Brad Mark Brady, 58, of rural Dwight, went to meet our Lord on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2016, due to a heart attack.
The family will receive friends at St. Patrick’s Church, 100 W. Mazon Ave. in Dwight on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Rev. Chris G. Haake officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., Gardner, has charge of arrangements.
Brad was born on April 28, 1957, at Pontiac, son of Charles and Rogene (Carlson) Brady. Brad married Janet Kinkade of Fairbury, on Oct. 10, 1981. She survives.
He was the father of Benjamin (Brittany) Brady, Dwight; Kendel Brady, Bangkok, Thailand; Patrick (Amanda Tarascio) Brady, Wilmington; Christopher Brady, Dwight; and the very proud grandfather of Aria “Monkey” Brady.
Brad was oldest brother to Brenda (Michael) Shaughnessy, Pontiac; Brent Brady, Springfield; Brenene Brady, Dwight; Brenitta Brady (Bob Schneider), Montana and Bridgett, who died in infancy. He was the beloved uncle of Ryan Shaughnessy, Erin Miller, Kevin Shaughnessy, Jacob and Ethan Brady, Ahnamarie Herbst, Lisa Kennedy and Stephanie Asher, and brother-in-law to Bev and Bob Pierce.
Brad attended Dwight schools, graduating from Dwight Township High School in 1975. He farmed for several years, but flying was his passion. He was a private/commercial pilot and flight and instrument instructor, but he was best known and revered as an airplane mechanic and inspector. Brad was a member of the Cessna 170 Association; EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and Cross & Cockade.
Brad was a board member of Pontiac Mutual Insurance Company and Round Grove Township. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Campus/St. Patrick’s Dwight, teaching CCD for many years. His Catholic faith was very important to him, and he leaves behind the gift of life, as Brad was an organ and tissue donor.
Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Brad’s memory to his family, for the benefit of his granddaughter, Aria.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, share photographs or view Brad’s memorial page by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com.