New street signs honor Estes enduring legacy

With the unveiling of the new “Richard C. Estes” signs, April Estes, owner of the Estes Funeral Chapel and Cremation, has reached another milestone in remembrance of her late husband Richard C. Estes.

April Estes, along with the dedicated assistance and support of community activist Bill English, have made another of April’s dreams come to fruition. She had a meeting with Minneapolis City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison and told him about her wish to have the street in front of the chapel named after her husband.

Ellison spearheaded the idea through the City Council, with April Estes and supporters in attendance for all of the Council meetings. It was an easy decision for the Council, which approved the measure on February 15, 2019.

Now the street in front of the chapel from Queen to Penn avenues have commemorative “Richard C. Estes” signs.

The new Estes chapel opened October 14 2018, and business has increased by 40 percent.  Beyond funeral services, the chapel is there to serve the greater community as a gathering venue for meetings and other events.

—Information and photos provided the City of Minneapolis.