Brad was born October 9, 1958, in Enid, Oklahoma to Richard and Dorothy (Hawkinson) Worthington. He was raised by his maternal grandparents Constance and Oliver Hawkinson. Brad graduated from Valley Heights High School in 1977. He started working for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1992, retiring in 2015. He married Jenni Craft on December 16, 1988 at Marysville.
Brad and Jenni were camp hosts at the Milford Lake campgrounds for seven years until his health interfered. Brad’s love for fireworks is well known in Waterville. Brad, Terry, Jim and Mark and their families began the annual tradition of fireworks on July 3rd, in Waterville. Beginning in their backyard with consumer fireworks and growing the attendance to the hundreds, the group expanded to the ballfields across the street and to shooting display fireworks.
He was known as Pawka to his grandchildren. Every day Pawka went out to his yard. He worked very hard on it and was very proud of his lawn. The grass was always cut just right, the flowers were big and bright when they bloomed. Pawka never had twigs or leaves laying in his yard. There are many things his grandchildren loved about him, his kindness, his humor, his trust, his truthfulness. Most of all he loved us for who we are. So now every day we will keep him in our hearts and we will never be apart.
Survivors include his wife Jenni, a daughter Laney (Edwin) Pinto of Miami, Florida, a son Blake Worthington of Minneapolis, Minnesota, two granddaughters and his mother-in-law Lorna Craft of Blue Rapids.
Preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents Constance and Oliver Hawkinson and father-in-law Harold Craft.
Memorial services are at 10:00 am, Monday, December 10, 2018, at Terry Christie Funeral Home in Waterville, with Pastor Rick Nye officiating. Honorary Bearers are Edwin Pinto, Mark Critchfield, Leo Cudney and Andy Can’as. Inurnment is at Riverside Cemetery in Waterville.
Memorials are suggested to Meadowlark Hospice and may be sent in care of Terry-Christie Funeral Home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.