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Bradley E. Smestad

February 15, 1956 ~ August 7, 2020 (age 64)


Bradley E. Smestad, 64, of Rantoul, passed away at home, Friday, August 7, 2020, surrounded by his two daughters and son-in-law. He was born February 15, 1956 in Breckenridge MN, the son of Blair and Lois (Danielson) Smestad. He is survived by his mother Lois Smestad; two daughters, Sarah (Tristan) Thomas of Champaign and Laura (James) Miller of Tolono; grandchildren Jaymin Matthews, Ty Thomas, Ellie Thomas, Ashlyn Miller, Coleson Miller, Lily, Trinity, Emma and Grace; sisters, Ann (Don) King of Arlington, TX, Tammy (Bob) Cranston of Bloomington, IL; nieces Lisa (Mike) Edelbach of Colorado Springs, CO, Natalie Proctor of New York, NY and nephew Nathan (Barbara) King of Colorado Springs, CO. He is preceded in death by his father Blair Smestad, brothers Larry and Rick Smestad, and nephews Robb and Eric Smestad.

Brad was a graduate of Champaign Centennial High School and recently retired from Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. He was known for his kindness and his ability to connect with and encourage others. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He was a true family man who loved his family deeply, especially his daughters and grandchildren. He was an avid nature lover and especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. Brad was a man of prayer with a strong faith in God and a member of the Champaign Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Open visitation will be held Sunday, August 23 from 3-5 PM at the Champaign Seventh-day Adventist Church, 308 S. Mattis Ave, Champaign. Condolences may be offered at 


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