About us

Great Western Insurance Company is committed to easing the stress of planning final arrangements by offering innovative Preneed Funeral insurance and Final Expense plans. We’re in a “people helping people” business, and we want to help you and your family prepare for the difficult moments in your lives.

Our story

​Great Western Insurance Company’s (GWIC) strength has always come from a dedicated focus on the funeral profession, life insurance, and pre-arranged funeral plans. We were founded in 1983 by John E. Lindquist, owner of Lindquist Mortuaries & Cemeteries, a five-generation family business.

Our funeral home background means we know the financial needs of funeral homes and the families they serve, and we understand the responsibility of being a trusted financial steward. That’s why we design simple, effective Preneed Funeral insurance and Final Expense plans.
When you choose GWIC, you’ll enjoy the resources of a large company backed by the personal service of a small company. We’re part of a financially strong organization with more than $2.4 billion in assets. After working together for several years, American Enterprise Group acquired GWIC in 2018. 

Why work with us

Our goals are to assist in securing the financial futures of our clients and their families and to support our distribution partners in any way that we can. We support that goal by investing in our people, platform, and products.  

We offer many tools to help ensure our agents will be successful in their field, including license preparation, product knowledge, and continuous field training for all of our agents. We provide funeral home owners and Preneed sales organizations with exceptional service and superior marketing support.
We’re licensed in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Our Surplus to Liability Ratio is among the highest in the industry, exceeding the margin of assets over liabilities and excess surplus standards that are averaged by America’s 25 largest life insurance companies (Standard Analytical Service, Inc. 2013).

Rated A (Excellent) by AM Best

In April 2023, AM Best affirmed the Financial Strength Ratings of A (Excellent) and the stable outlooks for American Enterprise Group, Inc.’s six insurance company subsidiaries, which operate under the brands of American Republic®, Medico®, and Great Western Insurance Company (GWIC®). For the latest Best’s Credit Rating, visit ambest.com.