At Schmidt Family Funeral Homes, we are a team of diverse people, each with distinctive qualities, committed to providing the best care and professional service that is as unique as the life we are honoring. Our team comes together to handle the details of your loved one's funeral easing your stress at a very difficult time. We focus on the loved ones and their family to make each service personal and meaningful.
Funeral Director, FD, CFSP & Owner
Jon grew up on a farm near the small town of West Bend, Iowa. After graduation from high school, he pursued other interests while attending college in Fort Dodge and Iowa Falls where he completed a agricultural marketing degree. Jon’s first exposure to funeral service came as a monument salesman for a group of funeral homes in and around Creston, Iowa. While assisting the funeral homes with services a passion soon grew within him. So, he set off to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Des Plaines, IL where he received his mortuary degree in 1988.
The first location to serve families as a funeral director was in Hampton, Iowa, then moved to Parkersburg, Iowa. March of 1994, He and his wife, Robin, were able to purchase funeral homes in Centerville and Moulton, Iowa where Schmidt Family Funeral Homes began serving families for over 23 years.
2017, Schmidts sold the funeral homes and moved to Omaha, NE to be near their daughters’ families; Blair Kauzlarich and her husband, Kyle, and their children, Vivian, Hank, and Callum of Omaha, and Avery Dickinson and her husband, Blake, and their children, Chase, Theo and Scotlyn of Council Bluffs. At this time, their son, Graydon was entering funeral service in Ankeny, Iowa.
Jon continued to work at an Omaha funeral home until, September of 2021, when he and his wife along with their son, Graydon, purchased the Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic. The Schmidts are pleased they are able to be close to family while serving those of Atlantic, Anita and Adair, Iowa. Jon is a licensed funeral director in the states of Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Also, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a notary for the state of Iowa and holds an Iowa insurance license.
Jon’s passion for funeral service runs deep. He believes “Creating A Higher Standard Of Service” for those families they serve, is up most important.
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 23 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".