In great sorrow, the family of Raymond Jordon Bradley Sr. announces his passing on March 26, 2014. He was 84 years old.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bradley of New Bern, NC; his sister Ruth Smith of Sugarland, TX, his children: Deanna Hofsteen, (Dave) of Littleton, CO; Leanna Scott of Wichita, KS; Judy Bradley-Grosso, (John) of Brooklyn, NY; Janice Bradley of Wichita, KS, Joni Bradley, (Wayne Fisher) of Wichita, KS; Debra Bradley-Cullom, (John) of Leawood, KS; Eddie Bradley, (Jan) of Clay, AL; Chris Bradley-Lambert, (Fred) of Atlanta, GA; David Bradley, of North Ridgeland Hills, TX; and Raymond Jordon "Jay" Bradley Jr. (Amy) of New Bern, NC. He was preceded in death by daughter Susan Marie and granddaughter Ruby Eileen. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond J. Bradley was born in Garden Plain, Kansas on April 3, 1929. His parents Francis Sydney Bradley and Hazel Cornelia, nee Loomis had 14 children and relocated to Wichita, Kansas. He was an athletic young man and left school early to do construction work with his older brother's business. During the final years of WWII, Ray enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served in the Atlantic. After the war, he served three years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in the Aleutian Islands. When he completed his enlistment, Ray attended Friends University where he played football and studied math and physical education. When he became a young father, Ray left school to begin building his long career in engineering and management in the aerospace industry. It was during one of the relocations prompted by that work in which he met Patricia in Irving, TX in 1964. That meeting led to a marriage which would have celebrated 50 years on April 18, 2014.
Ray and Pat spent the last 11 years in New Bern, NC, building relationships and loving on their family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather (Papaw), and friend. He loved to study God's Word and was active in his church. Ray could fix anything. He loved others and was often found using his engineering skills to help those in need on household repairs and construction projects. He had an undying sense of humor and a great laugh. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends as we celebrate his life, so rich and full of love.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org or by calling (855) 448-3997. Donations can be made in memory of Raymond J. Bradley.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday April 29, 2014 at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, NC. The family will receive friends from 3–4 p.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.
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