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OUR AMAZING STAFF

SPOT - The Runner

Meet SPOT, the Hills of Rest Cemetery dog. Spot is a Border Collie and has the important task of keeping the geese out of the cemetery. If you would like to follow Spots adventures check us out on Facebook.


Phil Schmitz - General Manager

Phil was born in Decorah, IA. He grew up in Northeast Iowa where he graduated from high school. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and graduated with honors from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX. Phil is a third generation funeral director. He grew up in a funeral service family where he worked for a short time before beginning employment with George Boom Funeral Home in 1985. Phil has been the manager of the firm since 1993 and became a partner in 1994. He is a licensed funeral director in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.

Phil's family includes his wife, Pam and a son, Zachary.

Phil is an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church; the Knights of Columbus; Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary; Past President and member of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association; as well as other professional organizations. Phil enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, traveling and reading. Questions? Please email me at: Phil Schmitz


Shelley Roemeling - Cemetery Administrator

Shelley grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Psychology. After working a few positions in the social services field, Shelley became a full-time stay at home mother.

Shelley joined the staff at Hills of Rest Memorial Park in 2015. Her responsibilities include working with families to make interment arrangements on a pre-need or at-need basis.

Shelley is married and has three children. She is a member of St. Michael's Church. Shelley enjoys cooking, walks, movies, traveling and spending time with her family. Questions? Please email me at: shelley@hillsofrest.com


Deb Munce - Cemetery Secretary

Life was an adventure as my dad was a career Army soldier. I have lived in 9 different locations; 6 years in Germany, 13 different schools. Advantageous life lessons learned were: how to make friends easily, follow the rules and accept change.

My working career has been fulfilling. Working at Hills of Rest Cemetery is a breath of fresh air for my soul and spirit. The kindness from coworkers is worth its weight in gold. Though I am part time at Hills of Rest Cemetery I also am part time as an Autocad Drafter for Justice Fire and Safety. Its the best of both worlds. Loving your job makes the days brighter and you leave with a sense of satisfaction.

In my spare time I paint, read and knit. Cooking is a gift. Baking is not my forte, I'm pretty sure the oven hates me.

Please email me at: deb@hillsofrest.com


Clinton Schroder - Grounds Superintendent

Clinton hails from Sibley, Iowa. He graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in 2003. Clinton worked various jobs in northwest Iowa before coming to Sioux Falls in 2008. He began his employment with Hills of Rest in 2009 as a member of the grounds crew.

Clinton became the Grounds Superintendent in 2015. As head of the grounds crew, Clinton organizes the staff to maintain the cemetery and he oversees all interments to make sure they are done correctly. Questions? Please email me at: clinton@hillsofrest.com


Grounds Crew

Our grounds crew is made up of a group of hard working men that take pride in making sure our grounds are at their best for your visit to Hills of Rest Cemetery. Thomas is the other half of our grounds crew.