Brady Leallen Ganson, devoted husband, patriot, RV and motorcycle lover, and handyman extraordinaire died on April 15th, 2018 following a short, vicious battle with cancer. Born January 21, 1934, that was also the day he started planning his legacy.
Brady married his wife, Beulah (Bea) Dupre Ganson, and remained devoted to her for all 65 years of their marriage. Along the way they added a son, Don Ganson and daughter Susie Casler Myers.
Brady enlisted in the U.S. Air Force early in his life, and served 22 years working on the flight line, and fixing airplanes. He received special recognition for the design and manufacture of a cowling support rig for military C130 planes. He served in Vietnam and was glad to be back on American soil. He was awarded medals for meritorious service and retired in 1974 as a Senior Master Sargent. His retirement lead to his second career at Max’s Cycles in Abilene, where he honed his coffee-drinking skills and motorcycle mechanic proficiency. This was a time where he was at the core of forming the Abilene Road Riders, and the infamous Coffee Group (the old guys), where he coordinated with his bike-riding buddies to ride somewhere (meet at Skinny’s and ride to Lawn) to drink coffee, laugh and build a camaraderie that lasted for years. It was always about the ride.
Brady married his wife Beulah (Bea) and made no secret that he worshipped her. But, there were other women in his life, not romantically, but as a cherished handyman. He brought both men and women presents of things like a quality hammer, showed them how to enjoy nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking tool boxes, and hiding money in car and motorcycle instruction manuals he expected his children to read.
After his recognized and honorable military service, and many years with Max’s Cycles, Brady and Bea, enjoyed traveling on a shoestring and living near nature years before the general public extolled the benefits of that life.
His life was filled with the things he loved—his family, power tools, cameras, his motorcycles, trailers, coffee, some cheese, and a good sandwich. He excelled at photography, woodworking, making something motorized, and controlling it by remote. The family is still figuring out how to turn off the lights at home. His signature look included a work shirt embroidered BRADY, some jeans, a cap or motorcycle helmet, and some black work boots. Brady traveled extensively and only stayed in the finest quality KOA or AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being somewhere near Alaska.
His surviving family includes wife Bea Ganson, children Don Ganson and Susie Casler Myers, grandchildren Amanda Casler, Chris Casler, step-grandchildren Whitney Burke and Daniel Burke, great grandchild Levi Casler, step-great grandchild Gavin Woodward, and daughter-in-law Mary Burke Ganson, and son-in-law Ron Myers.
Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a formal, stodgy funeral , his family will honor his wishes at a celebration of his life at Elmwood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 5750 Hwy 277 South, in Abilene, Texas.
If you prefer in lieu of flowers, Brady would have liked that donations were made to the Day Nursery of Abilene or Hendrick Hospice.
You were gone so quickly i hardly had time to find out Ole Friend.Will miss you very much.
Tom Underwood and Nicole.Abilene., TX
I'm sorry for your family's loss. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted. PS 34;18. I hope you find comfort in God's promise & in the many wonderful memory's you made & shared together. You have my condolences.
My condolences to you and your family.
Roy SoileauFLEMING ISLAND, FL