Bradford D. Stetler

September 06, 1968 - September 20, 2019

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Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E. Tillman Rd., Fort Wayne

Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E. Tillman Rd., Fort Wayne


Wednesday, September 25, 11:00 AM
Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E. Tillman Rd., Fort Wayne


Bradford Darrell Stetler, 51, of New Haven, died Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:50 p.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born September 6, 1968 in Van Wert, Ohio to Dudley and Betty (Basil) Stetler. They preceded him in death.

Brad was a 1986 graduate of Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio.

He was a member of the Fellowship Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, playing in the praise band and working on the tech team; a member of TND Fireworks in Decatur, and a volunteer since 2004 with Trinity Communications. He was an Ohio State fan and enjoyed camping and cycling. He was also a bass player for numerous local bands including Teazer and Childzplay.

Surviving are a sister, Sandy (Dan) Sampson of Harbor Springs, Michigan; a brother, John (Deb) Stetler of Cloverdale, Ohio; five nieces and nephews, Salix Sampson, Benjamin Sampson, Andrew Fischbach, Abby (Michael) Coppel, and Carly Stetler; and a great-niece, Amelia Coppel.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 East Tillman Road, Fort Wayne with Pastor Gordon Miller and Pastor Dave DeSelm officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday all at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson/Ashley Chapel, 612 North Main Street, Hudson is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Nancy Ferrara Horta
September 28th, 2019 9:27pm
Naugatuck CT

I met Brad online in 2002 - 2003. We became great friends online and stayed in touch over the years.... we were there for one another through all the changes that life brings. I played guitar, he played bass, and I had gone to school for Sound Engineering in Chilicothe Ohio... That's what started our great friendship.... This past April we finally got together. My husband, myself and our dog traveled from CT for the weekend. I feel blessed to have come for the visit - and in true fashion, Brad was concerned about doing something special for ME. I was going there to do a few special things for him.... (joke was on me)... Such a beautiful soul - and one that brought me to Jesus many miles away. In these last four years Brad's strength and Faith in the Lord was awe inspiring to me. I will miss him greatly. I imagine him leading with his bass in his heavenly band..... I look forward to seeing him once again.... Sending much love and prayer for all family and friends. xo

Dan Bodette
September 23rd, 2019 9:36pm

Brad was a great employee, punctual and always did what was asked of him, without complaint. I'll miss the "Hola" greeting every time we saw each other. The Angel Band just got a new bass player! Play on my friend, play on...

Joy Tiernon
September 23rd, 2019 6:25pm
Fort Wayne

It was an honor serving with Brad for years at concerts. His dedication and spirit were an inspiration. He will be missed! Imagine the heavenly concert he is now experiencing!

Ross McCampbell
September 23rd, 2019 2:10pm

Talk about someone who knew how to finish well. Brad volunteered for us the past couple of years at WBCL. He was a true servant and an inspiration, always ready to give it his all with a great spirit, even through his rougher days. We were Buckeye brothers and that's how we first got acquainted many years ago. At concerts where he'd volunteer for Trinity Communications and I'd be there for the station, we'd keep each other informed of Ohio State football and/or basketball scores depending upon the season. He was a true Buckeye fan but I'm happy to say that he was an even bigger fan and servant of our Risen Savior. For Brad---Go Bucks!

Sydnee Bricker Juneac
September 23rd, 2019 4:50am
Huntsville, Al.

John and Sandy- you and your families are in my prayers at this time. So many memories and good times! Love, hugs and prayers from the girl down the road!

Deborah Waltenburg
September 23rd, 2019 12:13am

You found your way home, my dear friend. I'll hold your memories in my heart for the rest of my days. Thank you for always and forever just being you. You are a beautiful soul <3

Bill Wilcox
September 22nd, 2019 7:13pm

Sorry very sorry to hear and read about Brad. I fondly remember both him and his folks helping out with our Lincolnview Band and the fun times we all had back then. Just want you to know how very sorry I am and that I will be praying for all of you as I extend my deepest sympathies.

Jim and Sharla Bryant
September 22nd, 2019 4:51pm
Fort Wayne

Brad was a private and quiet person but his courage, strength, and servant-heart was evident. He truly lived his life with an eternal purpose. He sought encouragement, endurance, and courage from God's Word and prayer. Watching and knowing how Brad served others and served his Church-- in the midst of his cancer pain and deteriorating body-- was an example to us to live our lives with eternal purpose and put Jesus Christ front and center even in the midst of suffering! The cancer diagnosis gave Brad a desire to honor Jesus Christ. Brad did this well and without complaining or seeking attention. To Sandy and John and the rest of Brad's family, we are sorry for your loss. We will continue to carry the torch for Brad and pray for you all. We miss you, Brad!

Vicki McClellan
September 22nd, 2019 4:42pm
Van Wert

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I had been praying for Brad. I am Pat Stetler's niece. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Ann Willey
September 22nd, 2019 3:50pm
Fort Wayne

Brad, in these past 4+ years of battling cancer, drew his strength from the Lord and the promises of His Word. Brad's faith has been made sight! We, at Trinity Communications, will miss you greatly. Thank you for impacting us so deeply. John, Sandy, and your families, we will continue to pray for you. That was Brad's request of us. Well done, Mr Brad. Well done. Enjoy Jesus! Enjoy your Heavenly band!