William Bradley "Brad" Doppelt (1966 - 2013)

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William Bradley "Brad" Doppelt, 47, was on his way home from the Mizzou Homecoming in Columbia, Mo., after spending a wonderful weekend with his family, when he was called home to be with his Father in Heaven.
He left this world doing what he loved the most … flying his airplane. Brad began flying at the age of 16 and loved giving rides to his family and friends. He received his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University and his Master of Science in software engineering from Southern Methodist University. While attending Parks College, Brad received his airframe and powerplant license and eventually received an inspection authorization license. Brad began his career working with Civil Service for the Navy at North Island Naval Station in San Diego. He worked in San Diego for four years and then transferred to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. When Kelly Air Force Base closed, Brad went to work for Onboard Software which is now BAE Systems. He worked in business development and had been traveling throughout different parts of the world; he was really enjoying his work.
Sixteen years ago, Brad began building a Cozy Mark IV homebuilt aircraft and now will never see it completed. In December of 2005, he bought a Bellanca Viking airplane. He loved flying his Bellanca Viking and enjoyed Saturday afternoon rides to different airports around Texas with his sons. They loved to find an airport where they could eat. Brad was a member of EAA Chapter 35 and was involved in the Young Eagles Program in which he flew over 1,000 children. His family was so proud when he received the 2007 Phillips 66 Young Eagles Leadership award in Oshkosh, Wis. Brad was also active in the Boy Scout program and his proudest moments came when his sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He loved his sons more than anything; they were his pride and joy! Brad was a member of University United Methodist Church and served as an usher for many years.
Brad leaves behind his loving wife of 27 years, Jody, and their two sons, Andrew who is completing his medical rotations in Chicago, and Ryan who is a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He also leaves behind his parents, Mort and Marsh of Wellington, Fla.; brother, Matt (Jessica) of Knoxville, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Karen Wade of Jacksonville; brother-in-law, Jason Wade (Sue); one nephew; and three nieces.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio. Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas. The Rev. Laurinda Kwiatkowski will officiate. You are invited to sign the guestbook at Arrangements with Porter Loring Morturary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas, 78232 – (210) 495-8221.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 31, 2013