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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Brian Hillyer

Brian Hillyer

Funeral Director/Owner

Brian Hillyer is the owner of Schroder Mortuary and a licensed funeral director in Illinois and Iowa. He's been a funeral director since 1992 and joined the staff at Schroder Mortuary in Silvis in 1995.  In 2002, he took over ownership. Before becoming a funeral director, Brian served in the US Navy. Brian has two sons and one daughter Adam, Evan, and Abigail.

Brian is a member of the Silvis Optimist Club and East Moline/Silvis Rotary. 


Ayla Hillyer

Ayla Hillyer

Funeral Director

Ayla has been with the Schroder Mortuary family since December of 2006. She has been a licensed funeral director since 2001.


Larry O'Brien

Larry O'Brien

Funeral Assistant

Larry joined the Schroder Mortuary family in spring of 2006. Larry is an assistant on funerals and visitations. He is married to Pat and they attend Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline.

Larry served several years on the Silvis Fire Department where he also served as assistant fire chief.


Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien

Funeral Assistant/Secretery

Pat has been with Schroder Mortuary since 2010 after retiring from Black Hawk Bank. She is married to Larry and assists with funeral and visitations.   

Chris Hillbloom

Prearrangement Specialist

Chris joined Schroder Mortuary in 2016. She assists families with prearranging funerals and cremations. Chris also assists with funerals and visitations.


Bill Brown

Funeral Assistant

Before joining Schroder Mortuary in March of 2015, Bill retired from the Moline International Airport as a Lt. in the Public Safety Department. He is married to Jody and they are members of St. Pius Catholic Church in Rock Island.

Ollen Stephens

Funeral Assistant

Ollen has been with Schroder Mortuary since 2019. He assists with funerals and visitations. Ollen is a US Navy Veteran.  He and his wife Sue enjoy their grandchildren and spending time at their cabin in Missouri.


Dave Leibovitz

Dave Leibovitz

Funeral Assistant

Dave joined Schroder Mortuary after his retirement from the Silvis Fire Department, where he served as Chief for 22 years. He is married to Dinah and is a lifelong resident of Silvis.  


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Schroder Mortuary - Silvis
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701 1st Avenue
| Silvis, IL 61282
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Tel: 1-309-755-2212
Schroder Mortuary - Colona
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213 1st St.
| Colona, IL 61241
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Tel: 1-309-792-1633
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