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Bradford C. Stephens


Bradford C. Stephens, age 68, of Bonner Springs, KS passed away on June 13, 2019 at Saint Luke’s Hospice House. He was born June 16, 1951. Brad spent the bulk of his career in the food and beverage industry and linked his work skills to wonderful adventures, living in Hawaii for a time, working as a chef on a sailing ship off the coast of California, and at Lake Tahoe where he once fried chicken for Taj Mahal because it wasn’t on the menu. He had wonderful stories and loved to tell them, such as the time he played poker with Micky Mantle when he was working at a hotel restaurant in Jefferson City, MO. In more recent years, Brad worked as an associate broker for Crown Realty.  He will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and humor. Most especially, he will be remembered for his bravery and spirit as he fought his way back from a devastating stroke in 2006. He continued to enjoy a full life when many would have simply given up. He leaves his wife, Mary Towse; his daughter, J.J. Stephens-Jones (Jeff); two grandchildren, Parker and Sidney Jones and two sisters, Ann Muench (Chuck) and Jackie Lardner (John).


A celebration of Brad’s life and his spirit will be held at the Lake of the Forest Clubhouse in Bonner Springs, KS on Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions

For those wanting to honor Brad’s memory with a donation, his favorite charity was the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


  1. Josh Powers on June 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I didn’t know Brad well but just a few weeks ago he stopped me on the west hill when I was on one of my walks with my son George on my back. He gave me a cigar and told me of it’s origins – hand-rolled and Cuban. Brad also instructed me on how to enjoy it . I needed to use a punch on it, not a cutter, and it needed to be enjoyed with a large glass of my favorite spirit. He talked for a few minutes about the 4th of July and how he likes to drive around giving out cigars. Luckily, I still have the cigar and plan to enjoy it in his memory.

    Reading the story above makes me wish I would have had the chance to get to know him much better! I had no idea he was a chef or that he even worked in the food and beverage industry. Apparently we had a lot in common. I look forward to hearing more stories about his life at the celebration. Cheers Brad.

  2. David DeTar Newbert on June 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    The image of the athletic Brad I always remembered was of the next door neighbor of 30 years ago who rushed to our aid when LeAnne’s beloved truck was on fire. There he was, dancing around with a garden hose, extinguishing the fire at some risk to himself. His great and noble heart will be sorely missed.

  3. Paul C Steinberg on June 21, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I’ve never met anyone like Brad. He was so very Brad. He was funny, engaging, generous in so very many ways. When Sunny finally found a life partner in Brad, my friendship for her was already long and deep. I wondered how it might change with this man in her life. He embraced me from the start, always honored and left plenty of room for Sunny and I to continue our friendship while becoming a dear friend of mine as well. In the last decade or so business of life seperated us some but, just like Sunny, when I did visit them Brad embraced me as if I had seen him the day before. I loved the man. I admired him as a husband, I enjoyed his joyful spirit, and I was humbled by his bravery and strength in dealing with his love for life regardless of circumstances. He was a gift to the many many people he touched. I’m not sure personally about an afterlife, but if there is one, those there are in for a real treat.

  4. Mary Anne White on June 19, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    When Brad rode his golf cart in front of my house, the aroma of his cigar would linger for a while. Memories of Brad will linger much longer. Blessings for him and Mary.

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