Get Acquainted With the
Warren and Amy Jo Roland Family
Co-owner Warren B. Roland, son of Roland Funeral Home's original owner Burdette L.
Roland, graduated from the University
with an associate degree in Mortuary Science in 1966.
Warren and hometown beautician,
Amy Jo Paul, a graduate of Americana Beauty College in Des Moines, IA,
were wed at The Little Brown Church in
and Amy have been blessed with six children. As lobbyists, the Roland
family took an active part in pioneering the revival of home education in
Iowa. In co-operation with Iowa laws and monitoring by the Atlantic public
school system, they homeschooled their family from the time the eldest was eleven
years old. Their dream come true was obtaining the legal rights to school
their family according to each one's individual interests and having
the advantage of taking part in public school classes and
activities as desired. While they had what they determined to
be "the best of both worlds,” the Rolands maintained their friendship
and support of the Atlantic Public Schools.
Since their children have graduated, gone on to
college and various careers and are enjoying growing families of their
own, Amy Jo has taken an active part assisting with the funeral
home administrative work and management. Her heart for grief support, helping
clients with memory keepsake items, and holding remembrance programs has added
new dimensions to the family funeral service.
Other family members sharing in the funeral
service calling are their daughter, Heidi (Roland) Hinman, who works
part-time in the office, preplanning and funeral assistance, as well as
runs a private music studio; and son-in-law, Ian Barrs, funeral assistant
and media specialist for Rolands'.