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Bradley Dean Leatherman

Bradley Dean Leatherman, age 39, of ColumbusBradley Dean Leatherman, age 39, of Columbus, OH, moved to a safe place on high ground Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013.  Brad's passing was unexpected and the sudden loss has been felt by his family and many friends.

Born Sept. 2, 1973, at Aultman Hospital, in Canton, he was the son of Charles E. "Charlie" and Janniefier L. Poole Leatherman of Columbus, with whom he resided.

At a young age, he moved with his family to Southside, AL. After graduating from high school, he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the U. S. Army.  Brad then proceeded to earn the coveted Ranger Tab, and with that distinction joined a brotherhood he would cherish for the rest of his life.  After his honorable discharge in 1995, he enrolled and graduated from the Lincoln Welding School Program in Cleveland.  He recently had returned to the pursuit of furthering his education as he was currently attending The Ohio State University.  He was a member of the church from his childhood, First Baptist Church of Southside, AL. Brad cherished spending time and communicating with his brothers in the Ranger community.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his niece, Olivia, and nephew, Wyatt.  He was a fan of all Ohio State University athletics. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Shannon Ford of Dublin; a brother, Troy Leatherman of Hanover, NH; a niece, Olivia Ford and nephew, Wyatt Ford, both of Dublin; his maternal grandmother, Nada Poole of Dellroy; and paternal grandmother Myrtle Jane Warner, of Uhrichsville.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Dalton Ford; his paternal grandfather, Hyle (Pappy) Poole; maternal grandfather, Dean Leatherman; paternal step-grandfather, Ted Warner; and an uncle, Lyle Poole.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11in Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Rev. Milo Baker officiating.  Interment will follow in Longview Cemetery in Bowerston.  Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org, or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at specialops.org. To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.  "Sua Sponte Brad.  RLTW-ATW".