Oak Grove Cemetery


About Oak Grove Cemetery

A city's history is most often reflected in its cemeteries. Established in 1854, Oak Grove Cemetery is actually two distinct properties separated by U.S. 12 at the western boundary of the city. The cemeteries stand high above the surrounding landscape overlooking the Messenger / Hodunk chain of lakes.

Buffered by the lakes below, each cemetery is serviced by a single entrance thus accentuating the beauty and serenity of the sacred place for the repose for the dead. The attractiveness of the grounds is fittingly accentuated in the spring as though anticipating the annual Memorial Day celebration in memory of Coldwater's many veterans and fallen heroes.

Standing proudly as sentinels to the south cemetery entrance is the parade of flags, with each flag memorializing wars that were fought to preserve freedom for all Americans. The city's historic memorial chapel is located on the south cemetery grounds and continues in active use.

The south cemetery grounds include the burial place of Cyrus Luce, Michigan's 21st governor and namesake of a county in Upper Michigan. The city's first lady mayor, Louise Wallace, is buried in the south cemetery.

Please note that artificial flowers are allowed at the Oak Grove Cemetery from November 15 through March 31. All artificial arrangements must be removed by April 1.

Coldwater Launches New 'Search' Application for Oak Grove Cemetery

The City of Coldwater has a new application available that allows for searching burials and plots for sale. This feature map is currently located on our GIS and fields are searchable by name or by availability.

GIS Map website


  • All graves must be paid for in full at time of selection.
  • All opening and closing costs are to be paid before the time of service.
  • Opening and closings are not done on Sundays or Holidays.
  • A concrete burial is required.
  • All foundation work will be done by the cemetery or their representative.
  • All foundation cost must be paid before memorials are delivered.
  • Memorials must face in the direction that the section calls for.
  • Transfer of ownership or burial rights must be recorded with the cemetery.
The following are the rates at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Standard Lot: Per Grave

Location Rate
North Section (Old Section)
South Section (New Section)

Infant Lot: Per Grave

Location Rate
South Section (New Section)


Row Resident Non-Resident
First $520 $580
Second $500 $540
Third $480 $520
Fourth $460 $500

Interments: Opening and Closing of Standard Lots

Type Monday - Friday Service
Before 2:45 p.m.
Monday - Friday Service
After 2:45 p.m.
Saturday Service
Must start By 2 p.m.
Adult $400 $600 $700 $460
Child $350 $550 $650 $380
Infant $200 $400 $500 $270
Cremains $200 $400 $500 $270


Item Rate
Chapel $100 with Service or $300 to Rent
Foundation / Flush
$0.30 per square inch
Marker (1 piece)
$0.40 per square inch
Monument (2 piece)
$0.45 per square inch
Free of Charge
Tent (April - November)
Vault $150 (Set and Seal)
Winter Frost (Dec. 1 - Mar. 31) $100