On January 7, 2020, Richard William Bradt passed with his family at his side. He was 88.
Born to William F. and Ruth D. (nee Goldsmith) in Albany, New York he would later relocated to the Linthicum area in 1962 with a transfer of jobs with TWA. Richard served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war where his rating had him working on the flight line aligning the .50 calibre weapons systems on Sabre jets. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, earning the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Rich was a skilled athlete and played baseball for the semi-pro St. Louis Browns at 3rd base, the predecessor of the Orioles. He would go on to play softball for his church league and had several championship seasons. His love for the game was life long and he continued to follow Baltimore baseball and football throughout his life. Sprint car racing was another sport that he was a true fan of. A cherished memory was the day he would visit the Sprint Car Museum in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. He was a member of a number of civic organizations including the Glen Burnie Masonic Temple # 213, Job's Daughters where he was the Past Associate Bethel Guardian and the Arundel Eastern Star #80 where he was Worthy Patron three times.
Richard was a member of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church where he was the chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for many years. Always willing to serve, he made several mission trips into Appalachia to help restore and build houses for those in need. Painting houses was enjoyable to him and a labor of love for which he is fondly remembered.
He believed that God's purpose for him in life was to make people happy. In that spirit, Rich was very entertaining and outgoing. He loved to tell stories, sing and tell jokes to everyone he came in contact with a memory held by many.
Richard is reunited with his dear late wife Emily E. (George) who passed in 2014. Surviving him are beloved daughters, Lori Schuessler and spouse Will, Lisa Bentley and husband Scott and loving sons, Dale and wife Lori Sue and Gary and spouse Michelle. Mark Bradt, a cherished son and a devoted brother Edwin Bradt precede him in passing. His legacy continues in 12 grand and 12 great-grand children. He will be remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends alike.
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Linthicum Heights UMC Memorial Fund
200 School LN., Linthicum MD 21090