History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

F .L. "Barney" Sharp began the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll in 1940 when he moved from Sioux City, Iowa, and purchased a Victorian styled home at the corner of 8th and Carroll Streets in Carroll. That home was demolished in 1959 and the current Sharp Funeral Home was built. Thomas Schapman of Carroll joined the firm in June 1965 and Donald Masching of Carroll joined the firm in June 1966. The Sharp Funeral Home at Breda was built in 1966. Kyle Atkinson, a native of Sheffield, Iowa, joined the Sharp Funeral Home in February 2008.  In 2010 Kyle purchased the funeral homes.  Sheppard Smith a native of Algona, Iowa joined the Sharp Funeral Homes in June of 2013.  Currently Kyle Atkinson and Sheppard Smith own and operate both the Carroll, and Breda locations.  The Sharp Funeral Homes proudly serve the families of Carroll, Breda, and the entire surrounding communities with dignity and respect for their loved ones.

When a death occurs away from home and you would like to have a service here, please contact our staff and we will make the necessary arrangements to bring your loved one back to our funeral home. 



Our Valued Staff

Kyle J.  Atkinson

Kyle J. Atkinson, Funeral Director / Owner

Kyle is a native of Sheffield, Iowa where he graduated with the Class of 2000 from SCMT High School. He attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and was a member of the Mens Golf Team. He received a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Science from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating with honors and received the James Lyerly Business Management Award. Kyle served his internship with Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapels in Mason City, Iowa and was licensed in January 2008. Kyle is a member of the Carroll Rotary Club, Carroll Young Professionals, and has served on the St. Anthony Golf Classic Committee for the past three years, serving as a co-chair in 2013. Kyle is married to Piper Kanne and they reside in the Carroll Community with their daughter, Lakelyn Lehmann Atkinson.


Sheppard Smith

Sheppard Smith, Funeral Director / Owner

Kyle Sheppard Smith is a native of Algona. He graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 2009. He earned an Associates of Science Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, in 2011. While at Iowa Lakes, Sheppard was a member of the Men’s Baseball team earning NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American Honors. Sheppard continued his education at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois, graduating with honors, in September, 2012. While at Worsham, he was the recipient of the Funeral Director Services Association Award for achieving the highest average in Funeral Directing and Business Law. Sheppard was also featured in the September 2012 issue of American Funeral Director magazine’s “One’s to Watch,” an article featuring five of the top mortuary science students in the country. He received his funeral directors license in September of 2013. Sheppard is a member of St. Bernard Parish in Breda, and the Knights of Columbus.


Donald F.  Masching

Donald F. Masching, Funeral Assistant

Donald Masching attended the University of Minnesota and Graduated in 1967 with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. Don served his internship with Sharp Funeral Home, receiving his Funeral Director license in 1968. Don and his wife Barb reside in Breda.


Ron  Hannasch

Ron Hannasch, Funeral Assistant


Jim Higgins

Jim Higgins, Funeral Assistant


Thomas  Schapman

Thomas Schapman, Funeral Director ~ Retired

Thomas Schapman attended the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1965 with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He served his internship at the Sharp Funeral Home and received his Funeral Director license in 1966. Tom and his wife Judy reside in Carroll.