About Glacier Monuments
Since 1958 Glacier Signs & Monuments has created unique products in the sign and memorial monument headstone business.Orville Bealer, the founder, was a natural-born artist. As a boy, he doodled constantly. The creative burn inside of him had to be released. This he did, as many artists do, by constantly fine tuning his creative want with hand sketches and doodles.He started hand lettering signs in 1958 in North Central Montana. He continued to do this until 1980, when he and his wife, Carole, were approached and asked to buy a monument company by the name of Choteau Monuments. They decided to take the opportunity, and Orville began adopting and applying his artistic abilities as a sign maker to monuments. Orville did all the artwork and engraving by hand, creating custom artwork that truly represented his customers. Orville passed 15 years later, and Carole was left with the business. She took over for a time, until bringing her son Ron in as the General Manager. Ron later purchased the business in 2006. Carole, to this day, continues to help with the sales and day-to-day operations, working side by side with her son. "We work as a team," she sad. Orville's original artwork is still available to customers today, showing the family tradition that serves as the backbone for Glacier Monuments. Glacier Monuments goal is to help in every way we can. We don't just make custom memorials. We know that the death of a loved one is difficult, and as a family business, we are here to help with that grief, and to help you create a unique memorial that will honor your loved one for generations to come!
From Our Customers...
We looked at a few places and felt I was simply a customer to be dealt with. At Glacier Monuments, we sensed a genuine understanding of what we were experiencing as well as a desire to make this a family decision. Both our headstone and fountain step plaque held so much symbolism for all of us. It was a deeply moving time seeing our suggestions come together in a lasting tribute. The workmanship and materials are elegantly executed for a beautiful display. We benefited from feeling family pride, peace of mind, and gaining pleasant memories during this process. We would absolutely recommend Glacier Monuments to our friends and family; we always felt like we were a priority. The care and concern received are priceless. There was no pressure of any kind. The patience displayed as the family shared various desires was amazing. We would like to express a feeling of sincere gratitude to the mother and son team who reached out to so many in a difficult part of our lives.
The biggest obstacle I faced, preventing me from purchasing a headstone was accepting the death of my father. I am pleased with the monument and the life it represents. The first time I saw the headstone I was overwhelmed, it is understated much like my father. Tasteful and elegant. The simplicity of the shape, the clean and elegant lettering, and the rope outline - all of these features reflected my father's life. I received courtesy from Ron & Carole throughout the process, I received meaningful communication, especially the full size photograph of the monument before it was completed, and the memorial was placed in a timely manner. I recommended Glacier Monuments to my relative and she in turn commissioned a monument for her daughter. I wholeheartedly recommend Glacier Monuments to anyone seeking a fitting memorial for a loved one.
I live in Virginia and my parents lived in Whitefish, MT. My father passed away in 2011. I went to Glacier Signs and Monuments with my sister and picked out a monument for my parents. Mr. Bealer and his mother own and operate the business. They are wonderful, compassionate people. The monument was completed in an adequate time frame and is beautiful. Exactly as I and my sister designed. Then my mom passed away this past January 2016, so her date of death needed to be added. Mr Bealer sent me a video of the monument being removed from the cemetery to be taken back to his shop to add the date and also to have it "pinned" to help prevent vandalism. He also sent me photos of the monument when it was back in place in the cemetery. He kept me informed along the way of the progress. They also have a very convenient payment plan if needed, where you can make payments online. Their work is fantastic and beautiful. It is done with love and respect. I highly recommend this company. It was a comfort and relief for me to do business with them, especially on something this important with me being over 2500 miles away and yet they made every effort to keep me informed and in the loop so I felt like I was there. Thank you.
From the moment my daughter and I visited the office, we were well taken care of. Choosing and designing a headstone is never an easy process and Ron and his mother/partner handled our situation with great sensitivity. They create beautiful and unique headstones as well as the more ordinary. They do their best to meet the desires and budget of their customers. We had numerous interactions on the phone, via e-mail and in person; all were handled professionally. I felt like we were their only customers when that was not the case at all. We had a great experience that I hope to not have to repeat any time soon! I worked with Ron Bealer to design a special headstone for my parents' graves. He has amazing design skills and was really easy to work with. He followed up with me multiple times to make sure that what his company would be creating met with my desires. I highly recommend this wonderful company.