Bradley Kent Gunelson, 80 was called home on September 14, 2021, peacefully surrounded by family and special friends at KU Medical Center in Kansas City Kansas. Brad was born on September 1, 1941 in Enterprise Kansas to Earl B. and Grace D (Stuck) Gunelson. Brad married Sue Hatfield on April 12, 1962 and to this union they had three children, Lisa Davis (Dan), Jeff Gunelson (Jennifer), and Craig Gunelson (Brenda). They later divorced and Brad married L. Cay Helbert and after her death married Shirley Roach, whom were later divorced.
Including his children, Brad is survived by his grandchildren, Tyler Gunelson (Ashley), Trevor Gunelson (Tara), Haley Gunelson, Henslie Gunelson, Seth Gunelson and Noah Jackman; great grandchildren, Hadlee Gunelson, Layton Gunelson and many close friends and grand friends.
Brad enjoyed watching and grandstand coaching all of the kids and grandkids playing ball. In the early years, Brad and Sue were instrumental in the Salina Babe Ruth Baseball program, organizing, coaching and traveling with the state championship team. Brad inspired a whole generation of ball players from sons, grandsons, granddaughters, many coaches and players. You would always hear someone say "Hey Coach" when he was out and about.
Brad was very proud of his consistent blood donation of over 40 gallons in his lifetime. He was also greatly involved in the hot rod culture in the KC area and loved every car show he could get to and always shared a great story from each one. He had worked for Tony’s Pizza fron 1976 until 1992.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 16th at the Ryan Mortuary, Salina, the Rev. Loren Houltberg officiating.
Memorials may be given to Salina Youth Baseball in Bradley name.
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Salina Youth Baseball Fund