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James Halbert Bradshaw

May 10, 1927

May 12, 2013

James Halbert "Bud" Bradshaw, Jr. passed away peacefully early Sunday morning to join his wife Maida of 64 years on Mother's Day. Bud and Maida met at a Lambda Chi social in 1946. They were married on September 4, 1948. They were inseparable until Maida passed away on December 21, 2012.

Bud was born in Reno, Nevada on May 10, 1927, the first-born child of James H. Bradshaw and May (Cupples) Bradshaw. He was raised in Reno, and lived in Reno and Las Vegas. Bud graduated from Reno High School with the Class of 1944. He attended University of Colorado Boulder in 1944-1946 graduated from University of Nevada Reno with a BA in economics in 1948.

Bud and Maida raised their family in Reno. They had four children, Carol Anne Lemley (husband Mark), James Wayne Bradshaw (wife Deanne), Gary Alan and Kenneth Charles Bradshaw (wife Carolyn). Bud was predeceased by his son Gary, but is survived by his other children, as well as grandchildren Kane Lemley, Douglas Jones, Jennifer Bradshaw, Patrick Bradshaw, Carley Bradshaw, Kelly Bradshaw and great granddaughter Dylan Lemley. He is also survived by his sister Lila Patterson (Tom) and many nieces and nephews.

Bud served in the US Navy. He was honorably discharged on July 9, 1946 and then served in the Naval Reserve.

After graduating from UNR, Bud was briefly employed in the appliance and air conditioning business in Las Vegas before returning to Reno to begin a 44 year banking career. He began with First National Bank of Nevada, which became First Interstate Bank and then Wells Fargo. Bud transferred with the bank headquarters to Las Vegas in 1988 and enjoyed living there with Maida until returning to Reno 1994.

Bud devoted his life to his family and community. In addition to banking and family activities, he was active in several youth activities; coaching in Little League, Junior Basketball programs and in fund raising for the Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls and the Order of Rainbow for girls.

Bud was active in and is a Past President of the Reno Arch Lions Club, Hidden Valley Country Club, American Institute of Banking, Northern Nevada Mortgage Association and Nevada Mortgage Bankers Association. He has also been active in Reno Lodge No. 13F & A.M., Kerak Temple of Shriners, the Royal Order of Jesters, St. John's Presbyterian Church, U.S. Navy Reserve and the Navy League.

Bud and Maida enjoyed their many charitable, civic and church activities. They loved to golf together, visit their children and grandchildren and traveled the world in retirement! In Bud's younger years, he was an avid sportsman and hunted and fished the creeks and mountains of Nevada. He loved his giant Labrador hunting dogs and cherished his Friday afternoon Liar's Club group at the Gold & Silver!

The family is very grateful for the kindness shown to Bud by the staff at Atria at Summit Ridge. He was greatly assisted by Carolyn Vergara of Creative Elder Solutions.

At Bud's request, there will be a private service and burial. He was very touched by all of the friends and family who attended Maida's service in January and felt that was enough for him, as well.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 15, 2013
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