Bradley Stanton Baker, 68, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Sunday, March 5, 2023, at KU Medical Center. A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Langsford Funeral Home, 15 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 130 N.W. Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, 701 S. Noland Rd., Independence, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brad’s honor to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.
Brad was born on April 20, 1954, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Harold and Betty (Blankenship) Baker. He graduated from North Kansas City High School. Brad worked full-time as a dispatcher and police officer for the Sugar Creek Police Department while working toward his BS in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Brad married Marion Fries on March 11, 1978. That same year, Brad graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy as part of the 47th Recruit Class. They welcomed their daughter Alisa, in 1983.
During his 33 years with the Highway Patrol, Brad held many positions. He was a member of the Special Emergency Response Team, past president of the Missouri State Troopers’ Association (Troop A), and a part of the K-9 division. Brad was a 1990 Young Missourian and an Honorary member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He worked part-time for United Airlines, a job that allowed him to travel extensively with his family.
After retiring from the Highway Patrol as a Sergeant, Brad continued to work in law enforcement, joining the Missouri State Gaming Commission as an investigator. During these years, he and Marion continued to travel, visiting many countries and states. On these trips, Brad loved trying new foods and local restaurants. At home, Brad enjoyed spending time in his custom designed kitchen where he often prepared gourmet meals for his family and friends. Brad also loved barbecuing, an interest he shared with son-in-law Craig. They competed in the American Royal and other barbecue contests with their team, Holy Smokes.
Brad’s family meant everything to him. He cherished his three grandchildren, Clayton, Amelia and Cole, and attended every ball game and dance competition he could. He planned elaborate vacations with Craig and Alisa’s family, including a memorable trip to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, where a one-mile hike turned into nine! Brad also made sure to spend time with each grandchild individually so they felt special.
In 2019, Brad was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer affecting the bile ducts. He approached his cancer diagnosis like he did everything else, with wry humor and patented pragmatism. Brad was a great patient, except for that one time he decided to go to Hawaii instead of the doctor. He participated in several different treatment regimens and a clinical trial, and with his family raised $4,000 for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s 1st Annual Moving for a Cure fundraiser. Brad’s family would like to thank the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Al-Rajabi, and Lauren Barker, RN for their compassionate care during Brad’s illness.
Brad was a member of Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, and we take solace that he is with our Heavenly Father. Knowing Brad, he is also enjoying the company of the German Shepherds he loved and trained.
Brad is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Betty Baker; his sister, Judy Dutton; brothers-in-law Rick Dutton, Stanley Cropp and Frank Ulrich; sister-in-laws Elaine Fink and Marilyn Holliman. Brad is survived by wife Marion Baker; daughter Alisa Seidelman (Craig); grandchildren Clayton, Amelia and Cole; sister Cathi Cropp; and many nieces and nephews.