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 in October 2008 when I bought Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home. Following the death of funeral director and colleague, Mark Rossow, the business became known as Slininger-Schroeder 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. 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.
I moved back to Jefferson, Iowa in 2000. 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, American Legion, V.F.W., Abundant Life Ministries, and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.
I am thankful to be living and working in Jefferson.
– Aaron Schroeder
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
Alex M. Palmer, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
My path into funeral service started when I was a sophomore in High School and was tasked with creating a business plan for class. I was able to meet with Mr. Schroeder and talk about the funeral industry and it really interested me. My senior year there was a new class offered in which I spent the morning job shadowing at a business of my choice, I chose to job shadow Mr. Schroeder and Mrs. Larson at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa. I realized from that point on that the industry was calling me. After graduating from Greene County High School in 2015 I attended Mortuary School at DMACC in Ankeny, Iowa, graduating in 2019. I started working at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in 2016. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and camping.
I am honored to be serving the families of Greene County.
- Alex Palmer