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John Bradford

John G. Bradford, age 72, of Willmar, died Sunday morning, Aug. 18, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Private services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Wilmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com

John Gage Bradford was born on August 28, 1946, in Wadena, Minnesota, the son of Raymond and Lillian (Sabourin) Bradford.  He grew up in Wadena and graduated from Wadena High School in 1964 and attended college at Moorhead State University and Southwest State University in Marshall.  John served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War stationed in Germany.  During the 70’s, John was employed at Control Data in St. Paul.  On December 31, 1977, John was married to Beverly Sue Halvorson and they made their home in St. Paul.  In 1981, they moved to Willmar and John was employed for many years at Schiller Custom Cabinetry.  John enjoyed crossword puzzles and gardening.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sue of Willmar; one daughter, Lisa (and Gene) Schneider of Willmar; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Bill (and Laura) Bradford of Portland, OR., and two sisters, Julie (and Einer) Johnson of International Falls and Jane Engel of Surprise, AZ., besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Abby Lehman in 2015; and a great grandson, Landon Schneider in 1993.

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I do remember his Mustang car and his house in St. Paul.Their we had some fun party's (and at my house, too).It seems like just yesterday we where bowling and smoking and drinking.

Keith Hakala Jan 4 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. May God hold you all in his Hand during these sad times.Barry & Sandi (Brust) Pratt

Sandi Pratt Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

I think of John most every night about 11 o'clock when our 7.6# miniature pinscher Addie goes outside for her "last call." We live in the dark woods, which prompts her to bark menacingly at all that emptiness. When John left the house, he told Lillian he was going to the pool hall to smoke, and swear, and act tough. Fortunately, Addie can't smoke, the night animals do not care about her cursing, but she surely does feel good about acting tough--just like John.

Allan Lynk Aug 25 2019 12:00 AM

Remembering John & thinking of his family in these sad days. Hope to share memories & hugs with you soon.

Di Schiller Anderson Aug 23 2019 12:00 AM

Too many memories!!!!! Just like a brother. Rest in peace and I'll see you on the other side someday.

Jim Stoneman Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

Too many times going thru my mind. Thought of John as a brother. RIP my friend

Jim Stoneman Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM