Brad has always called the Southwestern area home. Graduating from Southwestern High School in 1972, he attended Lewis & ClarkCommunity College, receiving an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement in 1974.
Transferring to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and graduating in 1975 with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.
Attending an additional year at SIU-C to complete a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mortuary Management. At that time SIU-C did not have a Bachelor’s program. Brad identified this and was able to write the criteria for a Bachelor program, which was accepted. Brad was therefore the first graduate of this program which is still sought by SIU-C attendees today.
After graduation, Brad worked at the Schroder Mortuary in Silvis, Illinois until returning home in 1979.
Along with his duties with the funeral home, Brad has been active in community activities.
He has served as an EMT-A on the Area Ambulance Service until retiring from this group in 1999.
Brad also served as a Firefighter with the Brighton-Betsey Ann Fire Protection District from 1979 until 2001. Serving as Chief of the department from 1996 until 2001.
Brad is proud to have served as the Chief Deputy Coroner of Macoupin County since 1980. He was appointed Macoupin County Coroner in August 2009 and then elected three times (2010, 2012 & 2016) as the Macoupin County Coroner. In July 2006 Brad obtained the forensic classification of Diplomat American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator (DABMDI). The training is provided by St Louis University. Once the classroom training is completed, several practical procedures must be achieved. Once these are completed a 4 hour written exam must be passed. As of 2006, there were less than 1,000 coroners in the world and less than 40 in Illinois that have obtained this level of expertise. In June 2007, Brad, through additional written and practical exams, obtained the level of Fellow American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator (FABMDI). This is the highest level available to Coroners in the world. Brad is only the 10th Coroner in Illinois to achieve this level of expertise. There are less than 500 in the world with this classification.
Brad has also been active with the federal government disaster response team. This DMORT, (Disaster Mortuary Response Team), team assists the Coroner/Medical Examiner with disasters within their venue. DMORT assists the local jurisdiction with identification of victims of an incident as requested. Brad serves as the Commander of DMORT Region V, and he has assisted in incidents such as plane crashes, cemetery floods, terrorist events and hurricane devastation. He also teaches the Mass Fatality class for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Brad retired from the NDMS/DMORT team on Dec 31, 2016.
Brad is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (https://www.apfsp.org/Index.php).
Brad is married to Ronda. They have 3 children: Mandy and her husband Cory Darr, Wade and his wife Sarah, and Jennifer and her husband Chris. They also have 3 grandchildren: Samantha, Gracie & Ellery.