Brad Burhite, 45, of Cedar Rapids, was called home to meet the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Steve Garner. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. A rosary service will begin at 4 p.m. and a vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment: 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Billie; children, Mitchell (Kim) and Jacob Burhite; grandchildren, Lane, Juliana and Natasha Burhite; parents, Mike Sr. (Linda Toyne) and Jane (Victor) Curtis; siblings, Anette (Jeff) Roberson, Kim (Tim) Byard, Tammy (Jeff) Davis, Mike (Michelle) Burhite Jr. and Dan (Sherri) Burhite; nieces and nephews, Andrew and Jacque Roberson, Chris (Misti), Korey and Cameron (Amy) Byard, Alex and Tara Davis, Johnathan, Christopher (Brittani), Chelsea (Alex) Villers, Zachary (Sam) Burhite and Ryan (Julie), Breanna, Emily, Lacey, Kayleigh, Austin, Brookelynn and Aidan Burhite; great-nieces and -nephews, Arya, Ames and Harley Byard, Kenze Byard, Jaden Burhite, Ronan, Sutton and Teyton Villers and Noah Burhite; mother-in-law, Dixie Collins; sister-in-law, Linda (Brent) Miller; brothers-in-law, Steve (Sara) and Clint Hughes; nieces- and nephews-in-law, Ashtyn, Brittany and Nathan Miller and Kolton, Conner and Kaitlyn; many close and cherished friends, including Bill (Nancy) Skripsky, Chris (Ed) Tibesar and Katie Howell; and beloved Shiba Inus, Megan and Ted.
Bradley John Burhite was born Sept. 23, 1973, in Cedar Rapids, to Michael Sr. and Jane (Chappelle). He attended Jefferson High School and later became a truck driver, most recently working as a delivery sales driver for Anderson Erickson Dairy. He met Billie Hughes by chance in an elevator at Mount Mercy University, walked her to her car, and asked for a date. She obliged, and they were married Sept. 8, 2000, in Cedar Rapids. Brad "Donut" and Billie "Muffin" renewed their vows on May 26 of this year at St. Matthew Catholic Church, where they had become members several years earlier. Brad enjoyed golfing, racing, bowling and gambling. He belonged to the PGA, Hawkeye Downs Hornets, and local golf and car clubs. He like to drive his boys around in his restored 1955 Buick Century and travel, especially to the ocean and Grand Canyon. Brad treasured the time spent with his beloved family, telling stories and messing with everyone around the family fire pit. He had a unique sense of humor, was the kindest person, and will be sincerely missed by his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, including Richard Burhite and Delores Briner; stepmother, Ellen; uncles, Skip and Gus; and dogs, Rocky and Abbey.
Memorials may be directed to Brad's family.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the doctors and nurses for the care given to Brad at UnityPoint-St. Luke's Hospital.
Please share your support, memories and photos with Brad's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.