Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, USMC, 27, Yuma, Ariz., was killed in action on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was born in Kokomo on Feb. 20, 1985, the son of Victor Atwell and Cheryl (Turnpaugh) Atwell. He married Danielle Cross at NAS Pensacola, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2011, and she survives.
Brad graduated from Taylor High School in 2003. He then went on to attend various colleges, most recently, while in Afghanistan, attending Thomas Edison State College, where he was only a few credits shy of his associate degree. While there, he was also logging hours so that he would be able to obtain his journeyman’s license. After a short stay in the Air Force, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he worked as an aviation electrician and currently held the rank of sergeant.
Brad was a member of the Freemasons Lodge of Russiaville. He had a passion for firearms and enjoyed off-roading in his truck. He was also a brown belt in MCMAP and enjoyed playing and watching baseball. He was a very loving husband, son, and brother, but most importantly an extremely courageous Marine.
Sgt. Brad Atwell is survived by his wife, Danielle Atwell, Yuma, Ariz.; mother, Cheryl (Turnpaugh) Atwell; father and stepmother, Victor and Kimberlee Atwell; mother and father-in-law, Jeanette and Christopher Cross; brother, Dustin Atwell; two sisters, Erin and Lauren Atwell; and grandmother, Shirley (Turnpaugh) Oody, all of Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty (Atwell) Harmon, and grandfathers, Herb Atwell, Wayne Harmon, and Conrad Turnpaugh.
Funeral services celebrating and honoring the life of the fallen hero will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Christian Church, 2600 Alto Road, with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery with full military honors provided by the USMC. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org). Please make all contributions “in memory of” Sgt. Bradley Atwell, with acknowledgments sent to Danielle Atwell, P.O. Box 99113, Bldg. 852 MCAS Yuma, AZ 85369.
Shirley and Stout Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.