Bradly L. Chindamo

Bradly L. Chindamo passed away on September 2, 2017. He died peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was 48.

Brad was born on March 15,1969, in Salina, Kansas, the son of Daniel W. and Linda R. (Smith) Chindamo, of Abilene, Kansas. Brad spent his early years in Clay Center and Wamego before his family settled in Abilene, Kansas. Brad attended Abilene High School, where he was an excellent student and a popular and respected athlete, achieving success in track, tennis, and his favorite sport of all, basketball. Brad spent much of his free time on the basketball court, perfecting his game. After graduating from Abilene High School in 1987, Brad attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, where he majored in Business Administration and forged a number of lifelong friendships. Brad was a star on the Bethel basketball team, where he was renowned for his behind-the-back passes and game-winning shots.

Brad developed an interest in banking while working part-time at 1st Federal Savings and Loan during college. Brad also spent a summer working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Following graduation from Bethel in 1991, Brad accepted a position with Central National Bank in Halstead, Kansas. He later moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and continued to rise up the ranks at Central National Bank.

Brad attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning a master’s degree. Brad joined Landmark Bank in January 2008, as Market President / Eastern Region. He was later promoted to Executive VicePresident – Credit Risk Manager for Landmark in 2013. Brad relished his role as business advisor and partner to his banking clients. He was a consummate professional, driven and entrepreneurial, but always humble, helpful, and empowering to his clients and co-workers.

Brad was a devoted husband to his wife, Ellen (Williams) Chindamo, who survives him. Brad and Ellen recently celebrated nine years of marriage, reflecting that each year together had brought them closer and enriched their lives in countless ways. During Brad’s first marriage to Piper (Foust) Njoroge, they had two children together, Dawson and Sophia. Brad’s step-daughter, Siena Casagrande, became a part of Brad’s family when he married Ellen. No matter how busy life got, Brad always made time to be with Ellen and the kids, attending games and performances, taking family trips, and just relaxing at home.

Brad’s greatest joy was family. He enjoyed spending time with his brother Chuck Chindamo, of Parkville, Missouri, sister-in-law Melissa and their two children,

Macey and Quinton, as well as his many other nieces and nephews, grandmother Betty Chindamo and close extended family. Brad also enjoyed spending time with his friends, including special trips to Florida, New Orleans, Cooperstown, and New York City, and many sporting events at KU.

Brad was active in supporting his community, serving on boards such as the Lawrence Arts Center, Bishop Seabury Academy, and Van Go, Inc., where he was president for many years. Brad was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas, serving on its governing board and as treasurer. He was a member of Leadership Lawrence Class of 2005. Although Brad never sought the spotlight, he was generous with his time and counsel, assisting many charitable and philanthropic organizations. Brad made everything he touched better—his legacy of generosity to the community will long survive him.

Brad’s family and friends will miss his ready smile and fun personality. They will remember Brad as a loyal advisor, good listener, and faithful friend who was relentlessly positive and always more interested in others than in himself. Brad was kind, gracious, and caring. He was a selfless leader, understated yet confident, and always there for his family, friends, and clients.

As a non-smoker, Brad contracted a rare form of lung cancer caused by a genetic mutation ROS1. The family is grateful for the care Brad received from his health professionals, and for the outpouring of love and support offered by family and friends during Brad’s illness, and now at the time of his passing.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 West 13th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Funeral services will be on Friday, September 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas. A celebration of life reception will follow at Van Go, Inc., 715 New Jersey Street, Lawrence, Kansas, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS, 66047,, and Van Go, Inc., 715 New Jersey, Lawrence, KS, 66044, Online condolences may be sent to

45 Condolences

  1. Kevin Boatright on September 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I am stunned and saddened to learn of Brad’s passing. He and I were Leadership Lawrence classmates in 2004-05. He made a strong, positive impression on me then – something that only increased over time. I share in the grief being felt at this moment by his family, friends and colleagues in Lawrence and elsewhere.

  2. Shelley Snyder and family on September 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Deepest sympathy. What a wonderful life he shared with each of you. May each of you feel the love and peace of God today and in the days to come.

  3. Celia Gurn on September 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    My heart breaks for the loss of a very special young man. The Gurn family mourns with you dear cousin and family. Our prayers are with you at this time, may the Lord comfort you with His promise that we will see our loved ones again! Love, Celia????

  4. Laurie Bristol on September 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm


    So sorry for you loss, my heart and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time.
    prayers to you and your family

  5. Michele B Ediger on September 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Ellen and family,
    My heart goes out to you during this grief -filled time. May peace be with you. Sending you lots of support and prayers. Michele Book Ediger

  6. Marc Collette on September 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Marc Collette & family

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Brad. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven.

  7. Jack Talbert and Family on September 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Brad was a great person and no more tragic of a loss could we have suffered for his absence. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family during this time. With respect, Jack, Santana Marie, Bruce, Kirsten, Owen and August

  8. The Gantenbein's on September 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    We are so sorry for the Chindamo Family’s loss. Brad was a kind man and treated everyone he met as a friend. I enjoy my years with Brad as a classmate and teammate at AHS. Our deepest sympathys to his wife and children.

  9. Judy Brynds on September 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Ellen please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love.

  10. Mary Kate Luty on September 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    What a beautiful tribute this is to Brad. He had such a kind and generous soul and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family.
    Jeff & Mary Kate Luty

  11. Dave & Janelle Schrag on September 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Brad was a gracious and sweet guy who made the world a better place with his presence. Even though it had been a few years since our paths had crossed, he had a wonderful influence on us. We will treasure his memory and friendship. Our condolences to his family.

  12. Cindy and GD Hite on September 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    God bless you Danny and Linda, his community was richly blessed to have had him! Our prayers are with you and the rest of the families.

  13. Matt Whitehair on September 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Extremely sad to hear of Brads passing. Loved playing basketball with Brad….he was such an awesome shooter. Great man…huge loss.

  14. Linda Thompson Wood on September 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Chuck, Melissa, and Brads entire family n friends, I am so sorry. Please know you are All in my Prayers. Love you kids n Miss you. Linda

  15. Cathy Ledeker on September 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Dear Ellen – so very sorry for your loss. Brad was a wonderful man. I did not know of his illness. My heart goes out to you.

  16. Kristine Burrichter on September 5, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Dear Ellen-
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Linda and Dick Wertzberger on September 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Brad was a great person and so proud I was an associate of his here at Landmark. He will be greatly missed. Linda and I extend our sincere condolences and will keep Brad and his family in our prayers.

  18. Susan Kang and Jeff Moran on September 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Ellen- Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and yours.

  19. Nancy and Larry Ehrich on September 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    God bless you Linda and Danny. We were so saddened to learn of Brads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  20. F. Taylor on September 5, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Sincere Condolences To The Chinadamo Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Through heartfelt prayer, you can experience, ” the peace of God that excel all thought.” Philippians 4:7. With Peace & Loving-Kindness,

  21. Nikki Weigel on September 5, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
    Nikki and Paige

  22. Pam & Bob Schrader on September 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Only God can heal the grief in your heart. Meanwhile may you and the children be surrounded by the love of family and friends.

  23. Judy A Green on September 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    So sorry to learn of Brad’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know you both on our cruise in 2010. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  24. Pam Smith on September 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Ellen, My heart goes out to you and your family. I know your love for Brad sustained him through his illness and that your love for each other was so apparent through out your marriage. Many prayers. Pam Smith

  25. Sheri and Alex Hamilton on September 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Ellen,
    We so sorry for your great loss. We hope you and your beautiful family are comforted by the special memories you shared together. We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Hamiltons

  26. Mark &Ginny Luce on September 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    so deeply saddened by the news of your son Brad.we are thinking of your family God bless Mark & Ginny Luce

  27. Scott Rowe on September 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    To family and friends,
    My condolences to all of you. You are in my thoughts.
    Sr. Rowe

  28. David, Krista, Bailey, and Nathan Thomas on September 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Ellen, we are shocked and so sorry to hear this. We are so deeply sad to hear of the passing of Brad. I do not recall ever seeing Brad without a smile. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Patti McCormick on September 5, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    What a gentle soul and a gentle man. My prayers go out to you, Ellen and your family, during this heartbreaking time.

  30. Dick/Marita Millner on September 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Love and Prayers to Dan, Linda, & grandmother Betty. So sorry for your loss.
    My daughter & son in law thought the world of Brad & trusted his financial
    knowledge. All are in our prayers

  31. Danielle and Juju on September 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    My heart and prayers are with you all! What a beautiful family!

    Danielle and Juju ❤️????????

  32. Mike and Deon Parsons on September 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    We all have happy memories to hold on to as Brad touched the lives of those around him.He will not be forgotten,god has a special place for him

  33. Rev. Jack and Nancy Waugh Gilstrap on September 6, 2017 at 12:14 am

    A wonderful tribute to the life of a truly fine man. We have had opportunities to get acquainted with Brad over the years as his family has returned home to be with parents and grandparents at our church in Abilene, and have appreciated very much the kindness and generosity of spirit that have been so apparent in him. He and the whole family have been much in our prayers, and we will continue to think of you, and him, in the days to come.

  34. Shannon and Rick Galloway on September 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Dear Ellen, Kids and Family,
    We have known Brad for only a few years and grew to love him immediately. He was the personification of kindness, grace and friendship. Any time we spent with Brad was always uplifting and fulfilling. We are so fortunate to have had him in our lives. We will all miss this fine and extraordinary man.

  35. Warner Lewis on September 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    To Ellen and the entire family,
    Brad was an energetic, wonderful man who gave much of his time and talents to helping others. He will be sorely missed. My prayers to out to the family.

  36. GARY AND JUDY BOYD on September 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Danny, Linda and Betty, and Chuck and family, so many prayers over these past months for God’s healing, of course we wish earthly healing so life can be continued here, but then there is continued illness, suffering, and pain, now Brad is free eternally from all of this life’s tribulations. Oh how wonderful to have eternal joy, peace, and blessings that this earthly stay doesn’t offer. Now those left behind have deep sorrow, grief, and loss, Brad lives on through his children and all the lives he touched as he lived a life worthy of his calling that his Creator purposed for him. We pray God’s Comfort of sweet memories flooding g your minds to fill the void. BLESSINGS AND Love Gary and Judy

  37. Joe Talbert on September 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

    To the whole Chindamo family, please accept our heartfelt sorrow. When Brad spent the summer in Chicago, he came out to our house a couple of times. He was a fine young man then and we are grateful that we met him. Our prayers are with you.
    Joe, Cathy, Jonathan and Lisa Talbert

  38. Kent Houk on September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Chindamo Family,

    Brad was a great guy and he will be missed. Prayers are with your family.

    The Houk Family

  39. Rosita Elizalde-McCoy on September 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Ellen,
    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I know that God will give you strength to overcome this pain. Sending you comfort and prayers.

  40. Amy Carlson on September 7, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Dear Ellen,
    Love you and my heart is with you now.

  41. Kurt Clausing on September 8, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Brad was an exemplary human being.

  42. Leigh Ann Hartman on September 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    My heart goes out to you all during this time. Brad was truly one of the best around. We made fond memories with you both during Nate and my wedding weekend so many years ago. I think every time I saw Brad after that he commented about how beautiful the location was. Still cracks me up thinking about it. The 9 years you were married was certainly packed full of love and good times. Thinking of you you and your family during this time. Brad will be missed for sure. – Leigh Ann

  43. Rosalyn Conley on September 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family in this very difficult time!

  44. Jeff Henry on September 15, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Chindamo Family,
    Brad was truly one of the good guys. An uncommon commodity rarely found in the world at these times who will be missed by many. He was one of the few who gave all and asked for little. My heart and prayers go out to you and yours. Dawson and Sofia, a special note for you; continue on your paths knowing your Dad is always watching, glowing with pride and anxiety to witness your success in future endeavors.

  45. The Cole Family on September 19, 2017 at 6:48 am

    We would like to express to our deepest sympathy. Please know that the hearts of others are deeply touched by your loss. Take comfort in knowing that our loving heavenly father is near to those with a broken heart, and He will sustain you during this difficult time (Psalm 34:18). You have our sincerest condolences.

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