Petersburg Observer

Kenneth D Bradley, prominent area farmer, dies suddenly

Kenneth D Bradley of rural route 3, Petersburg, died suddenly at his home at 12:30 Friday morning, July 5 at the age of 55. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Bradley was born Sept. 19, 1918, in the house in which he died, the son of LeRoy and Edith Dawson Bradley. He graduated from Harris High school with the class of 1937 and was married March 28, 1942 to Bess Jean Shipley. He had been engaged in farming all his adult life.

Mr. Bradley was active in numerous community affairs. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Menard County Farm Bureau, was a charter member and one of the organizers of the Menard Golf Association and serviced as president and a member of the board of that group; served on all the boards of Central Presbyterian Church, was a former school board member and past board president of the Greenview school system; was for many years a member of the Menard County Democratic Central Committee, serving as precinct committeeman from East Petersburg Precinct; was a member of Clinton Lodge, DeWitt Chapter, St. Aldemar Commandery and Ansar Shrine.

Surviving are his wife, Bess Jean; one daughter, Mrs. Ann Votaw, Indianapolis, Ind.; three sons, Stephen D. And Mark A. Bradley, both of Petersburg, and Kent S. Bradley, Springfield: one sister, Mrs. Enslow M. Deal, Peoria; one brother, Dale L. Bradley, Petersburg; one granddaughter, Beth Votaw, Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

The body was taken to the Hurley Funeral Home where visitation was held Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, July 7 at Central United Presbyterian Church, Rev. Kenneth Churchill officiating, and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Transcribed by: Kent Bradley.

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