Bradley Lee Fairchild, Age :58

Jan 15,1962---Aug 04,2020

Bradley Lee Fairchild, 58, passed away unexpectedly on August 4th, 2020. He was born on January 15th, 1962 in Chanute, Kan., the son of the late Bill and Theda Fairchild. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1980.


After high school, Brad attended Independence Community College where he played football, and then attended Washburn University. He worked as an Operations Manager for several manufacturing companies, including Permacel Automotive, Intier Automotive, Simmons Bedding Company, SPX Cooling Technologies, and MacFasteners. He was a certified quality engineer and a Six Sigma black belt.  


In 2018 Brad accomplished a life-long goal by earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St Mary. However, he had always wanted to teach, and after much soul-searching he changed careers and started substitute teaching. He was thrilled to get his first full-time teaching job at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kan. in August 2019, while also completing classes at Fort Hays State University towards his master’s degree in education in the Transition to Teaching program.


During his first year of teaching he decorated his classroom with many inspirational messages, as can be seen in the background of his picture which was taken on his first day of school last year. He experienced the joy of connecting with the kids in the classroom and learned how to keep those connections virtually after March 2020. He was looking forward to his second year teaching business classes at Turner. He also worked at Lowe’s part time and enjoyed talking with the customers there.


In 1985, Brad married Tracy Workman, and they had two children: Mitchell and Kaitlyn. In 2005, he married Patricia Kluding and they had three children: Kimberly, Kevin and Billy. Brad loved spending time with his family, doing small things together and living in the moment to enjoy each day.


Brad was the funniest guy in the room, whether or not the room realized it. He always had the perfect dead-pan joke delivery and was gracious with a return chuckle for others trying to match his comedy, even if, truth be told, they weren’t very funny. He was known to cry at any sport movie, especially if the underdog was winning. His favorite activities were fishing, golfing, watching baseball and eating ice cream and peach pie. He was an avid bike rider and was working towards biking longer distances each day.


He was a lifelong Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan, regardless of whether they were experiencing losing seasons or winning world championships. During the quarantine this spring and summer he was able to spend time with the people that he loved, doing the things that he loved. When asked what word would best describe him, he responded “tenacious.” He never gave up and held onto things that he loved very tightly.


Brad was very active at his church, Colonial Church of Prairie Village and became a Stephens Minister in 2017. He helped many people through conversation and support, and he enjoyed helping to serve meals with his family as part of the Artist Helping the Homeless outreach effort. As a final indication of his generosity, he was an organ donor.


Brad is survived by his wife Patricia, his children Mitchell (Lacee) and Kaitlyn in Florida, his children Kimberly, Kevin, and Billy at home, his sisters Wanda Parish (Scott), Cathy Vaccaro, Mary Hibbert (Bob), and Tammy Schatzel (John). He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joyce Alexander, and his brother-in-law Bob Vaccaro. Brad was kind to everyone, and he will be missed by many.


In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Colonial Church in Prairie Village Memorial Fund, to support its work with Artists Helping the Homeless


A drive-through visitation with the family will be held on Friday August 14th 2020, 5 pm – 7 pm, in the parking lot of Colonial Church (7039 Mission Road Prairie Village, Kan.) Please wear a mask and the family will be available for brief conversation through the car windows. A service will be held on Saturday August 15th at 10 am and will be shown livestreamed at the following link




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