History & Staff

Our History



Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home and Cremation Services… 

Within this name are over 130 years

of service to the Boone county area 


In 1888, Henry M. Welin founded Welin Memorial Chapel.  Mr. Welin was joined in this institution by his son-in-law, Paul R. Stark.  In December of 1958, Mr. Welin’s grandson, Paul H. Stark, received his Mortuary Science Degree with Honors from the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science.  He joined his father and grandfather in the operation and management of Welin Memorial Chapel, later to be known as Stark-Welin Funeral Directors.  These men established a tradition of dedicated funeral service to the families of the Boone area. 


In 1932, Harry W. Schroeder started Schroeder Funeral Home at a location between 6th and 7th Streets on the east side of Story Street in Boone.  The funeral business relocated to 503 Story Street in 1939.  Later, Randy Walter became the proprietor of this funeral home and the name became Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home.  Mr. Walter served the Boone community with compassion and tradition for decades.  In 2014, Aaron Schroeder became the owner of this funeral home and the funeral home name became, simply, Schroeder Funeral Home, operating in the stately house-type building on the corner of 5th and Story Streets in Boone.   

 

On January 1, 2017, Aaron Schroeder combined the two funeral home businesses into one establishment, now called Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, operating at 609 Seventh Street, Boone, Iowa.  Here, our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all member of our community. 



Our Valued Staff

Aaron P. Schroeder

Aaron P. Schroeder, Owner/Funeral Director and Embalmer

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 discharged 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 family, watching sporting events, going boating, and attending local community events.

I am a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Federated Funeral Directors of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

I am so thankful to be working in and serving the Boone area.


Debra J Larson

Debra J Larson, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

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 the 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 of the first women in Iowa to be licensed in the late 1930's as an embalmer and funeral director. - Debra Larson


Steve Raymond

Steve Raymond, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer