Bradley Earl Gwathney

June 30, 1963December 31, 2018

Bradley Earl Gwathney

Age 55, born June 30, 1963 in Vandenberg AFB, California, passed away unexpectedly at home in Miamisburg, Ohio on December 31, 2018, due to natural causes.

Brad enjoyed music, playing the drums, bicycling, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, and frisbee golf. Most of all Brad loved to help others. His fellow residents at the Miamisburg Manor Apartments reveled in his unyielding ability to help them with a warm and glowing smile on his face.

Brad graduated from Kiser High School in 1981. Brad was a caretaker in his earlier years following graduation and then transitioned into his innately creative and artful skilled trade working as a mason for Hestor Masonry.

Brad was preceded in death by his father, Earl W. Gwathney in 1978; his beloved mother, G. Yvonne Gwathney in 1997; and his paternal grandmother, Berniece Wilcox in 2000. Brad is survived by his daughter, Molly Gwathney of Vandalia, OH; daughter Kymberley Gwathney of Kettering, OH; son, Connor Gwathney of Miamisburg, OH; sister, Letty Kovich of Lancaster, SC; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Teresa Gwathney of Germantown, OH; grand daughter, Nia Gwathney of Vandalia, OH; aunt, Jacky Kellogg of Columbus, OH; uncle, Bill Wilcox of Grand Prairie, TX; niece, Lindsey Kovich of Charlotte, NC; niece, Alison Kovich of Pittsburg, PA; nephew,Timothy Kovich of Portland, OR; nephew, Andrew Kovich of New York City, NY; niece, Anna Grant of Germantown, OH; niece, Lisa Valentine of Germantown, OH; two step nephews, Wesley Lawson of Dayton, OH and Andrew Lawson of Columbus, OH; numerous cousins; and his beloved best friends Carl Fann and Tish Campbell of Dayton, OH. Private services for the family will be held at Tobias Funeral Home, Kettering, OH. The planned celebration of Brad's joyful and caring life to be shared with his family and friends is tentatively scheduled on his birthday weekend this year (the weekend of June 30).

Please refer to Brad's memorial facebook page for future details regarding his celebration of life for his family and friends:

Brad taught us to first seek to understand and honor each soul in their walks of life, regardless of their mental or physical impairments. Those who feel so inclined to make donations in lieu of flowers, please consider making a heartfelt donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, in Brad's honor in order to further the awareness of mental illness. NAMI donation in honor of Bradley's life, contribution to the growth of awareness of mental health illnesses.

Notification details for your donation: Note you can choose "other" to make donations that fit your heart and wallet In honor/memory of: Bradley E. Gwathney Send notification to: Letty Kovich Notification email:


  • Molly Gwathney, Daughter
  • Kymberley Gwathney, Daughter
  • Connor Gwathney, Son

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Molly Gwathney

January 13, 2019

On 1/20/1984, I was given the pleasure of calling this man my Daddy.. From speeding down Radio Road in the pickup truck, most specifically the night he took me to see Terminator and we broke down in the rain near Duriron, to the Sunday concerts from Grandma’s basement, to the way he kissed and hugged me goodbye every other Sunday.. My Daddy taught me early on what love was, as there is no denying that I was his... That is something that can never be taken from me, just like his love.. Sleep easy, Daddy... Love Always, Baby M ❤️

Mandi Black

January 9, 2019

Uncle Brad had a deep voice. I can hear it now as he’d talk to Molly and I.
I remember him holding me on his hip when I was a youngster, like he was Hulk.
Most importantly I love thinking about Me and Molly getting to go over to Grandma Yvonne’s and hangout with her and Brad. Always a fun time and he was never serious and let us play.
Rest Peacefully Uncle Brad. I’ll miss your comments on FB. Love you. Mandi