Funeral Directors

Nick Skurdal

Nick has worked for Overton and Parrott & Wood Funeral Homes since 2008. He was raised and attended schools in West Union, Iowa and attended Wartburg College, majoring in business administration. Nick received his mortuary science degree from DMACC, then interned with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes in Waverly. He currently lives at the Overton Funeral Home in Dysart, Iowa with his wife, Cara, and their chocolate lab, MacGyver. Nick loves to golf and attends Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart, where he sings in the choir. When time allows, he enjoys traveling and has been to Europe, Australia, Panama and Mexico.

Christine Erie

Christine started with Overton Funeral Homes and Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories in 2003. She was raised in Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In 2017, Christine pursued other ventures, but in 2020, returned to where she got her start and to the friends and neighbors she served for many years. Christine and her husband Greg are lifelong residents of Waterloo, and are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. They have one child, Henry, who attends Columbus High School. She is very active in the community and a huge supporter of her son’s sporting events.



Bob Fread

Our family services counselor, Bob Fread, has been on the Overton and Parrott & Wood Funeral Homes team since 2008. He lives in Hudson, Iowa with his wife, Sue, and they have two daughters, Sara and Hannah. He is licensed in Iowa as a pre-arranged funeral agent, and also serves as pastor of Ripley United Church of Christ of Traer, Iowa. Bob enjoys attending Waterloo Bucks baseball games and UNI football and basketball.

The staff at Overton Funeral Homes in Dysart and Traer, Iowa are focused on providing complete funeral planning assistance for survivors, and affordable, personalized pre-planning services to ensure that your service honors the deceased and his or her loved ones. Our team includes three funeral directors and several funeral assistants and is dedicated to serving our clients with compassion, individual service, and a commitment to your loved one. To learn more, keep reading, or to contact us, click here.


The Overton Funeral Homes locations are recognized landmarks in the Dysart and Traer communities and are known by our clients and the public as places where survivors can experience compassion and caring after the passing of their loved ones. Our facilities are fully equipped for gatherings of all sizes and provide a warm, relaxing environment to share memories, greet well-wishers, and celebrate the life of the deceased.