Bradley “Brad” Bachmann, 56, of Frazee, MN passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Oct 3, 2021. Funeral for Brad will be on Thurs, Oct 7, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Audubon, MN at Noon. Visitation will be from 10-Noon.
Bradley Wayne Bachmann was born on September 10, 1965 in Perham, MN to Wayne and Elaine (Curtis) Bachmann. Brad was raised in the Frazee area where he was baptized at St. Paul Evergreen Lutheran Church and was confirmed on May 4, 1980 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He graduated from Frazee High School with the class of 1984. On August 18, 1992, Brad was united in marriage to Sarah, to this union six children were born.
Brad was someone who blossomed with age. His younger years consisted of limitless energy. If there was something to do outside, that’s where he’d be. As much as he loved baseball, running his paper route, and being a part of the Frazee Fire Department, his true gift was knowing and understanding wildlife. There was something remarkable about the way he instinctually knew how to navigate animal trails and follow their sign- in the woods, in the air and on the water. He didn’t have fancy equipment or use what other people told him to. He stuck with the originals or what he could piece together himself. Time and time again, people who witnessed Brad in this element were blown away with his wilderness insight and wisdom. His children will forever hold on to his fishing, trapping, and hunting stories he loved to inspire them with.
As the years went on, one thing that never changed about Brad was his kind soul- he’d be the one to rush outside to help a bird that hit the window. Then, comfort it in hopes it could fly away. He was also the type of man who set his mind to something and didn’t stop until the job was done. He worked tirelessly to provide for his wife and family and did it with a smile. A genuine smile he always meant and would offer freely to anyone who took the time to wave or say hi. His family loved that about him- along with so many other things; his zest for life, his enjoyment of simple things, his humble faith and quiet prayers, the way he always rooted for the underdog and saw the good in everything, the way he was fiercely protective of his wife and loved her dearly. Sarah was his pride and joy and the world to him. They did absolutely everything together. So much love was shared between the two of them and that love only continued to grow as the years went on. The site of Brad and Sarah cuddled up together in church while listening to the sermons will be sorely missed by their congregation family.
For those who really knew Brad, you could catch him humming to himself while he worked or smelling the wildflowers he enjoyed to plant and grow. If you had the pleasure to go on a walk with him through his fields of green, he’d point out the different bugs and plants that popped up along the way. As much as he loved the freedom of open air, he loved his family more. His big dream was to create a place for his wife and all of his family to watch and feed the ducks as they walked slowly along his mowed paths. His family will forever cherish the warmth he offered and hold on to his dreams- at home and within the meat market he shared with his wife while working side by side with his sons and daughters. Nothing made him prouder than to see his family stay together and follow in his footsteps.
With the unexpected tragedy of losing such a wonderful man, his family gains strength knowing how loved he is here and especially from above. All his hard work on earth is done and he toils no more- although he doesn’t get to see all the bounty of his labor, he is home in God’s promised land.
Deeply loved, Brad’s passing is mourned by his wife of 29 years Sarah; children Baxter (Taylor), Ellie (Erik) Moltzan, Hesston (Andrea), Tanner (Kendra), Victor (Katie), Annie (Jacob) Erickson; grandsons Bennett and Beau; parents Wayne and Elaine; siblings Yvonne (John) Gildersleeve, and Irv Bachmann; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.