Eric E. O'Leary
Owner & Funeral Director
A native of central Iowa, Eric was raised and educated in Newton, Iowa, where he graduated high school and he attended Des Moines Area Community College. In 1996 he earned his Degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois.
Following college Eric returned to Newton and completed his funeral director apprenticeship and license requirements under the direction of Harold Reese. During this time he learned compassion for the families served, as well as invaluable funeral home management skills. In the fall of 2000 he continued his career at Ochiltree Funeral Service in Winterset.
In 2002 Eric became a managing-partner at Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield, Michigan. There, he was successful in managing and growing a funeral home business. In the summer of 2009 he started a funeral home contracting business, providing respite care to funeral directors and owners throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan. He returned to Iowa in 2010 to be near his family and partake in their daily lives.
Eric believes in honoring and celebrating a life well lived. During the last two decades he has provided exceptional funeral service through honesty, integrity, trust and attention to detail. He is here to honor your loved ones lives and has chosen Norwalk as a community to full-fill a life long goal of having his own Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center. Here family and friends can come together to Remember time spent together, Celebrate a life full of memories, and to Heal the sorrow of their loss.
Eric lives in Norwalk with his son, Conor. He is a member of the Norwalk Easter Library Foundation and Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on each board; a charter member of the Norwalk Rotary Club; the Norwalk Lion's Club; St. John Catholic Church, where he plays the string bass with St. John's Choir; and the Knights of Columbus (St. John and Pope John Paul II Councils).