Clare Eugene Bradford(1950 - 2018)

Clare Eugene Bradford 1950—2018
Clare Eugene Bradford, " Mr. B", 67, died Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL. He was born Sept. 9, 1950, in Oregon , IL; the son of Clare LaVerne and Mildred J. (Gaede) Bradford. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1968. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He then received his Master's Degree from National Louis University. He married Rita Forrester on Jan. 26, 1973, at the United Methodist Church in Oregon. Mr. B taught in the Byron School System for 32 years, retiring in 2006. He was a former Byron Middle School wrestling coach. His family was his main focus, never missing a family event, especially if it involved his granddaughter, Caroline whom he loved immensely. He was an avid woodworker and an all around handyman. He loved to travel, go to movies, and go for walks in the woods with his wife of 45 years, Rita. He is survived by his wife, Rita; son and daughter-in-law, Justin (Katie Bouton) Bradford; granddaughter, Caroline Grace Bradford; brother-in-law, Robert L. Brashaw; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Robert S. Bradford; and sister, Phyllis Ann Brashaw.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street in Byron, Illinois, with the Pastor David Rogula officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial fund is established for a academic scholarship at the Byron High School for a Byron High School graduate who will be pursuing a degree in education or the science field.

Funeral Home

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home
506 W Merchant St Byron, IL 61010
(815) 234-2631

Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2018