In 1916, Philip L.
Gorgen bought the funeral business of Alfred J.
Bishop to secure one of the finest undertaking businesses in
Mineral Point. Philip and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gorgen,
who was one of the first licensed women funeral directors in the
State of Wisconsin, started the Gorgen Funeral Home which has
been serving families of Mineral Point and the surrounding
communities for four generations.
In 1942, Philip and Mary's
son, William P. Gorgen joined the family
funeral business. He and his wife, Gladys, who was one of two
licensed woman funeral directors in Iowa County at the
time, purchased the historic residence of Judge McIlhon and
converted the stately Queen Anne style house at 310 Ridge
Street in Mineral Point into one the area's first funeral homes,
which still serves families at it's present location. Before
that, the funeral business was located at 246 High Street in
downtown Mineral Point. The new building offered a
chapel with seating capacity for 125, a new casket display room,
preparation room and living quarters in an upstairs apartment.
In 1960, Gregory W.
Gorgen graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of
Mortuary Science, in Milwaukee and joined his father in the
family business, after serving his apprenticeship at Hansen Funeral
Home in Kenosha. In 1984, Greg and his wife, Joan, did some
extensive remodeling of the Gorgen Funeral Home by adding a
business office and conference room, as well as, an office
downstairs for the Gorgen Insurance Agency which Greg ran
from 1963 to 2005. In 1993, a handicapped entrance,
handicapped restrooms and a family lounge were added to the funeral
In 1985, Greg and Leo A. McGinley,
of Dodgeville, purchased the Ayers Funeral Home in Ridgeway, from
Willard Ayers and Roy Ayers. A business that Bill started in 1940,
and has been serving families of Ridgeway, Barneveld and
the surrounding communities ever since.
In 1988, Greg's oldest son,
Grant W. Gorgen, graduated from Worsham
College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and joined his father,
becoming the 4th generation of the Gorgen family to serve the
community of Mineral Point.
In 1991, Greg's second son,
Michael R. Gorgen graduated from
Milwaukee Area Technical College-Funeral Service Department and
worked in Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Madison before joining the
family business in 1999. At that time, he and his family
moved to Dodgeville and purchased the McGinley Funeral Home from
Leo A. McGinley.
In 2002, Mike and Grant built the
new Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home at 400 E. Grace
Street, Dodgeville, closing the buildings located at 507 Main
Street, Ridgeway and 213 W. Division Street, Dodgeville.
The Gorgen Family has built their
reputation of providing the families of Iowa County and the
surrounding area the finest services available. This
service is based on the belief that each of our clients
is like a part of our family. The professional and caring manner in
which we conduct our business creates an open environment where
your questions and concerns about planning a funeral service are
Each of our directors are committed to working with you
to plan an unforgettable service to memorialize your loved one. We
can help you develop a unique funeral or memorial service that is
reflective of your needs and wishes.
For more information about our funeral services, please
contact us by telephone or email. One of our directors would
be more than happy to answer your questions.