Brent R. Staley
September 07, 1968 ‒ February 03, 2016
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.