David Bradford Anderson was born on March 11, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Vern Leslie and Ruth Ann (Holeton) Anderson. The family then moved to California and lived for 5 years before moving to Leavenworth, Kansas. This is where Brad attended Xavier Catholic Schools from preschool to high school, graduating with the class of 1962.
Attending Wichita State University, Brad was in Air Force ROTC and received his B.S.Ed. in 1967. Having played trumpet in high school, Brad played French horn in the WSU band.
Meeting Mary Jane Palmer in college, the couple were united in marriage on September 2, 1967 at the St Patrick Catholic Church in Harper, Kansas. To this union a daughter, Paige was born.
Enlisting in the United States Airforce on December 11, 1967, Brad proudly served his country for over 20 years before retiring on June 30, 1988. After his pilot training, he flew DC-3 cargo planes, KC-135 refueling tankers, and AC-47 Spookies over Vietnam and was stationed in Thailand. Later tours of duty included 4 1/2 years at RAF Mildenhall in England where he served as Intelligence Officer. Brad was also a member of SAC. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with silver service star, Airforce Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm device, as well as numerous others. Brad was honorably discharge with the rank of Major.
While overseas they enjoyed snow skiing in Germany and toured England and Europe. Brad's last duty station was McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita and the family made their home in Derby, Kansas. Buying a cabin at the Anthony Lake in 1992, the family enjoyed sailing and water skiing. Brad also enjoyed tinkering on his 1952 MG TD and was always looking forward to the next project. One of these projects was building a grandfather clock from the ground up. Brad and Mary Jane moved to Wichita in 1998 and Mary Jane passed away on January 6, 2018. Brad moved to Anthony a few years later.
After the military, Brad worked for several years for Flight Safety International in Wichita where he was the assistant manager and trained pilots for the Cessna Citation X program, retiring in 2014. He maintained a friendship with other retired Flight Safety and Air Force men by getting together on a regular basis for coffee. Family was very important to Brad, spending a lot of time with his daughter and grandchildren. He and all his siblings and their families were very close. They were always getting together for weddings and other occasions.
After a short battle with an aggressive GBM brain tumor, Brad passed away at the Anthony Community Care Center on December 27, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Ruth Anderson; wife, Mary Jane; son-in-law, Steven Nash; brother-in-law Charles Dostal; and nephew, Craig Dostal. Brad is survived by his companion, Pauletta Hinkle of Anthony; daughter, Paige Nash of Richardson, Texas; grandchildren: MatthewRyan Nash, Becca Gardiner (Koby), Missa Ellsworth (Tad), Natalie Nash (Dax Durant), and Keegan Nash; great-grandchildren: Carter Radisovich, Ellie and Aiden Nash; siblings: Pam Knight (Jim), Alan Anderson (Sue), Becky Wiseman (Lonnie), Kerry Riffel (Larry), Steven Anderson, and Tim Anderson (Deb); numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Recitation of the Rosary was 1:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Harper, of the St. Joan of Arc Parish Community with Father Bob Pinninti as celebrant. Burial followed at the Harper Cemetery. The family met with friends for an afterburner at the Idle Hour in Anthony.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anthony Community Care Center and can be sent in care of Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 613 W 14th St ~ Harper, Kansas 67058. Online condolences can be left at www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com