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Staff members of Mason Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.
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Ross and Karen have lived in Metamora for over 30 years when he started working for Bob and Dick Mason. Ross is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in mortuary science and business. He and Karen have two children, Gretchen (Jonas) and Alex, both graduates of Metamora Township High School and their first grandchild arriving in March, 2023. Ross loves attending sporting events, especially rooting on the Redbirds, Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. The Gieslers love to travel and have enjoyed such destinations as Cabo San Lucas and Punta Cana.
Being raised in Murphysboro, Illinois I learned at an early age an appreciation for a smaller community and interest and care in its people. I attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduating in May of 1986 with an Associate of Applied Sciences in Mortuary Science & Funeral Service, moving to the Peoria area in May of 1986 serving the family of Central Illinois.
As a funeral director, I strive to provide the best possible service through remembrance and tribute to lives well lived. Being able to achieve a meaningful funeral experience for each family requires careful listening and attention to detail, as well as an understanding of each family's needs. I am honored to serve the families of Central Illinois through funeral service, death care education and other community activities.
Married to the former Jan Hansen, together we have four children; Abbie, Austin, Caleb and Katie. I have many enjoyments in life, which include reading, photography, and collecting antiques. I am an Illinois Certified Firefighter and served as a firefighter and lastly as an Assistant Chief for the Metamora Fire Department.
A 1990 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL, I was raised in the Metamora, Washington, IL area. I understand how important small town values are, comfort, compassion, and attention to detail are so vitally important to every family’s needs. At Mason Funeral Homes, I will always strive to provide the best possible care for your loved one during your time of need. Family is everything and I will always treat your family as I do my own.
Rodney married to the former Jill Wright, together they have one son Brennan, who attends Harding University in Searcy, AR. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family.
Brian Baize is our Family Services representative. Brian has over 20 years in the funeral industry, helping families pre-plan their funerals. There is never a charge to meet with Brian.
Mike has been in the funeral business for more than 35 years. Originally from Indiana, Mike graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1973 after attending Purdue University. Mike and his wife, Linda, live in Washington. Linda is a former vice president for Heartland Bank and Trust in the bank's support services area in Bloomington. You will also find Linda at times helping around the Washington funeral home when not at the bank. Mike and Linda have four children: Bill, Trisha, Kayla and Kyle. Mike and Linda attend St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where they serve as ushers. When they have the opportunity, The Malott's enjoy time at home with family, and entertaining. Vacations are cherished time away with each other, and favorite destinations are Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.