Bradley L. "Gomer" Messersmith

bradley l. messersmith
Bradley "Gomer" Messersmith, age 54 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services for Gomer will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Online condolences for Gomer's family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Bradley “Gomer” Messersmith was born March 31, 1963 to Terry and Shirley (Vorwald) Messersmith in New Hampton, IA. He attended and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1982. After graduation, Gomer started his adventure in Wyoming working for a Cheverolet dealership. A short time later he moved to Richmond, TX where he was hired as a horse trainer by the A.P. George Foundation. In the spring of 1985 mutual friends introduced Gomer to the love of his life, Cindy Orsak. Just a short one year later, Gomer returned to Iowa where he began working at Sara Lee. On August 9, 1986, he was united in marriage to Cindy at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg, TX. The couple made their home in New Hampton. Gomer worked for Sara Lee for several years before starting his lifelong career in the horse industry. He was proud of his Percherons and enjoyed traveling with his wife and dog, Zeke to horse shows across the United States. It was on their many travels where Gomer made “deals,” “steals,” and countless friends. Gomer was a Big 4 Fair board member for over 20 years, a member of the IA Coon Hunters Association and Percheron Horse Association of America. He enjoyed coon hunting, snowmobiling, chuck wagon racing, fishing, hunting, trapping, and playing Dominoes in TX. He loved showing his horses. But his real pride were his family and friends. He is greatly missed by those who knew him! Left to cherish Gomer’s memory are his wife of 31 years, Cindy Messersmith; his sister, Cindy (Jim Siglin) Messersmith-Randall, both of New Hampton; his mother-in-law, Margie Orsak of Rosenberg, TX, his sisters-in-law, Laurie Cook of Rosenberg, TX and Debbie (Mike) Tiemann of Beasley, TX; his nieces and nephews, Brooke (Ross) Kellogg of Stoddard, WI, Jake (Cassandra) Randall of Peoria Heights, IL, Clay Cook of Rosenberg, TX, Cameron and Cassidy Tiemann of Beasley, TX; his dogs, Zeke and Zip; extended family and best friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents and father-in-law, Leonard Orsak.

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  1. Cindy,
    So sorry to hear about Gomer’s passing. Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time now and in the days ahead! As I read this, I knew instantly that Don T. was there with open arms to welcome Gomer. They will be having quite the talks! Take care. Cindy Lantow

  2. We’re so sorry for your great loss, Cindy. Please know you are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
    Terry and Rhonda Schulz

  3. Brad was a great guy he loved his dog’s and those big draft horse’s.Prayer’s to his family respectfully your’s Gene Pritchett we will surely miss you here in Texas next month!

  4. Cindy , words can’t express how sorry and saddened my heart feels for the loss of Gomer! May God bless your family ! And prayers 🙏🏻to you at this difficult time. Love you dear friend.

  5. Cindy and Families you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gomer was the most Amazing soft spoken man I have every know, and will be missed by many. Cindy you were the love of his life. His Rosebud! 🌹🌹
    Thank you for sharing him with us. We will miss him.

    Gary and Barb

  6. Cindy and family our deepest sympathy to you all…Gomer always knew how to make people smile, he truly was a great guy! Don and Karen Utley

  7. Cindy and family our deepest thoughts and prayers coming your way. Always enjoyed conversation and time with Brad.

  8. Cindy and family you have our deepest sympathy! Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you in the days to come! R.I.P Gomer!

  9. Cindy and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. He will be greatly missed. Linn & Shirley Wagoner

  10. Cindy and family, our deepest sympathy to you. Gomer had the biggest heart and will be missed by so many. God bless, Ron and Kris Markham

  11. Cindy,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Gomer had a huge heart, wonderful smile and a personality that would welcome anyone! He will be greatly missed! You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

    Genie (Schwickerath) Clemens

  12. Cindy, and families we are so sorry about Brad, you all have are deepest sympathies ♡ sending hugs and prayers!!!

  13. Cindy, I was so very sorry to hear about Brad. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers dear friend. Love you, Colleen Pearce

  14. Cindy,So very sorry to hear about Gomer’s passing. I have so many great memories of him and my brother. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Gomer was one of a kind!

  15. So sorry for your loss Cindy. Please know your in our thoughts and prayers. Sending Hugss to you ❤️ Don & Ruth Rowe

  16. So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this time. Todd & Tammy Miller and family. Peace be with you

  17. Cindy, so very sorry for your loss. Gomer was a great guy and one of a kind. His smile is what most of us will miss. He always had it on and it made you smile right back. Take care and cherish the memories.

  18. I babysat for Brad and Cindy for the first couple of years of his life. They were 2 of my favorite kids. The video looked like he loved life and enjoyed it to the maximum. I am so sorry to hear of his passing…way too young.
    Cathy McGrath Wangstad, Phoenix, AZ

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with you Cindy and all the friends and family of Brad. He will be missed by many.

  20. So very sorry Cindy and family. Gomer was such a fun, wonderful guy who will be greatly missed. Mike and I send our deepest sympathies, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. We hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy at this time.
    Gomer had a way of being a true friend to everyone he met. May God bless him and his
    entire family.
    Richard A. & Betty Vacek Sugarland, TX

  22. You are in our prayers , Cindy. This time of the year has always been special between the Messersmith’s & the Lynch’s. Times we’ll never forget. RIP our neighbor, Brad. Duane & Pat Lynch

  23. Cindy, we are so shocked to hear of the passing of Brad. Our hearts and sympathy go out to you and his family. As always, we will keep you in our hearts and prayers , especially at this time of sorrow.
    Daryl & Brenda Schmidt

  24. Dear Brad Messersmith family,
    So sorry Cindy and family .We loved him so much and enjoyed seeing him
    With his horses. He will be greatly missed by everyone .God Bless you all and
    we will keep your in our prayers though this difficult time.
    Gloria/Brenda Parks

  25. Makes me smile when I think back to class of 1982 English class. Our assignment was to give speech in front of class. We all knew brads would be about his hunting adventures. Brad would start out w a smile and would share his passion for the outdoors. Brads was a life well lived.

  26. To all of Gomer’s family- our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a great guy!! Dexter always enjoyed visiting with Brad and seeing what kind of problems that lawn mower would be having that day- as everyone says- his smile is what wins everyone over- Thoughts with all of you- Dexter and Janice Brahn

  27. To Gomer’s Family, I’m very sorry to here of Gomer’s passing. Talking to him would always bring a smile to my face and a good laugh! He was a SUPER guy! I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kendall Rosauer

  28. Opening night of coon season back a few years, the night was cold, windy and not fit for man or beast to be out. Gomer came up to hunt with Ken Schott and myself. Nothing was moving but us. Finally my Zip female struck a coon way deep and ran it into a hole. I piked in to get her sorry ass and Gomer and Ken drove around in my warm new diesel truck, Gomer driving. Walking in, I spooked up some turkeys, one of them landing on the black top. Gomer ran ran over it with my new pick-up. Only thing we got all night. Enjoyed many fun hunts. Dale Green

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