Donald F. Bradtke

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Donald F. Bradtke, 91, of DeLand, Florida, died Sunday, January 12th, 2014. Born in Great Falls, Montana, he was orphaned as a young child and adopted by his aunt and uncle, the Ebenroths of Chicago. He studied business at Marquette University, where he also played varsity sports. During World War II, he served in the United States Coast Guard on The USS Mosley, a destroyer escort. He married Louise M. DeCaprio in Boston in 1948, and together they raised four children while he continued his career with the Coast Guard. His served as a personnel officer, including a tour of duty at the Coast Guard Academy, assigning graduates their first
commissions. The family traveled widely, including Guam, Juneau, New York, and Miami, but Florida was always his favorite location. After twenty-seven years of service, he retired in Miami with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-3). He enjoyed a second career as an office manager for educational services. In his leisure time he was an avid bowler and scout leader; he also coached and umpired youth softball and baseball, and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. The Bradtkes moved from Miami to DeLand in 1978, where in 1979 they established an educational business, Bradtke Educational Systems Inc., to help children and adults with special needs. In addition, he managed the Amber Inn restaurant at the Putnam Hotel. After retiring from his second career, he undertook various volunteer activities, joined the Kiwanis, and was involved in mediation, arbitration, and counseling. He served on the Board of Directors of the Volusia County Mediation Services, the DeLland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Public Safety Committee, Community Outreach Services, the Stewart-Marchman Center, and the Delinquency Advisory Board of the Juvenile Detention Center. Following the death of his wife Louise in 2011, he spent the last few years living quietly at home with his youngest son. Two sisters, his four children, and three grandchildren survive him. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The ARC of Volusia, P.O. Box 9658, Daytona Beach, FL 32120 (386-274-4736; Arrangements are under the direction of the Allen Summerhill Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 pm at the Allen Summerhill Funeral Home, 126 East New York Ave., DeLand, Florida 32724.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 16, 2014
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