On May 1st we received the tragic news that Brad and a student pilot were killed in a training exercise while performing a touch and go in their T-38C at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. Both had tried to eject but did not have full deployment of their parachutes. We have not heard yet what might have caused the crash. There has been an enourmous amount of love and support from family, friends, and the people at Sheppard AFB.
There was a memorial service at the base on May 5th. A viewing was held on May 9th in Roy, UT, with the funeral services held the next day. It was great to reflect back on Brad's life and all that he had accomplished in his 35 years. It was evident that family was his biggest priority.
I've included some images from the funeral here.
Brad will be deeply missed, but we know that he is still anxiously engaged in the work on the other side.
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May 21, 2008
In Loving Memory, Maj. Brad Funk
Posted by Parkside View at 9:04 AM