Life Story / Obituary
Brad Frederick Hiemstra was born on November 5th, 1960 and passed away on April 17th, 2017 surrounded by his family after a long illness. Our beloved husband, father, brother and friend was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy (Cross) Hiemstra and father Fred Hiemstra. He is survived by his loving wife, Colleen, son, Darren, brother, Scott Hiemstra, and sister, Jayma (Eric) Tetusch.
Brad graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1979 and lived most of his life in the Vicksburg area. He spent most of his career as a meat cutter. Many knew him as the Meat Department Manager at Vicksburg's Felpausch, with a friendly face and a big smile for everyone. Brad possessed a tremendous work ethic and took great pride in providing personal service to all of his customers.
Brad was a lover of nature and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in his backyard. He loved all outdoor activities, especially floating on the lake in his boat with a fishing pole in his hand. Soaking up the sun with his family on their beach vacations was one of his favorite pleasures. Brad had a particular obsession with organization and cleaning - nothing was more fun for him than the challenge of a dirty garage. Armed with his Shop Vac, he would soon have it in tip top shape. Brad was always happy to hear from family and friends, except on Sunday night at 9pm when The Walking Dead was on. No calls, please!
But most of all, Brad loved his family, including his dogs Maddie and Macy. His son Darren was his biggest source of pride, and he always enjoyed watching Darren participate in his many, many, many activities. Brad had hoped to survive to be the proudest father at Darren's graduation, but will be there in spirit to cheer for him.
Early in Brad and Colleen's relationship, they were confronted with Brad's cancer diagnosis and fought together to conquer it. They took their marriage vow of "through sickness and health" to heart and had 25 years of Love together. Through their many years together, they had many laughs, and some tears but always Love.
Brad has requested a private burial. Arrangements are pending for a celebration of Brad's life. Memorial contributions may be made to Vicksburg Bands or the American Lung Association. The family is being assisted by the Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697).