Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Bradley Joseph Wechter

Bradley Joseph Wechter, age 33, formerly of Shelby and a Chicago resident for the past ten years, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home.

Brad was born July 24, 1987 in Toledo, Ohio and is the son of Joseph T. and Lynn M. (Murphy) Wechter. He was a 2006 graduate of Shelby High School and attended Miami University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He also had recently attended the University of Notre Dame where he was working on an MBA. After graduation from Miami, Brad followed his dream of living in the city and moved to Chicago to work and live. While in Chicago, Brad had worked for multiple start-up companies in the tech industry as a technical writer. His most recent job was as a Senior Technical Writer for Morningstar Investment Research Company. He had also been a writer for the Notre Dame website, “One Foot Down.”

Brad had a deep love for music- listening to it, playing guitar, and enjoying records. He loved to travel, having been to Europe several times, and thoroughly enjoyed sports, especially the Cleveland teams and The Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Survivors include Brad’s parents: Joe and Lynn Wechter of Shelby; his sister: Sheila (Brad) Fletcher of Ontario; his nephews and niece, whom he adored and they him: Brady, Kate, and Luke; his paternal grandmother: Patricia A. (Kaple) Wechter of New Washington; aunt and uncles: John  and Dawn Wechter, Angel and John Schroeder, and Jim and Margie Wechter  all of Shelby, Linda and Bill Crockett of Catawba Island, Michael and Debi Murphy of Bucyrus, and Mark and Terri Murphy of FL; his godmother: Jackie Vredenburgh; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Lloyd and Pearl Murphy; paternal grandfather: Sylvester “Sonny” Wechter; and a cousin: Mark Schroeder.

A private funeral mass was held with the family at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. Burial is in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family strongly requests for memorial contributions to be made in Brad’s name to The Shelby Foundation, 142 North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

Jake and his staff at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, are honored to care for Brad and his family.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Brad’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. karl sutter says:

    Lynn, Sorry to hear that your son passed away. He will be in my prayers. Karl Sutter

  2. JC Elgin says:

    Lynn, Joe, Sheila and Family –

    People like Brad are truly rare. Thinking of you all.

    With love,
    JC Elgin

  3. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Joe & Lynn ~ We are saddened to hear the news of your dear son Brad’s passing. You have our deepest, most sincere sympathy. We pray for strength and comfort from family, friends, and our Savior Jesus.
    John & JoAnn

  4. Annette Bevelhymer says:

    Lynn and Joe, my heart breaks for you! Big hugs and prayers for you and your entire family! May God shine His light upon you and give you comfort and peace in the coming days!

  5. Nancy Baird says:

    Joe, Lynn & Sheila – We are sadden by the news of your beloved son and brother. Life brings us so many difficulties. Brad was a very nice, kind, young man who always acknowledged us. We feel your pain and loss. Hold tight to all the memories and know he will be with you in spirit. Prayers for all of you.

    With heartfelt sympathies,

    Todd, Nancy Baird
    Scott & Annie
    Angel Eric

  6. Andy & Joni Parks & Family says:

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Brad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around your family to comfort and strengthen you!

  7. Sue Schiffer says:

    Joe and Lynn, I am so sorry to learn of Brad’s death. Sending caring thoughts your way.
    Sincerely, Sue Schiffer

  8. Kathy Snyder says:

    Dear Joe, Lynn,Sheila, and family,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear the news of Brad’s passing. He was a super young man, and I so much enjoyed having him in class. He talked about all of you with such love.
    With heartfelt prayer,

  9. Tom Adams says:

    Joe and Lynn, my condolences to you both.

  10. Ken & Julie Ensman says:

    No words can express our sadness in Brads passing. We and our families want you to know how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Lean on us and know we will do whatever you need to help in any way❤️

  11. Dawn Argo says:

    Joe, Lynn, Sheila and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. So many great memories of our boys growing up together. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Heartfelt condolences to you all.

  12. Jessica Faulkner says:

    I give you my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Brad. He was a joy to have in class as a Spanish student and an overall nice young man. Prayers, Señora Faulkner.

  13. Brad Copelans says:

    Joe, Lynn and Sheila- I am beyond sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Brad will always be remembered along with all the good times growing up together we had. He will always remain a class-act type of guy that will continue to be a friend.

  14. Barbara Smith says:

    Dear Lynn and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Mike and Lea Coll says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  16. Joni Young says:

    Dear Lynn and family. So sorry to read the loss of your son Brad. Even though we now live in Myrtle Beach I keep up with Shelby news. Your in my prayers. Keep all those good memories in your heart. With deepest sympathy Joni Young

  17. Jane says:

    Joe and Lynn,
    Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.
    Chuck and Jane Studer Gartenman

  18. Laura Copeland says:

    Dear Lynn, Joe and Sheila….Craig and I are so so sorry and sad to hear of the sudden loss of your handsome Brad. We have many found memories of Joe & Craig (the dads) together coaching our Brads in Little League when the boys were younger. Such fun times! So pleased that our kids (Kristin/Brad and Sheila/Brad) have been friends for many years! Keep the happy times and memories in your hearts. Our prayers are with you all. In friendship and love…Laura and Craig

  19. Jennifer Shade says:

    Joe, Lynn Sheila and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Brads passing . No words can express how sorry we are for all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gary and Jenny Shade

  20. Theresa Turner Weightman says:

    Mr. & Mrs. Wechter & Sheila
    My heart breaks for your loss. Words will never be enough to express
    My condolences. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time. Praying your memories of Brad will be enough to see you through until you see him again in heaven.

  21. Theresa Turner Weightman says:

    Mr. & Mrs. Wechter & Sheila
    My heart breaks for your loss. Words will never be enough to express
    My condolences. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time. Praying your memories of Brad will be enough to see you through until you see him again in heaven.
    Sending love & hugs to you all.
    Tom &Theresa (Turner) Weightman
    Harry & Melody Turner
    The. Turner Family

  22. Veronica Alt Distl says:

    Joe, Lynn and Sheila,
    Sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  23. Jean LaBarge says:

    Dear Joe and Lynn,

    Our family was saddened to learn of Brads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Cherish your memories.

    Jean and Tim LaBarge

  24. Debbi Watkins says:

    To the Wechter family

    Words are not enough to express my sorrow for the loss of Brad. I pray for comfort during this time for all of you.

  25. Debbi Watkins says:

    Words are so inadequate to express my sympathy for your loss. Take comfort in the many memories you have of Brad. I will keep you close in prayer for healing if your sorrow.

  26. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son and brother to Sheila. No words can ever express the feelings of losing your child. You have our deepest sympathy. Keeping you in our prayers and thoughts

    Darrell and Marilyn

  27. Mark & Jone Zimmerman says:

    Joe & Lynn,
    Our condolences to you both.

  28. Ann Cooper says:

    Dear Joe and Lynn and family I am so sorry to hear about Brad. I have been out of town and just heard the news. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be your strength at this time.

  29. Lori McCartney says:

    Joe, Lynn & family,

    My prayers go out to you all. A loss of any life is hard, but one gone too soon even harder. Allow God to guide you as the days follow and lean on Him to help you through. God Bless and prayers.

  30. Dave & Sally says:

    Joe & Lynn,

    You have our sympathy!

  31. Michelle Beer says:

    Mrs. Wechter, my amazing fifth grade teacher at St. Mary School, you and your family have my deepest sympathy.
    Lord, with the help of your grace, allow this family to know and feel your love that is with us in this life and in eternity.❤️

  32. Andrew V says:

    Brad was such a kind soul and cheered up every room he was in. Being able to work with him for a short time was a privilege. Prayers and thoughts are with you – rest in peace, Brad.

  33. Jessica says:

    Not only did I have the pleasure of working with Brad, but I also got to know him on a personal level. He was a smart, caring and witty man, and we shared plenty of laughs. I hope you are able to find comfort in this difficult time knowing he is at peace.

  34. Andrew says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Wechter,
    I had the chance to work with Brad in Chicago and he was a valued member of our team. He entertained us with his stories of his high-school punk rock band and fond feelings of jean jackets. We are saddened by this news and my thoughts are with the Wechter family.

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