Bradley James Borrell, age 69, of Prior Lake, formerly of Watertown, lost his brief but mighty battle with “Cancer of Unknown Primary” Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown, with visitation from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass. Brief military honors will follow the service. Casual attire, including Hawaiian shirts in Brad’s memory are encouraged.
Inurnment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, with full military honors, will take place Monday, July 2 at 10:15 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute (www.cancerresearch.org) or Experimental Aircraft Association (www.eaa.org).
Arrangements are with Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.
Bradley was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Minneapolis, and graduated high school in Watertown, where he continued many great friendships throughout his life.
He was a proud United States Marine and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Khe Sanh, Vietnam, where he lost his right leg to mortar fire.
Brad went on to work as a ready-mix truck driver for Model Stone (later Aggregate Industries) for over 20 years, and even after retiring, would continue to show up in the mornings to bring his former co-workers donuts and shoot the breeze.
Brad was also proud to be a private pilot, and loved flying many adventures out of Winsted. In a devastating accident in which an airplane wheel exploded while he was working on it, he experienced an extremely serious head injury, losing his right eye and requiring multiple surgeries to reconstruct his skull and face. Most mortals would not have survived, but Brad came through and fought to regain medical approval to fly again; he was probably one of the safest pilots in the sky.
He also enjoyed target shooting with his buddies, garage sale shopping, and good food.
Brad was a very generous, caring and faithful friend to many, and the best brother anyone could hope for.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and June Borrell; and his “brothers from other mothers,” Tom Burns and David Steffenson.
Brad is survived and deeply missed by his siblings, Robert Barry and Becky; nephew Nicolas; and great-nephew Wesley Borrell; along with many very close friends, including Jan Taylor.