Kenneth Eugene “Brad” Bradfield, 89, of Toney, and a longtime resident of Hutchinson, Kansas, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Huntsville Hospital. He was born in 1924 in New Matamoras, Ohio, the son of Barney Clifford and Blanche Edna Teeman Bradfield.
The family moved to Kansas when Kenneth was 2 years old and lived in Chase and Raymond, Kansas. Mr. Bradfield was preceded in death by his wife,Twila Bradfield, and a close cousin, Bob Amos.
Survivors include a daughter, Gwenneth Threadgill and husband Gene, of Troy; a son, Kevin Bradfield and wife Jeanette of San Francisco; a stepson, Larry Weins of Hutchinson, Kansas; two step-daughters, Patty Weins of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Vicki Vincent of Hutchinson, Kansas; grandchildren, Megan Bradfield of San Francisco, Spencer Bradfield of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stacy Krumme of Columbia, Missouri, and Rachel Pritchett and Regan Bell, both of Troy; five step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bradfield was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson, where he was an elder and active member. He was most recently ministered to by Concord Baptist Church in Toney. After graduating from Chase High School, Mr. Bradfield entered the armed forces and was a proud veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army Air Corps in the European Theater, flying 33 missions out of England. After military duties, Mr. Bradfield graduated cum laude from Kansas State University in electrical engineering and was a professional engineer until his death. He retired from Kansas Power and Light after 38 years of service, serving most of that time as superintendent of engineering, and later, district manager in Hutchinson. He was a longtime member of the Hutchinson Noon Optimist Club, Basset Masonic Lodge 124, Reno County Shrine Club, Boy Scouts of America, and an elected school board member for USD 309-Nickerson/South Hutchinson. Through his memberships in these organizations, Mr. Bradfield took pride in serving as Soap Box Derby organizer, Christmas tree sales organizer, Crippled Children's ambassador, scoutmaster, state fair booth organizer, and 15 years as a Little League baseball coach.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 300 E. 30th, Hutchinson, Kansas. Family will be present from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery & Mausoleum, 5905 W. Fourth Ave., Hutchinson, Kansas, with pastor Jim Rhaesa officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice, in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home.
Leave online condolences at www.PenwellGabelHutchinson.com.