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Jan. 10, 1921 - Nov. 7, 2012 Richard Bradley, Clinton, Mo., peacefully passed from this earthly life to the next in the comfort of his home. He was a WWII veteran, educator, tree planter, storyteller, father, and friend. Dick was born in Pleasant Hill, Mo., to Joseph Wright and Cora Mae (McLane) Bradley. He graduated from Clinton High School and worked for Brown Manufacturing Co., until entering Transylvania College in Lexington, Ky., to prepare for the ministry. After Pearl Harbor, he dropped out of school to join the Navy and was assigned as a medic with the Marines. He received his BA at Central Missouri State College, his MA at the University of Kentucky, and taught American history in public schools for 33 years. As a young teacher, Dick was a recipient of the 1956 Raytown Junior Chamber of Commerce distinguished award for outstanding community service. In his later years, he was inspired by the mission of Alice Lloyd College (located in the Appalachian Mountains) where he was their Midwest ambassador. A lover of nature, he planted over a thousand trees at his home which he affectionately called Beulahland. He enjoyed writing and had articles published in The Kansas City Star and other regional magazines. Dick also volunteered weekly for 10 years at the Clinton Samaritan Center until just weeks before his passing. Dick was a member of the Raytown Christian Church, then the Clinton Christian Church until his death. He taught Sunday school for over 50 years. He is survived by two sons, Richard Bradley and wife Pamela, New York, NY, and David Bradley, Ava, Mo.; and three daughters, Patricia Cary, Clinton, Mo., Jane Bradley, Bloomington, Ind., and Carole Jo Bradley, Kansas City, Mo. The family would like to thank Cathy Smith, Ginny Ingham, and the staff at Twin Lakes Hospice for their tender care. A memorial service will be held in Raytown at the Raytown Christian Church on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Visitation at 1 p.m.; service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Twin Lakes Hospice, 725 E. Ohio, Clinton, MO 64735. Dad would want you to plant a tree, adopt a cat and hum a song. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton.
Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 18, 2012
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