John Kibler Funeral Director/Consultant
John was recently honored by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association as being a Fifty Year Licensee. He has served on many boards and committees, and organizations throughout Bloomington-Normal. John and his wife, Chris have a son, Steve and a daughter, Cindy Denton and three grandchildren. He and his wife are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. John continues to help families in their time of need at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
Dan Brady Funeral Director/Embalmer
Dan was born and raised in Bloomington, he is a graduate of St. Claire and Holy Trinity Elementary Schools and Central Catholic High School. Dan began his service in the funeral profession by working at the original Carmody Funeral Home in Bloomington while in junior high and continued his work through his high school years. Dan graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and continued his work in funeral service. He also received his Associate’s Degree in applied sciences, upon graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in mortuary sciences.
Dan returned to Bloomington to begin working as a funeral director/embalmer for John Kibler and Max Smith at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home. In 1987 Dan opened his own funeral home, Brady Funeral Home and operated his firm until his election as McLean County Coroner in 1992. Dan served two terms as coroner and then was elected Illinois State Representative in 2000 where he continues to serve as Assistant House Republican Leader.
Dan has sponsored and passed legislation that is pro business, higher education, public safety and especially legislation dealing with the funeral and burial industry and Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.
Dan co-chaired the funeral, burial and pre-need task force, charged with the duty to regulate the funeral and cemetery and cremation industry in Illinois.
In 2011, Dan returned to active practice in funeral service when he joined as a partner in our firm of Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home.
Dan is married to Teri and they have two children, daughter, Danielle and son, Tom. He has served on numerous boards and committees, and belongs to several service clubs and membership in fraternity associations. Dan and his family are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington.
Tim Ruestman Funeral Director/Embalmer
Tim has been serving families in the Woodford County area for over 18 years. Tim was raised in Minonk and graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School and received his mortuary science degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He is an Illinois licensed insurance producer and is past president of Illinois Funeral Director's District #8. Tim was appointed in 2004 by governor Rod Blagojevich to serve on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Disciplinary Board. Tim is also the Woodford County Coroner and has served in that position for over sixteen years. He resides in El Paso along with his three children Jake, Max and Maddie. Tim and his family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Paso. He is active in the Knights of Columbus, Masonic Lodge and volunteers for various other church, school and social activities. Email Tim directly at [email protected]
Todd Harris Funeral Director/Embalmer
Todd was raised in Roanoke and graduated from Roanoke-Benson High School. He then attended SIU in Carbondale where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. Todd is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and is also a licensed life insurance producer in the state of Illinois. He also serves as a deputy coroner for Woodford County. He and his wife Andrea live in Roanoke and have three children, Samantha, Noah, and Sydney. Todd and his family are members of the Apostolic Christian Church in Roanoke. Todd also volunteers for many community and school activities. He is a past president of the Roanoke Rotary Club and currently serves as a board member for the Roanoke-Benson School District. email Todd directly at [email protected]
Stephanie French Funeral Director/Embalmer
Stephanie grew up in Montrose, Iowa. Her passion for funeral service brought her to Illinois, where she graduated from the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science Program in 2014. She now resides in Bloomington with her husband, Paul. Stephanie joined Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in July 2015. She takes pride in guiding families through a difficult period in their lives. Stephanie enjoys going on walks with her dogs, Jade and Willow, and trying new recipes.
Kara Burgess Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kara was raised in Normal and is a graduate from Normal Community High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in mortuary science from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.
Kara has been a part of the Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home staff since 2013, first as a volunteer, where she discovered her passion for funeral directing. She is delighted to have the opportunity to learn and work under such an amazing group, as well as to be serving in a community that she knows and loves.
In her spare time, Kara enjoys doing crossword puzzles, expressing her creative side, and spending quality time with her three rescues, Rocco, Sookie, and Janie.
Henry Gay Funeral Assistant
Henry joined Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in 1992. He has been a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church since 1948. Henry has six children, two boys and four girls. He has been a member of the NAACP since 1956, serving as treasurer and at times, acting as president. Henry also received the first Roy Wilkins Award from the NAACP. Henry enjoys doing puzzles and thinks treating people right is very important.