OBITUARY

Dr. Richard Hitz Brady

November 13, 1931August 9, 2018
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Dr. Richard Hitz Brady, 86, pastor and musician, went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018, in Springfield, Illinois. For nearly sixty years, he was the husband of Janice (Brough) Brady with whom he had five children. The family now includes fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Brady was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the oldest of three children of Harold Weeks Brady and Fanetta Hitz Brady. After graduating from high school, Richard left the family home and attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. There he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano in 1955, his Master’s degree in Christian Education in 1957, and his Doctorate in Pastoral Theology in 2007. After Richard completed his Master’s degree, he served as Assistant Pastor and Minister of Music from 1957 to 1960 at First Baptist Church of Freeport, Illinois. He was ordained into the ministry in 1960.

Richard married Janice L. Brough on September 5, 1958. After their marriage, they settled in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he taught Bible and was head of the Piano Department at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for seven years. God then led him to Springfield, Illinois, where Richard started Grace Baptist Church in 1967. He faithfully pastored the church for forty-five years and retired in 2012. In 1973, Richard and Janice started Grace Baptist Academy of which Richard was the Administrator for thirty-nine years. He also served as a board member of Baptist College of Ministry. For over five decades his excellent teaching blessed many.

Dr. Brady is survived by his wife, Janice; one brother, Dr. Stephen W. (Phyllis) Brady and one sister, Sandra K. Brady; his five children, Stephen M. Brady (and his wife Jane and their children Daniel, Elizabeth (Julian) Balatbat, and David), Lisa C. Baggett (and her husband Kerry and their children Michael, Markus, Lauren, Erin, and Zachary), David R. Brady (and his wife Sonja and their children Micah and Julia), Dianne M. Brady-Peters (and her daughter Isabella), Jonathan P. Brady (and his wife Judi and their children Abigail, Brianna, Danielle, and Jackson); and two great-grandchildren (Reagan and Brady Balatbat).

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church, 2812 S. Walnut, Springfield, Illinois. Dr. John R. Van Gelderen will be speaking. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 17, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Richard H. Brady to Grace Baptist Church. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Janice Brady, Wife
  • Dr. Stephen W. (Phyllis) Brady, Brother
  • Sandra K. Brady, Sister
  • Dr. Brady is also survived by his children: Stephen M. Brady (and his wife Jane and their children Daniel, Elizabeth (Julian) Balatbat, and David), Lisa C. Baggett (and her husband Kerry and their children Michael, Markus, Lauren, Erin, and Zachary), David R. Brady (and his wife Sonja and their children Micah and Julia), Dianne M. Brady-Peters (and her daughter Isabella), Jonathan P. Brady (and his wife Judi and their children Abigail, Brianna, Danielle, and Jackson); and two great-grandchildren (Reagan and Brady Balatbat).
  • DONATIONS

  • Grace Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Funeral Saturday, August 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Dr. Richard Hitz Brady

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Herb & Kay Lomelino

August 17, 2018

Sending our sympathy to you and your family. Pastor Brady was a great example of a Godly man. He was a great teacher and preacher.

Love in Christ
Herb and Kay Lomelino

Joey Watt

August 15, 2018

Your dad had the respect of many of us pastors in Illinois. I appreciated his thoughtful ways. My wife and I met him and Mrs. Brady on a Christian cruise to Alaska maybe 11 years ago. God bless your family.

Karen Commean

August 15, 2018

Dave, I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. Jerry and I will be praying for you and your family.

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Biography

Dr. Richard Hitz Brady, 86, pastor and musician, went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018, in Springfield, Illinois. For nearly sixty years, he was the husband of Janice (Brough) Brady with whom he had five children. The family now includes fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Brady was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the oldest of three children of Harold Weeks Brady and Fanetta Hitz Brady. After graduating from high school, Richard left the family home and attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. There he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano in 1955, his Master’s degree in Christian Education in 1957, and his Doctorate in Pastoral Theology in 2007. After Richard completed his Master’s degree, he served as Assistant Pastor and Minister of Music from 1957 to 1960 at First Baptist Church of Freeport, Illinois. He was ordained into the ministry in 1960.

Richard married Janice L. Brough on September 5, 1958. After their marriage, they settled in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he taught Bible and was head of the Piano Department at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for seven years. God then led him to Springfield, Illinois, where Richard started Grace Baptist Church in 1967. He faithfully pastored the church for forty-five years and retired in 2012. In 1973, Richard and Janice started Grace Baptist Academy of which Richard was the Administrator for thirty-nine years. He also served as a board member of Baptist College of Ministry. For over five decades his excellent teaching blessed many.

Dr. Brady is survived by his wife, Janice; one brother, Dr. Stephen W. (Phyllis) Brady and one sister, Sandra K. Brady; his five children, Stephen M. Brady (and his wife Jane and their children Daniel, Elizabeth (Julian) Balatbat, and David), Lisa C. Baggett (and her husband Kerry and their children Michael, Markus, Lauren, Erin, and Zachary), David R. Brady (and his wife Sonja and their children Micah and Julia), Dianne M. Brady-Peters (and her daughter Isabella), Jonathan P. Brady (and his wife Judi and their children Abigail, Brianna, Danielle, and Jackson); and two great-grandchildren (Reagan and Brady Balatbat).
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church, 2812 S. Walnut, Springfield, Illinois. Dr. John R. Van Gelderen will be speaking. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 17, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Richard H. Brady to Grace Baptist Church. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.