Our Valued 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.

  • Brent Ouellette

    Brent Ouellette, Funeral Director / Co-Owner

    Brent grew up in Knoxville, Iowa and in high school had a desire to pursue funeral service. He began working at Ankeny Funeral Home while attending college. He received his A.S. degree from DMACC/Ankeny and then moved to Kansas City and worked at McGilley Midtown Chapel while attending Mortuary Science School. After graduating he served his internship at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa, Iowa and then returned to Ankeny where he has been privileged to provide funeral service to families for over 25 years.

    Brent is a member of the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, (IFDA) Iowa Funeral Directors Association and (ICCFA) International Cemetery and Cremation Association. He serves on the DMACC Mortuary Science Program Advisory Board, is an Iowa Donor Network advocate, and speaks at local churches, schools, colleges and societies regarding funeral service and pre-planning.

  • Billy Thomas

    Billy Thomas, Funeral Director / Co-Owner

    Billy Thomas is a native of Appanoose County. He is the son of Ron and Roxanne Thomas. He has one sister, Chrissy (Jared) Kirby. Billy married Erin Huisman on June 1, 2013; a native of Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

    Billy is a past president and current member of the Centerville Lions Club. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Centerville, the Masonic Jackson Lodge #42 in Centerville, former board member of the Rathbun Area YMCA and active in the support of local athletics from Grade School to High School kids.

    Billy graduated from Centerville High School in 1994, Buena Vista University in 1999 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in 2001. Before opening Thomas Funeral Home in 2007; Billy worked in the Chicago, Illinois, Des Moines and Centerville area. He is a licensed life insurance agent with the State of Iowa and pre-arrangement counselor. He feels his time in the Chicago and Des Moines area gave him knowledge beyond his years on various types of services and tragic situations.

    Billy believes that trusting Thomas Funeral Home with your loved one is the ultimate compliment you may give us in your lifetime. He also understands that trust comes with a heavy heart and lots of mixed feelings. This is why he offers a no pressure approach to tailoring a fitting memorial for your family.

    In his spare time, Billy enjoys golfing, exercising, socializing with friends and family and watching his nephews school activities.

  • John  Pierschbacher

    John Pierschbacher, Funeral Director / Co-Owner

  • Nola Ryan

    Nola Ryan, Pre-arrangement Specialist