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.

Billy  Thomas

Billy Thomas, Funeral Director/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.


Ron  Thomas

Ron Thomas, Funeral Assistant

Ron Thomas is a retired teacher, track, basketball and football coach from the Centerville School District. He is married to Roxanne; they have two children: Billy (Erin) Thomas and Chrissy (Jared) Kirby, two grandsons: Owen and Hudson Kirby.

Ron offers his time to the funeral home to help his son and the families that walk through the doors of Thomas Funeral Home. Being raised in a large family, Ron understands the importance of the funeral process and the grief relief it allows if performed well by the funeral home and staff.

In his spare time, Ron enjoys working at his farm, attending car shows, auctions and following his grandsons activities as they grow through their pre-teen years. He and his wife Roxanne enjoy traveling to mountainous areas throughout the country.


Roxanne  Thomas

Roxanne Thomas, Funeral Assistant

Roxanne is employed by US Bank in Centerville. She is married to Ron Thomas; they have two children: Billy (Erin) Thomas and Chrissy (Jared) Kirby, two grandsons: Owen and Hudson Kirby.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, time spent with her family and traveling with her husband. She has the responsibility of making the cookies for every visitation held at Thomas Funeral Home. She also enjoys her Avon route and the many customers she is able to visit with on a weekly basis.


Virgil  Roemerman

Virgil Roemerman, Funeral Assistant

Virgil Roemerman is the former owner of Roemerman Feed and Grain in Centerville.

Virgil has been with the funeral since the doors opened in 2007. He spends countless hours offering his service to his community and church family. He and his wife Verna are members of Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville. He is also a member of the Centerville Lions Club.

In his spare time, Virgil enjoys golfing with his neighbors, going to the sale barn on Thursday mornings for breakfast and time spent with his family.


Stan  Maddy

Stan Maddy, Funeral Assistant


Phyllis  Tracy

Phyllis Tracy, Funeral Assistant



Wade  Duley

Wade Duley, Funeral Assistant