Gerald "Jerry" Dale Bradley


Gerald "Jerry" Dale Bradley, 76, died July 7, 2002 at his home in Thompson Falls, Mont.

He was born in Swan Township, Indiana, to Floyd and Grace (Williams) Bradley.

Mr. Bradley attended school in Avilla, Indiana. He trapped and raised worms there until enlisting in the United States Navy Seabees. He served in World War II throughout the South Pacific. After his honorable discharged from the United States Navy, his father shipped his Harley Davidson from Fort Wayne to Oakland, Calif., which he then rode back to Indiana, Mr. Bradley returned to Indiana following the war and worked for International Harvester in Fort Wayne, working his way up to superintendent.

In 1947, he married Janet Faye Snyder and they had three children, Karen, Gary and Duane.

In 1962, he moved his family to Mesa, Ariz., where he worked as a general contractor in the construction trade. Mr. Bradley was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish.

In 1970, they bought property in Strawberry, where they built their retirement home. He retired in 1986 in the Valley, and they moved to their home in Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Grace (Williams) Bradley. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Janet Faye (Snyder) Bradley, brothers, Glenn Bradley, Luman Bradley; and sisters Lucille Lung, Mildred Briggs and Liette Mackey.

Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife of five years, JoAnn Bradley of Thompson Falls, Mont.; brother Vern Bradley of Fort Wayne, Ind.; children, Karen Faye and her husband, Terri Palmer, of Holbrook, Ariz., Gary Dale and his wife, Linda Bradley, of Thompson Falls, Mont., and Duane Louis Bradley of Marion, Mont.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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