Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Joseph T. Reimers Owner, Funeral Director

Joe is a 2005 graduate of Humboldt High School, a 2007 graduate of Kirkwood Community College and a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines Area Community College of Mortuary Science. Joe began working at Adams Funeral Home in 2007 and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2011. Joe is married to Katie (Christensen) Reimers, who is also from Humboldt. They have a daughter, Ivy and son, Scout.

 

Joe is a proud member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club and the Main Street Cultural District, serving on the business improvement committee. In his free time Joe enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Anne L. Schmitt Funeral Director, Preneed Insurance Agent

Anne has been with Adams Funeral Home since April of 2012. She has been assisting families with their death care needs and has been a licensed Iowa Funeral Director since 1997. Anne has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University and received her diploma as a Registered Nurse from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames from 1967 to 1997. Anne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1997. She is also has her Life Insurance License and is endorsed to write preneed polices through Homesteaders Life Company. Anne has been widowed since 1993 and has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. She is an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames where she is a Eucharistic Minister and a Stephen Ministry Leader. She is also active in the Kiwanis Club of Ames. Her motto is “Let go, let God”.

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Roger Engen Funeral Assistant

Roger started part time in funeral service in 1951. He went full time in 1959 and received a Missouri Funeral Director’s License in 1983. Roger is a lifetime resident of Story County and has lived in Ames since 1959. He has had his preneed insurance license for 25 years and was manager of Adams Funeral Home for 17 years. Roger now helps part time with many visitations and funerals. His personal motto is “Treat every family with dignity and respect.”

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Jean Bremer Funeral Assistant

Jean “Jeanie” (Jacobs) Bremer has been a resident of Story County for 56 years, living in the Ames/Gilbert area. She has been married to Larry Bremer for 34 years. They have two children, Josh and Justine. Jean has worked in health care and customer related jobs for 40 years. She is a hospice volunteer, former volunteer fire fighter EMT and has been involved in the prison ministry Project Angel Tree for 16 years. Jean has worked in the funeral business since 2005. Her words to live by, “Love one another as God has loved you.” She lives for helping people, “That’s what I do best!”

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Harris Twedt Jr. Funeral Assistant

Harris "Pete" Twedt, Jr. farmed in the Roland area for 35 years. Pete and Vi were married in 1950 and have four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He retired in 1997 and he and Vi now live in Story City. Pete has been working visitations and funerals since January of 1998.

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Len Thiede Funeral Assistant

Len was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. In 1972, he moved to Ames to accept a teaching position in the Ames Community School District. A few of the highlights of his 32 year teaching and coaching career were his introduction of the "Special Olympics" program to Ames; being named Iowa Elementary Physical Educator of the Year, and most recently, being inducted into the Ames High Athletic Hall of Fame for his long-time success as the girls tennis coach.


Len and his wife, Pat, are active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ames. They are the parents of two daughters, Jennifer, of Mankato, Minnesota and Nicole, of Ames. Len and Pat also have one granddaughter, Kya.


Len enjoys all things tennis, traveling and biking. He really likes working with people of all ages and his personal motto is: "A person may forget some of the things you tell them, but they will never forget how you made them feel!"

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Harold Thompson Funeral Assistant

Harold was raised on a farm just south of Story City. He graduated from Story City High School and received his B.A. in education from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught at South Hamilton for three years before beginning his banking career at Randall-Story State Bank. Harold retired in 2008 after 38 years.


Harold married his high school sweetheart, Janice, in 1965, and they have two married children and five grandchildren. Harold and Janice are members of Elim Lutheran Church in Randall. Harold still serves on the bank Board of Directors, enjoys attending his grandchildren's activities, traveling and fishing. Harold also volunteers as a driver for senior citizens through RSVP. Harold and Janice enjoy square dancing.


Harold started helping part-time as a funeral assistant for Soderstrum Funeral Home in April of 2014. His motto is, "Enjoy each day with those around you!"

Adams Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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Brian D. Snider Funeral Director, Preneed Insurance Agent

Brian grew up in Ames and is a 1974 graduate of Ames High School. Brian served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran. He attended DMACC Community College and then returned to graduated from DMACC in the College of Mortuary Science. Brian has been a licensed funeral director in the State of Iowa since 2008. Brian has served the Ames community for over 35 years, 24 years with the City of Ames overseeing the Ames Municipal Cemetery and 11 years in funeral service. Brian is a Licensed Life Insurance agent which allows him to better serve families with prearranging funerals and has many years of experience in assisting families with cemetery memorials. He is a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the First “E” Free Church in Ames. Brian is married to Mary Kay Little, who is also from Ames, and they have three children, Brooke, Ethan and Keith. They also have three grandchildren, Austin, Mackenzie and Oliver. Brian enjoys smoking meat in his backyard and riding his Harley when time allows. 

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Galen G. Crawford Office Manager

Galen graduated Iowa State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. He worked in the swine genetics industry with varied experiences in production, management and sales. Galen joined Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City in 1999 has been involved with all aspects of funeral service. He is currently the Office Manager at Adams Funeral Home with responsibilities in accounts payable/receivable and payroll and also assists families with writing obituaries, designing funeral folders and producing slideshows. He lives in Ames with his wife, Jodi. They have four grown children and one grandson. Galen spends his free time training for and competing in triathlons and marathons and enjoys boating, skiing, camping and riding RAGBRAI. Galen attends Harvest Vineyard Church in Ames and is a commissioned Stephen Minister.

Soderstrum Funeral Home - Story City

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Marcus J. Soderstrum Owner, Funeral Director

Marcus James Soderstrum was born October 28, 1965 to Dennis and Karen Soderstrum in Story City, Iowa. He graduated from Roland-Story High School in 1984, Iowa State University with a degree in Finance in 1988 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in 1990. Marc and Michelle lived in Ottumwa from 1990 and moved to Roland in 1995. Marc is a member of Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland, Story City Kohinoor Masonic Lodge, vice president of the Roland Area Development Corporation and is currently vice president of the school board for the Roland-Story Community School District. He is also involved with helping out at Roland-Story sporting events for football and basketball. Marc's wife, Michelle, is a second grade teacher at Roland-Story Elementary School. They have three children, Madison, who will be attending John Hopkins in Baltimore in May; McKinzie, a junior at Iowa State University; and Mia, a junior at Roland-Story High School.

Marcus J. Soderstrum

Owner, Funeral Director
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Marcus James Soderstrum was born October 28, 1965 to Dennis and Karen Soderstrum in Story City, Iowa. He graduated from Roland-Story High School in 1984, Iowa State University with a degree in Finance in 1988 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in 1990. Marc and Michelle lived in Ottumwa from 1990 and moved to Roland in 1995. Marc is a member of Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland, Story City Kohinoor Masonic Lodge, vice president of the Roland Area Development Corporation and is currently vice president of the school board for the Roland-Story Community School District. He is also involved with helping out at Roland-Story sporting events for football and basketball. Marc's wife, Michelle, is a second grade teacher at Roland-Story Elementary School. They have three children, Madison, who will be attending John Hopkins in Baltimore in May; McKinzie, a junior at Iowa State University; and Mia, a junior at Roland-Story High School.

Joseph T. Reimers

Owner, Funeral Director
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Joe is a 2005 graduate of Humboldt High School, a 2007 graduate of Kirkwood Community College and a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines Area Community College of Mortuary Science. Joe began working at Adams Funeral Home in 2007 and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 2011. Joe is married to Katie (Christensen) Reimers, who is also from Humboldt. They have a daughter, Ivy and son, Scout.

 

Joe is a proud member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club and the Main Street Cultural District, serving on the business improvement committee. In his free time Joe enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Brian D. Snider

Funeral Director, Preneed Insurance Agent
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Brian grew up in Ames and is a 1974 graduate of Ames High School. Brian served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran. He attended DMACC Community College and then returned to graduated from DMACC in the College of Mortuary Science. Brian has been a licensed funeral director in the State of Iowa since 2008. Brian has served the Ames community for over 35 years, 24 years with the City of Ames overseeing the Ames Municipal Cemetery and 11 years in funeral service. Brian is a Licensed Life Insurance agent which allows him to better serve families with prearranging funerals and has many years of experience in assisting families with cemetery memorials. He is a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the First “E” Free Church in Ames. Brian is married to Mary Kay Little, who is also from Ames, and they have three children, Brooke, Ethan and Keith. They also have three grandchildren, Austin, Mackenzie and Oliver. Brian enjoys smoking meat in his backyard and riding his Harley when time allows. 

Anne L. Schmitt

Funeral Director, Preneed Insurance Agent
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Anne has been with Adams Funeral Home since April of 2012. She has been assisting families with their death care needs and has been a licensed Iowa Funeral Director since 1997. Anne has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University and received her diploma as a Registered Nurse from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames from 1967 to 1997. Anne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1997. She is also has her Life Insurance License and is endorsed to write preneed polices through Homesteaders Life Company. Anne has been widowed since 1993 and has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. She is an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames where she is a Eucharistic Minister and a Stephen Ministry Leader. She is also active in the Kiwanis Club of Ames. Her motto is “Let go, let God”.

Galen G. Crawford

Office Manager
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Galen graduated Iowa State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. He worked in the swine genetics industry with varied experiences in production, management and sales. Galen joined Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City in 1999 has been involved with all aspects of funeral service. He is currently the Office Manager at Adams Funeral Home with responsibilities in accounts payable/receivable and payroll and also assists families with writing obituaries, designing funeral folders and producing slideshows. He lives in Ames with his wife, Jodi. They have four grown children and one grandson. Galen spends his free time training for and competing in triathlons and marathons and enjoys boating, skiing, camping and riding RAGBRAI. Galen attends Harvest Vineyard Church in Ames and is a commissioned Stephen Minister.

Roger Engen

Funeral Assistant
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Roger started part time in funeral service in 1951. He went full time in 1959 and received a Missouri Funeral Director’s License in 1983. Roger is a lifetime resident of Story County and has lived in Ames since 1959. He has had his preneed insurance license for 25 years and was manager of Adams Funeral Home for 17 years. Roger now helps part time with many visitations and funerals. His personal motto is “Treat every family with dignity and respect.”

Jean Bremer

Funeral Assistant
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Jean “Jeanie” (Jacobs) Bremer has been a resident of Story County for 56 years, living in the Ames/Gilbert area. She has been married to Larry Bremer for 34 years. They have two children, Josh and Justine. Jean has worked in health care and customer related jobs for 40 years. She is a hospice volunteer, former volunteer fire fighter EMT and has been involved in the prison ministry Project Angel Tree for 16 years. Jean has worked in the funeral business since 2005. Her words to live by, “Love one another as God has loved you.” She lives for helping people, “That’s what I do best!”

Harris Twedt Jr.

Funeral Assistant
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Harris "Pete" Twedt, Jr. farmed in the Roland area for 35 years. Pete and Vi were married in 1950 and have four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He retired in 1997 and he and Vi now live in Story City. Pete has been working visitations and funerals since January of 1998.

Len Thiede

Funeral Assistant
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Len was born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin. In 1972, he moved to Ames to accept a teaching position in the Ames Community School District. A few of the highlights of his 32 year teaching and coaching career were his introduction of the "Special Olympics" program to Ames; being named Iowa Elementary Physical Educator of the Year, and most recently, being inducted into the Ames High Athletic Hall of Fame for his long-time success as the girls tennis coach.


Len and his wife, Pat, are active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ames. They are the parents of two daughters, Jennifer, of Mankato, Minnesota and Nicole, of Ames. Len and Pat also have one granddaughter, Kya.


Len enjoys all things tennis, traveling and biking. He really likes working with people of all ages and his personal motto is: "A person may forget some of the things you tell them, but they will never forget how you made them feel!"

Harold Thompson

Funeral Assistant
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Harold was raised on a farm just south of Story City. He graduated from Story City High School and received his B.A. in education from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught at South Hamilton for three years before beginning his banking career at Randall-Story State Bank. Harold retired in 2008 after 38 years.


Harold married his high school sweetheart, Janice, in 1965, and they have two married children and five grandchildren. Harold and Janice are members of Elim Lutheran Church in Randall. Harold still serves on the bank Board of Directors, enjoys attending his grandchildren's activities, traveling and fishing. Harold also volunteers as a driver for senior citizens through RSVP. Harold and Janice enjoy square dancing.


Harold started helping part-time as a funeral assistant for Soderstrum Funeral Home in April of 2014. His motto is, "Enjoy each day with those around you!"