Bradley Benson

Jan. 15, 1959-Sept. 3, 2018

Bradley Thomas Ben-

son, 59 years old, left this

world on Monday, Sep-

tember 3, 2018, after a

long battle with cancer.

He was surrounded by his

wife and children who

were able to provide him

comfort in his last mo-

ments. He was welcomed

to heaven with a brilliant

show of thunder and


Funeral services will be

held on Friday, Sep-

tember 7, at 10:30 AM at

Trinity Lutheran Church,

502 N 4th St., Bismarck.

Visitation for family,

friends, and others whose

lives Brad touched are in-

vited to Parkway Funeral

Service, 2330 Tyler Park-

way, Bismarck, from 5-7

p.m. on Thursday, Sep-

tember 6. Burial will be

held at the North Dakota

Veterans Cemetery in

Mandan at 1:00 PM.

Brad was born in Bot-

tineau, North Dakota on

January 15, 1959, to

Evelyn Fay (Green) and

Asmundur Swain Benson

and was the fifth of six

children. He graduated

from Bottineau High

School and went on to

proudly serve in the

armed forces as a missile

assemblyman in the Navy

from 1981 to 1987. He

was stationed in Hawaii

where he was able to ex-

perience the splendor of

the ocean as an avid diver

and fisherman stating,

“You’ve never seen the

stars until you’ve seen

them from a boat in the

middle of the sea at

night.” It was also in

Hawaii where he became

a father to his beloved

daughter, Ashly, whom he

was endlessly proud of.

After his time in Hawaii,

he completed an engineer-ing degree at the Universi-ty of North Dakota and

worked as a geological en-

gineer for the State of

North Dakota at the State

Water Commission and

then later for the federal

government at the Nation-al Resources Conservation

Service. In addition to his

career, his service extend-ed to the AA community

where he helped unk-

nown numbers of strug-

gling folks come to find

peace and sobriety.

On September 3, 2010,

Brad married his loving

and devoted wife, Leann

Tschider (Schuler), who

courageously fought

alongside him during his

five-year struggle with

cancer. Though their time

together was ended much

too soon, they were able

to experience the joys of

travel, build a beautiful

home, and most impor-

tantly, become

grandparents to four

wonderful grandchildren.

Becoming a grandparent

or “papa” as he was

called, was one of the

greatest delights of his

life, lifting his spirits and

hopes during the last

years of his life. Brad had

an infamous sweet tooth

that must have fed the

sweetness of his soul. He

was able to see the beauty

in everything, making dai-

ly comments on the beau-

ty of the world, his home

and of course, his wife.

He was known to his fam-

ily as a man of sharp wit

who wasn’t afraid to laugh

at his own jokes, an ad-

venturous cook going as

far as his infamous

“tur-duck-in”, a man of

style and flare that was

uniquely his own, and a

man who truly loved be-

ing part of a family as

husband, father, papa, un-

cle, brother and son. In

the words of his

grandchildren, “he was a

superhero, he was beauti-

ful, he was kind to every-

one and everyone loves


Left to honor Brad and

remember his love are:

his mother, Evelyn Fay

Benson; wife, Leann Ben-

son; daughter, Ashly Ben-

son; stepchildren, Lindsy

(Jeremy) Nordeen, Sarah

Tschider, Matthew

(Nicole) Tschider;

grandchildren Scarlett

and Knox Renner (Sarah),

Foster Nordeen (Lindsy),

Brynn Tschider

(Matthew); sisters Sheila

(Donovan) Bertsch,

Melanie (Conrad) Olson;

brothers Swain (Kathy),

Allan and Chris Benson;

and many nieces and


Brad was preceded in

death by: his father,

Asmundur Swain Benson

and his beloved niece,

Sarah Benson.

Memorials are preferred

in Brad’s honor to the

Leukemia and Lymphoma




or the donor’s choice.

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