Workman Township | 24301 480th Street, McGregor, MN 55760-6010 | 218-426-3634

Lakeview Cemetery

HISTORY:  Lakeview Cemetery located in Workman Township (not to be confused with Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin Township) was discussed by the Board of Supervisors at their April 2015 meeting concerning upgrades that would enhance the cemetery appearance. Work began with a thorough brushing and tree trimming, leveling of soil in parts of the cemetery, and realigning some of the headstones and markers that were no longer level or straight. A new metal arch was erected over the main entrance. The arch was fabricated by Al's Welding and Sandblasting of Aitkin. In addition a flagpole was placed on either side of the arch. One flagpole displays the United States flag and the POW/MIA flag. The other flagpole has the State of Minnesota flag and the Aitkin County flag. Both flagpoles have solar lighting so that the flags are illuminated when it is dark. This is a big improvement for the cemetery with much better identification and appearance. Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative has recently added a light directly across from the entrance to better illuminate our cemetery at night.

Lakeview Cemetery has undergone additional improvements since Memorial Day 2017 with the addition of two large flower containers, several benches, and a reflection and meditation area. Workman Township thanks Judy Ketola for the attractive placement of flowers in the containers.

In the summer of 2018, Lakeview Cemetery had a number of the large, old trees succumb to age, disease, and falling due to high winds. The township board made a decision to add over 30 trees to the cemetery including a number of different species. Varieties planted included:  Red Oak, Sugar Maple, American Redbud, Silver Maple, Norway Pine, Spruce, White Oak, Birch, Poplar, and Willow.  Several of these trees show beautiful red leaves in the Fall which should make our cemetery more attractive and colorful. We have just completed leveling and straightening of the headstones in the cemetery. Our next step will be to do some cleaning of several headstones. The hedge we planted last year that fronts the cemetery is growing nicely and should also add to the appeal of the cemetery in the coming years.

Lakeview Cemetery was established in 1903 and is approximately two acres. It has a number of tall, majestic pine trees on the cemetery and is surrounded by a nice grove of oak, birch and other tree varieties on the three sides of the cemetery. Many relatives and friends of individuals buried at the cemetery decorate the gravesite with flowers and pennants making the cemetery even more attractive. The township also maintains several large containers of colorful flowers.
Anyone, whether a resident of Workman Township or not, may be buried at our cemetery. Our cemetery provides for both traditional burial and cremation urns. For additional information on our cemetery and cost for a plot you can call 218-426-3634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Workman Township. Our cemetery board has recently changed our purchase policy for plot purchases with only 10% down, no interest charged and payment over a 12-month period. The plot must be paid in full before internment. Contact any township officer for additional information.

MEMORIAL DAY - May 31, 2021: At Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township Included a group of approximately 60 citizens plus 20 veterans from Palisade VFW, McGregor VFW and McGregor American Legion. Please go to our photos page to see photos of the event. We had a beautiful spring day and our cemetery grounds had been groomed and many flowers planted by the township and also friends and relatives of those buried at the cemetery. All three veteran posts shared in making this a special event. Special thanks to Palisade VFW members Bob Foix for his reading of "Flanders Field," and Jim Hicks for reading "General Orders", McGregor VFW member Pat Collins for reading the Invocation and McGregor American Legion Commander Bob Johnson for reading the history of Memorial Day. The ceremony at the grave of Marine Private Robert E. Swanson was very impressive. The opposing buglers playing Taps was appreciated be all attendees. We thank all attendees and participants. Supervisor Marvin Ketola and his wife Judy were responsible for making Lakeview Cemetery attractive for Memorial Day. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Special thanks to Bill Haapoja for singing and playing of patriotic music. The cemetery is maintained from spring until winter. Plans are already under way to make our 5th year, 2022, even larger and better. We welcome comments and suggestions.

MEMORIAL DAY - May 25, 2020:  Because of the measures imposed by the state government to protect the citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic it was decided by the Lakeview Cemetery Board to discontinue the annual Memorial Day activities for Lakeview Cemetery in 2020.

MEMORIAL DAY - May 27, 2019: The Memorial Day Service for 2019 had the threat of rain with dark clouds, windy conditions, and cool temperatures. Nevertheless, approximately 70 patriotic citizens came to pay their respects. Beautiful patriotic songs, played on the oboe by McGregor School graduating Senior Kinsten Rought, was greatly enjoyed by the audience. The combined McGregor Legion and VFW, along with their auxiliaries, performed graveside services at the grave of WW II Navy Veteran Olaf E. Taylor. President Ronald Regan once said: "Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction." It is very important that all generations including our younger generations realize what our military has done to allow us all the freedoms we have.

WORKMAN TOWNSHIP VETERANS:  It is important to honor and remember our veterans.  Below are the Veterans honored at our annual Memorial Day Services.

        2022: Harold Troop - Navy

        2021: Vietnam Veteran Robert E.Swanson - Marines

2020:  N/A - Activities cancelled due to Corona Virus

2019:  World War II Veteran Olaf E. Taylor - Navy

2018:  Korean War Veteran Purl M. Ashton Jr. - Army

2017:  World War II Veteran George Hansen - Army (former Workman Township Supervisor)


LOCATION: The Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township is located east of the township hall at 23647 480th Street (Cty Hwy 3), McGregor, Minnesota.

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