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Frederick Chace Brundige passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after battling ALS with astounding courage, determination, grace, and tenacity. He was 54 years old.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Chace was born on September 19, 1969. Throughout his childhood, Chace spent time playing every youth sport imaginable and traversing the neighborhood on his bike and skateboard with his brother, sister, and neighborhood pals. He also loved spending time with his family and extended family at Old Pike pool, on the golf course, and at the family farm in Liberty, Missouri. As a North Kansas City Hornet, Chace excelled in tennis, basketball and academics and was a friend to all. In 1987, Chace headed to Kansas State University, earning his B.S. degree in Finance in 1991. As a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Chace found his people and started to settle into what would be his mantra through life: work hard and then play hard.
In 1994, Chace headed to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (Booth). During his first year at Booth, he met his future wife, Anne. Together they formed lifelong “family-like” friendships with their business school buddies. These friends have been steadfast and joyfully by their side ever since, with annual trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Colorado mountains.
Chace was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Waddell and Reed (now Macquarie). He began his tenure as an intern during his first and second years at Booth and then was hired to join as a software analyst in 1996. Rising through the organization, he was known as a quiet leader and enthusiastic mentor. His love of learning translated well into a career where research and critical thinking were at the center of his daily work.
In his free time, Chace was a true athlete and was part of many groups of like-minded sports enthusiasts. Whether on the golf course or on tennis, paddle, or pickleball courts, Chace played confidently but without bravado. He was an ardent fan of music, most specifically the Grateful Dead and other jam bands. His house, car, and office were alive with a soundtrack thoughtfully curated by his ever deliberate and discerning taste. He was a man of few words and preferred to speak through his actions. He and Anne tirelessly gave time and energy to causes near and dear to them, notably Operation Breakthrough and Notre Dame de Sion schools.
Chace accomplished and enjoyed many things in life, but his family was his pride and joy. Anne and their kids Elsa, Ben, and Avery were his favorite companions. Whether in Kansas City, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, or Colorado, they loved nothing more than being together. Whether on snowboards and skis, on hiking trails or city sidewalks, attending Dead and Company concerts, or traveling the globe, they had an absolute blast together. In 2021, they established a second home base in Telluride, Colorado and immediately opened the doors wide to welcome family and friends. This was Chace’s “happy place.”
Chace was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2022, shortly after returning from a golf trip to Scotland with dear friends. His final round of golf ever was the Old Course at St. Andrews on the final day of their trip, with Anne enjoying the walk by his side. From the day of diagnosis until the end, he said the same thing over and over: “I’ve had a great life with no regrets”.
Chace is survived by his wife, Anne, and their children: Elsa, Ben, and Avery; parents Bill & Judy Chastain and Dennis Brundige; brother Tyler (Shari); sister Brooke; stepsister Lisa Stone; and eight beloved nieces and nephews.
Chace’s funeral will be held at Visitation Church, 5141 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112, on October 13 at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow. All are welcome. In remembrance of Chace’s life and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Answer ALS (https://www.answerals.org/)