CHATHAM - Korey Wade Bradley, 49, of Chatham, formerly of Belleville, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. He was born on December 27, 1963, in Springfield, to the late Homer "Brad" and Jeanne Theresa Carter Bradley. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Kimberly Bradley Vendel.
Korey and Melissa Ann Walker married August 10, 1996. He will be greatly missed by his wife; children, Justin Jones of Ariz., Jordan Bradley of Normal, Ill., Morgan Paulen of Springfield; brothers, Kent (Paula) Bradley of Springfield, Kyle (Pam) Bradley of Williamsville, Kelly Bradley of Springfield and Kenyon (Sharolyn) Bradley of Pawnee; aunts, Barb Brookshire (special friend, John) of Fayetteville, N.C., Linda Wolfe and Luann Mefford, both of Belleville, Nancy (Lee) Burden of California; ten nieces, a nephew, several great- nieces and nephews, and good friends, including Scott Grigsby of Springfield.
Korey worked as a training coordinator at the Kerasotes Theaters for 13 years. He was known for his giving nature and was a volunteer at Memorial Medical Center's Festival of Trees. His baked goods were coveted at bake sales, and were the first to go, helping to raise funds for local charities. He attended Real Life Church.
Visitation: Korey's family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham.
Funeral Ceremony: 2 p.m., at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Sunday, September 22, with Paula Staab Polk, funeral celebrant.
Burial will follow in Chatham Memorial Cemetery; please bring a purple balloon (Korey's favorite color) for a balloon release.
Korey's family is very appreciative of all who helped with his care, Deanna Walker, his mother-in-law, and caregiver for the past two years; Drs. Giannoni, Gillison and Nanavanti, Brooke Tricke, staff at the Springfield Clinic oncology and infusion center; and Memorial health center, radiology and 2E oncology staff.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Cancer research (donor's choice of agencies), and APL of Sangamon Animal Control.
For online condolences, please visit www.staabpolk.com.