Funeral Director and Embalmer, Owner
Graydon grew up in Centerville, Iowa, where is his father, Jon Schmidt, was the owner and operator of Schmidt Family Funeral Homes in Centerville and Moulton for 22 years. While his mother, Robin, ran her coffee and home decor gift shop on the Centerville Square. He is the little brother of two sisters and grew up in the funeral home learning the industry at a very young age. He is now following his father’s footsteps into becoming a second generation funeral director.
After graduating from Centerville High School in 2015, he departed for DMACC to first obtain his associates degree, then completing with his mortuary science degree in March of 2018. Graydon worked at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery, and Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home while attending Mortuary College. After completing Mortuary College, Graydon served his internship at Ankeny Memorial.
He is a proud uncle and loves to be involved and active in the community. A few hobbies of his include a wide range of athletics, pheasant hunting, showing cattle, and being an auctioneer. Graydon moved to Atlantic in May of 2019, with the desire and passion of serving families with a high standard of service.
On August 31, 2021, the Schmidt Family had the privilege to purchase the Hockenberry Funeral Homes, with locations in Atlantic, Anita, and Adair, IA.
The Schmidt Family plans to serve these communities and surrounding areas with the passion of "Creating a Higher Standard of Service".