Curtis W. Bradley, age 89, lifelong resident of the Ridgway area passed away peacefully Thursday, December 11, 2008, surrounded by his family in the Fountainview Nursing Home. Curtis was born on the family farm on January 20, 1919 to William L. & Esta (Rister) Bradley.
On April 9, 1938 he married the love of his life, Carolyn West. Curtis was a lifelong farmer and was very involved in his church, community and family. He loved the Lord and loved music and was an accomplished singer. He served his church as Minister of Music and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a member of the Ridgway First Baptist Church, Gallatin Co. Farm Bureau, 50+ year member and Past Master of the Ridgway Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Eastern Star. He had served as District Rep. on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and as a Director of the U.S. Grains Council. He was a past Director and past Chairman of the Illinois Health Improvement Assoc., former Director of Illinois Blue Cross -Blue Shield Board, former Ridgway Twp. Trustee, former member of the Southeastern Ill. College Foundation Board of Directors and a former board member of Banterra Bancorp.
He is survived by his wife of 70+ years, Carolyn, two daughters, Sue Dillard (Gary) of Bowling Green, KY, Alice Myers (Max) of Franklin, IN, and a son, Bill Bradley (Phyllis) of Omaha, IL. There are four grandchildren, Michele Boling (Mark), Brad Dillard (Jennifer), Curt Bradley (Bruce), and Carl Bradley (Christine), and eight great-grandchildren, Bradley and Christopher Boling, Sam & Benjamin Dillard, David & Amanda Bradley, Curtis Lee & Clara Bradley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Roberta & Al Moye and Versa & Dick Heinke.
Visitation will be at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 4 to 8 PM with a Masonic service at 7 PM.
The funeral will be Monday, December 15, 2008 at 11 AM at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway with Rev. Rob Gallion and Rev. Dennis Buttery officiating.
Interment will be in the Jackson Cemetery in Ridgway.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ridgway First Baptist Church or the Jackson Cemetery Association.