Bradford L. Hutchenrider USMC Sgt. Bradford L. Hutchenrider, of Cotuit and Leesburg, FL mustered out on the morning of May 13, 2019, due to the effects of ALS, agent orange. His love for the institution of the Marine Corps was lifelong. He served from 1963 – 67 and spent a year of that time in Vietnam. He was dedicated to the Marines and the Marine Corps League.
But more than that he was dedicated to his family. He leaves a wife, Linda E. Hutchenrider, son, Dana (Kristen) of Mashpee, daughter Andrea (Brian Barry) of Cotuit, step children, Erika (Alex Perez) of San Diego, CA, Kara (Robert Healy) of Clayton, NY, and Scott (Ralitsa) Leppanen of W. Yarmouth. He also leaves his grandchildren; Dylan, Christopher, and Bailey Hutchenrider; Hunter and Noah Barry, Kyle (Chelsi), Ryan and Allison Healy, Matthew and Jennifer Russell and Calista Rivera, as well as nephew Timmy(TC) Henderson of RI and ex wife Joan Hutchenrider of Mashpee.
He belonged to the Marine Corps League Detachment #125 of Cape Cod, and had served for a number of years as its Commandant and Paymaster. He also served as a Jr. District Commandant for Massachusetts. He received a Citizen of the Year Award from Massachusetts and Marine of the Year from the Cape Cod League. He also belonged to MCL 662 North Lake Detachment in Leesburg, FL for the past few years.
Brad was born and raised in Fall River and Falmouth, MA, the son of the late Clarence and Barbara Lewis Hutchenrider. After the service he became an electrician and was the sole proprietor of BL Hutchenrider Electricians for over 40 years. Brad had the pride in being able to retire and turn the business over to his son in 2010. He serviced many clients in the greater Falmouth area.
As he ticked off life goals the one thing he wanted to do was visit the famed Iwo Jima Memorial, which is sacred to Marines. He did that less than four years ago and left a set of dog tags on top and flew an American flag there. He was in awe of the bravery of all WWII veterans. We honor his bravery for his service in Vietnam. He wrote a small book that is being edited and will be printed for his children on his life.
Brad would do anything to help anyone, his heart was big and his love for God, Country, and his family was like no other. As his wife- I have to say no woman has had a man love her more and he will remain in my heart forever. Till we meet again, Semper Fi, Marine, Love you Brad.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday May 16, 2019 from 10:30AM to 12:30 PM in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Marstons Mills, MA. A funeral service will be at 1PM in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Beechwood Cemetery.
Memorials in Brad’s memory may be made to ALS Association, 7 Lincoln Street, Wakefield, MA 01880, to help cure this insidious disease.