Russell L. Bradley(1919 - 2011)

Russell L. Bradley, 91, of Meredosia, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Jacksonville Convalescent Center.

He was born June 20, 1919, in Adams County, the son of Norman and Anna Agnus Armstrong Bradley. He married Anna Ellaree Buskirk on June 3, 1940, in Palmyra, Mo., and she preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 1997.

He is survived by five sons and two daughters, Donald (Donna) Bradley and Richard (Alberta) Bradley, both of Meredosia, Russell "Pete" (Marilyn) Bradley and Judith (Robert) Farmer, both of Jacksonville, Kenneth (Janet) Bradley of East Moline, Debra Myers (deceased husband, George) of Palmyra, Ill., and Mark Bradley of Meredosia; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; sister-in-law, Doris Yeakey of McLeansboro; and four half brothers. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Rick Bradley and Angela Staake; one great-granddaughter, Erica Dowson; six brothers, Ray, Robert, Virgil (surviving wife, Janey of Liberty) Norman Jr. and Raymond Bradley, and Thomas Armstrong (surviving wife, Mary of Macomb; four sisters, Dorothy Shank, Norma Cookson, Marjorie Allison and Ellen Cookson; four half brothers; and four half sisters.

Mr. Bradley was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Arenzville. He farmed many years and also worked for the Meredosia School system for 33 years as a bus driver and mechanic. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Omar Bundy, a troop transport ship, from 1943-45. Russell was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3781 Honey Point Road, Arenzville, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia. The family will meet friends 12-1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Passages Hospice or Meredosia Rescue Squad. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia is in charge of arrangements. The online memorial book may be viewed at

Funeral Home

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia Chapel
117 S. Putnam St.  Meredosia, IL 62665
(217) 584-1514

Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 8, 2011