Marvin R. Bradley

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Marvin Rader Bradley

Marvin Rader Bradley was born on January 2, 1914 in Lebanon, Indiana, the elder son of Ira and Fern Bradley, growing up on their 240 acre farm in Boone County. The Bradley farm became the first REMC electrified farm in the state in 1936. After two years at Purdue University and a year at Indiana Business College, Marvin went to work in the Accounting Department at the Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association in 1934, where he spent his entire professional career. He retired from the Co-op as Secretary-Treasurer in 1977. Throughout his career, he was also an officer or director of many Co-op affiliated organizations, including Ellis Chemical, Crabbs-Reynolds-Taylor, Cooperative Plant Foods, Farm Bureau Lumber, Muller's Creek Coal Cooperative, National Farm Machinery Co-op, Farm Bureau Printing Corporation and Farm Bureau Oil. As he neared retirement, Marvin's knowledge and contributions were recognized in his being appointed by President Ford to a 6-year term, serving from 1976-1982, as one of 13 Federal Farm Credit Board members. He was Vice-Chairman of that board during his last year of service.

In 1934, Marvin married Mable E. Morris from Bloomfield, Indiana. In 1937 they moved to Speedway, Indiana, where they resided until 1986. During almost 50 years in Speedway, Marvin and Mable raised a son Steven and daughter Kathleen, and Marvin served as Treasurer and Deacon of the Speedway Christian Church, President of the Speedway Lions Club, Coordinator of the Cub Scouts, on the Speedway Town Board, and member of the Speedway Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite and Shrine Club of Indianapolis.

Following retirement in 1977, Marvin and Mable wintered in Marco Island, Florida until taking up full-time residence there in 1986. Marvin's civic involvement continued there, where he served three years on his condominium board of directors as Secretary, Treasurer and President, in addition to serving as Finance Chairman. In 1992 Marvin and Mable decided to return to their Indiana roots, moving to Marquette Manor, a senior living center in Indianapolis. Marvin continued to serve at Marquette, with he and Mable hosting open houses and being on call to show their apartment at any time, serving on the Finance Committee, helping other residents send and receive emails, and establishing the community garden plot. They enjoyed volunteering at Marquette and walking the grounds or halls on a daily basis, with Marvin also biking and swimming. After Marvin moved from Independent Living to the Health Care Center at Marquette in 2007 and was no longer able to serve others, his life continued to be enriched by the kind, loving care he received from the staff there and the kindness shown to his family.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Maurice and Mable, his wife of 69 years. Marvin is survived by his greatest joys - son, Steven and daughter-in-law, Marsha of Carmel, Indiana; granddaughters, Amy Pollak and Alisa Haworth and their husbands Steve and Mat; great grandchildren, Drew and Carter Pollak and Konnar, Donavan, Hunter and Elsie Haworth' and daughter Kathleen and son-in-law, David Johnson of Houston, Texas; grandsons, William, Brad and Brian and their wives Lisa, Thanet and Keturah, and great grandchildren Zachry, Mitchell, Brooks, Charles, Annemarie and Audrey.

The family suggests that any gifts to honor Marvin's memory be made in his name to the Marquette Manor Health Care Center, 8140 Township Line Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or to Speedway Christian Church, 5110 W. 14th St., Speedway, IN 46224. A funeral service for Marvin will be on Tuesday, March 4, 11:00 A.M. at the Leppert Mortuary & Crematory, Nora Chapel with visitation from 10:00 A.M. until time of service. You are invited to send a condolence to the family at

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Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel
740 E 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 844-3966
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 4, 2014