Our Staff

Our Loess Hills Funeral Home staff is here to serve you and your family.

Scott Erickson – Funeral Director/Owner

Scott is a second generation funeral director from Webster City, Iowa. Scott attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge where he graduated with an A.A.S. in 2001. To further his education, Scott earned his Mortuary Science degree from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona in 2002. He then returned to Webster City to work along side his father who owns and operates Foster Funeral and Cremation Center, a family funeral home with a strong commitment and dedication to the families of Hamilton County.

In May of 2004, Scott returned back to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he took a position as pre-need counselor for Great Western Funeral Planning, to gain more experience in pre-need sales. In May of 2006, he returned back to Webster City to continue working at the family funeral home, and later that year he earned the designation of a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant with the National Funeral Directors Association. In 2007, Scott founded Foster Monument Company which handles all various types of memorial choices for families and their loved ones.

On August 1, 2011, Scott become the owner of Hertz Funeral Homes in Carson, Glenwood and Malvern and Hertz Monument Company. In the spring of 2012 the he changed the name to Loess Hills Funeral and Cremation Center.

Scott handles all facets of the operations at Loess Hills Funeral and Cremation Center. He has great knowledge in advance funeral planning and designing granite memorials for loved ones.

Scott and his wife Ashley, have two children, son Jaxon and daughter, Vivian and the family resides in Glenwood. They belong to and support a variety of different clubs and organizations throughout the communities they serve.

Scott continues to carry on the tradition of commitment and dedication to the families of Southwest Iowa by offering unique and personalized services as the life lived.


Debbie (Leu) Smith, Office Assistant

Deb is the full-time office assistant, answers phones, along with so many other tasks, and assists with visitations and funerals.  She previously worked at Collins Drug in Malvern for 31 years before the business closed in 2007. Deb is a Malvern alumni and has lived in the Malvern area all her life with her husband Terry.   


Larry Koger, Funeral Assistant

Larry works part-time helping at funerals and with other tasks.  Many in the area may know Larry, he recently retired from working for Orkin at the end of 2017.  He and his wife Brenda live in Malvern.


Sarah Plagman, Visitation and Funeral Assistant

Sarah works part-time at the Carson funeral home location helping with visitations and funerals.  With three locations, she is our go-to-gal to call for unlocking the building in Carson and accepting floral arrangements.  Sarah and her husband Larry live in Carson.

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