Bluegrass Patriots-Rick Bradstreet, 1954-2002

The Bluegrass Patriots

Established 1980

Richard Evan Bradstreet

Richard Bradstreet, 2002. Photo courtesy of Jan Petersen"Ranger" Rick Bradstreet, 48, of Fort Collins, died Tuesday, November 26, 2002 peacefully at his home of congestive heart failure. Rick was born September 28, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa. He married Andrea Jean Legler, of Mission, Kansas, on May 26, 1984, in Emporia, Kansas.

Rick was a superb musician, songwriter, and entertainer. He mainly performed Bluegrass music, but also enjoyed Jazz, and other music genres. Rick won several instrumental awards including Colorado Flatpicking Champion and Rocky Mountain Dobro Player of the Year. He was a member of the Bluegrass Patriots. The band performs throughout the United States, Ireland, England, Sweden, Denmark, and Canada and has several recordings in their discography.

He performed in several bands before joining the Patriots in 1980, including Bluegrass Feed & Seed Company, Flint Hills Drywell, and The Skunk Valley Boys. He was also a member of Cowtown Boogie, Mandomonium, and Victor Barnes. Rick was a studio session artist with many musicians and groups.

His passion and respect for music and musicians led him to be one of the most sought after guitar teachers in the state. Rick was regularly asked to lead or actively participate in instrumental music workshops at many of the festivals where the Bluegrass Patriots have performed. In recent years he drew great satisfaction from teaching beginning guitar classes at the Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland, CO.

Richard is survived by his wife, Andrea Legler-Bradstreet, of Fort Collins, Colorado; parents, Kenneth and Ruth Bradstreet, of Emporia, Kansas; two elder brothers, Larry Bradstreet, and his wife Sandra of Sioux City, Iowa and Garry Bradstreet, of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and nieces Amy, Sara, Jennie, and Dawn and a nephew, Robert.

A bluegrass music celebration will be scheduled for a future date. There will be no funeral or memorial services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the community radio station in Fort Collins, KRFC, 305 W. Magnolia St. #213, Fort Collins, CO 80521 or donate to your own local community radio station.

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