Roy J. Bradley, 85, of Zumbrota, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
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The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Zumbrota, with Father Randal Kasal officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota.
Roy James Bradley was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Tracy, to Roy and Ann (nee Sanders) Bradley. He was the eldest of four children and he was an exceptional athlete in high school and went on to play semi-professional baseball. In his youth, he helped his parents run their bowling alley/pool hall. On Feb. 1, 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Yosemite during World War II and was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1947. In 1950, he married Gloria M. Tauer. Roy continued to help his parents at the pool hall until he was hired as the produce manager for Jenkins Supermarket in Redwood and later in New Ulm. Roy was admitted to the MN Highway Patrol School and after graduating in 1957, he was assigned to the Rochester District. Roy retired after 28-and-a-half years as a MN State Highway patrolman. Roy also worked at the Zumbrota Veterinary Clinic, helping the veterinarians on calls and later as the office manager.
Roy loved the outdoors and sports. Hunting and fishing were his passions. Roy was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Roy is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Lynne (Gene) Stritesky of Ogilvie, Scott (Deb) Bradley of Cambridge, Pat (Bev) Bradley of Eden Prairie, Jody (Keith) Boraas of Coon Valley, Wis., Kelly (Joanne) Bradley of Pewaukee, Wis., and Gus (Michaela) Bradley of Jacksonville, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dean Bradley of Mankato and Bob (Rita) Bradley of Brooklyn Center; brother-in-law, Ray Lang of Austin, Texas; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Alexander Roy Stritesky; sister, Sharon Lang and sister-in-law, Bev Bradley.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 25, 2013