William “Brad” Stivers

Stivers, Brad

William “Brad” Stivers, 61, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 after a short battle with AML & pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Immediately following will be the memorial service at 11am. The family has requested that everyone wear casual attire; KU, Chiefs, or red/blue apparel. This is a celebration of Brads life and the family wants everyone to remember his kind, fun loving and generous spirit.

Brad was born on January 23, 1957 in Kansas City, MO. He was born and raised in the Overland Park/Prairie Village where he spent his entire life. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South in 1975 and went on to attend the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising. After earning his degree at KU he worked at Fleming Foods, Valentine Radford, Marketing Resources of America, Paddock Video and Film Productions, MRA advertising agency and finished his career at Sprint where he worked for almost 20 years.

Brad was a very kind, generous, and caring friend to all. He never knew a stranger and would always start up a conversation with you. In his free time he enjoyed tennis, golf, poker, magic, and most recently worked part time at Belvoir Winery, where he enjoyed talking with customers and working with his daughter, Kristen. He touched so many lives and will truly be missed by all.

Some of Brad’s proudest moments include the birth of his daughter and attending all of her different sporting events and activities. Along with that, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends from vacations, tennis, lake trips and watching KU basketball games.

Brad is survived by his wife, Debbie, of the home, his daughter Kristen and her husband Michael Rodenberg of Kansas City, MO, his sister, Barbie Stivers, of Lenexa, KS, and his parents, Bill & Marie Stivers, of Overland Park, KS, along with many relatives on his wife’s side. He loved his family and friends and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Resurrection or Kansas City Hospice.



  1. Herb Cooley on January 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I can only remember these few things about Brad. I got to be around him for just a little while.

    He lived in that nice brick house on the corner of 99th and Lamar just a walk away from Nallwood.

    When I was in the ninth grade and he was in 8th – he was pure energy in the choir! When you sang with him he made you want to do your best.

    And likewise, up at King Louie West, when it came to ice skating he was pure energy. He was super fast. When you saw him skate he made you want to go beyond what you could do. This was around 1966 to 1969.

    There were a lot of guys in his class that had big hearts, and he was no exception.

  2. Linda MacRoberts on January 22, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Barbie, Marie, Bill and all members of Brad’s family–I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Brad mostly through stories from Barbie and Marie, although I did meet him several times. He was much loved and his death leaves a great sorrow to all he knew. May you find peace and comfort through your memories.

  3. Mike Goff on January 22, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune of working with Brad at Valentine Radford and later with Sprint. Brad was truly a valued teammate and associate who was liked by all. He was always upbeat, cared deeply and was energetic about every pursuit in his life. Our prayers are with you all.

  4. Chuck Paddock on January 22, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Brad was the best. Worked with him, played golf with him, played poker with him. Always at the top of his game. A natural athlete. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. Glen & Nancy Spielbusch on January 20, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Glen and I are very sorry for your loss. I can’t think of anything worst then your husband being gone. Best wishes to you, Debbie and your family.

  6. Maribeth Hutsell Hinderer on January 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I had gotten to see Brad at SMS on the day of our high school reunion. I have so many fun memories of all of our choir antics. High school choir was truly a small family and he was always one of my very favorites. I’m so sorry he suffered so and that he left his family far too soon. Blessings on all those remaining.

  7. Greg Smith on January 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I’m honored to have crossed Brad’s path numerous times, on and off the court. A true competitor on the court but a good friend off. I will miss his infectious smile and caring attitude. My prayers are with his family and many friends. He will be sorely missed in life. Bless you all.

  8. Jon DeWitt on January 14, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    He was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We had so many laughs over the years. I loved his energy and his heart. I am a better person having him in my life for the 17 years God gave him to me as a friend!

  9. Betty Law on January 11, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    My heart is sad at the loss of such a beautiful soul. The first time I remember getting to know Brad was at a National Tennis Tournament in Tucson Arizona in October of 1988. He was on a Team as was I on a different team both from the Heart of America. He always played on teams with his friends and win or lose he always had a great time with those friends. He had an infectious smile! My sincere sympathy to Debbie, Kristen, Barbie and his extended family and close friends. There are so many memories of him that will often make you smile. He will be missed every day!

  10. Geri Bachman on January 10, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Prayers are with you all. Brad was a guy that made you smile! His ‘spirit’ will live on through all of you.

    • Terry & Doug Miller on January 13, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Brad was a wonderful man. The tennis community will miss him greatly. For all the years I have known Brad, he was never without a smile.

      Our thoughts and prayers are with Brad’s terrific family. Try to stay strong—the way Brad would want it.

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