Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

Aaron P. Schroeder

Aaron P. Schroeder, President - Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Funeral service became part of my life in 1997. My long-time desire to own and operate my own funeral home became a reality for my family and me in October 2008 when I bought Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home. It is an honor to be part of the long-established, distinguished “Slininger” funeral home tradition.

I was born and raised in Jefferson, Iowa, graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High School in 1993, and entered the United States Army. While stationed in Georgia, I met my wife, Shelly, and we were married in 1996.

In 1997, I was honorably discharge from the United States Army, at which time I was accepted into mortuary school in Birmingham, Alabama, and began working for a funeral home in Opelika, Alabama.

My wife and I moved back to Jefferson, Iowa in 2000. We are the parents of two daughters, Emma and Isabella. In my free time, I value spending time with my family and friends, watching sporting events, and attending local community events. I am a member of Rotary International, Abundant Life Ministries, and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

I am thankful to be living, working, and raising my family in Jefferson.
– Aaron Schroeder


Debra Larson

Debra Larson, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Slininger Funeral Home became part of my life in 1987. I have lived in Jefferson since 1978. I’m a farmwife and mother of two grown sons.

My path into funeral service actually began when I was a junior in high school, with an English assignment to interview a local business owner and to write a paper about that business. I chose to interview my hometown funeral director. I completed the assignment, thinking of it, at that time, as only an assignment.

Throughout the ensuing college years, the courses of study that most piqued my interests included anatomy, physiology, psychology, and art. However, it wasn’t until I was 27 years old that I felt compelled to enter the field of Mortuary Science, a career that encompassed my interests and knowledge in art and science.

Who knew that a high school English report would open the door for my life’s career? And the rest of the story… the funeral director I interviewed so many years ago was named Mrs. Steffy, one the first women in Iowa to be licensed in the late 1930’s as an embalmer and funeral director. –Debra Larson