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Bradley T. "Skippy" Thelen – Obituary

Name: Bradley T. "Skippy" Thelen

Age: 39

Born: 07-26-1973

Died: 02-07-2013

Westwood Community Church, St. Cloud

Westwood Community Church, St. Cloud

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud for Bradley T. “Skippy” Thelen, age 39 of St. Joseph who passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at his home. Pastor Steve Schoepf will officiate. Inurnment will take place at the St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, Waite Park.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Arrangements were made by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Brad was born on July 26, 1973 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Thomas and Judy (Neuberg) Thelen. He grew up in Waite Park, graduated from St. Cloud Apollo High School in 1991. Brad was a member since age of 14 and later became the Chief of the Waite Park Rescue Squad. He was hired as a police officer for the City of Waite Park in 1993, he became a K-9 officer in 2003, and in 2009 he received the Medal of Valor. He married his high school sweetheart; Jennifer Brinkman on August 3, 1996. Brad was a member of the Westwood Community Church.
Brad is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughters, Ashley and Makayla at home; parents, Tom and Judy of St. Joseph; sister, Kris Savioe of Jacksonville, Florida; and cousins, Chuck and Dave Thelen.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Guestbook for Bradley T. "Skippy" Thelen

Diane (Theisen) Gorder
, Old neighbors from Waite Park
February 13, 2013, 4:08 pm
Dearest Judy and Tom, Kris and Loren and family, It is truly a sad day for you all. We are so sorry for your loss and feel your pain with Bradís death. With his passing, Judy and Tom losing your only son, Kris losing her only brother, Loren losing a brother in law and your kids losing an Uncle, it is truly heart wrenching for you all. But know that the pain will subside someday. Rest easy knowing that He is in Godís hands and is no longer in pain or suffering from the cancer. Look forward to the day you will all be together again. May your memories and faith guide you through this difficult time and may you draw strength from each other to endure the pain you all suffer. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Brad. May your spirit watch over your family and bring them comfort knowing that you are in no longer in pain and are sitting with your Lord and Savior. A memory I recall seeing many years ago. Is looking out our picture window and seeing a little brown haired boy running across the street with his thick hair blowing in the breeze and a smile on his face and his sister Kris following close behind. Coming to our house to see my Mom and my Dad (Ed and Marie) and seeing that beautiful smile he had. Grinning from ear to ear. Thanking my Mom for the cookies with a mischievous grin on his face and crumbs on the corner of his mouth. It just seamed like yesterday. I had babysat him and Kris a couple of times too. Kris, I am so deeply sorry that you have lost your only brother. I cry as you do. My heart aches for you. To Judy and Tom: May this hug I am sending to you now, wrap you up and comfort you for the loss of your son, Brad. God Speed Brad. We will miss you.
Kevin and Diane (Theisen) Gorder
, Old Neighbors from Waite Park (Diane)
February 13, 2013, 3:41 pm
Dear Jennifer, Ashley and Makayla. All our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming months. This will be a time of mourning Brad's death and remembering all the memories you have shared together. Losing a husband and father is difficult and heartbreaking and we can not totally feel your pain But we share the loss of a wonderful young man. Know that he is not surffering anymore and is smiling down from heaven as He is God's house now. Know that he is cared for by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and that you will one day be reunited. Brad's life was cut short, but the time he was here he made a difference in many lives. He will be remembered and will always have a place in our hearts. RIP Brad. Peace and love to your family.
R. Lewis
February 13, 2013, 11:40 am
Dear family of Bradley, I am very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the promise of the resurrection and the end of sickness and death forever. God makes this wonderful promise to us at Revelation 21:4 where it states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." I hope these words bring you some consolation.
Judy K Drennen
, Brad's wife Jennifer is my cousin
February 11, 2013, 12:54 pm
Send prayers & Hugs to the whole family. Love Judy & Family
Kristin (Keller) Crnkovic
, I graduated with Brad & Jen.
February 11, 2013, 10:42 am
Jen, Ashley & Makayla - We would like to send you our deepest, heartfelt sympathies. I met Brad when we were in pre-school. Living in Waite Park had some privileges...we all played together since there wasn't much else to do! Brad was always there to make me smile with one of his funny jokes. I will never forget him and will always keep all of you in my prayers! It was an honor for me to watch him grow into the amazing man that he had become. I am thankful that we were able to reunite & visit briefly at our class reunion in 2011. Our thoughts & prayers are with you now & will continue as you go through this difficult time...Love & prayers...Kristin & Jenna Crnkovic
Debbie (Brinkman) Ermirio
, My Cousin's Husband
February 9, 2013, 1:38 pm
My heart breaks for you and the girl's Jennifer.I pray to God he embraces you and the girls with his love and guidance through this difficult time. Sending my deepest heart felt sympathies to Brad's family. May God wrap his loving arm's around all of you in your time of grief. Brad's memories will live on through his family and friend's. Love Always Deb
Amy, Todd, Kelsi, and Mason Linn
, Todd graduated with Brad and Jen. Amy graduated with Kris.
February 8, 2013, 9:48 pm
We would like to send loving thoughts and prayers to Brad, and his entire family. Heaven recieved an increditiable, brave, amazing man, who now is watching over us all. Brad will be missed by so many, and will never be forgotten. Jennifer, Ashley and Makayla.. the night of Brad's benefit.. you 3 dancing is a moment our family will never ever forget! Judy and Tom you have lost someone to be so very proud of, and he is your son!! Kris my heart breaks for you at the loss of your only brother who you always looked up too. Our thoughts and prayers will continue each and everyday for healing and comfort during this difficult time. With love and Hugs.. Todd, Amy, Kelsi, and Mason Linn

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