records

The cemetery Sexton keeps records of all burials at the cemetery. If you would like to do genealogy research in these records, they are open to the public from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March 1st through October 31st.

If you would like access to these records from November 1st to March 1st, please contact Becky Makovec at City Hall ahead of time.

Funeral Services

The restrooms at the cemetery are open from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March through October. If you will be conducting a funeral service after 5:00, or any time from November 1st to March 1st, please make arrangements ahead of time at City Hall to ensure they are opened for your service.

If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please contact the cemetery Sexton

Tim Makovec is at the cemetery from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from March 1st to October 31st. You may call the city offices at 620-382-3703 to make arrangements to meet with him, or send a fax to 620-382-3993. You may also contact him by email at

For questions regarding purchasing lots, arranging funeral services, etc. please contact the city offices at 620-382-3703 and by email at

Cemetery Plot Fees

  1. Cemetery plots are $200.00 each, plots are sold in plots of three in the following additions or sections: 



C.     1Y,  2Y, and  3Y SECTIONS


  1. Plots are sold in lots of two in the following section:


  1. "RECLAIMED LOTS" can be purchased individually in specific areas on the cemetery map.

Purchasing  Cemetery Lots:

If You Would Like to Purchase Available Lots From the Cemetery

Go to the City of Marion offices (208 E. Santa Fe) and,

A.    Locate the lot you wish to purchase

B.     Make checks payable to the "City of Marion" in the amount of $100 per plot.

C.     The City Clerk will issue a deed to the property

D.     All deeds should be recorded at the Register of Deeds at the Marion County Courthouse (200 S. Third Street)

If You Would like to Purchase a Lot Already Owned by an Individual

A.     A Cemetery Plot may never increase in value. By law, lots may only be sold for $100 each, whether purchasing it from the Cemetery, or from a person already owning a lot.

B.     Register all Cemetery Deeds with the Register of Deeds with the name changes. A Quit Claim will need to be issued by the City Clerk's Office. 

C.     Please notify the City Office which lot you have purchased. 


A.     ADULT  $200.00

B.     CHILD    $200.00

C.     CREMATION    $200.00

D.     STONE SETTING $25.00   

D.     AFTER HOURS: an additional $100.00 fee will be accessed between the hours of 5:00 p.m. on Friday until 8:00 a.m. on Monday

****For additional information call the City of Marion Offices at (620-382-3703)