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William David Bradley

Obituary for William David Bradley

February 25, 1940 - May 28, 2020
McHenry, Illinois | Age 80

Obituary

It is with sadness we announce the passing of William "Bill" David Bradley on May the 28th 2020 in his home in McHenry Illinois at the age of 80.

Born at Del Norte Colorado February 25th 1940 son of Arlie Bradley and Fannie Pearl (Mills) Bradley.

Bill attended both Center and Hooper schools where he graduated in 1958. He attended Adams State Collage in Alamosa.

Bill married Lois Ann Sandefur on June 14th 1959, and they moved to Albuquerque New Mexico. They soon started their family which moved them back to Alamosa. On March 14th their daughter Debra Jean Bradley was born. Shortly after Debra's birth, they discovered Lois had cancer. In hopes of cheering Lois up Bill gave her an electric skillet for their first anniversary, he later explained he wanted her to think she would get better. Sadly she passed away later in that month, just 3 months after giving birth.
After Lois's passing Bill moved closer to his parents, who helped him take care of his infant daughter while he and his older brother Jack ran Bradley Aviation, a fixed base operation at the airport in Alamosa. In time they ended up selling the business, Jack went to work for United Airlines, and Bill did some flying and mechanical work for Four Corners Aviation in Farmington New Mexico.

In May of 1967 Bill was hired by Eastern Airlines and moved to New York City, his parents and Debra followed him a few months later. His job later moved them to Georgia then New Jersey and back again to Georgia. He then moved to Illinois as by now his father had passed and his mother could be near both her sons as Jack also was flying out of Chicago. He flew many kinds of planes including the Connie, Electra, DC9 , 727 as a Captain. He retired from Eastern early 90s.

In retirement he took cruises through the Panama Canal, Alaska, Caribbean, Baltic. He visited many places throughout the United States and the world After
his mother passed away, his brother Jack became his best bud. They spent time together at a local health club during the week, and spent every Sunday eating
Subway sandwiches watching football together. Bill was a helper to anyone he encountered.

He leaves behind his daughter Debra, son in law Michael, granddaughter Keri and great grandson Gannicus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack, his sister Phyllis, his wife Lois.

No services will be held at this time

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