Brent E. Wood
Owner; Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer & Insurance Producer
Brent grew up on a farm near Mt. Vernon, Illinois and is a graduate of Mt. Vernon Township High School. He attended Rend Lake Community College and received his degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, in 1983. He received his Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmer’s License, while working at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne. Before purchasing the Roby Funeral Chapel, in 1990, he worked at Elias-Smith Funeral Homes in Alton, Bethalto and Godfrey.
Since moving to Rushville, Brent has become very active in the community. He is a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he served as deacon and elder. He is also on the church property committee and twice served as Chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee, when the new fellowship hall was built. He has served two terms as President of the Rushville Rotary Club, is a member of the Schuyler 708 Mental Health Board, a Life Member of Rushville Masonic Lodge #9 A.F. & A.M., Rushville Commandery No 56 Knights Templar and Royal Arch Masons Lusk Chapter # 20, Rushville Community Chest Board. He has also served on the Smile’s Day Committee, as Treasurer of the Phoenix Opera House, Past President of both the Rushville Lions Club and the Schuyler Division of the American Heart Association. For many years, he was a statistician for the Rushville Rocket Football Team and operated the clock at Schuyler Middle School Basketball games. Professional organization memberships include the Funeral Ethics Association, Tri-State Funeral Directors Association and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, where he served on the Emergency Response and Election Committees. He was a former member of the Sarah Culbertson Hospital Board and the Rushville Moose Lodge # 506.
In 2005, he purchased Hunter Funeral Homes, from longtime friends, Tom and Brenda Hunter.
Brent is married to the former Gayle “Liz” Lashmet. They are the parents of two sons Blake and Grant. He enjoys playing golf in the Wednesday Night Men’s golf league, raising cattle and spending time with family and attending his son’s sporting events.