After becoming ill, Rob was told by his doctor that he must quit his job. With all their children living in Colorado as professionals in other careers, Rob and Vanita decided they needed to sell the family-owned and operated funeral home and began the search for the right people to take over the business.
After a long search, Rob and Vanita met Tyler and Brandi, who have been working at the funeral home for several weeks now. The Tutterows recently moved back to Clay County after living in Clark County for the past five years. However, both Tyer and Brandi grew up in Clay County. Tyler is the grandson of C.R. and Carolyn Boyd and JoAnn and the late Fred Price.
"Many people have wanted to purchase the funeral home in the past, but we wanted someone who will carry it on in the same ways we've conducted," Rob said. "People choose this funeral home for specific reasons, and we wanted those reasons and our values to be maintained."
Rob and Vanita, as well as Tyler and Brandi, all feel it is important to maintain the same level of professional skills, service and care. Rob said he and Vanita feel like they've adopted the Tutterows.
"It feels like we're leaving it to family," Rob said. "We wanted someone who would live in the community."
Tyler and Brandi, who have been in the funeral business since 2005, have decided to live in the funeral home.
"We wanted to come back and serve the community where we were raised," Tyler said.
As far as changes go, Tyler and Brandi will not be changing the name, location or services of Moore Funeral Home.
Rob wanted to make sure the community knows all funeral plans will be honored.
"(Tyler and Brandi) purchased responsibility to keep all pre-planned funerals as planned and honor those requests," Rob told The Brazil Times.
"We want to continue to serve the way the Moores have for the past 100 years," Tyler said. "They have stayed current with the times, so we don't need to make any changes."
The service delivered at Moore Funeral Home has earned a national reputation for funeral service innovation and excellence, receiving more awards than any other funeral home in the Wabash Valley. Rob and Tyler both agreed marinating traditional values while incorporating new technology when appropriate is important.
Rob said Moore Funeral Home has a reputation for value, offering additional services at no extra charge such as video recording of the funeral service, webcasting the funeral service and creating tribute DVDs, among other things.
"We want to keep that value and the traditional funeral service here in Clay County," Tyler, who has been married to Brandi for four years, said. "We want the community to have the same options they've always had with the same values."
Moore Funeral Home has served the community for more than 127 years, after being founded in 1885.
The Moore family roots are planted deep in the history of Clay County. Samuel Moore opened the first wood mill in Clay County. As the business expanded, he opened a furniture and cabinet store in downtown Brazil to see items created at the wood mill, including coffins.
In 1879, Wm. W. Moore Sr., a Scottish immigrant, settled in Knightsville and began operation of a flourmill. By 1880, he opened a hardware store on Brazil's Main Street, and in 1885, Wm. W. first offered "undertaking" services after purchasing his first embalming kit and supplies for $5 from a traveling salesman. The name of the firm was changed to Moore Furniture and Undertaking.
In the early 1900s, the business was split, leaving the furniture store in its original location and relocating the funeral business to a new "parlor" on Main Street, next to the U.S. Post Office. The name was then changed to Wm. W. Moore and Sons Funeral Home.
The firm continued to grow, and in 1946, when Robert T. "Bob" Moore returned from World War II, he and his father, Bill, moved the firm to its current location on N. Washington St.
In 1998, Bob's son Rob -- the fourth generation -- and Vanita returned to Brazil and began continuing the family tradition of funeral service. Following his father's death in 1998, Rob and Vanita began a significant expansion and renovation of the facility -- opening Clay County's largest funeral home facility in 2000.
Generation after generation of the Moore family has dedicated themselves to the independent funeral home, which will now be entrusted to the Tutterows as Rob and Vanita move to Colorado to be closer to their children.