Bradley (Brad) James Ewers, 61, died on Monday, Dec. 14, at his home in Laurel, Mont.
He was born on July 9, 1954, in Richland Center, Wis., to Charles and Marion (Carter) Ewers. During his early education years, his family moved to Janesville, Wis., where he remained through high school, while spending his summers on the family farm in Richland Center.
After high school he attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis where he meet the love of his life, his wife Patsy (Wells).
Brad joined the Minnesota National Guard shortly after his oldest son was born. He committed more than 30 years to the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2006.
There was not a job that Brad will not try at least once. During his working career he did fabrication work in Wisconsin before moving to Montana in 1989 to go to Special K Ranch as a house parent to a home with four mentally disabled adults.
He also spent a short stint working in the confined spaces of HVAC and for Stillwater Mining Company as a smelter operator before he retired to become a stay at home grandpa to three of his granddaughters.
From a young age, Brad’s parents instilled in him Christian values, and these values were evident throughout his entire life. Because of these values Brad and Patsy always were opening their home to children and teens in need, many of which are still in their lives now, blessing them with many “grandchildren” and “great-grandchildren.”
Brad spent many years serving in the churches that he attended, teaching Sunday school, filling in with a Sunday morning sermon, being a member of the church board and most recently becoming involved in the Wednesday Night Outreach Ministry for Children.
Brad is survived by his mother Marion Ewers, his brothers Terry (Joy) Ewers, Dennis Ewers and sister Marianne (Mike) Hagen, spouse Patsy Ewers, children Alvan (Rebecca) Ewers, Wilbur (Jennie) Ewers and six grandchildren.
Brad is preceded in death by his father Charles Ewers and daughter Holly Ewers.
A memorial service was held on Dec. 19 at Family Christian Center in Laurel, Mont. The family will inter Bradley at the Laurel National Veterans Cemetery this spring.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that a memorial be sent to the children’s ministry at Family Christian Center.
Family Christian Center
1002 3rd Ave
Laurel, MT 59044