Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold


Bradley Jason Arnold, 45, passed away Aug. 7, 2018, in the strong, loving presence of his father, brother and son, following his diligent battle with graft vs. host disease.

Brad was born June 11, 1973, in Ames, Iowa, to Pamela Sue Canady and Charles Wayne Arnold. Four years later brother, Chad Dean, joined him. He graduated from Russell Community School. During and following high school, he was mentored by John Joe and Judge Curran in the area of cattle and would later become one of the most highly respected ranchers in southern Iowa.

On Oct. 7, 2000, Brad married Holly N. Adams and became a father to six year-old, Beau. Four years later, Morgan completed their family of four.

In 2001, Brad was baptized beside Beau, their heads anointed with water simultaneously at the Chariton First United Methodist Church.

In 2002, Brad, Holly and Beau moved to the sacred ground near Sewal, which was Holly’s grandparents’ home. Brad ran cattle on Harvey and Dorothy Morgan’s home farm and Missouri state line pasture, conducting business from his hospital bed up until the day before he died. He was knowledgeable in grazing and a steward of the land, sustaining well-managed pasture, even in drought conditions.

Brad had a dream beginning in first grade of becoming a rodeo stock contractor. In 1999, he and co-owner, John Ballard started Great Plains Rodeo Co. putting on rodeos throughout the Midwest, but mainly in Wisconsin where for eight years with family and friends they made memories to last a lifetime. Brad led this team in putting on many amazing shows, with the incredible standards at which he held all of his endeavors.

Brad had great times camping and boating with his family at Lake Rathbun. The camper was traded for a horse trailer when Morgan graduated from riding Rocket to entering barrel races. Brad hauled Morgan to youth and junior high rodeos tightening her saddle, leading her in the gate and saying, “have fun” before each of her runs. When Brad was diagnosed with leukemia Morgan relied on her rodeo family and her own steadfast inner strength to continue making her runs without him. Now he will be back with her as she makes every one for the remainder of her life.

Brad is survived by his wife, Holly; children, Beau Smith and Morgan Arnold; father, Chuck Arnold; stepfather, Randy Sloan; brother, Chad Arnold; sister, Shelli Thompson and stepsiblings, Tara Spidle, Cade Sloan, LeeAnn Millizer and Ray Sloan.

His mother, Pam Canady and his brother, Jeff Thompson, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held August 13 at the Corydon United Methodist Church. Following the service and a luncheon, the family will be making their way to the family pasture for a committal service and all are welcome to attend.

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