Brent R. Staley

September 07, 1968 ‒ February 03, 2016

Bradenton, Florida
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

A dedicated firefighter, paramedic, mentor, coach and friend, Brent Richard Staley was given a new body as he was welcomed into heaven, greeted by his loving parents, Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2016, at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida, following complications from diabetes, that led to kidney failure.

On September 7, 1968, Brent was born in Morrow County Hospital, becoming the first of five children of the late Donald and Patricia (Geyer) Staley.  He was raised in Mount Gilead, and graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1987.

Furthering his education, Brent attended Hocking College, earning his fire science and medic degrees and certifications in 1990, so he could pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter and paramedic.  His many friends from college fondly knew him best as “fudge”.

Soon after returning from college, Brent chased after his soon to be wife, Teresa McKinney, and they were married on Oct. 5, 1991.  Together they shared almost 25 years of marriage, and showered their three children with love: Alissa, Kristin and Alex.

In 1986, Brent started serving his community at the Mount Gilead Fire Department and Morrow County Emergency Services, as a firefighter and paramedic, quickly learning the ropes from the great role models in each station.  He served as a firefighter for 26 years, and a paramedic for 24 years, transferring to the Delaware County EMS to serve as one of their captains in 2004. Over the years, Brent mentored countless paramedics and firefighters, by quickly connecting with them and teaching in unique ways they could easily understand and learn.  Brent loved the men and women he worked with, forging a lifelong bond that will never be broken or forgotten.  To them and hundreds he helped save, Brent was a hero!

Loving his children with all of his heart, Brent wanted to do all he could to help them chase their dreams.  For Kristin, he helped found the Mount Gilead Girls Club Softball team.  Along her softball journey, he was by her side every step of the way, helping her pursue every opportunity possible.  He spent countless hours traveling the country/world as she thrived in softball, and was honored to be chosen to serve as the tournament director for her 14u Softball at Queen of Diamonds tournament.  He really loved watching softball, and would watch for hours even if his daughter wasn’t playing.  More recently, to say Brent was Alex’s biggest fan in football would be a huge understatement.  Brent was so proud of Alex, and loved to brag about his gigantic stature.  Even more so, he loved watching his pancake blocks and gaping holes he was creating on the football field, as he was becoming a young man.  Being there for his children was never a sacrifice for Brent, it was his greatest joy.  Second to becoming a grandfather that is, to Alissa’s beautiful daughter, Ellie, who quickly became the apple of her grandfather’s eyes.

On every service call Brent answered and burning house he entered, he did so in faith.  Faith that everything was in God’s hands.  In times when the outcome wasn’t as they hoped, he knew it was God’s will.  After moving to Bradenton, Florida in 2012  Brent became a faithful member of the Bayside Community Church.

One of a kind, Brent will forever be remembered for his dry, yet ornery, sense of humor, and for his calm, easy going personality.

Brent will be missed by his wife, Teresa Staley; three children: Alissa (Mike) Carey, Kristin Staley and Alex Staley; one granddaughter, Ellie Carey; four siblings: Craig (Karie) Staley, Pamela Staley, Adam (Kelly) Staley, and Amanda (Bill) Forquer; his grandmother, Charlotte Geyer; several aunts, uncles; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his biological mother, Phyllis Makoski, whom he eventually met and got to know over the past several months.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8th, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. High St., Mount Gilead, with Pastor Mark Tuggle officiating.  Following his services at the church, he will be honored with a firefighter’s funeral procession to Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brent’s family to help with unexpected medical expenses, and they can be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Brent’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Hard to believe he’s gone! Teresa and family! Our hearts are saddened to hear of your loss! He was such a sweet guy! It is so hard to understand why these things happen, but God has a plan and some day we will know. God Bless and keep you!

  • Teresa and family:

    We are so saddened to hear of Brent’s passing. He was such a large part of Morrow County EMS and Mt. Gilead Fire. He helped everyone no matter the situation. He will be missed by many.

    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    The Fox Family
    Steven, Penni, Travis and Lexi

  • So very sorry for your loss. Brent was a great influence in both our lives. Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.

  • Our deepest condolences. May the Lord God comfort you all in this time of deep sorrow. Heaven just got an amazing addition to the squad up there. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I lost my Dad 2 years ago in January, just hold on to those wonderful memories.

  • There are no words to express my deepest sympathy. His obituary is just beautiful! He was such an amazing man. I hope you can find comfort and peace. Prayers continuing for the family❤

  • Teresa, Alissa, Kristen and Alex : Words cannot fully express our thoughts and the love we have for Brent. But some things are certain: in the fire and EMS community Brent was a giant among his peers. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, mentor to others, a fine Christian man and a beloved friend. Yes he is now “headed to the Bronx” and when the time comes, he will tap out the big alarm for us to respond. We know you are on your way–red lights and sirens. Love you Bro. We love you Teresa and kids. Love, The Chief, Gail and Sosie

  • That he is no longer suffering and your family has come to realize (I hope) how special and loved he was and you all are is the only bright spot in an otherwise very gloomy past few weeks. I cant imagine the agony and emptiness to lose a husband, father and grandpa at this stage of your lives. Hearts broke everywhere upon his passing.

    I pray for you all that the heartache and loneliness diminishes a bit with each sunrise and sunset, that you always feel him nearby and know that God loves and cares for you.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Suzie & Marty Bevill
    McKenzie Everhart

  • DEAR TERESA, OUR THOUGHTS&PRAYERS ARE WITH U AND THE KIDS,BRENT AND GOD WILL WATCH OVER U AND MAKE SURE YOUR DOING OK, BRENT FOUGHT A HARD FIGHT ,HIS BODY JUST WOULDN’T TAKE THE DIALYSIS,SOME PPL CAN”T , GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN ,YOUR WORK ON EARTH IS DONE,U TOOK CARE OF MANY PPL and seen them leave ALSO. U had to make a choice many spouses dont BUT U DONE THE RIGHT THING , I WAS ONCE IN YOUR SHOES WITH MY MOM , i felt it was better to let her go then lay on that vent lifeless and never bein able to be functional again TERES LUV YA WE’VE BEEN FRIENDS ALONG TIME AND I’M HERE FOR YA. LOVE ALWAYS TRACE MARTIN RANK,AND GRAMMA PEGGY HARTLEY

  • My thoughts are with you and your family at this time Teresa. Brent was a great mentor and wonderful leader when I had the experience to run squad so many years ago. Take comfort in the knowledge that he touched a great deal of people in his compassion for taking care of so many. He was truely an inspiration to many. God bless!

  • Teresa & Family, Adam & Family,

    So sorry to hear about Brent. I’m thinking about y’all, and sending big hugs from afar.

    Ryan Snyder

  • I am saddened to know that we have lost a great man and asset. I had the privilege of working with Bret when I first started out in EMS back in 1996. I always enjoyed joining up on mutual aid calls with him. Although it is grievous to know we will not see his smiling face, it is with joy I celebrate his life in Christ and know we will one day meet again. May the Holy Spirit bring his family peace and comfort as they mourn the great loss of a hero.

  • It is with deepest sympathy from my family to yours Teresa. God has yet chosen another great man he will be deeply and sadly missed. Thoughts and prayers

  • Prayers for your family! Not only was he a special man but the family is special too! Teresa hang onto the memories. Don’t be sad that he is gone be happy that he happened!

  • My Dear friend Teresa, Mike & Alissa w/sweet Baby Ellie, Kristin & Alex:

    There’s no words that can even be spoke right now to make sense of the crazy last few wks you’ve all been thru! I know the out come was not what any of you wanted, nor expected. I sympathize w/you profusely having lost my dad, too.

    My heart hurts for all of you as you still have to go forward; moving on thru life without your biggest supporter ..but he’ll only not be there in the flesh. His spirit & love will live inside you forever; as long as your own hearts beat.

    As friend of all of yours of on Facebook (except for Alex ..and who can blame a cool & talented athletic 14yo young man for not wanting to be friends w/an old lady who went to school w/his mom;) ..the love & pride your husband, your dad, your pawpaw & your father-in-law had for each & every single one of you was out there for ALL of us to see ..bold & well written ..day after day!! He should have been a sportswriter in his spare time because he had such a gift of writing about what he loved most: his family, his sports & his Lord & Savior. He made it seem as if we were there watching the football games that Alex played; describing those pancake hits so graphically & often w/humor (hey ..the kid literally ran AWAY .. BACKWARDS ..so Alex couldn’t hit him again!) he loved you as you were, Alex, so talented & he ALWAYS wanted what was best for you! And he felt that was football & that it could serve you well & get you to the college level someday; IF you worked long & hard at it; getting bigger & better every day ..every game ..every yr! and he was EXTREMELY proud of your hard work ethic that you exhibited by going after practice, before practice or anytime you could & working out even more ..all to be the best you could be at it!!

    and he described so prolifically how proud he was of Kristin; of how hard she worked in making her come back after being sidelined by injury & then illness. He was so impressed by the good choices that you’ve made first as a freshman off away at college; then by being a “young adult” living in your own home w/wonderful friends he knew wouldn’t turn you wrong. He knew that no one was turning your head away from what you wanted & that you would get it!

    And then Alissa & Mike gave him the best gift ever ..you made him a “pawpaw”. The loving & beautiful words he used to describe that little spunky firecracker Ellie; w/those beautiful blue eyes!! He thought the moon rose & set by that little girl! And the more Alissa & Mike had to chase after her ..the more delighted he was lol 🙂 I know I read several times of how proud he was of the parents you were being to Ellie. He knew you were raising her to be a good person, who would have manners & be nice to others, who would be raised to have a good work ethic that he & Teresa passed on to all of you; including Mike who he looked as another son & loved like one. He was so glad to have you in his family & the kind of husband you’ve been to Alissa! He knew what it took for you to go to work everyday Alissa. Then come home & be a wife & mother & all that it entails. He was so proud that you work hard to help take care of your young family.

    Then you have Teresa ..he spoke so often of you in his loving & well written words ..of how lucky he was to have you as his wife! He was so grateful that you would go to work; day after day; even when you didn’t feel good ..to support your family. And then come home & make him one of your fabulous dinners that he raved about in such detailed words that I often ended up hungry & wanting what you just made! He was so incredibly proud of what kind of mother you have been ..and will continue to be..to your children!! nd of course he thought you were an amazing grandmother to Ellie!! And he felt very blessed to have you as a life mate for these last 25yrs!! And last but definitely not least ..(that’s for sure!!) was the love he had for his Jesus; his Lord & Savior!! Brent made no bones about the love he felt for his Lord!! He told & wrote many a times how grateful he was that he was saved & knew that no matter what happened to him in life; he knew where he’d be & that Jesus had him covered!! At least once a day (and probably more!) he spoke of the Lord & what he had done for him; being humbled that the Lord died for his sins. And I’m sure he witnessed even more in person! I know this was long but I wanted you ALL to know that he made it clear to all of us who knew him; that he adores everyone of you & thought the world of you!!

    I pray the Lord holds all of you close in his loving arms ..with Brent right beside him ..as He gives you strength, love & comfort in these coming weeks!! Amen!!

  • Dear Teresa and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Brent was such a great guy. He will be missed by so many. Sending prayers of peace for each of you. <3

  • Condolences from our family Teresa, Adam and Craig and families. God be with you during this challenging time. Anything I can do please let me know!

    Ed and Cindy Kline

  • Teresa you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I was a former class mate of Brent at Hocking College. May god comfort you and your family!

  • Fudge…. Yes that was his name we gave him… cant remember why though. Good man, very determined and proud. Lost touch with him after we left Hocking college. Spoke with him once, a while back when he was at Delaware County EMS. Still the same as I remember from College. Alot of good memories from back in the day Brent. The Lord has gained a good medic. See you when I get there brother. rest easy.

  • Teresa and family I was so shocked to hear of Brent’s passing. I still remember running squad with him when I first became an EMT in the 1990s. I remember those late nights Teresa when we would hang out together. My heart grieves for you and your family. I cannot imagine the tremendous loss you are feeling now. You will remain in my thoughts. I wished I still lived in Ohio so I could attend.

  • To Teresa, Alissa, Mike, Kristin, Alex, and the entire Staley family.

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with you all during your time of sorrow. May the Lord be with each and everyone of you. Brent was a wonderful person who will not be forgotten.

  • I am so sorry, I can’t imagine what you are going through. You guys will get through this, and he will be greatly missed by everyone. I never got to know him, but I’m sure he was great.

  • It saddens me to hear the news of Brent’s passing. He and I worked together at motorsports events beginning at Mansfield Speedway in 2004. He and I often ran into each other at EMS conferences. I was always amazed that he seemed to always have a smile on his face and was so dedicated to his craft. We have lost a great person, and Heaven has become a better place.

  • You all know what Brent meant to me. I am very saddend for the loss of Your Husband, Father and Grandpa. The world will never fill voids left by the loss of such a Man, but Heaven rejoices with his arrival. Thoughts and prayers to you All.

    Brent Maverick
    5-5-7-5

  • To the family of Brent. I am so sorry for all of you at this time. Brent was a very good person and so very kind when we lost Russell so unexpectedly. I will never forget him. God bless all of you as you journey through grief Joan jagger

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all…I knew Brent as a kid growing up. Our family farms were beside each other, and we all went to the same church. My best memories though, will be of Brent demonstrating safety drills from the back of his truck to the MH kids at the school! Very kind and patient, we enjoyed his visits so much!

  • I met Brent through SEOEMS when he was at Hocking College. He was a good man, hard working, dedicated. Sending prayers, love, and gentle hugs to his family. May he rest in peace. I was blessed to have known him.

  • We are sorry for the loss your family is suffering. May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Chris, Julie Kubbs & family.

  • It was so sad to hear.of Brent’s passing. I was so privileged to meet and work witrh Brent at Mansfield Speedway and never hesitated to step up and fill in for anything that needed to be done regarding fire/ems duties at the track on race day. Brent you will be missed with in this profession and by so many friends you made along the way. Pam & myself say rest in piece brother… I’m sure you will check in on us all from time to time ….. God Bless Brent

    Gene & Pamela Pence

  • My heart aches for u all. So sry for your loss. Such a sweet guy that has helped so many in his career. R I P Brent!!

  • Teresa and family So sorry to hear about your loss.
    Brent was one of the best Medics I had the pleasure to work with and learn from during ACLS classes. I knew if Brent couldn’t bring them back then God was calling them. My thoughts are with you during this trying time. Cherish all the memories. Our loved ones will always be in our hearts but never forgotten.

  • Teresa, I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. John always enjoyed talking to Brent, especially their conversations about the Fire Dept and the EMS Service.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you dear friend. This has been such a week of sadness for our community, but that means simply that our loved ones were very much loved by others. Praying for you during this difficult time. All our love, Mike, Candee, ethan and Cassady

  • It’s been many years since I’ve seen Brent but he was an unforgettable soul. You could feel and see his dedication to helping others in his every step and every look. I’m sorry he’s been taken from you so soon. I didn’t get a chance to know either of you as well as I’d have liked but when I met you Theresa, I was glad he had you by his side. You were as delightful and funny as he was devoted and purposeful. I don’t know if you remember me from squad 3 but I’ve never forgotten either of you and I feel deeply sorry for your loss. May great angels and loved ones comfort you and keep you steady in the lonely times ahead, until God’s own peace heals your every sadness. God bless and keep you all!

  • So sorry to hear. Was reminiscing our vacations together just the other day. Condolences to the entire family. Dan,Colleen, Deserae, Andrew and Emily Clark.

  • Teresa and family So sorry for your loss. He touched so many lives. Prayers for all of you during this tough time.

  • Teresa and kids,
    I am so sorry and shocked to hear this terrible news. I have always considered Brent a friend and a special person. I worked with him at Byrd Ambulance in Mansfield way back in the 1980’s.
    He will truly be missed until we meet again. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  • Teresa and family;
    My son was in a car wreck in which Brent was on the EMS call. My son had his 9 wk old puppy with him in the vehicle that was severely injured in the crash. My son believed that his puppy had passed due to the impact he suffered in the crash. When my son was taken to the ER via squad he left the crash scene believing that he had lost his beloved puppy. Come to find out, Brent had scooped up the puppy and delivered him to Dr Mooney. The girls at Dr Mooney’s office said that when Brent dropped “Diesel” (our puppy) off and said that he didn’t have a name of who the puppy belonged to or any info. We found out at the ER that Brent had taken Diesel to Dr Mooneys for medical attention. Diesel lived, & I am a confirmed believer that the ONLY reason Diesel lived was because of the care & compassion and quick response that Brent gave to getting Dieael to Dr Mooneys office so that Dr Mooney could provide her awesome care to Diesel ❤️ We lost a real gem when we lost Brent. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers ❤️

  • Teresa we are so sorry to hear of Brent passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Teresa, I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked to hear the news and regret not staying in touch with you better. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family during this difficult time.

    April

  • Dear Teresa and Family … Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy on the death of Brent. He was a man of quality and will be deeply missed by all of us whose lives he touched. I have many fond memories of time with him in both personal and his professional EMT modes. Our families have been connected for a long time. You are in my prayers.

  • Brent was one helluva good man! He had a way of telling stories that left you on the edge of your seat and ending in laughter. He always had that dead-pan way of telling them. I know him and my brother Kevin had some awesome times at Hocking and beyond. He will be greatly missed. Heaven is surely brighter with him. God be with you all in this difficult time and may you feel His comfort. R.I.P. Brent.

  • So sorry to hear of Brent’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to entire Staley family. May god give you comfort in this time of sorrow.

    -Melissa Geyer-Gadd

  • Sending prayers and hugs to you in this difficult time. Brent was a special man, and will be missed.

  • We are sorry to hear of Brent’s passing and for your loss. Brent will always be remembered as a dedicated and caring man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Teresa and families: My most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to everyone at this time. Brent was a amazing person and will be missed deeply. May God wrap his arms around all of you for comfort and peace at this most difficult time. Sending prayers for strength and comfort. Amy

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Brent. We will always remember his passion for life, family, helping others, and softball. Our last memory was a chance meeting at Holmes Beach and how proud he was of his family and their accomplishments.
    You are all in our prayers for peace and comfort.
    John and Bonnie

  • We were shocked and saddened at the news. Brent taught me many things when I was a new medic. He was great at his job. You are all in our prayers.

  • We were so shocked to hear this news. Our prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. I’m sure “Big” Don and Pat welcomed Brent with open arms. I know how proud they were with all of his accomplishments in life especially with such a beautiful and loving family. It just takes time…. Love, Jean & John

  • I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Teresa and family,
    We’re SOO sorry for your loss- Brent was such a great guy- we pray the Lord will hold you in his arms.

  • My condolences to Brent’s family and friends for their loss. I worked with Brent at the Cedar Point Fire Department, saw him often here in Mansfield, and I kept track of his accomplishments with the Morrow County emergency services. He was an honest and good person. May he rest in peace.

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss. May God give you and your families peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  • Teresa and family, So sorry for your loss, Brent has been taken to soon but he lived !! He really lived his life to the fullest. Great memories working with you both. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs Becky (Sq. 3/ dispatcher)

  • We will keep you, Teresa, and your family in our prayers as you mourn the loss of a good husband and father. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • The church family at Bayside Community Curvh in Bradenton, Florida is grateful for the time Brent spent with us. We know that as a believer Brent now is with the Father and is no longer in pain. His faith in God and love for his family is the legacy he leaves us to remember him. We as a church family are in prayer for all the family during this difficult season.

    Stan Conyer
    Bayside Community Church

  • We are so sorry to lose Brent. He was a blessing to many in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, his family, at this very sad time.
    Merrill & Jane Brucker

  • Craig and all the family, I am so sorry to learn about Brent. I didn’t know him, but after reading about him and all the beautiful words written by his friends, I sure wish I had. He’s being well cared for by his mom and dad. Love to you all. Lib

  • So sorry Teresa.I don’t know if you remember me, but we worked at Woodside together. So sad Brent had to go so young. I pray God will give you the strength and comfort you need at this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts, and prayers.

  • SO Sorry to hear of Brent passing, My heart is aching for all of you Heaven gainned a other angel this week. Him & Tom are enjoying thier time together along with his parents.although our heart hurts we know he is not suffering .We have all the great memories he share with us,Sorry I can’t make it to calling hours o r furneal I am having blood pressure issues am not allowed to drive .Hope i can see you beofre you leave if you want to stop by and chat. LOVE YOU ALWAYS !! HUGS & PRAYERS OHIO LOVES YOU HOPE YOU MOVE BACK UP HERE !! 🙂 🙂 Debbie Lloyd, JOE & SHIRLEY & CHRIS Lloyd, and Joe Jr

  • Teresa and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Chris & Tina Irons

  • Teresa and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Brent! He was such a great guy and always was there for this community. Thank you all for sharing him with us. Many prayers!!!! God bless you all. Jim and Sherry

  • Teresa -I am at a loss for words and am shocked to hear of Brent’s passing. The entire Staley Family is in my thoughts. Brent responded when my father passed away. He was the one who called me and told me. He made sure my mom was ok and that I got to say a private good bye to my dad before they took him. I didn’t know what to do next and Brent called the funeral home for me. I will never forget all the times you guys were in the restaurant. Brent was a good man who loved his family. God Bless You!