With great sadness, we announce the passing of Brady Bohlender, a remarkable soul who left us too soon at the age of 24. Brady was born to Rick and Melody Bohlender in Westminster, Colorado, on June 15, 1999. At the age of three Brady, and his family left Colorado and moved to Gordon Nebraska, where he would reside for the next 16 years. Brady then attended the University of Northern Colorado.
Growing up on a farm/ranch, he developed a love for nature and animals. Brady thrived around the activities and athletics of a small rural Nebraska community. His love of hunting, fishing, spending time with his dogs, horses, roping, or being around cattle, and his connection with the outdoors was profound.
A formidable player, Brady’s presence behind home plate, skill, and love for baseball inspired those around him. He was a team player and led his baseball team to many victories. Not only a teammate, Brady was also a friend to everyone and always stood up for what his beliefs were. He had strong convictions for inclusion, diversity, fair play, and peace.
Brady was known for his infectious laughter, quick wit, and his role as the family joker. As the baby brother of four children, he brought joy to his family and light into the lives of those who were fortunate to share their days with him. He was a loving son, handsome in heart and appearance. He was a musician and expressed his thoughts, fears, experiences, and feelings through his playlists, the songs he wrote and played on his guitars and saxophone, and recorded in the studio.
Brady’s faith was a source of strength for him and an inspiration to all who knew him. His unwavering belief in the power of love and kindness was a testament to the remarkable person he was. The tilled fields, an archery tree stand, a rod and reel, the back of a horse, the Rocky Mountains, and his family and friendships were his sanctuary.
Brady embraced life with contagious enthusiasm and his orneriness. His vibrant spirit and zest for life touched the hearts of all who knew him, and his memory will forever be remembered. Even though he was eager to heal and dedicated to sobriety, he lost the battle. God in all his mercy, plucked Brady from this world and gave him peace.
Brady is survived by a large circle of friends and family, his parents, Rick and Melody, older sister, Adriane, and two older brothers, Travis(Deana) and Shane (Nathalie). He is also survived by four loving nephews, Trace, Brooks, Wyatt, and Jackson, and all who will forever hold him dear in their hearts.
Memorial services will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado at Bohlender Funeral Home on December 19, 2023, at 2:00 pm. There will also be a service on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 3:00pm, in Gordon, Nebraska at the First Presbyterian Church located at 136 North Oak Street.
A memorial fund has been established in Brady’s honor through the Abundance Foundation of Fort Collins, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving individuals in recovery from addiction. Please make any donations in care of Bohlender Funeral home.