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“My heart is broken after hearing of Brads passing! I didn't see the obitituary until today or I would have been at his service! I only met him twice...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Ree Millard - Kalamazoo, MI

“Mr. and Mrs. Older,It is with much sadness that we write to you. We got to know Brad though our our two children who lifeguarded with him 15 years...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Bruce and Perfecta Baffer - DC

“We are so saddened by your loss. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mike Fatt - Ann Arbor, MI

“I met Brad through mutual friends and got to spend time with him on several occasions over the past year and a half. We liked to give him a hard time...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Brittany Melvin - MI - Friend

“Bob, Cindy, and Danny,There simply are no words to convey the level of sorrow for your loss; as a parent myself now I cannot even begin to fathom...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Jake Cole - Richmond, VA - Friend

“Cindy and family, My heart goes out to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's peace, comfort and grace fill your hearts as they heal. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jill Albert (Pierce) - Climax, MI

“My heart goes out to you both. I did not know Brad. But in knowing you two and your parents I am sure he was a great son. He obviously had a great...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: James Keyser - Battle Creek, MI

“My heart hurts for all of you. May God grant you peace that only He can give. I am so sorry for your loss and the pain you are going through. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Ruhlig - Land O Lakes, FL

“I'm so very sorry for you and your family's loss Danny. Put thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Allison Dice and Cory Green ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Allison Dice - Battle Creek

“I first met this young man at a Boy Scout function (Order of the Arrow) Herky Reynolds and I thought that he was a future leader. He went above...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: MICHAEL HENRY - Creve Coeur, IL

“So sorry for your loss. In the first conversation I had with Brad, he told me "you will like me, before you leave here, you will like me". He was...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Sara Johnson - Kodiak, AK

“Cindy and Family, I was so saddened to learn of your son's passing. I wish I knew the right words to say at a time like this, but please know that I...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Julie Pena - Battle Creek, MI

“An Eagle has flown. We have known Brad and the family since our sons were in Cub Scouts together. Brad was always willing to help younger Scouts,...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Aleta Linscott

“To the Older and Vogt family, so sorry for your loss. So many memories of Brad in Key West or New London. In FL, I always remembered him...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Brian Baffer - Key West, FL

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy Domenico

“I was so sorry to see this. Please accept my deepest condolences. I never met him, but he was the son of two fine people,so I'm sure he was an...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Coller - Battle Creek, MI

“Bob and Cindy so sorry for your loss ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: patricia hagerty - MI - Friend

“Brad worked in our office at WMU. We watched his passion for WMU, the SVA, and his degree program grow each week. He was always reliable and a...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Randy Ott - Kalamazoo, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Ray and susie Ladd - Homer, MI

“We have so many wonderful memories of Brad with Lillie and Lane. He will be greatly missed by his Pine Lake neighbors. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Nemeth - Grandville, MI

“I sailed many times with Brad, always smiling always genuine and always busting my chops! Brad would always look out for the "Grandpa Shipmates" a...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Clifford Foskett - Harker Heights, TX

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Bradley Dean Older, 37, of East Leroy died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Brad was born April 14, 1982 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Robert Eugene and Cindy Lee (Vogt) Older. Brad earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He was a 2000 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, where he was a member of the Bearcat Swim Team. Brad proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard for 16 years. His years of service included sailing on the Barque Eagle, where he helped train Coast Guard Cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. Currently, he was enrolled at Western Michigan University in his junior year, majoring in Sustainable Brewing, with a minor in Chemistry.
He was employed at WMU through the U.S. Office of Military and Veterans Affairs as a Veteran mentoring incoming freshman Veterans. Brad was the vice president of Student Veterans of America at WMU. He was a member of GSA Geological Society of America. He was part of a team that developed a curriculum for WMU called "Pathways to Science Teaching" and he mentored elementary students about water quality.

Brad is survived by his parents, Bob & Cindy Older of East Leroy; his brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Starr Older of Battle Creek; his grandmothers, Mary Lou Vogt, Marion Wortley and Virginia Older; four aunts, three uncles, several cousins and their families.

Brad was shy growing up, but became an outgoing, easy to meet young man. He loved the outdoors, kayaking with friends, camping and sitting around campfires. Brad will always be remembered for being available to help a friend, raising a beer, his smile and his tank tops.

Brad's family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A funeral service to celebrate Brad's life will be held at the funeral home Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 am with Pastor Mark S. Lipscomb officiating.

Military honors will be presented by Fort Custer Honor Guard at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Brad's family request that memorial contributions may be payable to: "Student Veterans of America at WMU", Western Michigan University 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5303; or donations may be made online by going to Personal messages for the family may be placed at