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KRGI SPORTS DIRECTOR BRAD FOSSBERG PASSES AWAY

Brad A. Fossberg, 51, of Grand Island died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at CHI Health St. Francis.

Mr. Fossberg was born Jan. 23, 1963, at Syracuse, the son of Dudley and Venice (Ueckert) Fossberg.  Survivors include his wife, Jeannee; his mother, Venice Fossberg of Nebraska City; a sister, Jody Walford of Nebraska City; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Roberts and her son, Ryder Bettis, of Durango, Colo.; two nephews, Ryan and Jeremy Behrends, and a niece, Holly Durr.  Other survivors are the numerous friends who have walked this journey with Brad and Jeannee.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dudley; a brother, Steven; a sister, Sonia; and aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Brad was raised in Nebraska City, where he graduated from Nebraska City High School, class of 1981. He attended and received his broadcasting degree from Brown Institute in Minneapolis.

On Oct. 10, 2009, he was united in marriage to Jeanne Zortman Mueller. During the early years of his broadcasting career, he worked for KNCY Radio in Nebraska City for 13 years. He had been with KRGI Radio since 1995. Brad wrote a weekly car racing column for The Grand Island Independent. He enjoyed being an emcee for many community events.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and car racing, serving as the announcer at Mid Nebraska Speedway for many years. Brad was also the voice of the Nebraska Danger football. He enjoyed play-by-play for basketball, football, volleyball and baseball.

Brad’s honors include being voted “Best of Grand Island” for radio personality; inaugural inductee into the Danger Hall of Fame, co-recipient of “Be The One” for Heartland United Way; Sportsmanship Award from Racers 4 Racers; Central Catholic Boosters Hall of Fame; Nebraska Coaches Association Media Person of the Year; Central Plains Chapter of the Red Cross supporting media award and the Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council Presidents Choice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the GRACE-Grand Island Area Cancer Endowment. A memorial fund will be established in his memory.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Revs. Richard L. Piontkowski and Scott Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and there will be a Christian wake service with a time of sharing memories at 7, all at the church. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.

source: Grand Island Independent