Bradley Gayle Boltz, age 77, of Cokato, died Thursday, June 1, 2017, at his apartment in Cokato.
He was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Cokato, the son of Orville and Laverne (Anderson) Boltz. Bradley was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
Bradley married Kathy Ledwein April 28, 1962.
He married Lisa Blackstone June 11, 1982.
Bradley grew up and lived in the Cokato area all his life. He attended the Cokato school, where he played football and participated on the track team.
He went on to work as a mason, bricklayer, and a concrete finisher. He loved his work, and continued to do it for most of his life.
Bradley bought and moved out to his farm off Highway 12 in 1965. The farm was a place of enjoyment, with the many animals, including deer; the tranquility of the trees, and mowing the lawn, for the remainder of his life. He was known to host Bible studies and fellowship there, sharing his love for the Lord.
Most considered Bradley a “jack of all trades.” He liked to try almost everything at least once, and wasn’t afraid to tell you if he was good at it.
He loved racing of all sorts. His favorites included snowmobile racing, drag racing, and truck pulling. Bradley also enjoyed trapshooting, and included his family in this experience and hobby.
He had many hobbies, including hunting and fishing, raising deer, raising birds, mowing lawn, monkeying around in his skid steer, and eating a very big meal.
Bradley was famous around town for his strong, hand-breaking handshake, appetite, and sharing his big smile.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Laverne Boltz; his sisters, Pamela, and Janice; and a granddaughter, Kaylia Boltz.
Bradley is survived by Kathy Smith, Lisa Boltz; and their children, Lisa Becker, Bradley Jr. Boltz (Janine), Brett Boltz (Melinda), Brian Boltz (Tammy), Adam Boltz (Shanna), Joshua Boltz (Alicia), Caleb Boltz (LeRae Self), Joseph Boltz (Lanae), and Rachael (Conor) Cote; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral service took place Thursday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
There was visitation Wednesday, June 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated. Cards can be sent to PO Box 534, Howard Lake, MN 55349.
Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.